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BSP chief Tetangco gets FinanceAsia achievement award

By: - Reporter / @bendeveraINQ
/ 06:05 PM February 19, 2017
BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr.

BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. (Photo from the Facebook page of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas)

Outgoing Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. added another feather in his already multi-awarded cap ahead of his retirement in July, this time from a Hong Kong-based publication.

In a statement Sunday, the BSP said Tetangco was granted the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by FinanceAsia, which covers investment banking, capital markets, and strategic corporate finance in the Asia-Pacific region.

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“FinanceAsia annually recognizes the region’s most significant transactions, the financial institutions that advised on them as well as outstanding individuals in the field of finance,” the BSP noted.

According to the BSP, Tetangco was given the said award “for his contributions to Philippine economic development and to the improvement of central banking standards in the region.”

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FinanceAsia editor Matthew Thomas was quoted as saying that Tetangco, the BSP’s longest serving governor and regarded as among Asia’s top central bankers, “has made a lasting contribution to the development of the Philippines (and) has managed the difficult task of keeping inflation under control at the same time as giving the country room to grow and fulfill its potential.”

“Under Governor Tetangco, the BSP implemented wide-ranging reforms in the pursuit of its mandate, advocated financial literacy and financial consumer protection contributing to the dynamism and resilience of the Philippine economy, with expected growth between 6.5-7.5 percent this year and inflation to be around the midpoint of the 2-4 percent target range,” the BSP said.

As Tetangco is currently on vacation, Monetary Board member Juan D. De Zuñiga Jr. received the award on his behalf during a dinner held in Hong Kong last Feb. 16.

Citing health issues, Tetangco has declined to serve an unprecedented third term taking charge of the country’s monetary policy.

Under the BSP charter, a governor can only serve two six-year terms.

Tetangco was first appointed in 2005 by President Gloria Arroyo and then was reappointed by President Benigno Aquino III in 2011.

But Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, who heads the administration’s economic team, has been trying to convince President Rodrigo Duterte to allow Tetangco to serve six more years, which can only be done by amending the BSP charter.

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A number of names have cropped up as next in line as BSP governor, including Deputy Governors Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. and Diwa C. Guinigundo.

The other personalities who were reportedly being considered for the top BSP position include former Trade and Industry Secretary Peter V. Favila, who is also a Monetary Board member; East West Banking Corp. President Antonio C. Moncupa Jr., who also heads the ruling party’s think tank PDP-Laban Research Planning and Development Institute; and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay Jr. /atm

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TAGS: 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award, Amando Tetangco Jr., Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, BSP, FinanceAsia, Matthew Thomas
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