The Authority will be under the Office of the President, and shall be headed by a Director General to be appointed by the President, and shall be assisted by three (3) Deputy Director Generals each for legal, operations, and administration & finance.
Sec. Jeremiah B. Belgica, “Atty. My” to his friends, is the youngest cabinet member of President Rodrigo Duterte after being appointed as the first Director General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on 3 July 2019.
During his tenure in government service, he has received numerous accolades from both the public and private sectors. Among these is the prestigious Award of Excellence for Exemplary Leadership, Dedication, and Vision, also known as the Golden Peacock Award, accorded by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce, Inc (FICCI). He was also a recipient at the 2021 Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Awards and was recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as one of its Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Champions at its 85th Founding Anniversary and Recognition Ceremony. Just recently, he was named one of the Partner of the Industry Awardees (PIA) of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI).
Prior to this, Sec. Belgica was a managing partner at the Belgica Aranas Baldueza (Alim) Dela Cruz and Associates, a law firm he co-founded with his friends from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) College of Law.
He was also an active youth leader in his younger years where he became the youngest consultant to the Office of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC); founder and chairman of Kabataang Bagong Buhay, an organization which was awarded as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organization of the National Capital Region; and, founder and chairman of the Youth Moral Force Society of Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
Not only in the field of law, Sec Belgica also excels in the media industry with over 10 years of experience as a co-host in several radio programs such as the “Bangon Bayan Ko” and “Bagong Buhay” at DZRB and DWIZ, respectively. He was also able to showcase his skills in public speaking and training development and organizing by putting up his online show called “My Law IQ” where he discusses various laws in an entertaining manner. And now, he continues to charm the public as the ARTA chief appearing in various media engagements and interviews; and anchoring “ARTAhin Mo!”, an ARTA-led public service and information show
in partnership with DZME and Flash Media.
A collegiate graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Sec. Belgica carried his religious heart on his sleeve, serving as the youngest pastor to be ordained by the Lord’s Vineyard Covenant Community Church and performing his duty as resident pastor for the Manila Congregation for almost a decade now.
A lawyer, a licensed real estate broker, an environmental planner, a Christian pastor, and an exceptional public servant, Sec. Jeremiah Belgica aims to use his talents and experiences to serve the Filipino people.
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Retired BGen Carlos F. Quita’s leadership and management skills encompass the areas of defense and security, public administration, public policy management, corporate governance, risk management, urban development, public relations, project management, strategic planning, education and training.
He has 41 years of unwavering public service. He retired from the active military service on 04 November 2013 after 34 years of professional service to the country and the Filipino people – half of which was spent in various parts of Mindanao. In June 2014, he opened up another chapter in his public service at the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and was the BCDA’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Services until February 15, 2021. On February 16, 2021, he assumed the position of Deputy Director General for Administration, Finance, and Special Projects of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and in concurrent capacity, he holds the position of Chief of Staff.
He holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (2004 -2005); and is a Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management.
As the former Commandant of Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy he was responsible for the education, training, and character building of about 1,000 PMA cadets who are now professional military officers occupying various positions in the AFP hierarchy.
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Deputy Director General EDUARDO V. BRINGAS is a Christian who happens to be a lawyer. A public servant who believes in a peaceful process of change. He graduated in 1984 at Dela Salle University with a degree in AB History. He took up Divinity Studies at Asian Theological Seminary and graduated in March 1994. In the same year or in October 1994 He graduated at the University of Santo Tomas College of Law. He ranked Number 22 in the 1995 Bar Examination with a rating of 84.6%.
At the Encarnacao Alliance that was introduced in 2012 at the Azusa Pacific University Global Studies Department and at the Asian Theological Seminary, he was one of the major contributors in the development of the Masteral Course in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL), which aims to increase the capacity of emergent leaders among the urban poor, with wisdom, knowledge, capacity, and skill: where students were taught to examine the relations between urban poor communities, the land, and broader environmental problems including natural disasters. Fieldwork focuses on advocacy for adequate housing, infrastructure services, and effective disaster response.
He was the lead counsel in the case of Greco Antonious Beda B. Belgica v. Hon. Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, G.R. No. 208566, 19 November 2013 where the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the Congressional and Presidential Pork Barrel System.
One of the founders and former Chairman of One Vote Movement, an apolitical organization duly accredited as citizens arm of Comelec. He is a VACC volunteer lawyer and VACC awardee in the category Criminal Justice System in Private Prosecution in 2017.
He is the Chairman of Alay-Pag-Asa Christian Foundation, Inc., (APCFI) a nonstock, non-profit community-based NGO located at #32 Arayat St., Corner Road 1, Barangay Malamig, Mandaluyong City. APCFI’s mission is to integrate the Christian faith in the implementation of holistic, sustainable and child-centered programs in partnership with responsible stakeholders, with emphasis on indigent children and their families.
In February 2018, he was appointed as Executive Director of the Presidential AntiCorruption Commission under the Office of the President.
Two years later or last February 6, 2020 he was appointed as Deputy Director General at the Anti-Red Tape Authority. He assumed his position last March 3, 2020 or exactly 2 weeks before the president placed the entire Luzon under Enhanced Community Quarantine.
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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.
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