A lawyer and certified public accountant (CPA), Ernesto V. Perez is the newly appointed Deputy Director General, Anti-Red Tape Authority, Office of the President on 31 October 2018. On 13 November 2018, he took his Oath before the Executive Secretary and assumed office on 1 December 2018. On 18 December 2018, the Office of the Executive Secretary by authority of the President designated him as Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Director General until the appointment of the Director General on 8 July 2019.
Prior to his transfer, he was an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry – Consumer Protection Group on January 6, 2017 until November 30, 2018. He served in concurrent capacity as Chairperson, DTI-Steel Task Force (February 6, 2017-May 8, 2017) where he led the investigation on the biggest steel importation in the country. He likewise served as OIC-Director of the Bureau of Philippine Standards (April 7, 2017- January 3, 2018) where he promulgated the development of 108 new standards and revision of 151 Philippine National Standards aligned with the international standards of ISO/IEC and good regulatory practices of the WTO. He represented the Philippines in various conferences hosted by the ISO, IEC, WTO and the ASEAN as well as speaker in local and international fora. He was a managing partner for the EV Perez Law Office (2014-2016), the Gana Manlangit & Perez Law Office (2009-2014), and the Martinez and Perez Law Offices (1990-2009). In addition, he lectured on negotiable instruments, credit transactions, and remedial law at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Law (2005-2014). As a CPA, he served as credit and collection manager at Hoechst Agro Chemicals, Inc. (1988-1989), and as a financial analyst at the Philippine National Bank (1981-1987), among others.
Deputy Director General (Undersecretary) Perez graduated class valedictorian from Mandurriao Elementary School, Iloilo City in 1972 and as high school class salutatorian from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) in 1976.
Deputy Director General (Undersecretary) Perez obtained his law degree from the Ateneo Law School (1986), and was among the top 15 in the 1986 bar exams. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accountancy from the University of the Philippines – Visayas, where he served as President of the University Student Council (1978-1980). He is an active Rotary Club member, having been President of the Rotary Club of Makati Central (2014), Assistant Governor of District 3830 (2016), and recently as the Philippines’ Coordinator of the Rotarian Action Group against Slavery, a non-government organization based in the United Kingdom. He serves as volunteer Legal Consultant of the Manila-based OFW-ATOM (Anti-Slavery Movement) and as Deputy Legal Counsel of the Sulong ang Pag-unlad Movement (SAPM). He was also the treasurer and finance committee chairman of the Ateneo Law Alumni Association (20102016). Furthermore, he leads a Small Discipleship Group at the Union Church of Manila.
Not only in the field of law, Director General Belgica also excels in the media industry. With over 10 years of experience as a radio host of several programs and formerly hosted and co-hosted “Bangong Bayan Ko” and “Bagong Buhay” programs of DZRB and DWIZ respectively, Director General Belgica continues to charm the public as the ARTA chief, appearing in radio shows and news interviews to spread the good news that is RA 11032. An experienced public speaker, organizer and training developer, DG Belgica has been able to put up his own show called “My Law IQ” where he discusses various laws to the public.
A practicing lawyer, a licensed real estate broker, an Environmental Planner, a Christian Pastor, and now Director General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority, Atty. Jeremiah Belgica aims to use his skills and experience to serve the Filipino people.