SEC. FORTUNATO T. DELA PENA
An ASEAN Engineer graduated with a degree of BS Chemical Engineering in University of the Philippines (1969), Diploma in Industrial Quality Control, BIE (Bouwcentrum International Education), Rotterdam, Netherlands (1975), MS Industrial Engineering in University of the Philippines (1976) and Graduate Studies in Operations Research in Polytechnic Institute of New York (1982).
Sec. Dela Pena served various positions as Professor (1973-2011), Professorial Lecturer (2011-2016) in Industrial Engineering, Chairman- Industrial Engineering Department (1982-1988), Director – Institute for Small Scale Industries (1992-2001) and Vice President for Planning and Development (1993-1999) in University of the Philippines. He is also the Cost and Operations Engineer in ESSO Philippines (1969-1971) and Planning Service Head under the National Science and Technology Authority (1982-1984). He was appointed as Undersecretary of Department of Science and Technology (2001 – 2014) serving the administration of President Estrada, Macapagal and Aquino III. As one of the longest term as Undersecretary in DOST, Prof. Dela Pena was appointed by His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as Secretary of Department of Science and Technology (2016 – present).
In addition, he also served as Chairman of United Nations Commission on Science & Technology for Development from 2011-2012, Interim Exec. Director of APEC Center for Technology Training for Small and Medium Enterprises (ACTETSME) from 1996-1998.
Moreover, Sec. Dela Pena hold several positions in professional and scientific organization as President of Philippine Associaton for the Advancement of Science & Technology (PhilAAST) from 2011 to present, President of National Research Council of the Philippines from 2002 to 2007, President of Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers from 1989 to 1990 and President of Association of Management & Industrial Engineers of the Philippines (AMIEP) from 1986 to 1988
He was awarded and recognized by different organizations and institutions such as: Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) by Rizal Technological University, Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service by UP Alumni Association in 2012, one of the 100 Outstanding UP Engineering Alumni of the Country in 2009 & 2010, Dangal ng Bayan Award by Civil Service Commission and Oustanding Career Executive Officer by Career Executive Board in 2005, Most Outstanding Alumnus by UP Alumni Engineers in 2003, Outstanding Professional in the Field of Chemical Engineering by the Professional Regulation Commission in 1999, Most Outstanding Chemical Engineer by Phil. Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1998, Dangal ng Lipi Award by Provincial Governemnt of Bulacan in 1997 and Gawad Chancellor Award for Outstanding Administrator by University of the Philippines - Diliman in 1994.
He was born on November 12, 1949 in Bulacan, Bulacan and youngest of the three children of Mr. Emilio Banzon Dela Pena and Mrs Luz Tanseco – Dela Pena. He is married to Mariquit Tablan Banzon with whom he has five (5) children who are all successful in their own fields.