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William Padolina

Former DOST Secretary (1994-1999)

Expertise: Biogas, Biotechnology, Crop Residue, Natural Products, Chemistry

Dr. William G. Padolina implemented a development agenda that included technological advances in agriculture, manufacturing and services, education program focused on technological systems and industry application, and improvement of research management system. He carried on STAND (Science & Technology Agenda for National Development) with focus on specific commodities, products and services identified as export winners. The Technical Advisory Committees composed of representatives from the private sector was instituted in the RDIs to review R&D priorities and projects and recommend appropriate steps. Development of S&T human resources also gained attention through the Engineering and Science Education Project (ESEP), which supported scholars in science, engineering, science education, and technology management. The Science and Technology Scholarship Act was vigorously implemented alongside parallel programs of the Science Education Institute and other DOST councils. Four new campuses of the Philippine Science High School system (Diliman, Mindanao, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas) were established. He also implemented the PhNet project, which linked the country to the Internet. Dr. Padolina shepherded the Magna Carta for S&T Personnel through the legislative mill until it became RA 8439 in 1997. He obtained his BS in agricultural chemistry magna cum laude from UPLB in 1968, and PhD in botany and phytochemistry from the University of Texas in 1973. He is author of over 40 technical papers published in refereed journals. While serving as DOST Secretary, he was admitted as member of the New York Academy of Science, and was listed in Who’s Who of the Asia Pacific Rim. He is recipient of many awards and distinctions including Academician of NAST, Outstanding Young Scientist [1982], and Ten Outstanding Young Men [1985], among others. He was born on November 15, 1946 in Pasay City.

Affiliation

Deputy Director General for Partnerships, International Rice Research Institute, Research Center, Los Baños, Laguna

Independent Chairman of the Board, Chairman of Audit Committee, and Member of Nomination Committee, Euro-Med Laboratories Philippines, 2nd Floor, PPL Bldg., UN Avenue corner San Marcelino St., Manila, Philippines

Association

    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Regular Member
    • Kapisanan ng mga Kimiko sa Pilipinas (KKP), Life Member
    • Integrated Chemists of the Philippines, Member
    • Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), Member
    • Society for the Advancement of Research, Life Member
    • University of the Philippine Alumni Association, Life Member
    • Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society for Agriculture (Los Baños Chapter), Member
    • Local Initiatives in Science and Technology (LIST), Member

Employment

    • Department Of Science and Technology, Secretary, 1995 May 22
    • Depratment Of Science and Technology, Acting Secretary, 1994 July 7-1995 May
    • Department Of Science and Technology, Undersecretary for Research & Development, 1993 January 2-1994
    • Department Of  Science and Technology, Undersecretary for Science and Technology Services, 1992 July 7-1995 May
    • UPS, Assistant to the President, 1991 June 1-1995 May
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños, Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1991 November 1- 199
    • Department of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Associate Professor of Chemistry I, 1987 November 26-198
    • Biotech-University of the Philippines Los Baños, Director, 1986 January 24-198
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños, Professor XII, 1985 July 7-1995 May
    • Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Professorial Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, 1984 June 1-1985 May
    • Institute of Chemistry - University of the Philippines Los Baños, Head, Organic Chemistry Division, 1983 Frebuary 24-198
    • Institute of Chemisty, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Associate Professor V of Chemistry, 1982 January 1-1984
    • Department of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Associate Professor III of Chemistry, 1981 Ja 1-1981 D 30
    • BIOTECH-- University of the Philippines Los Baños, Executive Deputy Director, 1980 February 24-198
    • Learning Resource center - University of the Phiippines Los Baños, Director, June 24 1976 - May 31 1979
    • Department of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Chairman, 1976 - 1979
    • Department of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Assistant Professor IV of Chemistry, 1975 - 1977
    • College of Pharmacy, University of the Philippines, Professorial Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 1975 - 1976
    • INTAPS, College of Arts & Sciences, UPLB, Research Associate (Part-time), 1974 - 1980
    • Department of Life Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Affiliate Lecturer and Undergraduate Thesis Adviser in Cell Biology, 1974 - 1983
    • Department of Botany University of the Philippinees Los Baños, Affiliate Lecturer in Plant Physiology, 1974-1988 - 1988
    • Department of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Assistant Professor II of Chemistry, 1973 - 1975
    • Deartment of Botany, University of Texas at Austin, Teaching Assistant in Cellular and Molecular Biology,, 1971 - 1973
    • Department of Botany, University of Texas at Austin, Research Assistant, 1971 - 1971
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Teaching Assistant in Organic Chemistry, 1969 - 1971
    • Department of Agricultural Chemistry, UPCA, Research Assistant, 1968 - 1971
    • Department of Agricultural Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, , 1968 - 1973

