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Sec. Florencio B. Abad
Department of Budget and Management
Florencio B. Abad is a former Representative of the Lone District of Batanes to the 8th (1987-1990), 10th, 11th, and 12th Philippine Congress (1995-2004). He was one of the advocates of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and later appointed Secretary of Agrarian Reform during the Aquino administration (January 4, 1990- April 5, 1990). In July 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him to the Department of Education as Secretary and served until July 2005. Abad was a member of the Hyatt 10 who resigned from the Arroyo cabinet in July 2005.
He finished his High School and Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Bachelor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University and passed the Bar in 1985. He completed his studies with Masters in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a student of the Edward Mason Program in Public Policy and Management.
He was a trade unionist of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and Ateneo Workers College from 1976 to 1979, a Research director of the Ateneo Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at Ateneo de Manila University.