Engineer Maria Catalina E. Cabral reached the
executive level in the department via her appointment as Assistant
Secretary in March 2008.
She started her career in 1983 at the DPWH Project
Monitoring Division as a Civil Engineering Aide II and rising from
the ranks, became a Senior Civil Engineer in 1988. She was appointed
as Engineer III at the DPWH International Bank for Reconstruction
and Development- Project management Office (IBRD-PMO) in 1990 and
Engineer V at the Asian Development Bank- Project Monitoring Office
(ADB-PMO) in 1996. After five years, she climbed the ladder of
promotion and became the Project Manager III at the ADB-PMO. She became Assistant Project Director of IBRD-PMO in 2003. In
2004 she was appointed as OIC-Project Director of DPWH Mt. Pinatubo
Emergency Project Management Office until she became the
OIC-Director of the DPWH Planning Service in 2005.
Among the trainings and seminars she attended are the
Labor Based Construction Supervision and Maintenance Management in
1987, Contract Management in 1996, Project Implementation and
Administration facilitated by the ADB in 1998, Project
Management-Contract Management Course in 2000, and Practical Project
Management in 2002 and Leadership and Management Development Course
in 2004 both held at the Ateneo Professional School.
Asec Cabral also attended foreign scholarship grants
such as Road Maintenance and Pavement Management given by the Danish
International Development Agency in 1994 and the International
Construction Management given by the Swedish International
Development Agency in 1999.
Asec Cabral is an active member of Philippine
Institute for Civil Engineers, Association of Government Civil
Engineers, Road Engineering Association of the Philippines and the
American Society for Civil Engineers- Philippine International
She completed her bachelor’s degree in Civil
Engineering at the University of the East in 1984. She obtained her
Masters degree in Business Administration in 1993 at Manuel L.
Quezon University where she also finished her Doctorate degree’s in
Philosophy in Business Management in 1998 and Public Administration
in 2001. She also completed 15 units in Masteral on Economics in
Cabral passed the Professional Regulatory
Commissions Civil Service Board Exam for Civil Engineers in 1994,
Career Service Executive Eligibility in 1997 and Career Executive
Service Officer Exam in 2001.
She was born in May 23, 1963. She is married to Cesar
M. Cabral, a Mechanical Engineer and they are blessed with two
children namely Cheyenne Stefanie and Coleen Gabrielle.