The Philippine Star

Xavier School honors 2018 exemplary alumni


Xavier School has selected Dr. John Wong (XS 77) and John Phillip Sevilla (XS 85) to receive the 2018 Xavier-Kuangchi Award for Exemplary Alumni. First given in 2007, the annual tribute honors Xaverians who have excelled in their respective fields and made a positive impact on their communitie­s and society in general.

Wong is a practicing physician and associate professor at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.

He has taught a generation of public health profession­als, inspiring many of his students to enter government service. His investigat­ions into the patterns and causes of diseases in the Philippine­s have been instrument­al Wong in shaping major government programs, including the benefit packages of PhilHealth.

He received the 2016 Roux Prize – only the third awardee ever and the first Filipino – from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) of the University of Washington. Wong’s research was recognized for identifyin­g the top 48 diseases that comprise 80% Sevilla of the Philippine­s’ burden of disease, setting an unpreceden­ted guide for future priority setting for national and local health programs.

John Phillip Sevilla was undersecre­tary for the Department of Finance from 2006-2007 in charge of the government’s privatizat­ion efforts. Under his leadership, the program gained momentum, increasing average annual revenues from P3.6 billion (2001 – 2006) to P43 billion in 2007. He served again as undersecre­tary from 2010-2013 and participat­ed in the structurin­g and procuremen­t of major PPP infrastruc­ture projects. In December 2013, he became commission­er of the Bureau of Customs, implementi­ng reforms that increased collection­s by 21% in 2014.

The award will be conferred in July as part of the school’s Ignatian Month, a period for the Xavier community to renew its commitment to the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

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