Alex Avila is the assistant secretary for Workers Protection, Policy Support, Human Resource, Administrative, and Internal Auditing Services of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In a permanent and/or alternate capacity, he represents the DOLE and the secretary of Labor and Employment in the governing boards of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), Philippine Statistics Authority, and UniFAST. He also represents the DOLE in the 18-agency Project Advisory Committee of the pilot application of the Just Transition Guidelines of the ILO as its chair, and serves as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Technical Working Group that is presently formulating the Green Jobs Human Resource Development Plan as mandated by the Green Jobs Law of 2016.

He served as OIC-executive director of the NWPC, regional director of the DOLE National Capital Region (NCR) and DOLE Regional Office No. 4A, and chairperson of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board of NCR and CALABARZON.

Avila is an accountant by profession, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. As a scholar under the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, he obtained his Master of Arts in Development Studies, with specialization in Human Resources and Employment, from the Institute of Social Studies (now International Institute of Social Studies), The Hague, in December 2002. He also attended the UP-SOLAIR Workers Institute on Labor Laws in 1997.

In August 2017, he served as a speaker during the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Forum on “Digital Transformation in Southeast Asia: Opportunities and Policy Challenges” held in Bangkok, Thailand. Avila is a recipient of a presidential citation in 2010. He is a Career Executive Service Officer Rank IV.