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by admin on 08 19th, 2013
 Former Sec. of Finance and former Member of the Monetary Board Juanita D. Amatong joins ABCollege’s roster of faculty

Former Sec. of Finance and former Member of the Monetary Board Juanita D. Amatong joins ABCollege’s roster of faculty

Former Secretary of Finance and former Member of the Monetary Board of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas , Juanita D. Amatong, joins the roster of faculty members of Andres Bonifacio College’s  School of Business Management Education and the Graduate School Program effective School Year 2013-2014.

Dr. Amatong hails from Bindoy, Negros Oriental. She graduated DOFSec_Amatongfrom Bindoy Elementary School, and finished her secondary education at Silliman University. She graduated from the same University as cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and later pursued her Master’s degree in Economics and Public Administration from Syracuse University in New York, USA. She further pursued higher and continuing studies at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts for her Post Graduate Seminar on Public Enterprises and just recently, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences from Silliman University.

Her vast exposure and experiences in the fields of Economics and Finance from her years in public services are brought about by her academic achievements that imminently qualified her to take on various important responsibilities in government and multilateral organizations. Among them were the following: She used to serve as Associate Professor at Silliman University in 1959-1960; she was a Tax Economist of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC in 1963-1968; she also became a Resident Consultant to the Government of Myanmar in 1992, on loan by the Department of Finance for which her consultancy work was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and was implemented by the International Monetary Fund. She also served as Alternate Executive Director for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency in Washington DC in 1995-1998, and later became an Executive Director of the World Bank for an 8-country constituency also in Washington DC, USA in 1996-1998.

In the government service, she rose from the ranks starting as a Senior Financial Analyst at the Department of Finance and worked all the way up to becoming the first and only woman (thus  far) Secretary of Finance in 2003. To cap off her illustrious career, she served as member of the esteemed Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas from 2005 to 2011.

Dr. Amatong has received various awards as proof of her untiring efforts and outstanding contributions in her own field of endeavour. She was awarded as Degree of Officer, Philippine Legion of Honor, by the President of the Republic of the Philippines on June 5, 1998 for “excellent and meritorious services” rendered as Chairperson of the Philippine Panel of the Sub-Committee on Economics and Finance during the peace negotiations with the Moro National Liberation Front, culminating in a treaty of peace signed between the Government of the Philippines and the MNLF on September 2, 1996.

In 1998, she was also awarded as the First Woman Executive Director in the World Bank Group from the Philippines as one of the hundred “woman first” in commemoration of the Philippine Centennial 1998.

In 2004, she was also cited as the Outstanding Negrense in Government Service by the Province of Negros Oriental, her home province.

In 2005, she also received the award as the Living Treasure in the Philippines by the National Committee on the Centennial of Feminist Movement of the Philippines.

And in 2011, the prestigious Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board certified that Dr. Amatong was a subject of biographical record in Who’s Who in the World Twenty-eighth Edition citing her inclusion in which is limited to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their own fields of endeavour and who have, thereby contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society. (L.A.A)

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