Benjamin Diokno

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Benjamin Diokno
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Diokno in 2017
Secretary of Budget and Management
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte
Preceded by Florencio Abad
In office
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
President Joseph Estrada
Preceded by Salvador Enriquez Jr.
Succeeded by Emilia Boncodin
Personal details
Born Benjamin Estoista Diokno
(1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 69)
Taal, Batangas, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Children Charlotte Justine Diokno-Sicat
Benjamin G. Diokno Jr.
Jonathan Neil G. Diokno
Residence Quezon City, Metro Manila
Alma mater Syracuse University
Johns Hopkins University
University of the Philippines
Occupation Economist, public servant, university professor

Benjamin Estoista Diokno (born March 31, 1948) is the current Secretary of Budget and Management of the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte.[1] He held the same position under President Joseph Estrada, from July 1998 until Estrada's ouster in January 2001 in People Power II.[2][3] Diokno also served as Undersecretary for Budget Operations at the Department of Budget and Management, from 1986 to 1991, during the administration of President Corazon Aquino.[4]

During the Aquino administration, Diokno provided technical assistance to several major reforms such as the design of the 1986 Tax Reform Program,[5] which simplified income tax and introduced the value-added tax (VAT), and the 1991 Local Government Code of the Philippines.[6]

During the Estrada administration, Diokno initiated and instituted several reforms that would enhance transparency and improve the efficiency of the delivery of government services.[according to whom?] The first major reform instituted was the "what you see is what you get" or WYSWIG policy that is a simplified system of fund release for the General Appropriations Act (GAA). This allowed agency heads to immediately plan and contract out projects by just looking at the GAA, which is available in print and at the DBM website, without waiting for the issuance of an allotment authority.[7] Diokno initiated the reform of the government procurement system (GPS) through the adoption of rapidly improving information and communications technology. He secured technical assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to help the GPS develop an electronic procurement system along the lines of the Canadian model. By August 1999, the DBM had two documents necessary to initiate reforms in public procurement. In early 2000, Diokno and USAID successfully concluded a substantial technical assistance program for the DBM's budget reform programs, which now included procurement reform.[8] Other budget reforms instituted by Diokno concerned procedures for payment of accounts payable and terminal leave/ retirement gratuity benefits. The release of cash allocation were programmed and uploaded to the department's website while payments were made direct to the bank accounts of specific contractor.[7]

Diokno finished his bachelor's degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines (1968), and earned his master's degree in Public Administration (1970) and Economics (1974) from the same university. He also holds a Master of Arts in Political Economy (1976) from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and a Ph.D. in Economics (1981) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, USA.

He is Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

He served as Fiscal Adviser to the Philippine Senate. He also served as Chairman and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) and Chairman of the Local Water Utilities Administration. He was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (City University of Manila).

He writes a column for BusinessWorld,[9] Southeast Asia’s first daily business newspaper.


  1. ^ "Estrada-era Budget Sec. Diokno accepts Duterte offer to return to post". GMA Network News. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Diokno says rice smuggling not all that bad[permanent dead link], ABS-CBN News, April 13, 2008
  3. ^ Benjamin Diokno curriculum vitae Archived October 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Managing the Politics of Reform - ISBN 0-8213-6435-9 Archived June 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ University of the Philippines Discussion Paper No. 0502
  6. ^ Republic Act No. 7160
  7. ^ a b Department of Budget and Management
  8. ^ Campos & Syquia. 2006. Managing the Politics of Reform: Overhauling the Legal Infrastructure of Public Procurement in the Philippines. World Bank Working Paper No. 70
  9. ^ BusinessWorld Online: Core - By Benjamin E. Diokno: "Doubting investors"[permanent dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Salvador Enriquez Jr.
Secretary of Budget and Management
Succeeded by
Emilia Boncodin
Preceded by
Florencio Abad
Secretary of Budget and Management
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Fortunato de la Peña
as Secretary of Science and Technology
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Budget and Management
Succeeded by
Alfonso Cusi
as Secretary of Energy