Wish for next admin: Drilon, Angara want Karl Chua to stay on as NEDA chief beyond 2022

Two senators want Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua to keep his post even after President Rodrigo Duterte steps down in 2022.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Sonny Angara gushed over Chua as he led the presentation of the National Economic and Development Authority’s 2022 budget proposal at the Senate Wednesday (October 13).

Drilon and Angara thanked Chua for a “comprehensive” walkthrough about NEDA’s programs and targets, mainly on planning the country’s economic rebound and implementing the national ID project.

“I wish you were there for another 6 years rather than just 8 months because there are a lot of good plans there,” Angara said.

Drilon even vowed that he’ll make sure to reserve a spot in the next Cabinet for Chua.

“I assure our colleagues that when Leni Robredo becomes president, I will strongly lobby that the Secretary should stay for six years to fulfill the wish of Sen. Angara,” he added.

Chua was a long-time World Bank economist but joined government first as undersecretary at the Department of Finance in 2016. He took over NEDA in April 2020 after Secretary Ernesto Pernia resigned.

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