Former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary

Chief of Party, USAID-Trade Project

 Dr. Habito currently heads the Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project of USAID as Chief of Party for Deloitte Consulting LLP. His professional career has spanned work in government, private business sector and civil society. As former Secretary of

Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), he was the country’s chief economic planner through most of the 1990s and member of the Cabinet of President Fidel V. Ramos throughout his six-year presidency in 1992-1998.

A Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, he has held board directorships in private corporations including the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co., Metrobank Card Corporation, Philsteel Holdings, Steel Corporation of the Philippines, Manila Water Company, Lepanto Mining Corp., Mutual Fund Company of the Philippines, and Brain Trust Inc. He served as member of the ASEAN High Level Task Force to Study the AFTA-CER Free Trade Area, and is acknowledged to be among the Eminent Persons in Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Dr. Habito holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1984) from Harvard University in U.S.A., where he also earned a Master of Arts (1981). He also holds a Master of Economics (1978) from the University of New England in Australia. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Summa cum Laude (1975, Major in Agricultural Economics) from UPLB, the third Summa cum Laude and the first male and the third ever to graduate with that highest honor in the university’s then 66-year history.