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Anna Mae Lamentillo the Night Owl

Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo currently serves as Undersecretary for Public Affairs and Foreign Relations in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

She is also the Department’s spokesperson and focal person for presidential and cabinet directives. Prior to this, she was Assistant Secretary of the Department under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.


As Undersecretary, she is in charge of DICT’s strategic communications and media, international relations, and legislative affairs. She supervises the Department’s Information and Strategic Communications Division (ISCD), International Cooperation Division (ICD), Legislative Liaison Division (LLD), Unified Project Management Office (UPMO), and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) unit.


She is also spearheading the Department’s efforts relative to Build Better More, in coordination with other government agencies, to support the President’s vision of a truly digital Philippines. Likewise, she acts as DICT’s data privacy officer, facilitates the resolution of Freedom of Information requests, and supervises the Consumer Complaint Center.


During the Duterte Administration, Lamentillo was the chairperson of the Build, Build, Build Committee of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the concurrent chairperson of the Infrastructure Cluster Communications Committee. She also worked with both the United Nations Development Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in their Haiyan Emergency Response and Rehabilitation Program.


She graduated cum laude at the University of the Philippines Los Banos in 2012 with a degree of Development Communications, where she garnered the highest General Weighted Average for Development Journalism Majors and received the Faculty Medal for Academic Excellence. She completed her Executive Education in Economic Development at Harvard Kennedy School in 2018 and her Juris Doctor program at the UP College of Law in 2020. In 2021, she became a reserve officer in the Philippine Army with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.


She has been awarded Natatanging Iskolar Para sa Bayan and Oblation Statute for the Virtues of Industry and Magnanimity. In 2019, the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association bestowed upon her the Veritas Medal. She was named by BluPrint as one of 50 ASEAN movers and shakers, by Lifestyle Asia as one of 18 Game Changers, and by People Asia as one of 2019’s Women of Style and Substance. She maintains a column in the Op-Ed section of Manila Bulletin and Esquire Magazine.

She has written a book — Night Owl: A Nationbuilders’ Manual, which provides a comprehensive look at the Philippines’ Build Build Build Program. It has been translated into four languages: Bisaya, Hiligaynon, Ilokano and Tagalog.

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