Dr. Arnel Z. Rivera presently serves as the Chief of the Response , Recovery and Rehabilitation Division of the Health Emergency Management Bureau of the Department of Health, Philippines. He is also the Focal Point for CBRNe concerns of the Bureau.
During his long career in the Philippine Government, Dr. Rivera has held many key positions. His last position was Finance and Administrative Division Chief of the Bureau of Quarantine. He also formerly held the position of Department Chair of the Emergency Department Services of the Tondo Medical Center and was also a TWG Member of the Committee on Biological, Chemical and Radio-nuclear Warfare, Department of Health
Dr. Rivera was born on September 4,1957 in the City of Olongapo, Philippines. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Major in Chemistry Degree from the Far Eastern University and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Far Eastern University Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in the Philippines. He took his residency training in General Surgery at the Tondo Medical Center and earned a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in the Philippines. He also obtained an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from his training in Switzerland. He attended intensive trainings on Emergency and Disaster Management, Incident Command System and Weapons of Mass Destruction both locally and abroad.