Biography of the late former DBM Secretary Emilia Tabalanza Boncodin (1954-2010)

Department of Budget and Management (Philippines)Image via WikipediaHailing from Iriga City Camarines Sur, Emiliana Boncodin was born on May 25, 1954. She held a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines (UP). She accomplished her graduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Fiscal Policy.4

She was also a member of the Committee of Experts in Public Administration in United Nations New York, and was an independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee, and Board of Directors of Petron Corporation.4

She worked for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) from 1978 and was first appointed DBM Secretary in 1998, after which she became a UP professor with expertise in public finance, budgeting, financial management, public administration and civil service organizations, and economic development. In 2001, she was again appointed as Secretary of the DBM.5

In 2005, and with other cabinet and government officials, Boncodin resigned at the height of the so-dubbed “Hello Garci” scandal, wherein charges of electoral fraud were levied against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She became a member of the group that came to be known as the Hyatt 10.1

On February 2005, Boncodin underwent a kidney transplant; on March she was hospitalized and diagnosed with anemia and end-stage kidney disease. She passed away March 15, 2010 at the age of 55.4

Then Senator Benigno S. Aquino III attended the wake of his former budget consultant. There he publicly stated that he had been considering Secretary Boncodin as one of his first choices to be a member of his Cabinet.

Prepared March 15, 2011

(1) Julie M. Aurelio, Katherine Evangelista (2010), Former budget secretary Boncodin dies at 55, Inquirer, From
(2) Pia Gutierrez (2010), Noynoy: Boncodin was my first choice for budget chief, ABS-CBN News, From
(3) Nancy Carvajal (2010), Tributes pour in for ‘icon of public service’, Inquirer News, From
(4) NCPAG (2010), In Memoriam: Prof. Emilia T. Boncodin, National College of Public Administration and Governance, April 8, 2010, From
(5) FSGO (2009), About us: Boncodin, Emilia T., Former Senior Government Officials, January 21, 2009, From