Secretary Emil K. Sadain
Engineer Emil Kiram Sadain’s
most admirable trait of being
one of the most competent engineers the Department of Public Works
and Highways has ever produced, has
undoubtedly made it easier for him to be promoted as Assistant
Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways on 20 July
2009 at 45 years of age.
His career in public service at the Department
started in 1986 as Senior Civil
Engineer at the then Ministry of Public Works and Highways. He then
moved to the DPWH Project Management Offices (PMOs) holding various
engineering positions: from 1987 to 1996 at the Rural Water Supply-PMO,
1996 to 1998 at the Foreign-Assisted Projects of NCR, 1998 to 2003
at the Major Flood Control-PMO. He was designated as OIC-Project
Director of Mount Pinatubo Emergency-PMO in March 2003 and
Feasibility Studies-PMO in August 2004. After which, he was
transferred to the President’s Bridge
Program Office as its Executive Director. Now as Assistant
Secretary, he is also the alternate representative of the Secretary
in the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Board.
He attended seminars, workshops and other related studies in Tokyo,
Japan, notable among these are the Flood Control and River
Management Course conducted by the Japan Bank for International
Cooperation (JBIC) in 2001; Overseas Training for Construction
Supervision of the Agno and Allied Rivers Urgent Rehabilitation
Project conducted by the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF)
in 1999; and Water Supply and Wastewater Management Course conducted
by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 1992.
He was Resource Speaker during the World Conference on Disaster
Reduction with the topic “Making
Japanese Experience Replicable in Anti-Disaster Work: The Pinatubo
Volcanic Disaster” held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan in January 2005.
Lecturer on the 1st Southeast Asian Water Forum on “Flood Mitigation
Project in Ormoc City” in November 2003 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Resource Speaker on the “Philippine Water Supply: An Overview” in
March 1992 in Hokkaido and Tokyo, Japan.
He has engaged himself in various national and local organizations
relating to his profession as Engineer such as Philippine Institute
of Civil Engineers (PICE), Philippine Society for Sanitary
Engineers, Philippine Waterworks Association and Society of Filipino
Geodetic Engineers. He served as President of the PICE Lungsod ng
Maynila Chapter from 2008 to 2010.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree from
the Western Mindanao State University in 1985 and passed the Civil
Engineers Licensure Examination in November of the same year. He
further studied and finished his Bachelor of Science in Sanitary
Engineering at the National University in 1991. He garnered 2nd
Place in the Sanitary Engineers Licensure Board Examination in 1992.
He completed his Masteral in Construction Management at the
University of the East in 1995. As former Professor/Faculty
Member of National University-Manila from 1992-1994, he taught
graduating civil and geodetic engineering students the fields of
Project Construction Management, Wastewater Engineering and Laws,
Water Supply Engineering and Laws/Ethics and Contracts.
In June 2001, he was conferred as Career Executive Service Eligible
per CES Board Resolution No. 346. On 21 January 2010, he was
conferred original appointment to CESO Rank II. As a CESO exemplar,
he regularly serves as “Interviewer” in the structured Panel
Interview System, which is the Final Stage in the CES Eligibility
He was born on 16 January 1964 in Jolo, Sulu. A very devoted Muslim
family man, Assistant Secretary Sadain was selected as “Huwarang
Pamilyang Filipino for Mindanao” in 1999. He is happily married to
businesswoman Marilyn dela Cruz, by whom he has five (5) children:
Abdel Rashid, Sarah, Lian Irvin, Iman and Mian Sophia.
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