Regional Director Evelyn T. Barroso, Ph.D., CESO III has
been in the DPWH for 27 years. Just like other remarkable
people who started from humble beginnings, Director Barroso
started as Laborer/CE Aide at the City Engineering Office in
Cotabato in 1974, then promoted as Senior Civil Engineer of
MPH RO 12 in 1975.
She left the country to serve the United Nations Development
Program (UNDP) as a UN Volunteer-Specialist from 1979-1981
in the cities of Damascus and Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic.
In 1982, she was re-instated in the DPWH as Chief of Staff
of Region X. In 1989 to 1996, she was again engaged by then
UNDDSMS now UNDESA (United Nations Department of Economic
and Social Affairs), UN New York as UN Expert Civil
Engineer, UN Senior Civil Engineer and then promoted as UN
Chief Technical Adviser assigned for the Development of
Village Access Roads and Bridges in Malawi, East Africa. In
1997 she was again engaged by UNDP/UNCDF (UN Capital
Development Fund) as Training Consultant for the same
project in Malawi, Africa.
When she came back to the Philippines in 1998, she was
assigned as Engineer V in Region X. In 1999, she was
promoted as Project Manager I followed by her appointment as
District Engineer of Misamis Oriental First District
Engineering Office, Gingoog City in 2000 and then as
Assistant Regional Director of Region 13 in 2003. In
September 8, 2008, she took her oath of office as the 2nd
Lady Regional Director of DPWH.
Director Barroso is Career Executive Service Officer with a
rank of CESO III. She likewise attended numerous trainings
and seminars. Among them are as follows: Integrity
Development and Corruption Prevention Workshop by World
Bank, Soil Engineering and Materials Quality Control,
Executive Leaders Program, Total Quality Management for
Executives, Anti-Corruption Program, Organization Culture
Building Program, and National Road Safety. She is also a
recipient of foreign training grants that include Highway
Construction & Management in 1986 in Tokyo, Japan; Overseas
Training Course on Flood Control in 2004 in Japan; Attended
seminar/workshops abroad among others are: International
Forum for Rural Transport and Development in Geneva,
Switzerland, Labor-based Road Construction and Maintenance
conducted by ILO in Malawi and Kenya, REAA Governing Council
Meeting in 2003 in Australia; World Summit For Sustainable
Development in Bali, Indonesia in 2002; and Meeting of Heads
of Roads Authority in Asia and Australasia also in 2002 in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Director Barroso earned her post graduate degree in Public
Administration in Notre Dame University in 1989, and in 2002
her PhD in Organization & Development from Southeast Asia
Inter Disciplinary Institute (SAIDI). She is a graduate of
Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) in 1973 from the
University of Santo Tomas wherein she was one of the
university’s academic scholars.
Director Barroso was born on March 22, 1952 in Cotabato
City. She is married to Ruben Melendez Barroso of Malaybalay,
Bukidnon, a retired DPWH District Engineer. They are blessed
with three (3) children: Dr. Ryan Ruel T. Barroso, a
surgeon; Atty. Rachel Rueve B. Jamiro, a Corporate Lawyer;
and Reuben Raphael, a businessman. She is also blessed
with three grandchildren.
A strong-willed woman tested through time; Director
Barroso's numerous experiences and degrees made her more
knowledgeable and expert in line with her work.