The Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA) has named Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña as this year’s recipient of Professional Distinction and Professional Excellence Awards.
De la Pena confirmed that he bagged the two awards from the PFPA, a group of various resulted professional associations in the country, during the 8th PFPA Distinction and Excellence Awards.
“Maraming salamat po sa Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA) sa mga parangal na iginawad sa akin ngayong araw na ito, ang Professional Distinction Award at ang Professional Excellence Award (Thank you so much to the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA) for the awards given to me today, the Professional Distinction and the Professional Excellence Award),” he said in a Facebook post.
Citing the PFPA, the Professional Excellence Award’s Government/Community Service Category is given to members “who have applied their know-how and professional competence, with the highest degree of ethical measures, and whose works, products, outcomes, and services and the performance thereof, greatly contributed to enhancing and promoting the image, credibility, objectives and practices of the profession in the service of the government and/or community”.
“Isa po itong karangalan hindi lamang sa akin kundi pati narin sa ahensiyang aking pinagsisilbihan, ang Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Magsisilbi po itong inspirasyon para sa masigasig na paglilingkod sa Bayan (This is a great honor not only for me, but also for the agency I am serving, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). This will serve as an inspiration for a more committed service to the nation) ,” de la Peña said.
In 2016, President Duterte appointed de la Peña as the DOST’s top man.
Prior to his appointment, he served as DOST Undersecretary for Science and Technology (S & T) Services from May 2001 to 2015.
De la Peña started his career in government service as the chief of the Planning Services Division of the National Science and Technology Authority, the forerunner of DOST, in the early 1980s.
De la Peña also served for three years as director of DOST’s Technology Application and Promotion Institute starting 1989.
In between his stint at the DOST, he assumed as vice president for Planning and Development and then, interim executive director of the University of the Philippines (UP).
He also served at the APEC Center for Technology Exchange and Training for Small and Medium Enterprises. He was a former president of the UP Alumni Engineers, Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers, and trustee of the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation among others.