Alain Del Bustamante Pascua is the Undersecretary of DepEd who supervises the Administrative Service, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service, the Information and Communications Technology Service, the Education Facilities Division/ School Building Program, and the Youth Formation Division.
He is a product of public elementary education. His parents were both public school teachers in Tarlac. His high school years were spent in Mary Help of Christians Seminary in Pangasinan, and his college days were in Adamson University in Manila where he finished Civil Engineering with a Presidential Medallion and Campus Leadership Awards.
He was the first president of the Adamson University Student Government who was elected for two consecutive terms. He founded the National Association of Student Councils of the Philippines or NASCOP, and represented the country in a World Youth Congress in Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR, known today as Russia.He served in government as Assistant Secretary of the National Anti-Poverty Commission or NAPC, and as Chief Political Affairs Officer of Senator Panfilo Lacson.
He was a political consultant to not a few elected government officials, yet he finds time to advance his advocacies for the environment. Not many know that he is one of the leading wild bird photographers of the country. In fact, he will soon launch his book on the Philippine Eagle.
Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones was his teacher when he took up masteral studies in public administration at the National College of Public Administration and Governance at the University of the Philippines. Professor Briones would later on recommend him to be the Philippine Secretary-General of the Social Watch Global Assembly where he coordinated more than a hundred foreign delegates from over 70 countries from different parts of the world.