Andres Bonifacio College

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by admin on 03 31st, 2016
 Dr. Cielito F. Habito is ABCollege’s 70th Commencement Exercises   Speaker

Dr. Cielito F. Habito is ABCollege’s 70th Commencement Exercises Speaker

No_Free_Lunch-600x600A new batch of young, dynamic and upcoming professionals equipped with necessary knowledge and skills and imbued with the values of Industry, Intelligence and Integrity will graduate from Andres Bonifacio College this March 31, 2016.  The theme for the 70th Commencement Exercises, is “ASEAN Integration: Ensuring Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity.”  To inspire and share words of wisdom to the graduates, the College invited one who is not only learned in the field of economics and its complexities but also its impact to common people, Dr. Cielito F. Habito.

Dr. Cielito F. Habito, a native of Cabuyao, Laguna was born on April 23, 1953. He spent his elementary days at the Maquiling School in Los Baños and then studied at the Philippine Science High School for his secondary education. He then earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Major in Agricultural Economics in 1975 from University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Summa Cum Laude, the first male and the third ever to graduate with that highest honor in the university’s then 66-year history.  He then pursued his Master of Economics in 1978 from the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia and proceeded to obtain his Master of Arts in Economics in 1981 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics at the Harvard University  in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U. S. A in 1984.

His professional career began as a faculty member of the Department of Economics at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, where he served from 1975 to 1990. While undertaking postgraduate studies in 1979 to 1984, he worked as Summer Intern at the World Bank and was also a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He also became a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies in 1988-89.

He was appointed by Former President Corazon Aquino as Assistant Director-General and subsequently, Deputy Director- General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in 1990 and in 1992, then newly elected President Fidel V. Ramos appointed him to his Cabinet as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of NEDA, a position he held throughout the Ramos presidency. He was also elected Chair of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in 1997-98 in New York, in his concurrent capacity as Chair of the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development.

After leaving the government in 1998, he has since held board directorships in private corporations including the Manila Water Company, Metrobank, Metrobank Card Corp., Philsteel Holdings, Lepanto Mining, and others. He is also Chairman of Brain Trust Inc. and Operation Compassion Philippines, and is a member of various professional, civic and religious organizations, including the Philippine Economics Society, Galing Pook Foundation, Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF)-Philippines, Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV), Knights of Columbus, and the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Covenant Community, among others.

From 2001 up to the present, he worked at the Ateneo de Manila as Professor of  Economics, where he also served as Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic  Research and Development for 11 years. He currently heads the USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project. He also writes the regular “No Free Lunch” column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

With these milestones, Dr. Habito was also recognized by various award giving bodies and received numerous awards, including the Philippine Legion of Honor, The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Economics, Most Outstanding Alumnus of UPLB, the Gawad Lagablab or Outstanding Alumnus of the Philippine Science High School and Outstanding Citizen of Laguna.

For his vast experiences in the academe, government, private sector and  civic societies, Dr. Habito continues to speak to a variety of audiences here and abroad on economic policy and sustainable development.  As such, he came to Dipolog last September 2015 as one of the speakers in the Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon).

Dr. Habito is married to Pilar Relova of Pila, Laguna and is a father to five children and grandfather to three. With much gratittude and honor, the Andres Bonifacio College Community and the good people of Dipolog City welcome you again, Dr. Cielito Flores Habito.

(The facts stated herein are primarily based on the biographical summary of Dr. Habito graciously given by him to the College and the INCITEGov website).

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