Ephyro Luis Amatong
Securities and Exchange Commission, Republic of the Philippines
Ephyro Luis B. Amatong was appointed commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President Benigno S. Aquino III on April 23, 2014 and took his oath of office on May 13, 2014.Before joining the SEC, Mr. Amatong was an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Finance (DOF) where he had an active role in a number of privatization projects, including the privatization of 74 hectares of the Food Terminal, Inc. (P24 billion). He was involved in a number of successfully awarded Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects such as 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, most recently, the Automated Fare Collection System of the Department of Transportation and Communication (US$38 million). Mr. Amatong was the DOF representative to the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council and was also part of the team that developed and implemented President Aquino`s Reform Program for the Bureau of Customs. He also served in various capacities in the government, namely as Vice President of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (2012-2013), Corporate Staff Officer of the National Power Corporation (2010-2012), Acting Chairman of the Local Water Utilities Administration (2011), Corporate Legal Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of PNOC Exploration Corporation (2008-2010), Adviser to then Amb. Hilario G. Davide, Jr. at the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations (2007-2008), and Senior Law Clerk to then Justice Conchita Carpio Morales of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (2003-2005). Before joining the government, Mr. Amatong was an associate with the Villaraza & Angangco Law Offices (2002-2003), where he dealt with high-profile litigation cases. Mr. Amatong was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2002 and the New York Bar in 2007. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M., 2006) degree, with an International Finance concentration, from Harvard Law School, where he was an Ayala scholar and a Eugenio Lopez scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B., 2001) degree from the U.P. College of Law, where he was conferred the Dean`s medal for academic excellence, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics (B.S.B.E., 1997) degree, cum laude, from the U.P. School of Economics. He was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather, the Honors Society of the U.P. College of Law, and is a life member of the Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu.