THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
The rest of the team is as follows:
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Mary Jean T. Pacheco
Office of the Secretary (OSec)
Noel Patrick S. Prudente
Office of the Secretary (OSec)
Flordelona L. Amate
Office of the Secretary (OSec)
Reveree Niño C. Contreras
Office of the Secretary (OSec)
Atty. Joan Karen A. Riola
Office of the Secretary (OSec)
Atty. Ann Claire C. Cabochan
Consumer Protection Group (CPG)
Atty. Allan B. Gepty
Industry Development and Trade Policy Group (IDTPG)
Asteria C. Caberte
Regional Operations Group (ROG)
Atty. Joan Karen A. Riola serves as Assistant Secretary and concurrently oversees the Legal Service (LS) of DTI.
Prior to joining the DTI, Atty. Riola was a partner in Mariano and Riola Law Office (2015-2016) in charge of the Firm’s corporate, labor, immigration, tax and intellectual property cases. Her legal experience includes her work as legal counsel of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (2013-2014) and RFM Corporation (2009-2012) and as associate of Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leano Law Office (2006-2009). She also did consultancy work for the Asian Development Bank (2014-2016) conducting integrity due diligence on various private sector projects of the Bank and was a Senior Consultant of Sycip Gorres & Velayo (1996-1999) doing system review, improvement and implementation.
She graduated BS Economics at University of the Philippines-School of Economics and obtained her Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila-School of Law.
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. Undersecretary. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Policy 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.
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.
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.
Domingo “Dominic” R. Tolentino, Jr. took his Oath of Office before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as Assistant Secretary (Asec) of the Department of Trade and Industry, Regional Operations Group, at the Malacañang Palace on 03 March 2020.
Asec Tolentino lives by PRRD’s motto “by working together, we build a nation where citizens are empowered.” and Secretary Ramon Lopez, “more grassroot approach in programs and livelihood intervention to widen the reach of the marginalized sectors providing skills, jobs, business.”
Asec Dominic, as he is fondly called, is designated by virtue of Department Order 20-52, tasking him as the following major programs of this administration;
- National Coordinator, Livelihood Seeding Program – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB)
- National Coordinator, Diskwento Caravan
- ROG In-Charge, Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, he served as the Director of the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau of the DTI-Consumer Protection Group, in which he ensured regulation of importation as provided by trade agreements and conduct market surveillance and enforcement to ensure compliance with trade and industry law, among others.
Further, Asec Tolentino is a former Director of the Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau, the office that develops advocacies and policies to ensure a fair marketplace for both the consumers and businesses. He is responsible for heightening consumer awareness program and bringing basic necessities and prime commodities to the Barangay and likewise the Serbisyo sa Barangay. He handles policy and advocacy programs. Asec. Tolentino hails from Cavite City and comes from the Tolentino Clan.
He is a known to be a seasoned operations management executive with expertise in Marketing, Promotion, Local Government Administration, Planning, Urban Development, Project Management, Trade and Industry, Consumer Policy, Advocacy and Protection.
Before joining the DTI, he spearheaded the Resettlement Program to uplift the living conditions of the disadvantaged people of the community, developed, and implemented a comprehensive and integrated housing development and resettlement programs, the Chief of the Housing Development and Resettlement Department and former Cavite Majority Leader of the Cavite Provincial Legislator and National Chairman of Board Member League.
He is part of the economic team who is responsible for lowering the inflation by saturating the rice in the market. Former Head Executive Assistant of the Department of Labor and Employment and also a former Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Trade Tourism.
He represented the Philippines during the ASEAN Regional Forum on the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption and one of DTI’s representatives to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting on Digital Marketing and Promotion held in Varas, Chile last 20-26 August 2019. Also in the ASEAN-USPTO Workshop on Intellectual Property Enforcement, Public Awareness and Consumer Behavior last 07-09 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ms. Asteria C. Caberte was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the DTI – Regional Operations Group on July 22, 2020.
Prior to her appointment as DTI Assistant Secretary, Ms. Caberte was the Regional Director of DTI-Central Visayas (Region 7) for 20 years. She was conferred the Executive of the Year Award in 2013 under the System on Performance, Rewards and Incentives of the Department. She also received the Secretary’s Award for the Conduct of Diskwento Caravan for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Her leadership has enabled DTI Region 7 to be among the Department’s outstanding regional agencies from 2014-2018 and among the best performing agencies in the country today.
During her stint as regional director, the DTI Region 7 Quality Management System (QMS) was consistently certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant starting in 2010. The Regional Office’s smooth transition to ISO 9001:2015 certification in 2017 and the maintenance of its good QMS in 2018 and 2019 may be attributed in part to her exemplary management ability.
Asec. Caberte’s career in the civil service commenced in the Ministry of Industry Medium and Small Coordinated Action Program (MASICAP). She then made a headway to DTI as Bohol’s Provincial Director from 1992 to 1998. She was later appointed as the Regional Director of DTI Region 7.
She obtained her BS Degree in Business Administration major in Economics from the University of San Carlos (Cebu City) and holds an MBA Degree in Business Management from the University of the Philippines (Cebu City).