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THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Ramon M. Lopez
Secretary
 
The DTI Executive Committee (DTI ExCom) is headed by the Trade and Industry Secretary and is composed of the top officials of the Department. Ramon M. Lopez, the current Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is the chair of the DTI ExCom.

The rest of the team is as follows: 
 
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
 
UNDERSECRETARIES
   
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Rowel S. Barba
Undersecretary and Chief-of-Staff
 
Atty. Rowel S. Barba serves as the Chief-of-Staff of the Office of the Secretary.
 
Prior to this, he headed the formerly Competitiveness and Ease of Doing Business Group (CEODBG) now Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG) of the DTI from 2018 to 2019, and the Management Services Group (MSG) from 2016 to February 2018, where he oversaw policy making and implementation of operating plans and communication support for the entire Department. 
 
Atty. Barba is a respected name in business and law circles, having had over 20 years of experience. He was the former Managing Partner of Barba & Associates Law Offices. He is perhaps most known for his tenure in the RFM Corporation, a publicly listed corporation, where he used to be Vice President and Head of the Corporate Legal & HR Divisions; the JAKA Group, where he held several positions, eventually moving up to becoming the company’s Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel; and as an Associate at the Ponce Enrile Cayetano Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices.
 
Atty. Barba obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in AB Political Science, as well as his Bachelor of Laws degree, from the University of the Philippines, where he also was on the editorial board of the Philippine Law Journal. Other notable positions of his include being Governor for Southern Luzon of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) from 1997 to 1999, and Legal Counsel of the Philippine Practical Shooting Association. He is a member of the "Ang Ligaya Ng Panginoon" community.
 
 
Rafaelita M. Aldaba
Undersecretary, Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG)
 
Dr. Rafaelita “Fita” M. Aldaba is Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). She fulfills a key role in the formulation and implementation of the Inclusive Innovation Industrial Strategy (i3S), which puts innovation at the heart of the country’s new industrial policy. Usec. Aldaba is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), the country’s primary industry development arm and lead investment promotion agency (IPA).

Apart from manufacturing resurgence and industry roadmaps, she is leading DTI’s initiatives in establishing an inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in collaboration with other government agencies, industry, and the academe under the Inclusive Filipinnovation and Entrepreneurship Roadmap. She is also in-charge of the competitiveness and research work of DTI, focusing on supply chain and logistics, e-commerce, accreditation of conformity assessment bodies, and trade and industrial policy.

A researcher turned policymaker, Dr. Aldaba was Senior Research Fellow and Acting Vice-President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) prior to her previous appointment as Assistant Secretary of DTI’s Industry Development and Trade Policy Group (IDTPG). She has extensive research experience, authored various publications on development issues, and conceptualized and managed research projects with various international organizations, including The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the United States Agency for International Development.
 
 
 
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Ruth B. Castelo
Undersecretary, Consumer Protection Group (CPG)
 
Atty. Ruth B. Castelo was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1994 and has since been continuously engaged in the practice of the legal profession. Her experience as a lawyer extends to government practice when she served as a City Attorney from 1994 to 2001, and where her litigation skills were honed. In this line of work, she was exposed to construction and government infrastructure projects reviewing construction contracts and ensuring proper implementation of the same.

In the course of her private practice, Atty. Castelo had argued before all court levels in the country, from the Metropolitan Trial Court, Regional Trial Court, the Sandiganbayan in a Division, the Court of Appeals in a Division, and the Supreme Court en banc, with the exclusion of the Court of Tax Appeals. The cases that she handled range from civil, criminal and administrative cases, among which are medical malpractice, violation of RA 3019 (The Anti-Graft Law), violation of PD 1096 (The National Building Code), construction disputes, and the like. She was engaged as a consultant for the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, particularly on construction and government infrastructure projects.

Prior to her appointment as DTI Undersecretary, she was admitted as Construction Arbitrator for the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) by virtue of her extensive exposure to construction contracts and litigation/arbitration of construction disputes. 
  
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Ceferino S. Rodolfo
Undersecretary, Industry Development and Trade Policy Group (IDTPG)

Ceferino S. Rodolfo, Ph.D. Undersecretary for the IDTPG of the DTI and Vice Chairman and Managing Head of the Board of Investments was awarded DTI’s Executive of the Year in 2014, after only a year of service in DTI. 