Award

    • Who's Who of the Asian Pacific Rim, Baron Who's Who International Edition, 1997-1998
    • 1st IT Award of Recogntion, Information Technology Foundation of the Philippines, 1997
    • Elected President, 40th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, International Atomic Energy Agency, 1996 September 20
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños Most Outstanding Alumnus Awardee, , 1995 October 11
    • Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology, 1995 October 11
    • Outstanding Alumnus Professional in Chemistry, University of the Philippines Alumni Association, 1995 June
    • Outstanding Professional in Chemistry, Professional Regulation Commission, 1995 June 12
    • Outstanding Novo Ecijano Award in the field of S&T, Nueva Ecija Prov. Govt., 1994
    • National Research of the council Philippines  Achievement Award in Chemistry, , 1994 March 12
    • Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Fellowship Award for Professional Development, United States Information Service (USIS), 1994 February 4
    • Distinguished Achievement Award in Chemical Education, KKP-Los Baños Chapter, 1992 October 28
    • 1989 Pantas Award (Research Management), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development, 1989 November 14
    • Outstanding Research Administrator Award, Philippine Federation of Chemical Societies, 1989 March 27
    • President's Diploma for Outstanding Administrator UP System, University of the Philippines, 1988 June 17
    • Outstanding Research Award (Senior Category, Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 1987 May 26
    • Special Citation Award, PHILOBIOSCIENTIA UPLB Life Sciences, 1987 February 19
    • 1985 Outstanding Young Men Award for Science and Technology, Philippine Junior Chamber of Commerce and Gerry Roxas Foundation, 1986 August 19
    • 1986 Outstanding Faculty Award, CAS-University of the Philippines Los Baños, 1986 December 12
    • Outstanding Young Scientist ( Phytochemistry), National Academy Science and Technology, 1982
    • Distinguished Teacher Award (Physical Sciences), University of the Philippines Los Baños, 1982 March 6
    • Professorial Chair in Agricultural Chemistry, PCRDF, 1977-1982
    • Professorial Chair in Agricultural Chemistry, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, 1987
    • Research Fellowship, Welch Foundation, Texas, Summer 1972
    • Best undergraduate Thesis Award, Chemical Society of the Philippines, 1970
    • J.J. Gonzales Medal for Topping the Graduating Class' 68, University of the Philippines College of Agriculture Alumni Association, 1968 April
    • Magna cum laude, University of the Philippines, 1968 April
    • Fulbright-Hays Travel Grant, US Government, 1969-1973
    • H.C. Bold Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1973 May
    • Full Undergraduate Scholarship, NSDB, 1963-1968
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD), Institute for Organic Chemistry , Norwegian Institute of Technology, 1976 May -July
    • Association of Southeast Asian Nations , Science and Technology Meritorious Service Award, , 2005

Research

    • Acetone-butanol production from Philippine molasses
    • Agricultural chemicals from coconut fatty acids
    • Biologically active compounds from Philippine medicinal plants [COMPLETED]
    • Biologically active sespinterprene lactones from Philippine Compositae [COMPLETED]
    • Botanical pesticides from Philippine plants [COMPLETED]
    • Carotenoids from Halobacterium salinarium [COMPLETED]
    • Coconut water as medium for animal cell cultures [COMPLETED]

Papers Presented

    • Synthesis of alkyl acylglycerols: Kinetic and thermodynamic control, 13th Philippine Chemistry Congress

Education

    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Bachelor of Science in  Agricultural Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude), 1968
    • University of the Philippine, Los Baños, College, Los Baños. Laguna, Bachelor of Science in  Agricultural Chemistry, 1968
    • University of Texas at Austin, USA, Doctor philosophy in  Botany-Phytochemistry, 1973
    • McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Doctor Philosophy in Entomology, 1983-1984

