President Duterte Appoints New Director for DOST-ASTI

Media Release:

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has appointed Dr. Franz Asunta de Leon as new director for the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).

He is an associate professor at University of the Philippines Diliman-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UPD-EEEI); he will lead DOST-ASTI in implementing its research and development (R&D) programs and projects in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), microelectronics, and space technology.

Dr. de Leon was sworn into office on April 15, 2021. Together with him during his oath-taking ceremony were Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, and other DOST-ASTI officials. This was held at the DOST-ASTI Building in Diliman, Quezon City. He will be the ninth director to take over the role at the DOST-ASTI.

President Duterte names new ASTi director.
DOST Assistant Secretary for Finance and Strategic Planning Maridon O. Sahagun, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST-ASTI Director Franz A. De Leon Ph.D., and Alvin E. Retamar, Chief Science Research Specialist for Solutions and Services Engineering Division of DOST-ASTI. (All images from DOST)

The new DOST-ASTI director is a graduate of BS Electronics and Communications Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering at the UPD in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southampton in United Kingdom in 2014. During that time, he also served as part of the UP faculty for engineering students. With interests in Digital Signal Processing for Audio and Communications, he was involved in one of the collaborative projects of DOST-ASTI with UPD-EEEI as the project leader for the Development of a Philippine Indigenous Instrument Sounds Database, also known as  KATUNOG (KAlipunan ng KaTUtubong TuNOG).

President names new ASTI director.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de La Peña administering the oath of office to new DOST-ASTI Director Franz A. De Leon, Ph.D., on 15 April 2021.

“During these challenging times, there is a need for solutions and applications that will uplift our spirits and help us adjust to the new normal. As the new DOST-ASTI director, I want to make the Filipinos enjoy the benefits of innovative solutions in the field of ICT, Microelectronics and Space Technology. We will continue to work closely with our stakeholders to meet their expectations. We will also continue to invest not only in upgrading the facilities, but more importantly in our human resources to be agile and ready for the next generation technologies,” said Dr. de Leon on his appointment as director.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña also shared a message to Dr. De Leon after his oath taking ceremony, “I wish to congratulate Dr. Franz Asunta de Leon on his appointment and on his assumption as director of the DOST-ASTI. The field that has been assigned to ASTI is something that will really transform the Philippines, and so we expect a lot of innovations and transformations that will come out of ASTI. I count on ASTI to contribute not only to new knowledge generation, to new technology generation, but towards the support for more commercial technologies that will boost our initiatives towards being competitive in the region”.

DOST-ASTI was recently headed by Dr. Joel Joseph Sacro Marciano Jr. (now director-deneral for Philippine Space Agency or PhilSA) as the acting airector from March 08, 2016 until March 04, 2020. More than a year later, Dr. de Leon succeeded the position as the new director of DOST-ASTI thru an appointment from Malacañan Palace on March 30, 2021. (/)


Established in 1987 by Executive Order No. 128, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) is an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that undertakes scientific research and development and technology transfer in the advanced fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), computing, electronics, and their applications. The DOST-ASTI continues to dedicate itself to developing and delivering technology solutions to enable a productive, globally competitive, and resilient Filipino society.

Photo Credits: Enrico P. Belga Jr., Information Officer II (Department of Science and Technology – Office of the Secretary)

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