IN TRANSITION. The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) ushered in a new era of leadership with the election of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan, Ph.D as the agency’s new chairperson of its Board of Commissioners. The director general of the National Economic and Development Authority was sworn in on September 8, 2022 by his predecessor Professor Grace T. Cruz, Ph.D of the University of the Philippines-Population Institute. An economist with extensive development policy, governance, and administration expertise acquired from more than 35 years of professional work as a government official, nongovernmental organization executive, economic adviser, researcher, and professor, Dr. Balisacan is also a champion of population and development or POPDEV, having authored several books as well as close to 100 academic papers and book chapters on various development issues, particularly in the Philippines and East Asia.