THE powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) has approved the appointment of Secretary Benjamin Diokno as head of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) becoming the first member of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte to be confirmed.
Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, chairman of the Committee on Budget and Management, sponsored Diokno’s confirmation, which Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto seconded. The CA panel confirmed Diokno’s appointment without objections.
Zubiri cited Diokno’s “impressive academic record, extensive service in the academe and government and expertise in fiscal policy.”
“I value his bold vision to end underspending on public goods and services, boost public infrastructure spending, and attain fiscal responsibility and transparency,” said Zubiri.
Diokno first served the DBM as Assistant Minister under then former President Corazon Aquino. He also served as Budget Secretary in President Joseph Estrada’s administration, and is now reprising his role as head of the DBM under President Duterte.
“This is the third administration that Sec. Diokno will be serving, which shows that this is an appointment based on merit, and one that transcends politics and personal affiliations,” said Zubiri.