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Lamentillo appointed DICT Assistant Secretary

September 19, 2022

Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo has been appointed as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Foreign Relations of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Lamentillo exercises direct supervision over the Department’s Information and Strategic Communications Division (ISCD), as well as the International Cooperation Division (ICD). She also serves as the alternate point of contact regarding strategic communications and media and international relations.

She is also the DICT’s authorized/alternate representative to the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), specifically to the Advocacy cluster and Rehabilitation and Reintegration cluster.

Lamentillo, who was the chairperson of the Build, Build, Build committee under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) during the Duterte Administration, said that she will continue working on the goal of connecting Filipino communities and every Filipino, but this time on a different platform—through digital connectivity.

She stressed, “It is high time that we fast track the improvement of our digital infrastructure. The world is evolving at a high speed and we must keep up.”

“I am grateful to President Bongbong Marcos and to DICT Secretary Ivan Uy for their trust in me. It is my privilege to be of service to our nation once again,” she said.

When she was with the Build, Build, Build, Lamentillo was also the concurrent chairperson of the Infrastructure Cluster Communications Committee. Previously, she worked with both the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in their Haiyan Emergency Response and Rehabilitation Program. She has also worked in both houses of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

She is the author of “Night Owl”, the book that details the Duterte Administration’s infrastructure accomplishments. She also maintains a column in the Op-Ed section of Manila Bulletin and Esquire Magazine.

Lamentillo graduated cum laude at the University of the Philippines Los Banos 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 and her Juris Doctor program at the UP College of Law.

She has been awarded Natatanging Iskolar Para sa Bayan and Oblation Statute for the Virtues of Industry and Magnanimity. 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. 

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