|7th Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management|
January 26, 2001 – July 8, 2005
|Preceded by||Benjamin Diokno|
|Succeeded by||Romulo Neri|
February 1, 1998 – June 30, 1998
|President||Fidel V. Ramos|
|Preceded by||Salvador Enriquez, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Diokno|
May 25, 1954|
Iriga, Camarines Sur
|Died||March 15, 2010
|Alma mater||Harvard University
University of the Philippines
|Occupation||Accountant, public servant, university professor|
Emilia Tabalanza Boncodin (May 25, 1954 – March 15, 2010) was a Filipino accountant, professor, and public servant. She was the Secretary of the Philippine Department of Budget and Management under the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She also served as a professor at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) until her death in 2010.
Personal life and education
Boncodin was a top-notch student during grade school as valedictorian of Iriga City Central School and valedictorian of St. Anthony College, also in Iriga City. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy at the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration in 1975 and placed 15th in the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Board Examinations the same year.
She practically spent her entire career in the Department of Budget and Management. She initially joined the department as a senior fiscal planning specialist. In 1978, she quickly rose to become division chief at the age of 27, then Director of the Office of Budget and Management, and then Officer-in-Charge of the Government Corporations Budget Bureau of the reorganized DBM.
In 1989, she was appointed as an assistant secretary and Undersecretary of DBM in 1991. She joined the cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001.
Resignation and after
In 2005, in the wake of the allegations of electoral fraud made against President Arroyo during the heat of the Hello Garci scandal, Boncodin resigned from her position, along with other fellow cabinet secretaries. The group was collectively known as the Hyatt 10.
In 2009, she joined the board of directors of Petron as an independent director.
- 1978 - Most Outstanding Technical Employee (Department of Budget and Management (DBM))
- 1981 - Most Outstanding Division Chief
- 1982 - Outstanding Alumna, UP College of Business Administration
- 1995 - Outstanding Women in Nation's Service Awardee
- 1996 - Dwight Eisenhower Fellow
Boncodin was found to be in need of a kidney transplant in 2005 due to congenital polycystic kidney disease. Her sister was chosen as a potential donor after it was determined that she was a perfect match. But Boncodin requested to have it postponed until the Philippine Congress has passed the budget that year.
On March 10, 2010, she was admitted at the National Kidney Institute after complaining of shortness of breathing. She was diagnosed with anemia and end-stage renal disease. Five days later, on March 15, 2010, Emilia Boncodin died from cardiac arrest at the age of 55.