Commission on Appointments confirms Avisado as Budget chief

Robie de Guzman
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte congratulates newly appointed Budget Acting Secretary Wendel Avisado following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Wendel Avisado as the Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Avisado has been serving as DBM’s acting secretary since President Rodrigo Duterte appointed him to the post in August 2019.

He replaced Undersecretary Janet Abuel who had been in an acting capacity since former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno was named as governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in March 2019.

In his time as Budget acting secretary, he has seen to the swift enactment of the 2020 National Budget and of Republic Act 11466, or the Salary Standardization Law 5.

Avisado is a lawyer who entered government service in 1986 and went on to occupy various leadership positions in the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the City of Davao.

He was appointed as Deputy Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Council in 2010. In 2016, he began his service as Presidential Assistant for Special Concerns under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Commission of Appointments is a constitutional body comprised of members of the Senate and House of Representatives who approve or deny the appointment of certain officials.

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