Today, the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) is 76 years old. It was then a small corporate counsel division under the Department of Justice (DOJ). But its humble beginnings did not stymie the likes of the late former Senator and Supreme Court Justice Ramon Diokno from serving as its head. In 1950, it was later formally known and referred to as the OGCC, pursuant to Executive Order 392. In 1959, Republic Act 2327, generally referred to as the Charter of OGCC, was signed into law. This was later amended in 1963 through Republic Act 3838, defining the powers of the OGCC as statutory legal counsel of all GOCCs. It also placed all GOCC legal departments under its control and supervision. The Administrative Code of 1987 further reinforced the unique role of the OGCC as statutory counsel of all GOCCs, their subsidiaries, other corporate offspring, government financial institutions, government corporate entities, and government acquired asset corporations – which I collectively refer to as GOCCs.