DPWH to hire country’s ‘best and brightest’ engineers


DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Stressing its “commitment to the pursuit of excellence,” the Department of Public Works and Highways plans to hire the best and the brightest young civil engineers in the country.

For a start, the DPWH is setting up what it calls a 26-week “cadet engineering program,” which aims to train young civil engineers for “prospective executive positions in the department.”

The department has entered into an agreement with the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Inc., the training and leadership arm of the First Pacific Group of Companies, in conducting the program, according to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.

In a statement, Singson said on Wednesday, the program would help “fill up executive positions in the agency with highly qualified and professionally committed, as well as empowered individuals.”

“Thus, the need to search, select and develop young, intelligent and purpose-driven civil engineers to start their careers at DPWH,” he also said.

According to Singson, “selected cadet engineers will undergo classes for one month, covering the areas of public service, public infrastructure in the Philippines and an overview of the department and its mandate.”

“Five more months will be devoted to on-the-job training on the core functions and operations of the DPWH bureaus, namely design; research and standards; construction, equipment and maintenance; planning service; and the agency’s regional, district and project management offices,” he said.

A supplementary training program, covering professional image enhancement, customer service excellence, leadership communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and project management, among others, also await trainees.

Program applicants, preferably those with high academic backgrounds, need to pass a “very extensive recruitment and selection process,” which includes a written examination, oral interview and personality evaluation.

“This will set new entry standards for civil engineers in the public works. They have to be the best of the best engineers in the country, not any Tom, Dick and Harry being recommended by anyone,” Singson added.

Unlike the DPWH head, some department old-timers expressed doubts over his initiative.

A staff member at a DPWH project management office, who asked not to be named, said young civil engineers would most likely work abroad where they could get higher pay than join the agency or some local real estate or construction firms.

“With the current DPWH salary rates, getting the best and the brightest young engineers is easier said than done,” said another.

But “starting one’s career, if not using the department as a stepping stone may be a good idea,” opined another DPWH source.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSFBL2UPAYEEIHSZWI35OB3ZEQ jun

    the new generation of engineers should be taught not to accept bribes, not to learn SOPs, not to be exposed to corrupt politicians.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Here’s another government official who likes to put himself in a pedestal.  You should start cleaning your department of deadwoods before you open your mouth.

  • boybakal

    Good…the best and the best.
    No more palakasan.

  • Pablo Juan

    Bakit palaging binabakbak ang mga daan na walang sira?  e.g. sa Mayon st. sa QC.. sa commonwealth, sa Edsa etc etc.. etc.. nakakapagod at nakakainis tingnan.  

    • Smokey

       Simple, pag walang project walang nanakawin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S7WTZ7XOJALLOHTXVPZNWP7CVI Dodjie

    tapos matuto rin magnakaw

  • louie

    i really believe Sec Singson’s words. no doubt, he’ll continue this program. May nagsabi sa taas na hindi papasok ang mga magagaling dahil sa mataas na sahod na kikitain sa ibang bansa, may punto ka pero wag mo namang pagdudahan na meron pa ring natitirang mahuhusay na kabataan na naghahangad maglingkod sa gobyerno. Pero tama rin naman na dapat gawing competitive din ang sahod na binibigay ng gobyerno.

  • mynnyx

    sana yong mga makuha sa trabaho di magnanakaw……..katulad yong dating nakapwesto dyan…………nong lumaban sa politika pagmagbigay ng pera eh akala mo eh mayminahan ng pera lalo nong nanalo mas grabe……………sa kanya na ang minahan sa amin di lalo yumaman…………hahahahaha sariling interes…………….

  • novaliches

    Maganda training yan, pero mahigpit lagi ang mga conditions, kasi bukod sa mababa ang sweldo, laging may contrata na hindi makakalis sa loob ng 3 years. mahirap makakuha ng “Best and Brightest” , mga tutong tutong pa rin ang mga mag-aaply.

  • jurbinsky77

    If the engineer is corrupt, what use is his /her high scholastic mark?

    How many engineers in the country are not corrupt? How many Filipinos are not corrupt?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72KS45XZH4EFSMDCKIGIIMYMDY Michael A

      eto naman walang tiwala sa kapwa niya Pilipino. i know a lot of very bright and honest people wanting to serve, if not already serving, their country. hindi lang masiyadong name-media pero matitinong mga tao. eto yung mga tipo nang mga tao na alam mong mas malaki ang kikitain nila pag wala sila sa gobyerno pero nandiyan pa din kasi mahal nila ang ginagawa nila. time is changing. biro nga namin, mauubos din at mamamatay ang mga corrupt sa gobiyerno. mapapalitan din sila nang mga batang may mga pangarap para sa bansa. 

  • mon key

    start them young . . . and they end up corrupted by their trainors.

  • jurbinsky77

    During Pres Cory’s tenure, she appointed Alfredo Bengzon as a dept secretary. Bengzon took his aides with him, Gamboa and Taguiwalo to the DOH. Both were bright and respectable but the DOH never improved. As a matter of reform, all departamental budgets had to pass the “scrutiny” of a private company which was located across the Medical City, in fact there was a catwalk connecting the 2 buildings.

