Prior to joining Astris Finance, Michael was Spokesperson and Communications Director at the Philippines’ Department of Transportation from 2012 to 2015. While concurrently serving as Senior Project Development Officer in 2013, he worked on special issues in the structuring and tender of the agency’s first set of PPPs: the USD 1.3 Bn LRT-1 Extension, the USD 340 Mn Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and the USD 34 Mn LRT-MRT Automatic Fare Collection System.
He spent two years at a law firm from 2010 to 2012, where his infrastructure and energy practice included acting as transaction advisor to the PPP Center and advising the National Renewable Energy Board in formulating the country’s landmark Feed-In Tariff Rules.
Michael earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines in 2009 and his Diploma in Corporate Finance from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2014. He also attended the PPP Foundation Masterclass Program at Her Majesty’s Treasury – Infrastructure UK as a Mansion House Scholar in 2012.