- CAREER SERVICES
Seeing a man who has gained huge recognition through his achievements, yet remaining humble and simple is very rare. This is what best describes Atty. Nelson M. Aspe, CPA. Atty. Aspe is currently a Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). From his humble beginnings, he rose to the top through hard work and dedication to public service.
He entered UNC High School in 1969, which he finished as 5th honorable mention in 1973. He then took up his Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Accounting where he acquired the necessary knowledge and training in Accounting. His perseverance and competence paved way to his graduation in 1977 with flying colors.
After passing the CPA Board Examinations, he joined the Guzman – Bocaling and Co., CPAs as a Senior Auditor, then he became a Junior Partner for V.M. Torres and Co., CPAs. Both stints gave him the necessary exposure and training in the private sector and in his chosen field.
After a considerable time spent in private practice, he decided to join the government as an employee of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. He started as Revenue Enforcement Officer and rose to become Technical Assistant for the Office of the Commissioner, Assistant Chief of the Legal Division of BIR – San Pablo City and Group Supervisor of Caloocan District. Being a lawyer, his journey towards his career path did not stop there. He was promoted to Technical Assistant to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Legal and Inspection Group, then later as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Commissioner, Operations Group, and Regional Director for the Revenue District of Makati City. After years of hard work and dedication, his biggest break came in July 2007 when he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner until the present. Programs were initiated during his term. One of which was “Oplan Kandado Program”, involving closure of business establishments who do not comply with BIR laws and regulations.
To add to his very impressive track record, Atty. Aspe is a member of the BIR VAT Review Committee, responsible for the formulation of VAT-related regulations, ruling, memorandum orders and circulars since 1977, and is also a member of the drafting committee for important revenue regulations. He was assigned as the Philippine representative to the 2002 tax forum in Seoul, Korea. He was also sent as BIR head to the Study Visit to the Swedish Tax Agency and Statistics in Stockholm in 2008. During the same year, he headed the Philippine delegation in the Study Group for Asian Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR) in Guangzhou, China. His years of meaningful experience plus his competence in the taxation field proved to be his greatest assets that made his superiors confident to send him as head of the BIR delegation to Tokyo, Japan that took part in the discussion with Japanese tax officials relative to audit of large enterprises and selected industries. In November 2011, he again headed the Philippine delegation for the Study Group for Asian Tax Administration and Research in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. His knowledge, skills and unfaltering experience made him a favorite guest speaker to talk about his work and profession. Recently, he was invited to speak in the 67th PICPA Annual National Convention in Butuan City last November 28 to December 1, 2012.
To honor this alumnus and to recognize his significant accomplishments, he was awarded by the University as Outstanding CPA in Government Service for 2011.
Indeed, Atty. Aspe is a self-made man. From his humble beginnings within the walls of the University, he has strived and risen to where he is now…a man of courage, determination and honest public service.
The following was the commencement speech delivered by Atty. Aspe to UNC High School Graduating Class 2013. May this give us inspiration to believe in ourselves more and try working for a fruitful and successful tomorrow.
“When I received a text message from one of my former classmates in high school inviting me to speak before all of you today, I was both honoured – and humbled. It is always a great honour to be asked to speak before young people such as yourselves – idealistic, hopeful and full of enthusiasm for the life ahead of you. I know you are so eager to begin a new phase in your life. What, indeed, can I share with you that can be of help to you as you write a new chapter in the story of your lives?
Thinking back on the years since my own graduation from secondary schooling exactly forty years ago, I can say that life has taught me many lessons. So, with your indulgence, let us talk about what I like to call “Some Things Every Graduate Should Know About Life after High School”.
My dear graduates, I will be honest – life is always going to be challenging, especially now that you are about to become professionals, earn your own living, and make your own decisions as to what direction you wish to take in life. It is not an easy road by any account, but it is a road that I know, from personal experience, can bring you great fulfilment. All life asks of you is that you should have the courage and the commitment to live each day fully, and to give your best in everything you do, whether it be at work or at leisure.
If there is one thing I will ask of you, it is to remember these very wise words of Pope Benedict XVI:
“All people desire to leave a lasting mark. But what endures? Money does not. Even buildings do not, nor books. After a certain time, longer or shorter, all these things disappear. The only thing that lasts forever is the human soul, the human person created by God for eternity. The fruit that endures is therefore all that we have sown in human souls: love, knowledge, a gesture capable of touching hearts, words that open the soul to joy in the Lord. So let us go and pray to the Lord to help us bear fruit that endures.
In everything you do, therefore, seek to fulfil the Will of God, and to be an instrument for His Plan of Love and Goodness for all mankind. In this way, your life will truly be a success.
Congratulations, and may God bless us all.”
Atty. Aspe emphasized the importance of the knowledge and training gained within the corners of this University. However, one must grab the opportunities offered by the world outside. Our college degree is but a key to open the doors of success. To quote a line from his speech, “Remember that what you have learned in school is just a drop in the bucket when compared to the knowledge that is out there.” Prospects are just waiting to be tapped. All we have to do is fully utilize our potentials.
Truly, Atty. Nelson M. Aspe, CPA, our outstanding CBA Alumnus is a self-made man.