Alexander M. Arevalo

He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard University, USA in 2000 where he focused on ICT in Electronic Governance and a Masters Degree in Business Management (MBM) from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines in 1997. In 1982, he graduated cum laude (with honors) from the Philippine Military Academy. His awards include a Presidential Legion of Honor, Military Gold Cross and Bronze Cross medals. He is a Career Executive Service Officer.

In 2006, he became the first Asian to have an implant of the only US-FDA approved human RFID (radio frequency identification) chip in his arm.

He was the Acting Chief of the Management Information Systems Office of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from March 2011 to August 2013 and thereafter, the ICT consultant for the Office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He was Director, Central Management Information Office of the Department of Finance in 2010. He was the Deputy Commissioner for Management Information Systems and Technology Group of the Bureau of Customs (BOC)
from 2001 to 2010 and was concurrently the BOC’s Acting Commissioner in 2005.

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For 9 years, he was the Executive Assistant to three consecutive Presidents of the Philippines – H.E. Fidel V. Ramos, H.E. Joseph E. Estrada and H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In 2000, he was appointed as Presidential Assistant for E-Commerce. He pioneered the use of barcodes and hologram stickers to protect the security of Presidential documents, which has been replicated in other offices in the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. He is further cited for the use of leading-edge satellite, telecommunications, computer and digital technologies to manage the day-to-day administrative and “backroom” operations of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

At BOC, he was the architect and project manager of the US$10.0 Million (Php 500 Million) National Single Window (NSW) Project that interconnected the BOC with forty (40) government agencies that issue permits and police the entry of controlled imports, which was awarded to Crown Agents Ltd, UK. The project introduced the shift from paper-submission of applications to online and the use of bar codes to track and process import applications. Blackberry cellphones were distributed to all agencies to allow for 24/7 processing. As project point person
for the NSW and Chairman, ASEAN Single Window, he was able to acquire the special budget from the national e-governance funds after presenting the requirements to the President, considering that the NSW was a national commitment to ASEAN. He initiated the preparation of the Presidential Executive Order that provided for the mandate, organization and system for the NSW. In the development of the NSW, he tried, tested and proved that a system with 40 import application forms (not a new single common form), 40 existing processes (not a newly prescribed single process) and a single computer system (not 40 existing individual systems) is the least disruptive, quickest and politically-sensitive way of developing and deploying the NSW. As proof, the initial system for the first ten (10) agencies in the NSW was launched in two (2) months. While the NSW system was being developed, he initiated the preparation for the NSW 2.0, the enhanced and expanded version of the NSW in response to inputs from other government agencies and stakeholders, thus avoiding the ever-changing specifications and requirements of 40 agencies during system development.

He was also the architect and project manager of the US$10.0 Million (Php500 Million) Electronic-to-Mobile (e2m) Customs ICT Project, awarded to Unisys USA, that computerized its end-to-end imports/exports processes and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Major reforms include the shift from paper to online submission and processing of import entries, submission by shipping lines of import manifest and not by importers, electronic
payment from importers’ bank accounts (no cash, no checks accepted), electronic computation and processing, electronic risk management and release, among others. As Deputy Commissioner, Management Information System and Technology Group, he was able to acquire the special budget from the national e-governance funds after presenting the requirements to the Cabinet. To institutionalize the ICT reforms, he initiated BOC’s ISO 9001 and 27001 certification efforts.

He is also the architect of the then proposed US$ 5.0 Million (Php250 Million) Nationwide Petroleum Inventory System and US$5.0 Million (P250 Million) Container X-Ray Processing System for the BOC, for which he turned over US$9.5 Million (Php475 Million) budget to his successor prior to transferring to the Department of Finance.

He was concurrently the BOC Project Coordinator for various ICT-related projects supported by the European Union Trade Related Technical Assistance (EU-TRTA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United States Aid for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (USMCC).

From 2004 to 2010 he was the Chairman of the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) Steering Committee and its predecessor ASEAN Single Window Working Group that pioneered the development of the concept, organization, protocol and system for the ASW. The ASW aims to interconnect over 300 government agencies in ASEAN by 2015. As Chairman he led the
preparation of the Protocol and the Agreement on the ASW that was signed by the 10 heads of state of ASEAN and the mobilization of budget from USAID for the ASW pilot project. He was as an active member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Single Window and the APEC Single Window Working Group where he presented the strategies for the development of the ASW and the Philippine NSW. For 3 years, he was Chairman of the
defunct ASEAN Customs ICT Directors/Chiefs.

At the Supreme Court, he managed US$8.0 Million (Php400 Million) ICT projects for 2013. He introduced the shift from tape to digital recording for courtrooms starting 2013 and the impending movement towards world-class electronic-filing of cases, computerized case management, enterprise resource planning system, electronic case filing and cloud and mobile computing. He also initiated the development of an electronic mobile collection system and electronic subpoena system for the Supreme Court.

For 3 years, he was the Administrative Officer and Senior Aide-de-Camp to the Secretary of National Defense, after serving as Deputy and Executive Officer of the 600-man Philippine Constabulary Special Action Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He introduced the use of signed masking tape to tag the muzzles of military and police firearms during New Year celebrations to prevent indiscriminate firing.

He is an ICT trainer for the United Nations Training Center for Information and Communication Technology for Development – Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNAPCICT-ESCAP) and the Philippine Career Executive Service Board.