The Internet's 10 Most Influential Filipinos
William Padolina, Secretary of
the Department of Science and Technology, is a man of exceptional vision who sees clearly the whole
socio-economic panorama unfolding and understands the implications of the crests and troughs in the pre-
Why he's influential.
Since 1996, Padolina has been telling everyone how
technology management will play a role for global competitiveness. His aggressive campaign has helped
technology and Internet awareness in the government sector. He encouraged collaboration on the part of
the government, private sector, and academe to push for the growth of the Internet and be one of the tools
for the Philippines to become globally competitive.
During the International Conference on the Development of Information Infrastructure in 1996, he was
already raising the issue and challenge on the social and legal aspects of digital information and electronics
Vision for the Net.
Padolina wants the Internet user base to be broadened and make
it truly mass-based, producing world-class students that know the value of information. His biggest
achievement is giving specific directions on what the private sector should do in order to achieve growth
for the Internet and e-commerce. In a talk at the ICE Manila '98, he said, "The task of making the
information network in the region is truly enormous. But these should not serve as a hindrance towards
achieving the ultimate goal of the infrastructure that we are struggling to build: to empower the majority, if
not to every citizen of the Asia Pacific region and making a significant difference in his life through access
to strategic information."
"We need Filipinos to be highly literate in science and technology, not only because it is a requirement
for global competitiveness, but also because we need to equip them with the faculties necessary to
understand socio-cultural, political, and economic environments of the coming century. Without this
literacy, our people will become easy prey for our competitors that do not hesitate to take advantage of our