ICGFM Board of Directors - Biography

Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration (PAGBA), Philippines, Organization Member, Mario Relampagos

Mario L. Relampagos, Undersecretary for Budget Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Manila, Philippines; permanent alternate member of the DBM Secretary in the Boards of various government-owned and controlled corporations.  Started in DBM as a Bureau Director in 1990, then was promoted to Assistant Secretary and Undersecretary in 2000.

Education - Certificate of Completion, Public Financial Management in a Changing World, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education, 2013
M.A. Economics, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 1978
A.B. in Economics, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines, 1971

Skills and Work Experience

Public Expenditure Management:  as Undersecretary for Budget Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, a new functional group I organized in DBM, I take the lead in the formulation of policies to strengthen M&E in the Philippine government, 2014 to date; as Undersecretary for Operations Group in DBM, I managed and directed annual budget preparation and execution; reviewed and approved budgets, organization, staffing and compensation of implementing agencies; initiated the organization of Account Management Teams to address recurring expenditure shortfalls of the spending agencies; participated in preparing the annual and medium-term macroeconomic parameters and expenditure program (MTEF), as well as in designing and implementation of various public expenditure reform programs, 2000-2013; as Assistant Secretary/Director, I reviewed and approved budgets and staffing of spending agencies under the General Public Sector, and later, of government-owned and controlled corporations, and budgets for the local government units, 1990-2000; General Management as Undersecretary, I supervised six budget and management bureaus under the Operations Group and 16 regional offices of DBM, 2000-2013.  Administrator, Virginia Tobacco Fuelwood Corporation, 1980-1986; Director, National Council on Integrated Area Development, 1989-1990.  Policy Making:  member of the Board of Directors/ Trustees in various government corporations in housing, rail, hospitals, old central bank, 1998- to date; Project Officer/ Trainor:  prepared feasibility studies, training designs and managed training programs in the Development Academy of the Philippines, 1974-75.  Activities, Scholarship, and Award:  President, Philippine Association for Government Budget Administration, Inc.; President, Ruby Genrè Class 63 Foundation, Inc.; Member, Philippine Economics Society; Member, Manus Dei Societas Foundation, Inc.; UP Project Fellow, Rockefeller Grant Scholarship for my M.A.; Economics, University of the Philippines; Virtus Alumni Semper Fidelis Award, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines