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The NCC is chaired by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez for the public sector and co-chaired by Guillermo M. Luz for the private sector.
SECRETARY RAMON M. LOPEZ
He started a solid professional economic, trade and industry development career in government from (1981-1993). Presidential Management Staff (1981), the Department of Trade and Industry (1982-1989) and NEDA (1989-1993). He has extensive experience in trade and industry development planning, at the forefront of the Tariff Reform Program, Industry development programs, setting up of ASEAN and APEC cooperation programs, technical studies on Countervailing Duty cases, critical consumer products’ price structures and the development of the Foreign Investment Act. This included policy and program development, and project evaluation functions.
This was followed by a continuous career in the business sector (1994-June 2016), with over 22 years of experience, having been a top executive of RFM Corporation wherein he covered strategic planning and business development, marketing, mergers and acquisitions and equity investors group.
Simultaneously, he has been 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 3 years, he has been co-hosting the weekly Go Negosyo radio program. 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 this extensive amount of experience in various government agencies, private sector and non-government organizations, Lopez has gained the admiration and respect of the business, financial and investor communities in the Philippines and abroad.
GUILLERMO M. LUZ
Guillermo Luz is Associate Director of Ayala Corporation, the holding company of one of the oldest and largest business groups in the Philippines, with business activities in real estate development, banking and financial services, telecommunications, water, infrastructure development and management, automotive dealership and distribution, business process outsourcing, electronics, manufacturing solutions, and new investments in power, renewable energy and infrastructure.
He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Foundation from December 2006 to May 2011, a foundation which manages projects in education, environment, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, and community development. He also served as Director of Ayala Museum from January 2010 to May 2011.
He was Executive Director of the Makati Business Club, a leading business organization and think tank, from 1987 to 2006 and served on its staff since 1983.
AMB. CESAR B. BAUTISTA
Amb. Bautista was the Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and Republic of Iceland. He served at the Department of Trade and Industry for five years, the last half of the time as its Secretary. He was the Chairman of several economic agencies in the Philippines including the Board of Investments, Export Development Council, and Industry and Development Council.
He started his career with Caltex (Philippines) Inc. as a refinery engineer. He moved on to the Philippine Refining Company, Inc. - UNILEVER - the leading consumer goods company worldwide, where he rose from the ranks to become President and Chairman in 1986.
Amb. Bautista holds a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He also attended postgraduate management courses within the Unilever "University System", including the Chief Executive Course at IMEDE (now International Institute for Management Development).
Amb. Bautista is a recipient of the Presidential Order of Merit and was conferred the Order of Sikatuna - Rank of Datu. He has twice been named the Outstanding Chemical Engineer by the Institute of Chemical Engineers and installed into the Hall of Fame.
Upon his return to the private sector in 2003, the President appointed him co-chair of the Task Force for Globally Competitive Industries and the National Competitiveness Council. He chairs the English Speaking Union (Phil) and sits in the boards of the Institute of Corporate Directors, European IT Services Foundation, Institute of Solidarity for Asia, and other organizations.
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