Duterte names U.P. dean as new national statistician

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) — President Rodrigo Duterte has named Dennis Mapa, professor and dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Statistics, as the new national statistician.

Mapa was among the new presidential appointees announced by Malacañang on Tuesday. His appointment paper was signed on Monday.

He will serve for five years, replacing Lisa Grace Bersales, whose term ended on April 22.

Mapa will serve as the new head of the Philippine Statistics Authority, and will spearhead the implementation of the National ID system.

The Philippine Identification System Act aims to create a single official identification card for all citizens that integrates and interconnects various government-issued IDs.

READ: Duterte signs National ID System Act

Mapa served as dean and professor at the country’s premier state university, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in Statistics. He also earned two master’s degrees, both in Statistics and Economics, before pursuing his doctorate degree in economics.