Senatorial Chief of Staff, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Brian Poe-Llamanzares, received his doctorate degree in Public Administration this afternoon, Aug. 20, from the University of Perpetual Help during the graduation ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
“We must never forget the value of education. As more young people serve in government, we must continue to learn and grow to be able to serve to the best of our ability,” says Brian.
Since 2013, Poe-Llamanzares has been working and campaigning alongside his mom, Senator Grace Poe, from being her official proxy to campaign manager and currently Chief of Staff of her Senate office.
At 30, Brian is also one of the younger Chief of Staffs to serve in the Senate. “What I lack in years of experience I made up for in years of education. Having completed my doctorate degree, I feel I have more to offer the Filipino people as I continue to serve as Chief of Staff in the Senate.”
For the 19th Congress, Senator Grace remains the chair of the Committee on Public Services and will also chair the Committee on Economic Affairs. Brian has been serving as her Chief of Staff since she was elected and ranked second in the 2019 Senatorial race, where Brian also served as her campaign manager.
The Doctor in Public Administration Program of the University of Perpetual Help was completed by Poe-Llamanzares in two years and wrote a dissertation entitled “The Implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT): Prospects for Enhanced Policy, Regulatory, and Infostructural Interventions.”
“I think many of us learned the value of education during the pandemic. We should always remember that education is a gift. And that with that gift comes great responsibility. If we have studied, then it is our job to share what we’ve learned with our fellow Filipinos,” Brian says.
Brian graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2013 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science. He then attended Columbia University for his Masters in Climate & Society before earning his PhD in Public Administration from the University of Perpetual Help.
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