    The DOH paid premium for the “services” of that consulting company. For what? Later I came to know that the Meical City and that consulting group were both owned by Bengzon.

    Bengzon also appointed for service chief level positions some UP denizens. The IT department, MIS became a factory mill of feasibility studies and research papers that are totally irrelevant to management informaiton system. Despite millions of dollars spent by WB to build MIS through Project Management Staff, MIS died a natural death because it lost the very reason why it was created. When I was with them, we had setup a network (cheap but optimal solution), computerized the DOH professional  staf, physical resources, hospital and pho monthly data compilation, etc. We have also started the computerizartion of the regional levels, complete with microcomputer, printer and trained local staff. In 1988, I earned a grant from Sumitomo for some $4M for the communication infrastructure. We were testing and using SSB radio and microcomputer for data transfer using packet radio transmission. My consultants at the time were an electrical engineer from VITA and a technical writer from IBM, Boca Raton, Florida. At the time there was no cellular phone yet but we were able to receive spreadsheet data from Cebu on a clear, no thunderstorm day. In my distributuin list, the doctors in the RHO, PHO and Health Centers will be given hand-held radios, the SSB radios will be replaced with more popular units, a lb for electronic engineers at the DOH Central Office and some 4 Parejo for field mobility. One afternoon, man in his 50’s came and greeted me. I came to know that he will be my boss. That night, I decided to go to the Middle East, despite my scheduleto go to the VITA-sponsored meeting in Californaia and later on in Ankara. My “boss” will be getting at least 10% of P80M.

    So who are the “right” people for the posts? Not the brightest but the honest, capable and with moral compass.

  • DonQuixoteDeRizal

    First and foremost, teach young engineers not be corrupt then leadership will come along.

    There is no need for DPWH to hire a consulting consulting company to do that. All it has to do is lead by example. If the mentor is not corrupt most probably the apprentice will become so too.

    I think DPWH engineers are smart and intelligent but the problem is some of them are using their smartness and intelligence on how to make quick money through corruption,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B4EJM7IFXSSMG47ODX2WF3JZOU Yoda

    The best engineers are looking for best offers too…so unless the offer is competitive, I doubt if the DPWH will get the best. Sad but true, what you pay is what you get.

  • Garo Ungaro

    Thats a good step in the right direction…but what is most important
    the support and direction the leadership will allow to let this good engineers
    do their miracles for the good returns to the its society…pays/nationalism
    of this good engineers…will be seen as they go…good move.. we needed
    their expertise as long as their happy with their chosen career its fine….?

  • surigao_miners

    best engineers best commission for every project. puntahan nyo surigao del sur highway kinurakot lang ng mga pimentel at pichay ang pera doon kaya lubak lubak at puro putik ang daan doon

  • Mamang Pulis

    best & brightest—-

    in SOP

  • Mamang Pulis

    kaya BLOATED ang mga estimate ay dahil sa SOP ng mga opisyales…

    ang 2.7milion PHP na 3 classroom ang totoong presyo pag walang SOP—-do your math—

    iipitin ka pa sa bayaran–lugi ka kagad sa cost of money dahil sa tagal—mapabilis lang yan–pag may padulas ka

  • Mamang Pulis

    ang tulay na 47 million—gagawin sa 20

    ang mga binayarang classroom sa tawi tawi—

    non existent–[ARMM project ng DepEd]

    ang mga kalsada–nasa road projects ang malaking kurakot

  • Mamang Pulis

    kapag kinatalo mo ang local director–

    natural lang na pag initan ka at mauwi ka sa black list

  • Mamang Pulis

    best & brightest—

    tignan mo sa mesa may kodigo pa rin sulat ni max

  • Mamang Pulis

    QAQC-ME2 magkano sweldo?

    sabay may kontratistang mag offer na mas malaki para palusutin ang batch mix na matabang—ayos–bagsak ang kalsada.

  • Mamang Pulis

    ilang district engineer ang milyonaryo  ngayun?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QVR2HMWEPWZA4TV2Z2Q7BYF36A January

    bakit sa Pinas maraming requirement sa mga Engineers sang katutak na Certificate ang kailangan but kong mag abroad ka pag swertihin yong sahod ng isang taon ay katumbos lang sa isang buwan na sahod sa taga DPWH. kahit anong galing na Engineer sa pinas kong yong practice na corruption sa loob ng departamento pag hindi maayos ay wala din,,naranasan ko na yan dati noon sa DPWH-, while nag estimate ako sa isang project, “naka kita pala yong may ari ng project at sinabihan pa ako ng taasan mo naman yan Dong”. doon medyo nadismaya na ako kasi di pa nga natapos ang estimate, tapos na ang bidding bidding. ganon ka kapal at wala kang magagawa kasi hawak nila ang mga boss namin at oo nalang kami.

    Dapat sistima muna ang ayosin dapat hindi taga doon na DPWH ang mag inspection para hindi maka palusot at dapat gropo..ay nako e check nyo doon sa mindanao,,di panga umaabot ng isang taon ang kalsada but biak na,,,korakot na naman..

