Fair Trade Advocate, Distinguished DTI/DA Official named CeMAP President

Dr. Ernesto M. Ordoñez

Ernesto M. Ordoñez has been named President of the Cement Manufacturer’s Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), CeMAP Chairperson Renato C. Sunico announced yesterday.

Ordoñez, who is known for his staunch advocacy of pro-Filipino industry, agriculture, and fair trade issues, replaces Felix Enrico R. Alfiler, who has resigned to join his family in the US.

“The cement industry is very happy and proud to have Dr. Ordoñez as CeMAP President. No doubt, a man of his integrity, commitment and passion for excellence will be a positive factor in boosting the cement industry’s vision of a more environment friendly, safer and quality-oriented Philippines, Inc,” Sunico said.

Ordoñez has been a Cabinet secretary for Presidential Flagship Programs and Projects and an undersecretary for 16 years with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA). He also served as a Governor of the Board of Investments, Chair of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines, Commissioner of the Export Processing Zone Authority, and Director of the National Housing Authority. He also worked as a senior executive at Xerox Corporation in the United States for seven years.

It was while he was DTI Undersecretary that he helped introduce the internationally recognized ISO 9000 system into the Philippines.

“Having worked with the cement industry with common issues such as fair trade and consumer welfare, I now look forward to playing a more significant role in promoting this dynamic industry’s vision and leadership. We aim to provide our consumers with consistently high quality products at very reasonable prices. This we will achieve through the most advanced environment-friendly technologies and the best management systems in a socially responsible manner,” the new CeMAP chief said.

Ordoñez has a PhD in business administration from New York University, an MA in administrative sciences from Yale University with a summa cum laude average, and an AB in economics from Ateneo de Manila University where he served as its university student council president.

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