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 that created the Regional COVID-19 Recovery plan which I consider as my baptism of fire when I joined the ranks. It also took me four to five applications for two years to get hired but the wait is all worth it.
Previous Work Experience
Road 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 sectors. I also monitored the implementation of feasibility study projects undertaken by consultants. Among the major projects I took part in 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 were 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 a 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 training with campus journalists and advisers, government agencies, and local government units.
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 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.