About Lope L. Bato, Jr
He graduated Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Accounting at Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in 1986. He finished Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Centro Escolar University and now a candidate for Doctor in Business Administration (BDA) at La Consolacion University of the Philippines.
After passing the CPA Board, he joined SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co., (SGV & Co.) CPAs, and he resigned after five (5) years. Together with two (2) of his colleagues from SGV, they organized Quilab Cabilin Bato & Co., CPAs (QBC & Co., CPAs), a Regional Audit Firm based in Mindanao. In 2016, after almost twenty-five (25) years with QCB, he started his own firm known as Lope Laranjo Bato & Co., CPAs (LLB & Co., CPAs) together with five (5) of his senior managers as founding partners.
He has been in the practice of Public Accounting and Taxation since he became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as a Senior Auditor of SGV & Co., CPAs to Managing Partner of QCB & Co., CPAs and now as Chairman and CEO of LOPE LARANJO BATO & Co., CPAs (LLB & Co., CPAs), a Member Firm of the “Leading Edge Alliance Global”, with head office in Cagayan de Oro City and eight (8) branches operating nationwide. In his almost thirty-three (33) years in the practice of Public Accounting and Taxation, he was able to obtain two (2) global certifications, namely, “Certified Forensic Accountant (CrFA) and Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA). While practicing his profession as a CPA under the banner of QCB & Co., CPAs, he concurrently led a Rural Bank based in Cagayan de Oro City for fifteen (15) years from 1997 to 2012 as its President and CEO.
He has been very active with his professional organization, the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), having served in various capacities until he became the youngest Chapter President of PICPA Cagayan de Oro – Misamis Oriental Chapter in 1996 and National Vice-President for Public Practice (PICPA National) in 2009. He is likewise very active with the Association of CPAs in Public Practice (ACPAPP) having served as the Founding President of ACPAPP Northern Mindanao Chapter and as a Member of the ACPAPP National Board for two (2) terms. He was awarded, among others, Outstanding PICPA Member in 2006, Honorary Lifetime Member of PICPA in 2010, Outstanding MSU-IIT Alumnus (TOMA) in the field of Banking and Finance in 2009, and Most Outstanding Director of the Rotary of Club of Cagayan de Oro (Mother Club) in 2003.
He was again elected to PICPA National Board in 2019 as Regional Director representing Northern Mindanao Region and serves as the Executive Vice-President of PICPA. Effective July 1, 2020, Mr. Lope L. Bato, Jr. takes the helm of Presidency with the Philippine Institute of CPAs (PICPA).