Duterte names 1998 bar topnotcher Janet Abuel as acting Budget Secretary

President Rodrigo R. Duterte named Janet Abuel as acting secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

“Yesterday night’s Cabinet meeting began with the President’s announcement of the appointment of the DBM Officer-in-Charge/Undersecretary Janet Abuel as acting secretary,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement Tuesday.

Abuel was previously named DBM officer-in-charge, replacing Benjamin Diokno who was appointed as governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Abuel, a certified public accountant, finished law at the University of the Cordilleras and topped the bar in 1998.

She also 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.

Abuel is a career official at the DBM, starting as a budget and management analyst in 1996 and rising from the ranks to become undersecretary.

Prior to her appointment as the acting DBM chief, she headed the local government and regional operations group, overseeing policy formulation and concerns of local governments, as well as supervising regional offices as an undersecretary. (PNA)

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