10 June 2022 – Undersecretary Ernesto V. Perez, Deputy Director General for Operations of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), was appointed as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea under authority of the President on Friday.
 
ARTA Usec. Perez will serve as OIC until 30 June 2022 “in order to ensure continuous and effective delivery of public service,” according to a memorandum from Medialdea sent to ARTA on Friday.
 
“My appointment as OIC of ARTA appears to be providential as I was also appointed as OIC when the agency was formed. I thank the President and the officials and staff of ARTA for their continued trust and support. During this period, I will ensure that ARTA will be able to sustain its reform toward our dream of a smarter and better Philippines,” he said.
 
The newly appointed OIC was also the first employee of the agency. He was assigned as the ARTA head on 18 December 2018 before the appointment of ARTA Secretary Jeremiah B. Belgica on 8 July 2019.
 
He is a lawyer and certified public accountant (CPA) who served as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Consumer Protection Group from 6 January 2017 to 30 November 2018.
 
He concurrently served as chairman of the DTI-Steel Task Force 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 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 World Trade Organization (WTO).
 
The appointment came after five ARTA executives, including ARTA Sec. Belgica, were placed under preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman.
 
“ARTA is undeterred and will continue to perform its functions against bureaucratic red tape. Please be assured that the day-to-day operations of ARTA will continue to run smooth under my watch and that services will not be hampered as we perform this sacred duty to further improve the efficiency of government services,” ARTA Usec. Perez said.
 
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