ACEF Speaker

Jose Layug, Jr.

Senior Partner,
Divina Law Offices

Atty. Jose M. Layug, Jr. or “Jay” is currently a Senior Partner at Divina Law Offices. He is the President of the Developers of Renewable Energy for AdvanceMent, Inc. (DREAM), the umbrella organization of all renewable energy associations in the Philippines. He is also a director of the Philippine Energy Research & Policy Institute (PERPI), an independent energy think-tank created by law. He is also the Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee, European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP). He recently served as Chairman of the National Renewable Energy Board from 2016-2018. Jay was the Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) from 2010-2012 and headed the Renewable Energy Management Bureau, Energy Resources Development Bureau, Energy Utilization Management Bureau, Oil Industry Management Bureau and Legal Services. He was primarily responsible for the revival of various sectors in the Philippine energy sector with the successful launching of the National Renewable Energy Program, the Philippine Energy Contracting Rounds for Petroleum and Coal and the Public Transport Assistance Program of Pantawid Pasada. Prior to his DOE position, Jay was a Senior Counsel for the Negotiations and Legal Department of the Australian Strategic Business Unit of Chevron Corporation and served as the Malampaya Legal Manager of Chevron Malampaya LLC located in Manila, Philippines from 2007-2010. As Chevron counsel, he received the first ever William T. Coleman Award in 2008 – the highest recognition given by Chevron Corporation to a Chevron in-house counsel worldwide – besting all other Chevron lawyers worldwide. Before joining Chevron, Jay acted as international legal consultant of the Asian Development Bank and was a Senior Associate at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan handling banking and finance, project development and financing relating to mining, energy, power and transportation industries. From 2000-2002, Jay practiced law in New York and worked as a Foreign Lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Jay served as Dean of the University of Makati School of Law and currently teaches at the University of the Philippines College of Law.


  • Pre-Forum Event: The Future of Floating PV Technology in Asia hosted by the Norwegian Embassy and Solar Energy Cluster, with support from the Dutch Embassy and GPCC