Secretary Abad remembers Late DBM Chief Boncodin

A March 17, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Budget and Management
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) family on Tuesday remembered the extraordinary life and works of their beloved former chief, the late Emilia T. Boncodin, on the first anniversary of her demise.
In respect and gratitude for Boncodin’s contributions to DBM and to governance, the DBM family dedicated the DBM Main Building (Building II) as Boncodin Hall, led by President Benigno S. Aquino III himself who unveiled a historical marker.
“Ipinamulat niya sa maraming kabataan na ang pera ng pamahalaan ay pera ng bawat Pilipino, na ang paglilingkod sa bayan ay paglilingkod ng tapat, at ang malinis na paninindigan ay mas mahalaga kaysa sa talino (She enlightened the youth that government’s money is owned by every Filipino, that public service means serving the people honestly, and standing for the truth is more important than intelligence),” the President said.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said Boncodin continues to be an inspiration to all public servants for all the values and principles that she stood for when she was still alive and actively engaging in public service.
“Secretary Boncodin was the first and only secretary of DBM who rose from the ranks. But more than that, we admire her for having lived by the principles of simplicity, of hard work and diligence, and of dedicated public service,” he added.
A native of Iriga City, Boncodin received several awards and citations in DBM including the Most Outstanding Technical Employee in 1978, and Most Outstanding Division Chief in 1981
Prior to her stint as DBM Secretary in 2001, she was appointed as an assistant secretary in 1989 and undersecretary in 1991. She also briefly served as OIC Secretary during the Ramos and Estrada administrations.
Abad said Boncodin’s accomplishments ushered in new reforms in government service. She started the procurement reform that led to the establishment of Government Procurement Service and Philippine Government Electronic Procurement Service (PhilGEPS).
Boncodin was considered as an incorruptible government official to many. She also received the citation of Outstanding Alumna of the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration in 1992, and an Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service Awardee in 1995. She was also the 1996 Dwight Eisenhower Fellow for the Philippines.