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Leonor Magtolis Briones

Leonor Magtolis Briones is Professor Emeritus of the National College of Public Administration of the University of the Philippines. She was former Secretary to the Commission on Audit, Vice-President for Finance of the University of the Philippines System, and Treasurer of the Philippines.

Professor Briones has written a book, Public Fiscal Administration in the Philippines, which is considered a timeless classic and is a required textbook for courses in public administration. She has also written countless papers, articles and position papers on issues related to public finance--revenues , budgets, borrowing and accountabiity.

Prof. Briones is not only an academic. She is an activist as well. She is Lead Convenor of Social Watch Philippines which has been campaigning against lump sum appropriations since 2006. Social Watch Philippines coordinates the Alternative Budget Initiative which submits alternative budgets for social development. She Chairs the People's Public Finance Institute which is supported by the United Nations Development Program. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Silliman University.

Citizens frequently complain that they can't understand government policies. Her column in Manila Speak explains government policies by telling stories of ordinary folk who are either affected, ignored or neglected by the very institutions sworn to protect them.

Social Watch Seeks Adequate Funding In NEP For Poverty, Unfinished Yolanda Reconstruction

By: Leonor Magtolis Briones
“If genuine change is coming, there is no better evidence of this than to see this reflected in the national budget. It should be President Duterte’ ...

On My Selection as DepEd Secretary

By: Leonor Magtolis Briones
First of all, I would like to extend my personal apologies to each and everyone in media who requested an interview with me when my selection as inc ...

Enter the Presumptive President: What Lies Ahead?

By: Leonor Magtolis Briones
Choosing the President’s men (and women) Presumptive President Duterte is presently busy selecting the members of his cabinet, as well as othe ...

PNoy Gets Failed Mark on Fulfilling Promises During Term – Social Watch Philippines

By: Leonor Magtolis Briones
In response to President Benigno Aquino III’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, Social Watch Philippines (SWP) lead convener Prof. Leon ...

On the Papal Visit: Questions and My Answers

By: Leonor Magtolis Briones
I was asked certain questions about the Papal Visit by media. Here are the questions and my answers: 1. If you had brief moment with the Pope what w ...

The Devil Is In The Details

By: Leonor Magtolis Briones
By Jake Crisologo If you tried to add the number of pages of the 2015 National Expenditure Program (NEP), the accompanying Budget Expenditures and S ...

Why I Care About DAP and Where Tax Money Goes

By: Leonor Magtolis Briones
This article was written by Jake Crisologo as a personal reflection and article for Social Watch Philippines.   When I was a freshman in the Un ...
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