The Speakers


Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña

Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña is a Filipino engineer and professor serving as the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology. Before he assumed leadership of the DOST, he was the Undersecretary for Science and Technology Services from 2001 to 2014. He served the Department in various capacities since 1982.

Sec. de la Peña is a graduate of BS Chemical Engineering and MS Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman. While pursuing his MS degree, he proceeded to join the faculty of the UP College of Engineering. While in UP, he rose up the ranks from Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Director of UP’s Institute of Small Scale Industries and was also named Vice President for Planning and Development of the entire University of the Philippines System.

All in all, Sec. de la Peña flourished in the academe as a UP professor for 43 years, attaining the rank of Professor 12 or the highest level an educator can achieve, while doing the same in government as he rose to Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) Rank 1, also the highest level attainable at the Civil Service Commission of the Philippines.

Dir. Enrique A. Tayag

Director IV, Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service, Department of Health (DOH)

Dr. Tayag is a graduate of BS Biology from the University of the Philippines and Doctor of Medicine from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center. He served as Director of the National Epidemiology Center and of the Bureau of Local Health Systems Development of the Department of Health before his present position as Director of the Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service.


Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr., PhD

Director General, Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA)

Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano Jr. was appointed as the first Director General (DG) of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) in January 2020, where he is now leading the buildup and mobilization of the newly created national government agency. As PhilSA DG, Dr. Marciano holds the rank of a Department Secretary and provides executive direction and supervision over the entire operations of the PhilSA and its attached units. Immediately prior to the PhilSA, Dr. Marciano served as the Director of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI). He is also a Full Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) where he held the Dado and Maria Banatao Professorial Chair.

Dr. Marciano obtained his BS Electrical Engineering from UPD and his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was a JSPS Fellow at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2003; and the UP-Dado Banatao Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) in the University of California Berkeley and at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2004 and 2005, respectively. In 2007 and 2009, he was a Visiting Associate Research Scientist in UCSD. He served as the Director of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI) of UP Diliman from 2009 to 2015 and the Interim Director of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Development (IIID) of the Philippines-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) under the Philippines’ Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from 2013-2016. He has over 25 years of experience leading and managing research & development and technical operations in specialized areas of wireless communications, radio frequency spectrum management and policy, rural connectivity, emergency response communications, sensor networks and scientific earth observation microsatellites.

Julius Bañgate, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, INSA Rouen Normandie

Dr. Julius Bañgate is a computer scientist engaged in multidisciplinary research developing multi-agent models and simulations of complex systems. In particular, he specialises in the modelling and simulation of: (a) human behaviour in the context of pedestrian evacuations during seismic crisis; and (b) multimodal transport and logistics. He also works on graph theoretic methods focused on the modelling, analysis and comparison of semantic networks/graphs applied to the governance structures of European ports.

Dr. Bañgate obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 2019 from Université Grenoble Alpes, France. During the PhD, he was connected with the LIG and PACTE laboratories. He started his post doc in 2020 at LITIS, Université Le Havre Normandie, France. In 2021, he continued his post doc at LITIS, INSA-Rouen, Normandie, France. He obtained his Masters degree in Remote Sensing in 2008, and his Bachelors degree in Geodetic Engineering in 2000, from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Anjar Dimara Sakti, Dr.Eng.

Researcher, Bandung Institute of Technology

Dr. Anjar Dimara Sakri is a Vice Director of coordination in the Center for Remote Sensing (CRS) Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He is a researcher on the Global Database division, developing geospatial product and global-regional policy models to achieve the SDGs with regard to the food-water-climate-energy nexus. Currently he is involved in Southeast Asia Mangrove Sustainability and Groundwater for zero hunger projects supported by ITB research collaboration program. He is a member of The Remote Sensing Society of Japan (RSSJ).

Dr. Sakti obtained his Doctor of Engineering and Master of Science degrees from the University of Tokyo in Japan and his Bachelors degree from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia.

Engr. Nathaniel Vincent A. Lubrica

Associate Professor and Executive Director, Research Services Office, University of the Cordilleras

Engr. Nathaniel Lubrica is an Associate Professor and presently the Executive Director of the Research Services Office of the University of the Cordilleras. He handles research projects on the various applications of geographic information systems and technologies. At present, he is working on a DOST funded project on water resources management.

Engr. Lubrica obtained his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Arts degree in Environmental and Habitat Planning from the Saint Louis University in Baguio City.