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MELITO S. SALAZAR, JR., a former president of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), and former senior government official, educator and board member of various companies and schools, died Saturday at age 69, the association announced.
According to a profile provided by MAP, Mr. Salazar became the 64th president of the group in 2013.
Mr. Salazar was chair of Inter-Asia Development Bank; columnist and Vice President of the Manila Bulletin; chair of the International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance, an non-governmental organization founded by former senior government officials; chair and president of Quickminds Corp; vice chair of PVB Card Co.; and Director of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod and PhilsFirst Insurance Corp.
Mr. Salazar served on the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), vice chair and managing head of the Board of Investments, Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, Director of the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute for Small Scale Industries, and Associate Professor of the UP College of Business Administration.
He held BSBA (Accountancy) and MBA degrees from UP and underwent further training in Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of North Carolina, and the Euro-Asia Centre of INSEAD.
Mr. Salazar was also the first Filipino given the Special Honor Award by the World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, as a pioneer in SME development.
Mr. Salazar’s wake is at Arlington Memorial Chapels & Crematory at Aeternum, Heritage Park, Bonifacio Global City, and will run until Feb. 22. — Janina C. Lim