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by admin on 04 1st, 2017
 SEC Commissioner Ephyro Luis B. Amatong is ABCollege’s 71st Commencement Speaker

SEC Commissioner Ephyro Luis B. Amatong is ABCollege’s 71st Commencement Speaker

A seasoned lawyer by profession and now serving as one of four Commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commissioner Ephyro Luis B. Amatong, returns home to address the Andres Bonifacio College graduating class of 2017 in the 71st Commencement Exercises on April 3, 2017 at the College Green.

Commissioner Amatong earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Economics degree in 1997 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, cum laude. He proceeded to enroll at the U.P. College of Law where he excelled in the academics and exhibited prowess in co-curricular activities. He served as a member of the U.P. Law Debate Committee which participated in the ASEAN Varsities Debate VI, XIXth World Universities Debating Championship and 1999 All Asian Debate Competition, and was Captain of the U.P. Law Team in the 2000 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He finished his Bachelor of Laws degree in 2001 and was conferred with the Dean`s medal for academic excellence. In 2002, he was admitted to the Philippine Bar.

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As an Ayala and Eugenio Lopez scholar, he earned his Masters of Law (LL.M.) with concentration in International Finance in 2006 at the Harvard Law School, U.S.A. At Harvard, he published a paper entitled Regulatory Equivalence and the U.S.-E.U. Financial Services Dialogue which analyzed cooperation among US and EU financial regulators as a mutual recognition system for harmonizing rules, minimizing conflicts and promoting a transatlantic capital market. In 2007, he was admitted to the New York Bar.

Before he entered government service, he was an Associate at the Villaraza & Angangco Law Offices and handled high profile litigation cases which included among others a successful representation of an intellectual property action protecting a multinational food company’s internationally well-known trademark/brand from infringement, and collaborated with a leading U.S. law firm in handling a multi-million dollar toxic tort case filed simultaneously in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. From July 2003- July 2005, he served as Senior Law Clerk to then Justice and currently Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and as such drafted judicial decisions/opinions including those which became landmark cases.

He served the government in various capacities, namely as Adviser to then Amb. Hilario G. Davide, Jr. at the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations (2007-2008) Corporate Legal Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of PNOC Exploration Corporation (2008-2010), Acting Chairman of the Local Water Utilities Administration (2011), Corporate Staff Officer of the National Power Corporation (2010-2012), and was Vice President of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (2012-2013).

In September 2013 until May 2014, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Finance (DOF). In such capacity, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing reform programs in the Bureau of Customs through the issuance of well studied and relevant orders, rules and regulation. He also played an active role in the successful awards of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Programs, including the construction of 9,300 classrooms under the PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phase I (US$397 million), the NAIA Expressway Project (US$345 million), the Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center (US$126 million), and the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) with an estimated Project Cost of US$38.2 Million.

On April 23, 2014 he was appointed commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by former President Benigno S. Aquino III and took his oath of office on May 13, 2014.

A living proof that a dedicated and diligent pursuit of excellence will take to one to greater heights, the Andres Bonifacio College community is deeply grateful and honored for his gracing the commencement exercises. (Kevin James Limbaga)

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