Director Mariano R. Alquiza, a workaholic individual, is determined to pit into grounds every program of the DPWH with utmost dedication to serve as he transits office from the Urban Roads Project Office (URPO) in the Department to DPWH-Southern Mindanao Region. This responsibility has greater challenge but for a public official who works best under pressure, the job is an inspiration and a drive to pitch in more insights of what he can do best.
RD Alquiza’s reassignment to Region XI is considered a homecoming as he started his career in government service in the Department of Public Highways (DPH) XI in January 1975 as CE Aide II. Focused on his direction to achieve coupled with disciplined attitude at work, earned credentials and proper career-pathing, he easily rose from the ranks. In 1982, he became Section Chief for Project Monitoring; Assistant District Engineer in 1989; OIC-District Engineer in 1991; and eventually, full-fledged District Engineer after seven (7) Months in Davao Oriental Sub-DEO, Baganga, Davao Oriental.
His climb in the success ladder is inevitable bringing him forward to the position of Assistant Regional Director in 2000 in DPWH X; OIC-Regional Director in 2003 in DPWH XII until he became a regular Regional Director in 2005 at DPWH-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
RD Alquiza is widely known for his quenchless thirst and relentless satisfaction for achievement. He sees to it that he leaves behind a good legacy in every office that he is assigned. His one and a half year as Head of URPO prior to his assignment in Region XI, saw the successful implementation of the C-3/ Araneta Avenue – Quezon Avenue Interchange Project which is way ahead of schedule. In his previous assignments in Region 1 and CAR, he championed the Slogan “Magandang Opisina, Kalsada at Sistema” earning him a Recognition for Most Outstanding Public Servant in March 2009 by the Minsupala Integrated Journalist Association, Inc. The slogan is intended to create a better image of the department by instilling in the minds of its employees that all their office routines and services should be anchored not only on keeping a clean and orderly office but employees should also be disciplined at work, courteous and respectful to clienteles. Work-wise, proper implementation of roads and bridges for construction and maintenance should be undertaken as to plans and specifications. The slogan also speaks of the elimination of red tape with the thrust of fast-tracking processing of documents with the least time possible.
Recognized for his feats, RD Alquiza was awarded as 2011 Most Outstanding Public Servant by Straight Leader Magazine; Presidential Citation for Competence, Excellence and Professionalism as Civil Servant and CEO by Cordillera Association of Regional Executives (CARE) in 2009; Outstanding Road Safety Practitioner, Traffic Engineering Category (DPWH) in May 2005; Leadership Award by Alpha Phi Omega in October 2004; Award of Excellence by Rotary Club, Cagayan de Oro City, in June 2002; and Ten Outstanding Public Servant (TOPS) Awardee in Region XI by Civil Service Commission XI in September 1999, among others.
To keep himself equipped with the right shield and armor at work, he continuously earn for himself trainings such as the Managing Road Assets for Community Outcomes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; International Advanced Training Course on Roads, Bridge and Tunnel Construction and Management for Managerial Staff in 1996 in Belgium; Inaugural REAAA Mini-Roadshow “Managing Roads Assets for Community Outcomes” in August 2008 by Road Engineering Association of Asia & Australasia; Workshop on Institutionalization of Mentoring Activities for Middle Managers in Government by the Office of the Ombudsman in August 2007; Seminar on EHEM! AHA! By the Civil Service Commission in 2005; Reorientation Course and Total Quality Management for Executives in 2003; and 51st Salamin ng Paglilingkod, DIWA, and GABAY by CESB in 2001-2003, among others.
Not to shirk away from his social obligations despite his busy schedules, RD Alquiza is a vigorous player and leader in nationally-renowned organizations, namely: Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), Present National Auditor; Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP), Present National Secretary; National Union of Career Executive Officers, National President (2009-2010); and Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Philippines, Inc., National President (1997-1999).
Precious as his professional accomplishments are his educational attainment that molded him to become a genuine leader. He completed his BS in Civil Engineering at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City in 1974 and passed the Licensure Examination in 1975. In 1986, he completed a degree of Masters in Business Administration as well as Advanced Engineering Mathematics at the University of Southeastern Philippines. In 2001, he earned a Certificate on AutoCad & STAAD at the Informatics Center in Cagayan de Oro City.
Determined to get to the top, he took qualifying examinations and passed them with flying colors. Among these are the DPWH-CSC Promotional Exam in 1994; MATB in 1997; CESB Assessment in 1998; Senior CESO Assessment Program (SCAP) in 2005 until he reached the CESO III level in February 2006.
Finally, as RD Alquiza comes back to form and shape in his hometown, Davao City, he also brings back quality time with his wife, Luz Materna Dancel, a businesswoman and only son, Marc Ferdinand (23). Having been born on September 25, 1952 at Kiamba, Sarangani Province, he is still looking forward to more years of putting his bright thoughts and ideas to realization aimed at bringing DPWH not only to greater heights but putting a higher standard in government service.