Since 2013 as IDTPG Assistant Secretary, Dr. Rodolfo has provided key support in authoring the country’s international trade strategy, and in coming up with the Philippine Trade Negotiation Agenda. In negotiating international trade agreements, he strengthened the One Country, One Voice program (OCOV), DTI’s institutional consultation mechanism, involving a broad range of stakeholders. OCOV significantly contributed to ensure the country’s readiness to pursue free trade agreements (FTAs) with key trading partners, address outstanding economic and trade issues, provide employment opportunities for Filipinos, particularly in rural areas, and maximize the benefits of economic integration.

His work also included the country’s substantive participation in various international fora, such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and heightened awareness of key DTI programs and initiatives geared towards strengthening the competitiveness of local industries, particularly micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). He communicated both the opportunities and challenges of the country’s various trade engagements to guide businesses, academe, government agencies, and civil society.
 
From 2000 – 2010, Dr. Rodolfo served as the Senior Policy Adviser for the IDTPG. He designed, developed, and facilitated stakeholder consultations, capacity-building programs, and undertook research on trade and industry. He also provided assistance in evaluating trade-related programs of development partners, specifically in the areas of capacity building, public advocacy, organizational development, and broadening stakeholder participation. He provided technical advice on the development of the country’s trade negotiating positions.
 
Dr. Rodolfo is the first Filipino participant in the Strategic Management Program of the Industrial Management Institute (IMI), sponsored by the IMI and by the Islamic Development Bank, held in Tehran, Iran in 1995. He is a faculty member of the School of Management (SMN) of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) since 1991 and was appointed Vice Dean of the SMN and Academic Director of the Advanced Management Program of the SMN in 2011. He also joined the International Faculty Development Program of the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain in 2007.
 
Dr. Rodolfo obtained his Economics Degree from the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines and his Master of Science in Industrial Economics, on full scholarship from the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany, from the Center for Research and Communication (CRC), now known as UA&P. He also holds a Doctoral Degree in Public Administration (DPA) from the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines. 
 
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Ireneo V. Vizmonte
Undersecretary, Management Services Group (MSG)
 
Mr. Ireneo V. Vizmonte was appointed as Undersecretary of the DTI in February 2018. As Undersecretary for the MSG, he supervises the six offices under it, namely: Financial Management Service (FMS), Human Resource and Administrative Service (HRAS), Information Systems Management Service (ISMS), Knowledge Management and Information Service (KMIS), Planning and Management Service (PMS), and Resource Generation and Management Service (RGMS). He also serves as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Office of the Secretary (OSEC). 
 
Prior to his appointment, Undersecretary Vizmonte was DTI-MSG Assistant Secretary from 2015 to 2018, and Director of the Financial and Management Service from 2003 to 2015. Other government agencies he has worked for include the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (1997-2002; Senior Deputy Administrator from 1999-2001), the International Coffee Organization Certifying Agency (1988-1997; Chief Trade and Industry Development Specialist, 1992-1997), and the Ministry of Human Settlements Region IV (1982-1987; Division Chief, 1986-1987).

Undersecretary Vizmonte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of the Philippines - Los Baños (1981) and a Diploma in General and Strategic Management from the Maastricht School of Management (2005) in the Netherlands.
 
 
 
Blesila A. Lantayona
Undersecretary, Regional Operations Group (ROG)
 
Ms. Blesila A. Lantayona started her career in the civil service in NEDA Region XI.  She then moved to the DTI, first in various technical positions, then as Provincial Director of DTI Davao Del Sur, and eventually as Assistant Regional Director of DTI Region XI, Davao City.  Prior to her appointment as DTI Assistant Secretary, she was the Regional Director of the Department of Trade & Industry, Region 3. She is recently appointed as the Officer-in-Charge of ROG. 
 
She has also worked in 10 provinces in the People’s Republic of China including Beijing and Hong Kong as consultant for the 2nd biggest French electrical contracting company.  Likewise, she was part-time Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Government and Management (MBA Department) at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City and at the Don Honorio Ventura Technical State University in Bacolor, Pampanga. 
 
