Jose C. de Venecia, Jr.
Mr. de Venecia was former Speaker of the House of Representatives (from 1992 to 1998, and from 2001 to 2008). Among the many pieces of legislation he authored is the BOT Law (Build-Operate-Transfer Law), which has become the basis for “Private-Public Partnerships”. He also authored the Military Bases Conversion Law, which converted the former military bases into export zones and free ports. He also co-authored the law which created the Central Bank of the Philippines - a reform that has strengthened supervision of the country’s financial sector and opened banking to greater competition. Before joining politics, Mr. de Venecia was an international entrepreneur, engaged in the business of port operations in Saudi Arabia, agriculture in Africa, mass housing in Iraq and oil exploration in the United Arab Emirates. Together with his brother, he was also one of the pioneers in the oil discoveries in the Palawan offshore. Mr. de Venecia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University. He completed his secondary education at De La Salle College, Manila.