DOMINGO “Dominic” R. Tolentino, Jr. took his Oath of Office before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as Assistant Secretary for the Regional Operations Group of the Department of Trade and Industry, at the Malacañan Palace on 03 March 2020.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, he served as the Director of the Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau of the DTI-Consumer Protection Group, doing massive nationwide enforcement, intensified monitoring and adjudication of cases on Trade Fair Laws, among others.
As former Director of the Consumer Policy and Advocacy Bureau, just before his appointment as Asec, he harnessed private sector support and effort in promoting advocacies and policies to ensure a fair marketplace for both the consumers and businesses.
Hailed from the Tolentino clan of Tagaytay in Cavite, Asec Dominic is known to be a seasoned operations man bringing his own brand of expertise on Marketing, Promotion, Local Government Administration, Planning, and Urban Development.
Before joining the DTI, he spearheaded the Resettlement Program to uplift the living conditions of informal communities in Cavite, and implemented a comprehensive and integrated housing development and resettlement programs, as designated 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.
In DTI Consumer Protection Group, he provided major support to the economic team who is responsible for lowering inflation by saturating supply of rice in the market.
He once served as Executive Assistant of the Department of Labor and Employment and also a former officer of Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO).
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.
Asec Dominic shares PRRD’s personal motto, “by working together, we build a nation where citizens are empowered”, and Secretary Mon Lopez’ “more grassroots approach in implementing livelihood intervention that would widen opportunities of the marginalized sectors in terms of providing skills, jobs and right mindset”.