NEDA chief Pernia resigns

By Leslie Gatpolintan

April 17, 2020, 4:17 pm

MANILA – Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia on Friday announced his resignation from the post, citing personal reasons.

“This is due partly to personal reasons and partly to differences in development philosophy with a few of my fellow Cabinet members,” he said in a statement.

Pernia, also National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) director general, thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for appointing him to the position.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the country under his administration for the past nearly four years,” he said.

Pernia also thanked his NEDA family for their trust and confidence in his leadership of the agency in crafting and pursuing the goals of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 towards the country’s Ambisyon Natin 2040, as well as evaluating and reviewing flagship infrastructure projects for the approval of the President-chaired NEDA Board and their eventual implementation.

Ambisyon Natin is the Philippine government’s 25-year long-term vision for growth and development.

“I leave NEDA knowing that we have initiated and implemented meaningful changes that will help the country overcome these challenging times and on to a higher growth trajectory,” he said. (PNA