Aquino taps Finance undersecretary as Customs OIC

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has appointed Finance Undersecretary John "Sunny" Sevilla as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) after the resignation of Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino "Ruffy" Biazon, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday.

Sevilla will temporarily step down from his position as the DOF's undersecretary for the Corporate Affairs Group and Privatization, a position he has held since 2010 in the current administration, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said.

Bureau of Customs
Finance Undersecretary John "Sunny" Sevilla

In supporting the President's decision, the DOF chief noted that Sevilla's financial expertise and track record of public service rendered him more than capable of continuing the President's reform agenda for Customs.

"While it is a monumental challenge to fill the shoes left behind by Ruffy Biazon at Customs, we are in full support of the President’s decision to tap Undersecretary Sevilla for the job," Purisima said.

"Leadership of the Bureau of Customs requires someone who is results-oriented and an expert on economics, international relations, and project implementation. These traits describe Sunny Sevilla perfectly," he said.

"We recognize that it is our temporary loss at the DOF to see Undersecretary Sevilla go, but nevertheless, we wish him the best on this new opportunity to serve the country," Purisima added.

Sevilla also served as undersecretary for Privatization from 2006 to 2007.

Prior to serving as undersecretary at the DOF, he had 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.

Biazon resigned after he was among those charged before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to alleged misuse of his pork barrel when he was still a congressman of Muntilupa City.

The BOC is an agency under the DOF. (SDR/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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