Budget Undersecretary Janet Abuel named acting secretary

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Tuesday, March 5, named Budget Undersecretary Janet Abuel as acting secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and the DBM announced that Abuel will be the officer-in-charge of the department, after Secretary Benjamin Diokno was appointed as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor.

As acting secretary, Abuel will be awaiting the signing into law of the P3.757-trillion national budget for this year.

Abuel is a certified public accountant. She also topped the bar examinations in 1998, the first from the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City.

She holds a Master in Public Policy degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and attended the Executive Education Program on driving government performance at the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States.

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.

She has led the corporate affairs group at the department and supervised the legislative liaison office in Congress. She was the chairperson of the Bids and Awards Committee at the DBM from 2012 to 2015.

As undersecretary, she headed the local government and regional operations group, overseeing policy formulation and concerns of local governments as well as supervising regional offices. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.