Former DBM chief Emy Boncodin passes away

March 15, 2010 11:37 pm 

MANILA, March 15 – Former Budget Secretary Emilia T. Boncodin, 54, passed away Monday afternoon after a lingering illness at the National Kidney Institute (NKI) on East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

Former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman announced the untimely death of Boncodin over private radio station DZXL.

Soliman said Boncodin had been undergoing dialysis since she was in Cabinet.

Many government employees, especially DBM employees, have been endeared to Boncodin due to her warm and friendly ways.

She earned the respect of all rank-and-file state workers because of her full support of the salary standardization law (SSL) implementation during the time of then President Fidel V. Ramos.

It can be recalled that together with six cabinet official and three government executives, Boncodin resigned at the height of the Hello Garci scandal over charges of electoral fraud against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The group came to be collectively known as the ‘Hyatt 10’ which came out in the open in August 2006.

No announcement yet on burial plans has been made, Soliman said.

Boncodin, a career official of DBM, started out in the agency in 1978 and became Secretary in 1998 during the time of President Fidel V. Ramos. In 2001 to 2005, she was again appointed in the same position by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

She was a faculty member of the University of the Philippines National College for Public Administration and Governance (1998-2000). She was born in 1954 in Iriga City, Camarines Sur.

She graduated with a degree of Business Administration and Accountancy at the University of the Philippines (1975), passed the Certified Public Accountant Board Examination (1975) given by the Professional Regulation Commision (PRC).

She took up her Master's Degree in Public Administration at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1986). (PNA) RMA/JCA

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