Over the years, the emergence of information and communications technology has greatly affected the lives of people in the world crossing borders among countries and bringing access closer to one another. In the same token, the birth of Microelectronics has resulted to progress in the development of smaller, lighter and more efficient electronic devices. This development has a striking resemblance to the birth of one of the research and development institutes of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI). It was in 1987 when President Corazon C. Aquino renamed then National Science and Technology Authority (NSTA) to Department of Science and Technology (DOST). As an offshoot of such sequential events, the ASTI was created as a research and development institute of the Department by virtue of Executive Order No. 128.
Since its establishment on 30 January 1987, ASTI has gained prominence because of its contributions in ICT, Microelectronics and R&D as the country bids for national development and global competitiveness. With the identification of ICT as a tool to help carve the country's niche in the global scene, ASTI as one of the government's focal agency for R&D in ICT and Microelectronics, has been mandated to undertake long-term researches to strengthen and modernize the Philippine's science and technology infrastructure; conduct R&D work in the advanced fields of studies; and complement the overall endeavor in the scientific field with intensive activities in the computer and information technologies.
ASTI continues to pursue and implement changes on its organizational operations to bring about a more efficient and service-oriented organization. A new organizational structure was implemented to provide more focus on its programs, and at the same time, accord significant contributions to the community. Efforts continue to streamline and review organizational performance, and provide a more customer-centered and proactive organization.
The Advanced Science and Technology Institute is mandated to perform the following functions:
- Scientific research and development in the advanced fields of Information and Communication Technology and Microelectronics.
- Undertake long-term researches to strengthen and modernize science and technology infrastructure;
- Conduct research and development work in the advanced fields of studies including biotechnology and microelectronics; and
- Complement the overall endeavor in the scientific field with intensive activities in the computer and information technologies.
"The Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) shall be among the leading R&D centers in ICT and Electronics within the Southeast Asian region"
"We are committed to the development of the Filipino society and the Philippines as a nation. We shall contribute to the attainment of national development priorities and the growth of Philippine enterprises by providing innovative solutions using ICT and electronics technologies"
ASTI's strategic goals are as follows:
- To be a leading research institute in ICT and Electronics.
- To be known as a learning and highly innovative organization.
- To be cost-effective and on-time in the delivery of solutions to clients.
- To be financially sustainable.
ASTI, in its bid to promote Anti- Red Tape Act has adopted a Citizens' Charter. To know about ASTI's Citizens' Charter, kindly visit the Citizens' Charter page of this site.
ASTI ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
DR. JOEL JOSEPH S. MARCIANO, JR.
Tel. No. +63 2 4269755
The Office of the Director (OD) oversees the overall welfare of the agency as it sets the agency's strategic direction, formulates internal policies, and ensures implementation to attain goals and objectives. This group is also responsible for the planning and monitoring of research programs/projects and other activities, setting of performance indicators and evaluation of agency performance based on the formulated indicators. Since the human resource development is under OD, this division oversees the development of the competencies and expansion of the capabilities of the agency.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DIVISION
ATTY. CARMENCITA M. ECHANO
Tel. No. +63 2 4267423
The Finance and Administration Division (FAD) provides support and the necessary services for the welfare of the agency and its staff. It advises and assists the director on budgetary, financial and management matters. It also provides the Institute with economical, efficient and effective services relating to personnel, supplies, equipment, collections, disbursement, security and custodial work.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
ENGR. PETER ANTONIO B. BANZON
Tel. No. +63 2 4263572
The Research and Development Division (RDD) conducts strategic R&D in ICT and Electronics taking direction from the national S&T Plan as well as ICT and Electronics industry development roadmaps. The division is divided into three sections namely: Network Research, Computing Research, and Microelectronics Research.
The Network Research Section implements R&D projects in the fields of advanced networking and wireless technologies that are necessary for the design and implementation of innovative advanced networking products/services and wireless communications systems.
The Computing Research Section focuses on projects involving various computing technologies such as Open Source and Grid Computing which are significant in the development of software and firmware products.
The Microelectronics Research Section prioritizes research activities that will establish the design foundation and know-how vital for the country's entry into the local and global market for integrated circuits and embedded products and solutions.
SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES ENGINEERING DIVISION
MR. ALVIN E. RETAMAR
Tel. No. +63 2 4269764
The Solutions and Services Engineering Division (SSED) is the agency's center for contracted engineering and design work. It handles, supports, and markets various solutions and services. The division is composed of the Embedded Systems Group (ESG), the PREGINET, the K-Agrinet, and the Business Development Unit (BDU).
The ESG is responsible for developing holistic embedded solutions for clients that incorporate microcontroller-based design, communication, graphical user interface, and applications.
The PREGINET operates and maintains the country's only nationwide research and education network and provides network services such as VoIP, IPv6, videoconferencing and other similar services.
The recently established BDU is envisioned to drive communication efforts through effective market research and communication. To complement these efforts and gain momentum to drive its activities. SSED actively seeks collaborations to effectively serve more clients from the academe, government, and industry.
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
MR. RENE C. MENDOZA
Tel. No. +63 2 9273093
The Knowledge Management Division (KMD) is created for the purpose of increasing and better leveraging of ASTI's available intellectual capital and enable the Institute to continuously improve its performance through reuse of its intellectual capital.
The team is expected to carry out the following functions: 1) Source, mine, synthesize, and package knowledge for internal and external use; b) Leverage knowledge to improve organizational performance of the agency; c) Proactively share knowledge for development impact; and d) Leverage KM as an integrating component for selected technology solutions.
COMPUTER SOFTWARE DIVISION
MS. JOANNA G. SYJUCO
Tel. No. +63 2 4263694
The Computer Software Division (CSD) aims at becoming a premiere software development team providing innovative and quality software systems and applications. It will forge and strengthen partnerships with the academe, government, and industry by providing effective software solutions, software design and development consultancies, and contract researches.