MANILA (Mabuhay)– Finance undersecretary John Philip Sevilla has been officially appointed as the new commissioner of the Bureau of Customs.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the formal appointment of Sevilla as Customs chief was made on December 9.
On December 11, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima administered the oath-taking of Sevilla at the Department of Finance.
Sevilla earlier appointed as officer-in-charge at the BOC.
He was previously DOF Undersecretary for the Corporate Affairs Group and Privatization.
He has held the position since 2010 in the current administration, and also served as Undersecretary for Privatization from 2006 to 2007.
Sevilla had also worked as an executive director at the investment bank Goldman Sachs, and had also covered the Philippines as an associate director and sovereign rater for credit rating agency Standard and Poors’.
Sevilla also served as Chief Operating Officer of Synergeia foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education in the Philippines.
He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics and Government and he holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Earlier, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said Sevilla is capable of leading the President’s reform agenda for Customs, citing his expertise and track record of public service.(MNS)