Undersecretary Lantayona earned her BS Degree in Agriculture major in Economics (cum laude) from Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), Cagayan de Oro City. She also holds an MBA Degree in International Business from Ecole Europeenne des Affaires (European School of Management) in Paris, France.
 
 
Abdulgani M. Macatoman
 Undersecretary, Special Concerns
Concurrent Undersecretary, Trade Promotions Group (TPG)
 
Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman heads the Office of Special Concerns of the DTI. In a concurrent capacity, he is also serving as the Undersecretary for the Trade and Promotions Group (TPG). He is a former Chairman of Foreign Chamber Council of the Philippines (FCCP); chairman emeritus of Bangsamoro Federal Business Council Inc.; a former Executive Director of PSPA Philippine solar power alliance; and the Former President and CEO of the Global Empire International Group of Companies.
 
He finished his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Accounting (1991); Bachelor of Laws (1995), and Master of Business Administration (1999) from the University of the East.
 
He began his public service career by becoming a Consultant in the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines and Executive Officer in the Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS); Consultant of the Philippine Center of Transnational Crime (PCTC), the Office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, and currently, under President Rodrigo R. Duterte, as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
 
He also has received numerous awards and recognitions as a businessman, consultant and public servant. Among these awards are: Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos in 2012, an award from Philippine Cancer Society; Golden Choice Awardee Global Enterpreneur of the year by the Inding Indi Short Film Festival and Asian Humanitarian Businessman of the year by the Global Officials of Dignity (GOD) Awards 2017; “Warrior Communicator Award” bestowed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas (Philippine Army) and the Civil-Military Operations Group Armed Forces of the Philippines. He is also the Global Muslim Entrepreneurial Awardee during the 3rd International Muslim Entrepreneurial Leaders in Tehran Iran. He was hailed by the Philippine Council of Management (PHILCOMAN) as Management Man for 2017 during the 41st National Management Congress.
 
 
ASSISTANT SECRETARIES
 
Assistant Secretary Mary Jean T. Pacheco
Mary Jean T. Pacheco
Assistant Secretary, Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG)
 
Assistant Secretary Mary Jean T. Pacheco has been with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for 18 years, starting as Division Chief of CITEM’s Corporate Planning Division in 1999. She describes herself as a highly motivated, dedicated public service professional with significant contribution and experience in planning, monitoring & evaluation, performance management, public administration, and public policy formulation.

In 2012, as the Director of the DTI’s Corporate Planning Service, she initiated the adoption of the Performance Governance System (PGS) in the DTI, and was instrumental in having the PGS approved by the CSC as the DTI Strategic Performance Management System in 2014. These efforts resulted in the Department of Trade and Industry being named by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) as one of the country’s first “Islands of Good Governance” in 2015, in recognition of efforts the department, to implement sustainable and transformative reforms in public service, a recognition shared with 11 other public sector agencies.

Prior to joining the Executive branch, Assistant Secretary Pacheco was part of the Legislative Branch (Senate of the Philippines) where she served under Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani and Senator Loren Legarda. As HEA of the Senate Committee on Agriculture under Senator Shahani, she was involved in the enactment of several laws on agriculture, notably the (i) Agricultural Tarrification Act; (ii) Philippine Fisheries Code; (iii) Joint Resolution Creating the Congressional Commission on Agricultural Modernization. In 1998, she joined the office of newly elected Senator Loren Legarda, as Director IV, responsible for admin and finance, last February 14, 2018 Jean was promoted to Assistant Secretary of the Competitiveness and Ease of Doing Business Group (CEODBG).

Before entering government, Assistant Secretary Pacheco was involved in policy formulation in organizations such as the Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD), and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), where she served 5 years as head of International Affairs Division.

Assistant Secretary Pacheco is a loyal Thomasian having obtained her secondary, undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Santo Tomas. She also received a degree in Masters in Public Policy from Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.
 
