House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday was conferred with the Award of Distinction by his fellow alumni from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law.
The UST Law Alumni Foundation Inc. recognized the 44-year-old Velasco for his “sterling leadership” as Speaker of the House of Representatives; representative of the lone district of Marinduque province; past president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Marinduque Chapter; and provincial administrator of Marinduque.
“This award, the highest honor the UST Law Alumni Foundation Inc. can bestow, is given to distinguished law graduates of the university in recognition of their outstanding career achievements, leadership in the professions, and noteworthy public service,” it said.
“Velasco has proudly exhibited an unqualified commitment to serve God and the nation through a strong adherence to the Thomasian core values of competence, compassion, and commitment,” the foundation stated.
He was also recognized for his “impeccable governance marked with honesty and selflessness.”
In response, Velasco thanked the foundation for the recognition as he attributed his career brilliance to the sound education that he acquired from his alma mater.
“It is my honor to uphold the values and embody the Thomasian spirit in my career as a public servant,” Velasco said.
“I consider this a privilege and as proof that I am treading the right path in my work as a legislator,” he added.
Velasco earned a degree in business management from De La Salle University. He obtained his law degree from UST and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2005.
Prior to becoming provincial administrator under then-governor Jose Antonio Carrion, Velasco worked at the Supreme Court — first as a court attorney, and then as judicial staff head.