BUDGET Secretary Benjamin Diokno has been appointed as governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and assumed his new post yesterday.
Diokno will serve the unexpired term of the late BSP governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. who was supposed to end his tenure in July 2023. He will be the fifth central bank governor.
Meanwhile President Rodrigo Duterte has named Budget Undersecretary Janet Abuel as officer-in-charge of the Department of Budget and Management.
Abuel, the DBM undersecretary for the Local Government and Regional Operations Group, will be acting secretary until Duterte appoints a new Budget secretary.
According to Diokno, Abuel holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and a master of laws degree from the University of Sydney in Australia.