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Cielito Habito Cielito Flores Habito (born April 20, 1953) or "Ciel" Habito is a Filipino economist, professor, and columnist. He served concurrently as the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary during the Ramos administration. He is one of the 1991 Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardees for Economics Habito currently teaches Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is also director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development, a research unit in economics and economic policy at the same university. He writes a weekly column entitled No Free Lunch in the Philippine Daily Inquirer's opinion section. From August 2003 to June 2010, he wrote for the same newspaper's business section. He was also a columnist in The Manila Times from May 2002 to July 2003.

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Solita Collas-Monsod Solita Collas-Monsod, an economics professor in the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines (UPSE). During the time of President Corazon Aquino, she was appointed as Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority and as Socio-economic Planning Secretary. AWARDS Monsod is a recipient of numerous awards for broadcasting and government service. Broadcaster of the Year, 2000. Award presented by KBP. Best TV Program Host, Public Affairs Program. Award presented by Star Awards. Best Public Affairs Program, 2000. Award presented by Catholic Mass Media Awards. Best TV Program Host, Public Affairs Program, 1999. Award presented by Star Awards. Woman of Distinction, 1995. Award presented by Soroptimist International Makati. Woman of the Year, 1988. Award presented by Perspectives, publication of the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines. Cabinet Secretary of the Year, 1988 and 1999. Award presented by the Philippine Free Press. Professional Award in Economics, 1987. Award presented by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association. Mariang Maya Award. Presented by the Sigma Delta Phi Alumnae Association, University of the Philippines.

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Felipe Medalla Felipe Medalla, also a professor of UPSE. He did extensive research in such subjects as exchange rate policies, economic crisis and economic growth. Like Solita Monsod, he became Director General of NEDA and Socio-economic Planning Secretary during the time of President Joseph Estrada.

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Dr. Dante B. Canlas Dr. Dante B. Canlas, a professor of UPSE, whose expertise is in the areas of macroeconomic planning, social development policy formulation, public investment programming and project monitoring. He became Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority and Socio-economic Planning Secretary when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, his student, asked him to take the posts.

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Gerardo P. Sicat Gerardo P. Sicat, a Professor Emeritus of UPSE who has written economic books and textbooks. His books delve on such subjects as political economic reform, electricity reform, and labor market and issues.

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Ernesto M. Pernia Ernesto M. Pernia, a professor of UPSE and author of many economic books and publications dealing with regional development. He was once a lead economist of the Asian Development Bank.

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Raphael Lotilla Raphael Lotilla, former Deputy Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority. After his stint in NEDA, he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Energy.

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Ralph Recto Ralph Recto, the current Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority

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Diosdado Macapagal Diosdado Macapagal His family was poor (hence his nickname "poor boy from Lubao"), but with the help of Honorio Ventura, the Secretary of Interior at that time, he studied law and graduated in the University of Santo Tomas and pursued and earned the postgraduate degree of Doctor of Civil Law and Ph.D. in Economics in the same university. During the Japanese occupation of World War II, Macapagal served as support to the anti-Japanese task force and as an intelligence liaison to the US guerillas. It was during this period that his first wife died. He later married Evangelina Macaraeg, the mother of current Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

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Gloria Arroyo Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Arroyo, a practicing economist, has made the economy the focus of her presidency. Early in her presidency, Arroyo implemented a controversial policy of holiday economics, adjusting holidays to form longer weekends with the purpose of boosting domestic tourism and allowing Filipinos more time with their families. Economic growth in terms of gross domestic product has averaged 4.6% during the Arroyo presidency from 2001 up to the end of 2005. This is higher than previous recent presidents when compared to the 3.8% average of Aquino, the 3.7% average of Ramos, and the 2.8% average of Joseph Estrada. Inflation during the Arroyo presidency has been the lowest since 1986, averaging 2.5%.

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Summary: submitted by Yeshua Cabanacan & Harvey Taga-an