Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has sworn into office Antonio Joselito Lambino II as the new assistant secretary of the Strategy, Economics, and Results Group (SERG) of the Department of Finance (DOF).
As Assistant Secretary of SERG, Lambino will provide strategic advice to the DOF tax reform team on policy advocacy and stakeholder engagement programs supporting the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP).
Lambino was formerly the head of public policy at Ayala Corp. where he worked on strengthening the contribution of private enterprise to national development.
He had also served as head of communication at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Laguna, where he led efforts in communicating the contributions of agricultural research to reducing hunger in the world’s poorest areas.
At the World Bank in Washington, D.C., Lambino was governance specialist, helping reformers in Asia, Africa, and Europe enhance their effectiveness as change agents. He also anchored research efforts on the communication dimensions of anti-corruption, accountability, and citizen participation.
Much earlier in his career, he served a four-year term as Sangguniang Kabataan chairman of Barangay Loyola Heights in Quezon City.
Lambino holds graduate degrees in Political Communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar and Osmeña Fellow. He received an A.B. in Communication, cum laude, from Ateneo de Manila as an Aquino Scholar, and was named one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in 1999.