Villar says Boncodin is a great loss to country

March 16, 2010 10:34 pm 

MANILA, March 16 – Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manny Villar said on Tuesday that the untimely demise of former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Emilia Boncodin “is a great loss” to the government and society.

”She exemplified the highest standards of public service and leadership amid most trying times,” Villar said in a press statement.

Boncodin died of a heart attack Monday afternoon at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute after her transplanted kidneys failed.

”In pursuing reforms, Emy was forthright and firm while remaining low-key and modest, earning the trust and admiration of her fellow civil servants,” Villar said.

”After her stint in government, she chose to continue to serve as an educator, sharing her expertise in good governance. She will truly be missed," he added.

For her part, former Labor undersecretary Susan "Toots" Ople said that with the sudden passing of Boncodin, the country has lost one of the best and brightest budget secretaries it ever had.

"She was one of my idols," said the youngest daughter of the late senator and foreign affairs secretary Blas F. Ople, as she recalled the no-frills approach of the budget expert to one of the most complex jobs in government.

Ople said Boncodin was very close to her father's proteges, former Labor secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas and former Labor assistant secretary Willie Villarama.

"Secretary Emy also worked as my father's consultant on budget issues. I was very fortunate to have gotten to know her more and see her in action during my time as labor undersecretary and presidential speechwriter," she added.

What struck Ople about Boncodin was her modesty, simplicity, and integrity, despite the enormous power she could have wielded as budget secretary.

"She had no airs, no bodyguards, hardly no make-up and certainly no brand names. Her competence and unblemished reputation spoke for itself," the NP candidate said.

The senatorial aspirant said more people in government should learn to emulate Boncodin's behavior and attitude as a public servant.

"She loved her work and though always dealing with politicians, she never lost her way as a true civil servant. We need more Emilia Boncodins in government," Ople said. (PNA)



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