Palace appoints Perez as new Arta director general

Photo from Office of the Press Secretary
Photo from Office of the Press Secretary

PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has appointed lawyer Ernesto V. Perez as the new director general of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta).

Perez succeeded lawyer Jeremiah Belgica who served from July 2019 to June 2022.

Prior to being appointed as chief of anti-red tape body, Perez was deputy director general for operations since 2019 and concurrent officer-in-charge of the agency since June 2022 under the Office of the President's Memorandum Circular 3.

Perez was appointed on December 1, 2018, serving as Arta’s first ever employee.

"This appointment is really providential, as it would allow us to further continue what we have always aspired for from the very start, that is, to remove red tape and increase the ease of doing business, ultimately benefiting the economy and the people," Perez said.

"I thank President Bongbong Marcos for his trust and for Executive Secretary (Lucas) Bersamin's guidance and support, as well as my colleagues in the Anti-Red Tape Authority, who are doing the legwork to ensure effective and efficient government service delivery," he added.

"Arts will continue to be committed to performing its mandate by improving the ease of doing business in the country to help attract more investors. We will do our best to realize PBBM's vision for government agencies to streamline their processes to provide better services to people," he added.

Prior to his appointment to Arta, Perez was a lawyer and certified public accountant (CPA) by profession. He then served as the assistant secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Consumer Protection Group from January 6, 2017 to November 30, 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 also served as OIC-director of the Bureau of Philippine Standards, where he promulgated the development of 108 new standards and the revision of 151 Philippine National Standards aligned with the international standards of ISO/IEC and good regulatory practices of the World Trade Organization. (PR)

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