Publication

    • Scott, R.P., Padolina, W.G., (1992) Optimization of the batch fermentation of blackstrap molasses to solvents by Clostridium acetobutylicum
    • Philippine Journal of Biotechnology Volume 3, No. 1
    • Padolina, W.G., Bugante, E.C., Alfafara, C.G., (1989) Bioenergy recovery and conservation in the Philippines
    • International Biosystems (Wise, D.L. ed.) Volume 2
    • Padolina, W. G., (1984) Strategies to develop biotechnology in the Philippines
    • In: Biotechnology in Agricultural Research - Proceedings of the Inter-Center Seminar on International Agricultural Research Centers and Biotechnology
    • Padolina, W.G., (1983) Biotechnology and the coconut industry
    • Coconuts Today Volume 1, No. 2
    • Alfafara, C. G. Bugante, E. C. Nayve, F. R. P. Flores, D. M. Padolina, W.G. Barril, C.R., (1992) Biomethanation of distillery slops in 2-stage simple and 2-stage semi packed reactors.
    • Philippine Journal of Biotechnology Volume 3, No. (1):
    • Abdel-Baset, Z. H. Southwick, L. Padolina, W. G. Yoshioka, K. Mabry, T. J. Jones, S. B., (1971) A survey of sesquiterpene lactones from 18 United States taxa from genus Vernonia (Compositae)
    • Phytochemistry Volume 10
    • Padolina, W.G. et al., (1974) Glaucolide-A and -B, new germacranolide-type sesquiterpene lactones from Vernonia cinerea.
    • Tetrahedrone Volume 30
    • Padolina, W. G. Nakatani, N. Yoshioka, H. Mabry, T. J. Monti, S. A., (1974) Marginatin, a new germacranolide from Vernonia marginata, V. fasciculata, and V. arkansana.
    • Phytochemistry Volume 13
    • Burnett, W. G. Jones, S. B. Jr. Mabry, T. J. Padolina, W. G., (1975) Sesquiterpene lactones-insect-feeding deterrents in Vernonia.
    • Biochemical Systematics and Ecology Volume 2
    • Mabry, T. J. Abdel-Baset, Z. Padolina, W. G. Jones, S. B., (1975) Systematic implications of flavonoids and sesquiterpene lactones in Vernornia
    • Biohemical Systematics and Ecology Volume 2
    • Ramilo, C. A. Padolina, W. G., (1976) Comparison of phenolics in downy mildew-resistant and susceptible varieties of corn.
    • Kimika Volume 1
    • Mirabueno, L. A. Padolina, W. G., (1978) Studies on the preparation of ethers from coconut fatty alcohols.
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 3(16)
    • Zabel, V. Watson, W. A. Mabry, T, J. Padolina, W. G., (1980) Dihydroglaucolide-C, C21H28O8
    • Acta Cryst B Volume 36
    • Padolina, W. G., (1981) Coconut processing and utilization
    • In: State of the Art - Coconut (PCARRD)
    • Padolina, W. G., (1983) Coconut water and coconut sap: Suggestions for research and development.
    • Technician Volume 1, No. (2):
    • Padolina, W. G., (1985) Contribution of biological research to the development of coconut industry.
    • American Oil Chemists Society Journal Volume 62(2)
    • Calumpang, S.M.F., Padolina, W. G., (1985) Insecticidal activity screening and isolation of the major crystalline fraction of Artemisia vulgari
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 68, No. 2
    • Padolina, W.G., (1987) Biomass and biotechnology for rural development: the Philippine experience
    • International Industrial Biotechnology Volume 7, No. (5):
    • Padolina, W.G., (1987) Biotechnology and biology teaching in developing countries.
    • New Trends in Biology Teaching (UNESCO) Volume 5
    • Padolina, W.G. Lucas, L.Z. Torres, L.G., (1987) Chemical and physical properties of coconut oil.
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 12, No. (2):
    • Acabal, A.R.M. Padolina, W.G., (1987) Synthesis of ethyl fatty alkyl ethers from coconut (Cocos nucifera) fatty alcohols.
    • Annals of Tropical Research Volume 9, No. (1):
    • Lucas, L.Z. Raymundo, A.K. Padolina, W.G., (1989) Butanol-tolerant Clostridium acetobutylicum from Philippine soils.
