Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima bagged the Finance Minister of the Year 2015 award for
Asia-Pacific, given by the Hong Kong-based FinanceAsia magazine.
It was Purisima’s second in a row from the publication and his sixth in total for his six-year tenure under the Aquino Administration.
Purisima bested his counterparts from India, South Korea, and Indonesia and the rest of the 12 largest economies in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Top of the class once again is Cesar Purisima of the Philippines, our finance minister of the year for the second and, probably, last time given that his term expires this spring,” FinanceAsia said in an article posted on its website.
At the awards ceremony held on January 27, Purisima said the Philippines, once the sick man of Asia, is now the region’s resilient bright spot.
“We have come full circle in restoring robust confidence in the Philippines. A pattern of recognition makes it clear this is no longer about me, but about the underlying vision President Aquino has led this country with. This does not speak of the excellence of individuals, but rather of the excellence of our guiding governance philosophy,” he said.
“This is something we hope we can follow through for the next six years,” Purisima added.