His government work was followed by a continuous career in the business sector from 1994 to June 2016, with over 22 years of experience as a top executive of RFM Corporation, covering strategic planning and business development, marketing, mergers and acquisitions and equity investors group.
He was the Executive Director of the advocacy group Go Negosyo for the past 11 years (October 2005 - June 2016), initiating and implementing all its programs that empower the youth and aspiring entrepreneurs, micro and small entrepreneurs, the underprivileged sectors such as the PWDs, women and out-of-school youths. For the past three years, he was co-hosting the weekly Go Negosyo radio program at DZRH. He has also been giving lectures and mentoring to tens of thousands of entrepreneurs through Go Negosyo seminars, workshops, summits, books and social media.
With his extensive experience in various government agencies, private sector and a dynamic entrepreneurship advocacy group, Lopez has gained the admiration and respect of the business, financial and investor communities in the Philippines and abroad.
This could have led to his nomination and eventual appointment as the Secretary of Trade and Industry under the new administration of the popularly-elected President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
As Trade and Industry Secretary, he serves as Chairman of the ASEAN Economic Ministers as the Philippines assumes chairmanship of ASEAN for 2017. He chairs important advisory boards and councils including the Board of Investments, Phil. Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Micro SME Development Council, Export Development Council and the Industry Development Council, to name a few. In his capacity as the trade chief, he is also among the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade and has been invited to be a part of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and to be a founding member of the WEF-ASEAN Regional Strategy Group and Stewardship Board for International Trade and Investment System.
Ramon M. Lopez topped his Masters in Development Economics at Williams College in Massachusetts, USA in 1988 and finished his AB Economics degree at the University of the Philippines’ School of Economics in 1981. He was recently recognized as one of the Outstanding Alumnus of the School.
The authority and responsibility for the exercise of the DTI mandate is vested in the Secretary who, like his predecessors, is a Presidential appointee who serves office at the pleasure of the President.
The Secretary, as the DTI Department head, has the authority and responsibility for the discharge of DTI powers and functions.
Specifically, his functions are:
- To advise the President of the Philippines on matters related to trade and investments, and industry, and on the promulgation of Department orders, rules and regulations, and other issuances related to trade, industry, and investments
- To establish policies and standards for the effective, efficient, and economical operations of the Department in accordance with government programs
- To supervise and control all offices, functions, and activities of the Department
- To delegate authority for the performance of any administrative or substantive function to any Undersecretary or other officials of rank at the Department
- To ensure the clear delineation of the functions of personnel and constituent units of the Department, including its attached agencies to prevent task duplication or overlapping
Adrian S. Cristobal Jr, December 2015 - June 2016
Jesli A. Lapus, March - June 2010