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.