Lallana, Emmanuel C.
Emmanuel C. Lallana, PhD is Chief Executive of ideacorp – an independent,
non-profit organization focused on the use of Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) in governance and education, in business and the economy and in
At present, Dr. Lallana is the Project Leader of the Pan Asia Network on
Democratic eGovernance (PANeGOV). PANeGOV is a multi-country research
initiative on the use of ICT in good governance and citizen empowerment in Asia. It is
funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada. He is also
a Consultant of the UN Asia Pacific Training Center for Information and
Communication Technology for Development (UN APCICT), Incheon, Korea. In
this capacity, he developed the Module on ICT for Development (ICTD) Policy, Process
and Governance for the UN APCICT’s Academy of ICT Essentials for Asian Leaders in
2008. He has also conducted trainings for government officials in India (Hyderabad),
Korea (Incheon) and Afghanistan (Kabul) on ICT Policy making. Dr. Lallana is also
Regional Training Coordinator, Pan Asia Network Localization (PAN L10n)
Project (Since April 2007). PAN L10n is a 10-country local language computing initiative
that is managed by the National University for Computer and Emerging Science,
Pakistan and funded by IDRC.
In September 2009, Dr. Lallana was engaged by the Open Society Institute (Soros
Foundation) – Tajikistan as a consultant to design an eGovernance Development
Center for Tajikistan and the Central Asian Republics. He is also collaborating with the
Foundation for Media Alternatives in formulating a civil society assessment of the
ICT components of the Medium Term Philippines Development Plan.
Dr. Lallana also completed a report entitled eGrowth Plan: The ICT Road to Economic
Growth in August 2009. This paper, which details recommendations on how
government can use ICT to stimulate economic growth in the Philippines, was
commissioned by the IT Association of the Philippines (ITAP), Business Processing
Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and the Computer Manufacturers, Distributors
and Dealers Association of the Philippines (COMDDAP).
From March 2007 to December 2008, Dr. Lallana was Consultant for ICT at the
Office of the Secretary, Department of Education (DepED), Republic of the
Philippines. In this capacity, he helped formulate the DepED ICT4E Strategic Plan. He
also developed and implemented ReimaginED – a seminar series to upgrade the
knowledge of DepED senior officials on ICT for Education.
In 2007, Dr. Lallana served as Project Adviser, Government Interoperability
Frameworks, Asia Pacific Development Information Program, United
Nations Development Program (UNDP-APDIP). Under this project he wrote the
three part eGovernment Interoperability: Overview, Guide and Review (Bangkok:
UNDP Regional Center in Bangkok, 2007) and the ePrimer on eGovernment
Interoperability ( Bangkok: UNDP Regional Center in Bangkok, 2008)
From September 2004 to January 2007, Dr. Lallana was a Commissioner,
Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Office
of the President, Republic of the Philippines. The CICT is the primary ICT policy,
planning, coordinating, implementing, regulating, and administrative entity of the
executive branch of the Phil government. He was appointed to the CICT by President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in September 2004.
At CICT, Dr. Lallana led the Human Capital Development Group (HCDG) where he
developed and spearheaded the implementation of the following major initiatives:
? eSkwela – an eLearning initiative for the Filipino Out-of-School Youth.
eSkwela received a Certificate of Commendation for the Non-formal Educator
Category from the UNESCO ICT in Education Innovation Awards, 2007-2008;
? iSchools – the most comprehensive ICT for High School initiative in the
? eQuality Program – an effort to upgrade the IT teaching capacity of Philippine
state universities and colleges;
? National ICT Competency Standards including the National ICT Competency
Standard for Teachers (NICS – Teachers) and the NICS for Career Executive
Service Officials (NICS – CESO);
? FOSS in Education including the FOSS CD Kits
? new ICT courses for government personnel including eGovernment Project
Management, IT Services Management, Enterprise Architecture Framework and
the CICT Executive Seminar
While at CICT, Dr. Lallana served as the Chairman of the CICT Working Group on
International Affairs. In this capacity, he lead the Philippine delegations to ASEAN
TELSOM (Yangoon, Hanoi and Manila), and APEC TELSOM (Peru). He also headed the
Philippine delegation to the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meetings in Beijing (2005) and
Penang (2006). He attended the World Summit on Information Society Phase 1 in
Geneva and Phase 2 in Tunis as member of the Philippine delegation.
Dr. Lallana served as Executive Director of the eASEAN Task Force (eATF) from
2000-2002. The eATF was an advisory body to the Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN) on enhancing the region’s competitiveness through developing
information and communications technology (ICT) competencies among its 10 member
countries. The eATF, composed of members from the public and the private sector from
all ASEAN member states, assisted in the drafting of the ASEAN Framework Agreement
on ICT Products, Services and Investment, which was signed by the ASEAN Heads of
Government and State in November 2000.
Dr. Lallana worked with the Philippine legislature in developing a legal framework for e-
commerce (RA 8792). He also assisted Congressional eCommerce Oversight Committee
organize eGobyerno 2002 – a pioneering seminar and exhibition on the use of ICT by
the Philippine government. In 2003, he served as consultant on ICT issues to Senator
Ramon Magsaysay Jr.
Dr. Lallana’s career in the government includes a stint at the Foreign Service Institute
(FSI)–the research and training arm of the Department of Foreign Affairs–from 1993 to
1996. Dr. Lallana was appointed as Deputy Director of the FSI in 1993 by then
President Fidel V. Ramos. Aside from teaching and conducting policy research at the
FSI, he joined various Philippine delegations to bilateral and multilateral meetings.
Among others, he was a member of the Philippine delegation to the first RP-Indonesia
boundary delimitation talks, the RP-China talks on the South China Sea islands dispute
and to the International Court of Justice during the latter’s deliberation on the legality of
the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.