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DPWH exec earns flak for spending thousands of pesos for advertising her graduation amidst pandemic

After six years of schooling, she is one of those students who graduated ‘online’ and did not experience the traditional graduation rites due to the pandemic.

DPWH official Anna Mae Lamentillo gained criticisms for spending thousands of pesos to advertise her graduation at the time when the country is facing economic turmoil due to the pandemic.

Lamentillo, the ‘Build build build’ committee chairperson, just finished her studies at the University of the Philippines Law School and had the news announced on Facebook, Twitter, in newspapers, and even a billboard on C5, allegedly sponsored by her uncle.

The advertisement for her achievement gained criticisms from netizens as they believe it is insensitive for a government official to spend thousands of pesos to boost her ego especially when the country is facing economic struggles due to the pandemic.

Some also slammed her for being ‘thirsty’ for affirmation, as netizens believe that there’s nothing special about her achievement.

“A government official who graduated from a state university spending tens of thousands of pesos to advertise her own graduation during economically turbulent times? Peak tasteless.”

“In any case, di naman sabay-sabay yung four jobs and looks like the jobs mostly involve politicking. So what’s so groundbreaking that she had to be featured?”

[In any case, the four jobs are not simultaneous and it looks like the jobs mostly involve politicking. So what’s so groundbreaking that she had to be featured]

“From 1 to Anna Mae gaano ka ka-uhaw sa affirmation?”

[From 1 to Anna Mae how thirsty are you of affirmation?]

After six years of schooling, she is one of those students who graduated ‘online’ and did not experience the traditional graduation rites due to the pandemic.

As the program chair of ‘Build Build Build’, she helped build 24,000 km of roads, 4,959 bridges, 137,000 classrooms.

She studied law while doing her duties and serving as a DPWH executive. Lamentillo said that the best lesson she learned from UP law is “to show up for class, regardless of circumstances or my lack of preparation.”


Unfortunately, Lamentillo said on July 18 that she tested positive for COVID-19, 3 days after her boss Mark Villar, DPWH Secretary announced that he is COVID-19 positive.

Written by Neil

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