Arsenio M. Balisacan, PhD

Prof. Arsenio Balisacan has been serving as the first Chairperson of the Philippine Competition Commission since 2016. He was Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and concurrent Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority from 2012 to 2016. He was Professor and Dean of the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He was the Director of SEARCA and Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Agriculture. He was also elected as lifetime Academician of the NAST for his outstanding contributions to science and technology. His numerous publications cover wide areas of economic development, including poverty, inequality, human development, agricultural and rural development, antitrust (competition policy), and political economy of policy reforms.