 
Ann Claire C. Cabochan
Assistant Secretary, Consumer Protection Group (CPG)

Atty. Ann Claire Credo-Cabochan is Assistant Secretary for Consumer Protection Group (CPG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). As such, she contributes to the policy and regulatory work undertaken by CPG bureaus: Bureau of Philippine Standards; Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau; and, Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau. Assistant Secretary Cabochan continues to build on her experience as Director of the DTI Bureau of International Trade Relations, the position she occupied prior to her promotion, and in which capacity she functioned as ASEAN Senior Official, APEC Senior Official for Trade, and lead Philippine delegate to disputes brought before the World Trade Organization. More particularly, she shepherds various initiatives to help steer the course of Consumer Protection in the ASEAN and APEC regions. A keen advocate of Sustainable Consumption, Assistant Secretary Cabochan actively works for its mainstreaming in various fora.

Also a Certified Public Accountant, Assistant Secretary Cabochan had occasion to lead the DTI Bureau of Philippine Standards and the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board, a DTI attached agency. Before joining DTI, she had stints at the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Borne of her work experience, her fields of specialization include Corporation Law, International Trade Law and Policy, Regional Economic Integration, International Trade Agreements and Negotiations, Regulatory Coherence and Good Regulatory Practices, and Consumer Protection.

Assistant Secretary Cabochan has extensive experience in the academe as full-time Accountancy professor at Silliman University; part-time Law professor at the Lyceum of the Philippines and the Arellano University School of Law; and, part-time College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Business professor at the San Beda University.

She is married to Atty. Jonas L. Cabochan and is a mother of one.

 

Allan B. Gepty
Assistant Secretary, Industry Development and Trade Policy Group (IDTPG)
 
Atty. Allan B. Gepty is a lawyer with diverse experience in the field of litigation, commercial law, international trade, and intellectual property. He joined the Department of Trade and Industry as an Assistant Secretary for Industry Development and International Trade Policy in December 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was a Commissioner of the Philippine Tariff Commission. He also served as Deputy Director General of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Philippines from 2010 to 2017.

Before his stint in government, he was an active law practitioner, and consultants of various companies in business development, investments, and project integration. He also served as the Corporate Counsel and Asst. Corporate Secretary of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and Technical Assistant for the Private Sector of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) from 2003 to 2009.

He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He finished his law degree from the San Beda College, Manila in 1997, and his Master of Laws degree from the University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce major in Economics from the same university, where he graduated Cum Laude in 1992. He is a recipient of the President Manuel L. Quezon Leadership Award and one of the Outstanding Alumni of the University of Santo Tomas, College of Commerce in the field of law in 2017.

He is a member of the academe teaching Public International Law, Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Law.
 
 
 
Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga
Demphna Du-Naga
Assistant Secretary, Regional Operations Group (ROG)
 
DTI Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga spearheads “One Town, One Product: Next Generation” or OTOP Next Gen, a project which aims to offer a package of public-private assistance in order for MSMEs with minimum viable products to come up with new or better offerings with significant improvement and innovation in the areas of quality, product development, design, standards compliance, marketability, production capability, brand development building from the gains of OTOP first generation. She is the mother of the late DTI Assistant Secretary Christopher Albert Du-Naga, who shared the same passion with her in providing realistic and practical support to MSMEs throughout the country.
 
Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga hails from the province of Masbate where she served as Municipal Mayor in the town of Dimasalang in 2007 with an advocacy in eco-tourism and sustainable livelihood projects. She successfully introduced various programs which trained and developed individuals in micro-businesses using their local raw products. Her vision of creating globally competitive businesses for MSMEs focusing on locally developed products emanated from her service in the local government. Having also served as Municipal Administrator in her town, she was able to develop plans and strategies, and implemented the same with high rate of success. Her projects particularly focused on matters relating to long-term benefits and sustainability for the business owners, with an idea that successful business will not only advantage the owner, but the whole community in general.
 
Her experience in business traces back decades ago, when she and her husband built various successful businesses during their early years. Assistant Secretary Du-Naga has under her belt, extensive and firsthand knowledge and skills in growing trade from humble beginnings. Her sophisticated approach in the industry finds its roots from her vast background in her business ventures, and further enhanced by her previous local governance.
 
Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga’s unwavering passion to help MSMEs place a spot in the global market penetrates deep to the hearts of the local enterprises through her personal and sensible approach, carefully tailored to the potentials of each venture.
 