    • ASEAN Journal on Science and Technology for Development, Volume 6, No. (2):
    • Otsuka, H. Kubo, H. Yamasaki, K. Padolina, W.G., (1989) Premmnosides A-D: Diacyl 6-0-1-a-L- Rhamnopyranosylcatalpols from Premna odorata.
    • Phytochemistry Volume 28
    • Padolina, W.G., (1989) The role of academe in science and technology utilization.
    • Journal of Philippine Development Volume 16, No. (2):
    • Otsuka, H.N. Kubo, K. Yamasaki, K. Padolina, W.G., (1989) Two inidoid glycoside caffeoyl esters from Premna odorata
    • Phytochemistry Volume 28
    • Yamauchi, T., Abe, F., Padolina, W.G., Dayrit, F.M., (1990) Alkaloids from leaves and bark of Alstonia scholaris in the Philippines
    • Phytochemistry Volume 29
    • Padolina, W.G., (1990) Biotechnology: A tool for nutritional improvement.
    • Journal of the Nutritionists-Dieticians Association of the Philippines Volume 4, No. (1):
    • Quimado, M.O., de Padua, L.S., del Rosario, A.G., Padolina, W.G., (1992) Micropropagation of Cratoxylum sumatranum (Jack) Dryer
    • Pterocarpus Volume 6, No. 1
    • Otsuka, H. Kashima, N. Hayashi, T. Kubo, N. Yamasaki, K. Padolina, W.G., (1992) Premnaodorosides A, B and C, iridoid glucoside diesters of an acylic monoterpenediol from leaves of Premna odorata.
    • Phytochemistry Volume 31
    • Murakami, C., Myoga, K., Kasai, R., Ohtani, T., Kurokawa, T., Ishibashi, S., Dayrit, F., Padolina, W.G., Yamasaki, K., (1993) Screening of plant constituents for effect on glucose transport activity in Erlich asaites tumour cells
    • Chemical Pharmacy Bulletin Volume 4, No. 12
    • Abe, F., Yamauchi, T., Padolina, W.G., (1994) Indole alkaloids from leaves of Alstonia macrophylla in the Philippines
    • Phytochemistry Volume 35
    • Aguinaldo, A.M., Abe, F., Yamauchi, T., Padolina, W.G., (1995) Germacranolides of Mikania cordata
    • Phytochemistry Volume 38, No. 2
    • Yamamura, S., Simpol, L.R., Padolina, W.G., et al, (1995) Antiallergic dimeric phenylbenzoquinones from Ehretia microphylla
    • Phytochemistry Volume 39, No. 1
    • Kaneko, T., Sekamoto, M., Ohtani, K., Ito, A., Kasai, R., Yamasaki, K., Padolina, W.G., (1995) Secoiridoid and flavonoid glycosides from Ganocaryum salleryanim
    • Phytochemistry Volume 39, No. 1
    • Padolina, W.G., (1995) The tasks and realities of science and technology development in the Philippines
    • Conquering Politico-Administrative Frontiers, Essays in honor of Raul P. de Guzman, (Cari?o, L.V. ed.), UP Press
    • Padolina, W.G., (1997) Building our common future through international cooperation in science and technology
    • Technology in Society Volume 19, No. 1
    • Abrigo, C.S. Jr., Padolina, W.G., (1989) Effects of substrate drying, nutrient addition and loading rate in volatile fatty acids fermentation from pineapple peel without pH control.
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 72, No. 4
    • Padolina, W.G., (1998) The challenges facing ASEAN Science.
    • Science (Editorial) Volume 279
    • Sapienza, R.Z. Padolina, W.G. MaElwee, D.L. Dean, G.C., (1971) A new gas trap for the convenient use of undergraduate organic chemistry laboratories.
    • Journal of Chemical Education Volume 48
    • Padolina, W.G., (1986) Organic Chemistry
    • Chemistry Modules for High School Teachers (Updating Science Education Using Distance Education), Merca F.E. (ed.) NSTA-UPL
    • Padolina, W.G., (1986) Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry Modules for High School Teachers (Upgrading Science Education Using Distance Education), Merca, F.E. (ed) NSTA-UPL
    • Scott, R. P., Padolina, W. G., (1984) Comparative analysis of the solvent productivities of selected strains of Clostridium acetobutylicum.
    • Philippine Journal of Biotechnology Volume 2