  • Isagani Gatmaitan

    We don’t need the best and the brightest as of yet.  Kailanang natin yung honest and diligent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000674446870 Engr Jonathan A. Francisco

    DPWH means Daghang Proyekto Way Human (Daming projects wlang tinapos)

  • vinzerx

    Retaining the best and brightest is of no value if they’re still forced to operate with a small actual budget from a much bigger proposed one.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    ano naman maiibigay ng DPWH?  Anong matutuhan nila sa DPWH?  Sa ibang bansa lalo na sa Middle East, nakakahawak sila ng mga bagong technology and equipment.

    Sa DPWH, basura.

  • John_Galt_II

    Pagkatapos ng training magnanakaw rin ang labas! lumaki lang ang gastos ng gobyerno!

    • Pok2

       LOL agree

  • kilabot

    singson is saying the current dpwh engineers are the worst of its kind. 
    at least he acknowledges the problem, the first step to solving it. 
    well, good luck singson. 
    if you can engineer the retention of the best and brightest new engineers in the country that would be admirable; 
    may not be able to lure back those already working abroad though. they’re already addicted to green bucks.

  • Guest

    LWUA implemented this cadet engineering program in the mid-70’s with outstanding results, in my opinion. Many of those cadet engineers became leaders and decision-makers in both the government and private sectors. Others chose to work abroad.

  • bugoybanggers

    Kapag sa Local ka magtatrabaho, tama nga naman, pahihirapan ka sa sandamutak na interview at exam. Sa 40 nakapasa sa 600 na aplikante 4 lang pala ang kukunin. Tingnan ninyo kung gaano ka BULOK ang paraan ng pag hire ng mga empleyado sa Pinas. Huwag ninyong lokohin ang mga Pilipino dahil mismo ako naranasan ko iyan. Ang yayabang kasi kapag graduate ka sa Probinsya, waiting list ka lang, priority ang mga graduate sa Metro Manila. OO nga kaya nga bumagsak at nagkaletse-letse ang DPWH, NAPOCOR, o mismo ang PLDT, SanMIGUEL, balah blah blah.. mga taga UP, Ateneo, La Salle o ano pang hinayupak na unibersidad ng Metro Manila graduate ang mga namumuno. Ang yayabang akala mo talagang magaling! Mag abroad na lang at doon makikita kung sino ang tunay na magaling. Ang yayabang ng mga HR ng mga kompanyang base sa METRO MANILA.. nag hahanap ng 15 yrs experience sa trabaho pag nag apply ka, ang exam pang bagong GRADUATE? Kalokohan!

  • bArrackeR

    Hangga’t hindi naayos ang patakbo ng gobyerno ng Pinas, at nandiyan pa rin ang mga Korap na mga Politicos, masasaw lang sa bulok ang mga baguhang inhinyerong ito.. Sa umpisa lang maninindigan ang mga ito, pero pagtagal isa nadin sila sa mga Bulok.. Ang dapat na ipamukha sa ating lahat ay ang Prinsipyo ng Nationalismo.. Dapat ganito ang prinsipyo ng bawat Pilipino: Ano ang maibibigay ko para sa aking bansa? AT HINDI: Ano ang gagawin ng Bansa ko para sa akin?

  • staad

    best and brightest at minimum pay.
    1 to 2 yrs lang yan then magaabroad na rin pag experience na.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    While nag improve naman mga major highways,u need to educate new recruits moral values how to stay away from corruption,where DPWH is famously known for.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    DPWH,Bureau of Customs,BIR,,,  Diyos ko por ciento.

  • disqusted0fu

    It’s both good and bad. It’s good that they will be getting the youth to put fresh and intelligent engineers in the DPWH. It’s bad because these young ones will be exposed to corruption at an early age. Corruption continues in our country because the anti corruption program is just a program used to attack the admin’s political enemies.

  • southern isabela

    how it could be the best and the brightest. criterion in hiring palang bagsak na – seniority ang labanan tapos kelangan insider din ang applicant. wala bulok. kung paggalingan lang dapat tinitingnan ung experience, skills and trainining hindi sa edad. kelangan dito maki alam ang civil service. pero ewan meron pa silang tinatawag na csc-qualifying exam pero hndi rin nasusunod. dapat yan ang malaman ni singson!!!!


    I was there at the First Pacific in Antipolo just this morning sipping coffee in their quiet spacious restaurant. At the other table, I couldn’t help overhear the one-on-one interviews being conducted on these prospective cadet engineers. A lot of them seem to be very good prospects and appear to represent a new breed of idealistic-realistic youth who mince no words in expressing their views and expectations. Fingers are crossed and how things pan out would depend largely on how, and if, this new breeding ground can effectively shield its babies to adulthood until the last vestiges of the old culture die out. Nothing is ever too late and rather than concentrating on pure intensive training and modern human resource management techniques, a new ideology based on moral and spiritual regeneration should be inculcated in the hearts and minds of these youthful professionals.

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