Protacio T. Tacandong
Chief Operating Officer

Offices : Cebu, Davao, Makati

Cocoy is a co-founder of the Firm. He has over 40 years of experience in the accounting profession—16 of those years as SGV’s Partner-in-Charge of the Mindanao and Visayas branches and 10 years, concurrently, as Chief Finance and Administrative Officer. He has provided audit and advisory services to different companies engaged in agri-business, utilities, financial institutions, real estate & construction, manufacturing, cooperatives, port services, educational institutions, and others. He was also Chairman of the Operational Excellence Committee and member of the Operations, Management and People First Committees of SGV.

Cocoy was actively involved in the business development of Mindanao by serving key positions in various trade and business associations such as being president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of Rotary Club of Davao, Mindanao Business Council and Philippine Business for Social Progress.  He also served as national president of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) from 2008 to 2009, and as an independent director representing the private sector of Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2011 to 2017. 

Cocoy is a graduate of the University of San Carlos, Cebu City where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, major in Accounting.  He earned his Master in Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management. 

He was conferred the SGV’s SyCip Award, 1995 Most Outstanding Carolinian in Financial Management Award, Ernst & Young Chairman’s Values Award for Far East Area, the 2005 PICPA Most Outstanding CPA in Public Practice, 2012 Professional Regulations Commission ‘s Outstanding Professional of the Year in the Field of Accountancy, 2014  PICPA Accountancy Hall of Fame Award, 2016 Awardee under Professional Services in the Leaders and Achievers in Davao (LEADavao) Awards, 2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of San Carlos, and 2019 Parangal San Mateo Award by the PICPA Foundation, Inc.