National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on August 19, 2009. This
is the third time that the President designated him as NEDA Head. His
earlier appointments were as NEDA Officer-in-Charge from July 14, 2005 to
February 16, 2006 and as Acting Director-General from August 16, 2007 to
July 28, 2008.
Rising from the ranks, Acting DG Santos started as an Economic Researcher
of the Presidential Economic Staff of the National Economic Council (now
His professional experiences are in the areas of policy and program
analysis for the social and infrastructure sectors, official development
assistance coordination, project development, investment programming, and
regional development and land use and physical planning.
Prior to his appointment as DDG in March 28, 2000, Santos served as
Assistant Director-General for Investment Programming of NEDA's National
Development Office (1992 to 2000) and as Director of NEDA's Infrastructure
Staff (1990 to 1992). He was Project Director/Manager of the World
Bank-assisted National Transportation Planning Project from 1987 to 1989.
Santos has held various positions in different government organizations,
boards and committees. He is currently Chair of the National Land Use
Committee and the Regional Development Committee under the NEDA Board, the
Audit Committee of the Philippine Export/Import Credit Agency Board, and
the National Steering Committee of the UNICEF-assisted Country Program for
Children. He also sits as ex officio representative to the Power Sector
Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation, Toll Regulatory Board,
Philippine Ports Authority, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Trade
and Investment Development Corporation of the Philippines, National
Irrigation Administration Board and the Palawan Sustainable Development
Council. He also served as the Chair of the Philippines-Canada Development
Fund Board and as member of the Board of Directors of the Light Rail
Transportation Authority and the Council for the Welfare of Children.