Former Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary, Academician William G. Padolina has been appointed President of the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL), the Philippines’ foremost recognition and advisory body on science and technology.
A phytochemist and retired professor of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Padolina was a recipient of the 1982 NAST Young Scientist Award. He takes over from former NAST President, Academician Emil Q. Javier who headed the academy from 2005-2012.
As DOST Secretary from 1995-1999, Padolina, campaigned for the country’s global competitiveness via technology management, actively pushing for partnerships between government, the private sector, and the academe to utilize the power of the Internet, a revolutionary concept at that time, and make the Philippines at par with the rest of the word. He was instrumental in the increase of Internet awareness in the government sector as well as the growth of e-commerce in the country.
After his term as DOST Secretary, Padolina served as Deputy Director General for Operations and Support Services of the International Rice Research Institute. Aside from the NAST Young Scientist Award, he was also conferred the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Science and Technology in 1985, UP System Outstanding Administrator Award in 1988, PANTAS Award in Research Management in 1989, and the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Officer in 1998 and 1999.
Padolina was named NAST President during a special meeting of NAST members last October.
Re-elected as Vice-President was National Scientist Mercedes B. Concepcion, Professor Emeritus of UP Diliman and world-renowned expert in demography. Concepcion is a recipient of the United Nations Population Award for her invaluable contributions in the field of demography.
Also re-elected as Secretary was Academician Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, current Chair of the Chemical, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division of NAST and retired Research Professor of Biochemistry at UPLB.
The other members of the Executive Council are Academicians Angel C. Alcala, 1992 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service and a University Research Professor and Director of the Siliman University-Angelo King Center for Research and Environment Management; Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of the DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development; Reynaldo B. Vea, President of the Mapua Institute of Technology; and Ruben L. Villareal, former Principal Plant Breeder at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center and former Dean of the UPLB College of Agriculture and UPLB Chancellor.
The Council members will serve for a period of three years, from 2012 to 2015. The oath of office was administered by DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo.
- S&T Post, 4th Quarter, 2012
Interviewed by: Angelica A. De Leon