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The Assistant Secretary for UPMO Operations shall assist the Undersecretary for UPMO Operations in the overall supervision and control over all Project Management Offices.

Other Assignment:

  • Concurrent Regional Secretary for the DPWH-ARMM

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  Asst. 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 Process.

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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