Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV
“I have seen that with the right programs, support systems, and opportunities, a poor Filipino can become a successful entrepreneur with renewed dignity, able to provide for his or her family.” – Sen. Bam Aquino
This encapsulates the mission and the mindset of Sen. Bam Aquino – a politics of hope and trust that the Filipino people can overcome poverty and rise to lasting prosperity.
The youngest senator of the 16th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines and a world-renowned social entrepreneur, Sen. Bam Aquino has dedicated his career to empowering the youth and the poor, helping Filipinos improve their lives through entrepreneurship and with effective support systems.
He graduated as class valedictorian and student council president with summa cum laude honors from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Management Engineering in 1999. He became the youngest head of a government agency at age 25 when he was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Youth Commission, the primary national policy-making body for Filipino youth.
He co-founded the multi-awarded social enterprise, The Hapinoy Program, and has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 2010, one of the Asian Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2011, and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012.
On his first year as senator, he authored the Go Negosyo Law, the first pro-poor and inclusive growth bill in the 16th Congress, and passed the Philippine Lemon Law to protect consumers against the sale of defective vehicles.
With increased momentum, the neophyte senator passed four more laws in 2015, including landmark legislation – the Philippine Competition Act – set to revolutionize the playing field for businesses, particularly for MSMEs and start-ups.
Other laws under his belt include the Amendments to the Cabotage Policy, the Youth Entrepreneurship Act, and the Microfinance NGOs Act while the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act and the Credit Surety Fund Cooperatives Act are awaiting the President’s signature.
Sen. Bam’s determination to ensure inclusive growth in the Philippines remains steadfast and we can expect more of his policies and initiatives to provide sustainable livelihood to poor and marginalized Filipinos in the years to come.