    • Castillo, E. M. Padolina, W. G. Vinuya, J. V. Yopyop, J. V., (1991) Selective hydrolysis of fatty acids from coconut oil by alipase from Rhizopurs sp. II.
    • Bulletin of the Philippine Biochemical Society Volume 10
    • Yamauchi, T. Abe, F. Chen, R. F. Nonaka, G. Santisuk, T. Padolina, W. G., (1990) Alkaloids from leaves of Alstonia scholaris in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
    • Phytochemistry Volume 29
    • Masuda, T. Inazumi, A. Yamada, Y. Padolina, W. G. Kikuzaki, H. Nakatani, N., (1991) Antimicrobial phenylpropanoids from Piper sarmentosum.
    • Phytochemistry Volume 30
    • Rimando, A. M. Inoshiri, S. Otsuka, H. Kohda, H. Yamasaki, K. Padolina, W. G., (1987) Screening of mast cell histamine release inhibitory activity of Philippine medicinal plants. Active constituents of Eehretia microphylla.
    • Shoyakugaku Zasshi Volume 41, No. (3):
    • Taylor, I. F. Jr. Watson, W. A. Betkouski, M. Padolina, W. G., (1976) The structure of glaucolide-D, C23H28O10, a sesquiterpene lactone
    • Acta Cryst B Volume 32
    • Quimado, M.O., de Padua, L.S., del Rosario, A.G., Padolina, W.G., (1992) Histological study, alkaloid detection and tannin quantification in vitro culture of Cratoxylum sumatranum (Jack) Dyer
    • Pterocarpus Volume 7
    • Ragasa, C.Y., Padolina, W.G., Yamauchi, T., Otsuka, H., Yamasaki, K., Satoh, T., (1993) Germacranolides from Pseudoelephantopus spicatus.
    • Phytochemistry Volume 33
    • Ragasa, C. Y. Padolina, W. G., (1993) New eudesmanolide sesquiterpenes from a Philippine collection of Wedelia prostata.
    • Journal of Natural Products Volume 56
    • Padolina, W.G., (1982) Testing, testing, testing for food, fuels, and fertilizers
    • Energy Forum Volume 1
    • Padolina, W.G., (1990) Prospects: Biotechnology in the Philippines
    • Philippines Chemical News Volume 6, No. 2
    • Scott, R.P., Padilina, W. P., (1991) Comparative analysis of the solvent productivities of selected Clostridium acetobutylicum.
    • Philippine Journal of Biotechnology Volume 2
    • Padolina, W.G., (1980) Politics of Energy
    • PCARRD Monitor Volume 8, No. (10):
    • Lasco, R.D., Suson, P.D., (1999) A Leucaena leucocephala-based indigenous fallow system in Central Philippines: the Naalad System
    • International Tree Crops Journal Volume 10
    • Lasco, R.D., Sales, R.F., Estrella, R., Saplaco, S.R., Castillo, A.S.A., Cruz, R.V.O., Pulhin, F.B., (2001) Carbon stock assessment of two agroforestry sytems in a tropical forest reserve in the Philippines
    • The Philippine Agricultural Scientist Volume 84, No. 4
    • Aguinaldo, A., Padolina, W., Abe, F., Yamauchi, T., (2003) Flavonoid from Mikana cordata
    • Biochemical Systematics and Ecology

Trainings

    • Workshop on Science Communication sponsored by the Institute of Development Communication, 1993 N 11, UPLB, Laguna
    • Study Visit to CIRAD Research Institutions, 1993 D1-11, France, Paris and Montpellier
    • International GTZ Workshop on Plant Biotechnology in Technical Cooperation Programmes, 1993 O 6-11, Legazpi City, Philippines
    • Basic Course in Biotechnology for the Bureau of Patents, Trademarks and Technology Transfer, 1993 S 23, UPLB-BIOTECH
    • Workshop on Biotechnology, 1993 Ag 2, PCARRD, Los Baños, Laguna
    • Asian Biosafety Workshop, 1993 Ap 20-24, Bogor, Indonesia
    • Seminar-Workshop and Consultation on Research and Development Priorities of Region XI,, 2004 Mr 4, Terraza Milesa, Davao City
    • Workshop -Optimun Policy Mix for Information Technology Development, 1993 F 11, National Security Council, Quezon City
    • Seminar-Workshop on the Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Philippines, 1992 N 25, Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and PCARRD, Los Baños Laguna
    • Eight Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Te, 1992 N 6-12, Guangzhou, China