Diokno, Benjamin E., PhD


Department of Economics
University of the Philippines Diliman

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Professor Diokno is a professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. He served the Government of the Philippines in various capacities including as secretary of budget and management, fiscal adviser to the Philippine Senate, chairman and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company and chairman of Local Water Utilities Administration. He provides policy advice and conducts research in the following areas of public economics: structure and scope of government; tax policies and tax reform; government expenditure analysis; national budget and public debt; fiscal decentralization; public expenditure management, and public policy analysis.

Diokno has extensive experience in reforming the public sector. As Budget Secretary (1998-2001) and Budget Undersecretary (1986-1991), he was directly involved in major policy reforms in the Philippines: reducing the scope of government, tax reform, deregulation, privatization, decentralization, medium-term budgeting and procurement reform. In 1999, he headed a delegation of Philippine senior officials to study public sector reforms in Australia (19-30 April) and New Zealand (10-18 September). From 1998-2001, he chaired Presidential Committee on Effective Governance (PCEG) which is mandated to coordinate all efforts to reform the public sector. He has vast experience in working with members of Congress not only in having the annual budgets approved, but also getting congressional approval of key legislation needed to push forward public sector reforms.

He has served as senior adviser/consultant of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, and USAID for work in the Philippines and China and some transition economies such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Mongolia.

He represented the Philippines (as Alternate Governor of the World Bank) in three joint IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings (Prague, Czech Republic, 2000; Washington, D.C., USA, 1999 and 1998).  He served as member of his country's delegation to three APEC annual meetings (Malaysia, 1998; New Zealand, 1999 and Brunei, 2000) and to the United Nations Millennium Summit (New York, 2000).

Diokno has served as resource person in various workshops and training programs sponsored by the World Bank, ADB, ADB Institute, INSEAD and other foreign universities.

He writes a twice-weekly op-ed article for Business World and a weekly article for Malaya Business Insight.

Areas of expertise

Political institutions, national budget and public debt, fiscal decentralization, and public policy analysis