Dr Lallana is the founder and CEO of Ideacorp Inc and is a leading consultant for the Philippines National Privacy Commission (which coordinates the ASEAN Privacy Forum).

He was a former Commissioner of the Philippines Commission on ICT (CICT) which was established in 2004 and in 2011 it was supplanted by the current Department of Information and Communications Technology.

Dr. Lallana is the author of the training module entitled “Realizing Data-Driven Governance” commissioned by Emmanuel C. Lallana by the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (APCICT) as part of the virtual Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders.

He was Project Leader of the Pan Asia Network on Democratic eGovernance (PANeGOV) which 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. Since 2000 he has been active in ICT policy circles in ASEAN as Executive Director of the eASEAN Task Force (eATF) from 2000-2002.


DSxConference 2020 Session

COVID-19 eResearch Experiences and Collaborations in Australasia and Southeast Asia – Upskilling Support for Pandemic Response, Preparedness and Recovery
Tuesday, December 1  | 1400 – 1535
Virtual Room 1

Title: Taking the steps to promote awareness and for greater adoption of the “best practices” in data protection and privacy.


The Philippines spearheaded the first ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum through the chairmanship of the National Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2019. The forum, which initiates the harmonization of regional data protection, privacy regulation and initiatives, was attended by all 10 ASEAN member countries, gathering all data privacy regulators and privacy enforcement agency. It carries the intent to foster sharing of knowledge and best practices, discussion of governance and operational know-how, and development of a framework for enforcement cooperation. During this meeting, developments on the proposals about Data Classification Framework and Cross Border Data Flow Mechanism for ASEAN amid increasing global concern over data privacy.

In December 2019, the Philippines hosted the 52nd Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum officially opened in Cebu, with privacy commissioners from 14 jurisdictions across the region convening in closed sessions, to deliberate on emerging technology trends and threats that impact privacy, share best practices, explore new policy directions, and build institutional partnerships.