Florencio B. Abad

Florencio “Butch” Barsana Abad is the former Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of the Philippines under the Aquino administration (2010-2016). He served as the ministerial representative from the Philippines to the OGP Steering Committee from 2010-2015 and played a crucial role in shaping the initiative during this period. Prior to serving as the DBM Secretary, he also served as Secretary of the Department of Education under the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform under the administration of Corazon C. Aquino. A three-term congressman, lawyer, trade unionist, educator and activist, Abad is credited with pioneering many successful reforms including the institutionalization of people’s participation in the budget process and enabling civil society organizations to partner with their local governments to address poverty in their communities.