Assistant Secretary for Planning

Jesus Lorenzo R. Mateo, Director III of the Educational Development Project and Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF) is now the Department's Assistant Secretary for Planning Service vice Lilia Z. Roces. Dr. Mateo's appointment papers were signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on November 15, 2007.

Mr. Mateo is best qualified to assume the duties and responsibilities of the position given his outstanding performance, experience and leadership qualities. He was designated officer-in-charge of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning on May 29, 2007. He was first appointed Project Development Officer II at EDPITAF before his promotion as Project Development Officer III and IV at the Office of Planning Service (OPS) in 1991 and 1997. He was secondment as Deputy Project Manager of the Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP) of the Department in 1999. He was reinstated at the OPS in 2001 and was promoted as Director III of EDPITAF on March 1, 2003.

Assistant Secretary Mateo finished AB Philosophy at the University of the Philippines in 1973. He pursued his Master of Arts in Public Administration in the same University in 2002. He studied his Master of Arts in Business, major in Government and Business Management at Victoria University, Australia in 2003. He participated in international workshops such as the Regional School Leadership Workshop conducted by the British Council and Malaysian Ministry of Education in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Public-Private Partnership in the Social Sector by the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, Japan; and the Workshop for Training of Trainers on Pedagogical Strategies for Improving Primary Education by UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Carribean, Armenia and Columbia as well as those conducted in the Philippines by international and local Institutions.

Assistant Secretary Mateo vowed to continue serving in DepED: "I will work to the best of my ability and deliver the best service possible," he said. (MPC)