Atty. John Henry D. Naga

(with the rank of Secretary)

Atty. John Henry D. Naga is the Privacy Commissioner and Chairman of the National Privacy Commission (NPC). His distinguished career is marked by a steadfast commitment to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding the rights of individuals in the digital age.

Before assuming his key role at the NPC, Atty. Naga showcased his early dedication to public service as a Provincial Board Member for two terms in the Province of Masbate. His legal acumen was honed during his tenure at one of the Philippines' top law firms, where he successfully handled high-profile cases in Labor, Telecommunications, and Corporation Law.

In 2016, Atty. Naga joined the newly-created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as Assistant Secretary, leaving an indelible mark on the department's trajectory. Notably, he played a pivotal role in advancing various ICT bills and represented the Philippines in prestigious international ICT organizations, such as, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Atty. Naga’s ascent continued as he was later promoted to the position of Undersecretary, where he spearheaded critical initiatives, such as overseeing the Entry of the 3rd Telecommunications Player, formulating the Common Tower Policy, and facilitating significant agreements with entities like the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), National Transmission Corporation (Transco), Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and Facebook. His impactful efforts significantly contributed to securing a 2 Terabyte internet capacity for the Philippines. In February 2019, he assumed leadership of the Development and Innovations portfolio of DICT, overseeing crucial national projects like the National Broadband Plan.

Transitioning seamlessly to his role at the NPC in 2021, Atty. Naga served as Deputy Privacy Commissioner, bringing his wealth of experience to the forefront of data privacy advocacy. His global influence is further underscored by his role as a distinguished resource speaker in various forums, both locally and internationally, attesting to his expertise in the dynamic field of data privacy.

A proud alumnus of San Beda University – College of Law, Atty. Naga finds joy in his role as a family man, being happily married to fellow lawyer, Atty. Ma. Katrina Naval-Naga, and blessed with two children. Beyond his professional endeavors, he considers his role as a father as his most important mission.

As Privacy Commissioner, Atty. Naga remains steadfast in his dedication to ensuring the efficient and effective enforcement of data privacy laws in the country consistent with Bagong Pilipinas brand of governance and leadership of the Marcos Administration. His unwavering focus on protecting the rights and interests of data subjects, coupled with his advocacy for streamlined mechanisms and processes, reflects a commitment to pragmatism, inclusivity and bureaucratic efficiency.