Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr. is a public servant, economist, and scholar with significant contributions in the field of economics and international relations. He was the Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) from 2010-2012, the government department in which he also served as Chief from 1901-1992. Apart from his cabinet appointment, Secretary Paderanga also served as Chairperson of the Board of the Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis (IDEA) and the Foundation for Integrative and Development Studies (FIDS). Similarly, he was the Chairperson of the Philippine Social Science Council and the President of the Philippine Economic Society. An expert in economics, he became the Executive Director and Alternate Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank not only for the Philippines but also for Pakistan, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. He also took on the roles of President of the Philippine Stock Exchange and Vice President of the Philippine Fulbright Scholars Association, Inc.
Dr. Paderanga earned his B.S. Degree in Commerce from the De La Salle University of the Philippines and took up Graduate Studies in Industrial Economics at the Center for Research and Communication. He completed his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University. Given his background, he has made great contributions to the field of economics both as a researcher and a professor. Secretary Paderanga pushed for the expansion of international relations and the study of the management of and development of human resources in the public sector. He has conducted extensive research on the economy of the Philippines and has published a vast collection of articles that survey both local economics and economics in the face of globalization.
His areas of interest include urban and regional economics, public economics, and development economics. With regard to his academic career, he was a professor at the University of the Philippines’ School of Economics and a visiting professor at the University of Western Ontario and Kobe University. He pioneered studies on the pursuit of safer local settlements by considering which areas in the Philippines are most conducive for human settlement in terms of resources, climate change, as well as development and population issues within the district.