Undersecretary Ceferino S. Rodolfo leads the crafting and implementation of Philippine industrial policy and international trade negotiation agenda. He is concurrently Managing Head of the Board of Investments (BOI). He also sits in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Board and chairs the committee that coordinates the 18 investment promotion agencies across the country.
Undersecretary Rodolfo—or Usec. Perry, leads the Philippine government’s bilateral trade and investment engagements with key partner economies. He was the Philippines’ Chief Negotiator for the Philippines-European Free Trade Association Free Trade Agreement (PH-EFTA FTA)—the only signed bilateral FTA of the country other than that with Japan. He was also the focal Senior Official for the Philippines’ successful application to the EU GSP+ Program.
Usec. Perry leads the implementation of the Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy (CNIS) and the Manufacturing Resurgence Program (MRP), including the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program. He likewise oversees the development of focused, performance-based, incentive programs similar to CARS: including, prospectively, for Steelmaking, Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, e-Vehicles, Pharmaceuticals, Mass Housing, Copper Products, among others.
He is a recipient of the 2017 DTI Secretary’s Award for performing extraordinary acts in the interest of the public through outstanding government service. He was also awarded as DTI’s Most Outstanding Executive in 2014, his first full year as a public servant. And, in his three years as BOI Managing Head, he set the highest investment registration in the Agency’s 51-year history amounting to Php 915 billion – securing a 47% growth from the Php 617 billion approvals in 2017 (the second highest record).
Usec. Perry is on government secondment from the School of Management (SMN) of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), where he previously served as Vice Dean (and Acting Dean) of SMN and Academic Director of the Advanced Management Program.
He obtained his Economics Degree from the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines and his Master of Science in Industrial Economics, on full scholarship from the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany, from the Center for Research and Communication (CRC), now known as UA&P. He also holds a DPA from the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines.
He is the first Filipino participant in the Strategic Management Program of the Industrial Management Institute (IMI), under sponsorship by the IMI and by the Islamic Development Bank, held in Tehran, Iran (1995). Usec. Rodolfo is also an alumnus of the International Faculty Development Program of the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain (2007).