Smooth sailing for NEDA chief at CA confirmation

On June 2, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua breezed through the Commission on Appointments as he vowed to prioritize the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

The CA confirmed Chua over a year after he was appointed acting secretary and two months after he was tasked to serve as ad-interim secretary.

It was smooth sailing as lawmakers had nothing but good words for the former World Bank economist and finance undersecretary. During the deliberation, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said Chua’s task to head the NEDA “fits him like a glove” while Senator Panfilo Lacson said he is “eminently qualified and fit for the position.”

As Chua heads the government’s pandemic recovery efforts, he said corrective actions should be done to manage the health crisis.

Chua said, “We are starting to see a recovery if we do three things: don’t be too risk averse, implement recovery programs and fast-track vaccination.”

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