Kinumpirma ng Palasyo na hinirang na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte si Karl Kendrick Chua bilang pinuno ng National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
“The Palace confirms President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s appointment of Mr. Karl Kendrick Chua as the Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority,” saad ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa isang press statement.
Nagsilbi Ring undersecretary si Chua sa Department of Finance (DOF) at noong Abril ng nakaraang taon ay itinalaga si Chua bilang acting NEDA chief kasunod ng pagbibitiw sa pwesto ng dating NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia.
Sa kasagsagan ng isang taon niyang pamumuno bilang acting NEDA secretary, nangako si Chua na pabibilisin ang implementasyon ng Philippine Identification System, bubuuin ang national economic recovery plan pagkatapos ng pandemyang dulot ng COVID-19, at susuporta sa Build, Build, Build program ng pamahalaan.
Ayon kay Roque, nagsilbi sa Chua sa administrasyong Duterte nang may propesyonalismo, kakayahan, at integridad bilang dating DOF undersecretary at acting secretary ng NEDA.
“With the aforesaid traits we are confident that Sec. Chua would continuously and consistently perform well in his present but crucial task of jumpstarting our economic recovery amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” dagdag niya.
Sa kanyang termino bilang opisyal ng DOF, tinulungan ni Chua ang pamahalaan na ipatupad ang 10-point socioeconomic agenda nito sa pamamagitan ng Comprehensive Tax Reform Program.
Bago pumasok sa gobyerno, nagsilbi si Chua bilang senior country economist ng World Bank sa Pilipinas.
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