Professional Bio

I am a proud Ilonggo
Civil Engineer.

Work Experience

Senior Economic
Development Specialist

National Economic and
Development Authority
2020 – present

As part of the NEDA team, I am tasked to provide technical assistance to other government offices, state colleges and universities, and other entities in policy and planning. It has been one of my dream jobs and now that I’m here, there’s no stopping in being passionate to put our country to better heights. While I’m with NEDA I aspire to learn new things particularly policy making, urban and regional planning, economic development, infrastructure, and many more. So far, I am proud to be part of the team who created the Regional COVID-19 Recovery plan which I consider as my baptism of fire when I joined the ranks. It also took me 4-5 applications in a span of two years to get hired but the wait is all worth it.

Highway Safety and
Planning Engineer

Department of Public
Works and Highways
2015 – 2020

During my five-year stay in the DPWH, I took charge of maintaining the regional database of highway assets and provided technical assistance on highway safety design to various partners in the public and private sector. I also monitored the implementation of feasibility study projects undertaken by consultants. Among the major projects I took part was the formulation of the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan and being among the pool of professionals selected by the Department of Health who created the localized adaptation of the Global Road Safety Leadership Course of Johns Hopkins University International Injury Research Unit. Through these projects, my advocacy and passion for road safety was born.

Moderator
(Technical Adviser)

University of San Agustin
Publications
2016 – 2017

Being a former campus journalist myself, I hold the record of being the only engineer who sat as moderator of the USA Publications in its history since 1928. I take pride in ensuring the organization achieves its goals in providing responsive, developmental and research-based journalism to the students while maintaining its high standards of journalism excellence manifested in local and national competitions. With the skills I developed during my college years, I am a regular resource person tapped by the Philippine Information Agency in online writing, photojournalism, and publication design in their trainings with campus journalists and advisers, government agencies, and local government units.

Junior Instructor
(Part-Time)

University of San Agustin
College of Technology
2015 – 2017

My stint as a junior instructor made me handle various subjects in the fields of project study, engineering mechanics, and structural theory. I am very happy that some of my students are already making a name for themselves as civil engineers and architects. Yes, I also taught engineering courses for architecture students. While I was with the USA Tech, I also served as adviser of their publication, The Tech Record. I took part in the revival of the publication and its rebranding. In just a semester, we already managed to become one of the best departmental/college-based publications in Western Visayas. Thanks to the cooperation of the staff who were equally motivated as I am.

Education

  • Western Institute of Technology

    Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
    Class of 2018

  • University of San Agustin

    BS in Civil Engineering
    With Academic Distinction
    Excellence in Journalism
    Exellence in Culture and the Arts
    IWAG Awardee (Awarded by PIA-6)
    School Publication Scholar
    Faculty and Personnel Scholar
    Class of 2014

  • University of the Philippines Visayas

    High School
    High School Scholar
    Class of 2009

Professional Memberships

World Road Association
Individual Member, 2019-present

Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers
Publications Chair (Iloilo), 2021-present
Regular Member, 2015-present

In Action

Working as a professional since 2015, I have many engagements with various organizations including the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, the government-recognized professional organization of Filipino civil engineers. I also represented the country in programs held in Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Latest from my Blog

Does ‘Build Build Build’ really exist?

The BBB program has created a brand of its own. It is true to its promise to increase public investment on infrastructure and generate jobs. However, is it really the program that did this? Or is it just a label for something.

Giving civil service a chance

As someone who had several traumatic experiences with the services of the government, I always had the idea of entering civil service myself at the back of my head. But never did I expect that I am now in service for more than six years with the dream of becoming a cabinet secretary someday.

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