HON. MARIO G. MONTEJO
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
During his term, Secretary Montejo has reshaped DOST policies that now define the agency’s focus and development programs, that is, to increase the country’s reserve of science and technology (S&T) capability in order to diversify the world-class products, processes, and services that can be offered to the Filipino people; and to harness the emerging role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) towards a “Smarter Philippines.”
Under his leadership, various programs of the Department were commended by His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III in his previous State of the Nation Address (SONA). Most notable of these are the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) project, the mosquito Ovicidal/Larvicidal trap, and the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH).
Before joining the government service, he was president of several engineering-related firms along with a more recent ecotourism-related company.
Secretary Montejo earned his Bachelor of Science major in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) in 1975 and has considerable experience of 22 years in engineering design and innovation. He was hailed by the 2011 UP Alumni Association (UPAA) as a Distinguished Alumnus in Science and Technology, and the UP College of Engineering recognized him as one of the “100 Outstanding Alumni Engineers of the Century” during the UP centennial celebration in 2010. During his term, Secretary Montejo has spearheaded DOST policies that focus on developing technology-driven programs to address pressing national problems, countryside development, industry competitiveness, and the delivery of government and social services.