 

Ameenah Abecede Fajardo
 Assistant Secretary, Special Concerns

Prior to becoming Assistant Secretary, Ameenah A. Fajardo -- a chemical engineer and academician by profession -- has managed to gather extensive experience in both government and business sectors. 

Assistant Secretary Fajardo was once a Chief of Staff at the House of Representatives. She also became an Executive Assistant to the Rizal Provincial Government, where she served as the head of the livelihood activities of the Ynares Eco System (YES). She is also responsible for the "Fidel Iodized Salt for the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) Livelihood Program," which has been throughout the entire country. 

She has been actively participating and a volunteer for Disaster Rescue Programs in coordination with Foreign Investors and counterparts, notably for Tropical Storms Ondoy and Yolanda. 

Assistant Secretary Fajardo has constantly been lauded for her accomplishments, receiving the Gintong Ina Award for Socio-Economic Community Service in 2001 and the Alay Sa Pamilya Award in 2003, for her dedication to public service especially pertaining to Livelihood Training and Programs for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) whereby, she has successfully launched and joined Trade Fairs for our OFW Sector in coordination with different Governmental Offices. 

Currently, as the Assistant Secretary of DTI, she handles Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), Persons with Disability (PWD), Comprehensive Social Benefits Program for the Wounded in Action – Killed in Action (WIA-KIA) AFP-PNP Personnel, Project Entrep, Strike Team for Indigenous People, and Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster.

 
Assistant Secretary Rosario Virginia C. Gaetos
Rosario Virginia C. Gaetos
 Assistant Secretary, Trade Promotions Group (TPG)
 
Ms. Rosario Virginia C. Gaetos is a tried and tested government official and DTI veteran, with an illustrious career in export and tourism promotions. As Director of the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), her most noteworthy achievements include the rebranding of the Manila FAME and IFEX, and spearheading a strong global branding campaign for Philippine export products. In 2016, she served as concurrent Office-in-Charge of the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), where she oversaw its reorganization and redirection of its strategic thrusts.
 
Prior to Assistant Secretary Gaetos’ DTI stint, she worked at the Department of Tourism (DOT), where she helped then-Secretary Richard Gordon in campaigns that revitalized the country’s tourism industry (“WOW Philippines,” “Visit Philippines”). She was also appointed as Philippine Commissioner for the World Expo Aichi 2005, and helped achieve for the Philippines the very first Gold Award from the Expo organizers. In addition, she headed the DOT’s Japan Team for two years, establishing the country’s first Travel Café in Tokyo, and resulting in the Philippines highest number of tourist arrivals from Japan in 2005.
 
She is also a pioneering force for the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions/Events (MICE) industry in the country, and has served as President/Secretary General of the Asian Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (AACVB). Under her leadership, the association launched the “Asia Now” campaign which helped highlight Asia as a MICE destination.
 
Assistant Secretary Gaetos obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service from the University of the Philippines, and her Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. 
 
Angelo B. Taningco
 Assistant Secretary, Office of the Secretary
 
Mr. Angelo B. Taningco was appointed as DTI Assistant Secretary in August 2018. He is with the Office of the Secretary (OSEC), advising and assisting the DTI Secretary on economic affairs.

Asec. Taningco is an economist with more than 20 years of work experience spanning the academe, business, and government. Before assuming his post at DTI in September 2018, he was an Economist/Strategist of Security Bank where he formulated economic and financial market research reports and forecasts for the Bank’s management and clientele.

In the academe, he was an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics of De La Salle University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in International Trade, International Finance, Financial Economics, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics. He advised students in thesis writing and practicum work. On research, he published some of his papers as journal articles and book chapters, and has written numerous commissioned reports. Moreover, he worked for the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as a researcher/case writer and coordinator of research projects in the areas of public policy and banking and finance.

In consulting work, he rendered advisory and research services to ADB, ASEAN Secretariat, Clemente Asia, Nomura Research Institute, and GSIS. He has shared his economic views to mass media, and has served as resource speaker for professional associations, business groups, and in local and international fora. He acquired his BA Development Studies and MS Economics from De La Salle University (DLSU) in 1998 and 2002, respectively.
 
 
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