Thirty one (31) new Engineer II positions from the 109 allocations for DPWH Bicol Region was filled recently following the approval of evaluation of candidates by the Central Selection Board (DPWH-CSB) duly concurred by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.
Being the first batch to be approved from the 1,396 positions created nationwide, DPWH Region V through the initiative of Regional Director Melvin V. Navarro, welcomed on September 11, 2015 the new DPWH employees through a Eucharistic Celebration followed by a short program where they took their Oath of Office.
“I believe that you can truly become catalysts of change that this organization needs. You are the new breed. You are the department’s tomorrow. Through you, a better and superior DPWH can evolved,” RD Navarro said in his message to the freshly hired personnel.
Secretary Singson requested the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to create these new additional positions in the field offices in order to improve the timeliness and quality in the implementation of infrastructure projects.
Stringent measures were adopted in the preliminary selection and evaluation of the applicants wherein final evaluation still required the approval of the DPWH Secretary.
It will be recalled that in CY 2013, Secretary Singson introduced the Cadet Engineering Program in DPWH, aimed to produce the best civil engineers in the country through an extensive training focusing on the development of technical and professional competencies. Forty (40) cadet engineers were hired under this program.
These cadet engineers had proven their worth hence early this year, forty one (41) best and brightest young civil engineering graduates were again recruited to comprise the 2nd batch.