Admired for her exemplary work ethic and impressive record in getting things done, Director Zenaida T. Tan, humbly started her journey with the Department of Public Works and Highways as Civil Engineering Aide I in 1981 while concurrently earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Her more than 37 years of experience, which includes being the Chief of the Construction Division in Region XI for six years, plays a key role in the development and enhancement of her technical expertise and leadership skills. In 2009, the Construction Division under her supervision was given the distinction as the “Regional Construction Team of the Year” by then Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane.
In 2012, she became the District Engineer of Davao del Sur 1st District Engineering Office where she worked tirelessly for the continuous improvement of public service and demonstrated strong leadership towards the achievement of quality results. Her performance did not go unnoticed as the District Office was recognized “Most Outstanding District Engineering Office in Region XI” after it was ranked 11th place in terms of accomplishments, among all the DPWH District Engineering Offices nationwide.
With her methodical competencies and extensive knowledge and experience, she was tapped as a Resource Speaker on Contract Management for various trainings conducted by the DPWH Regional Office XI.
She reached another career milestone when she was appointed as Assistant Regional Director of Region XI in 2016 and eventually became the Regional Director of Region X on April 13, 2018. Despite all her achievements, she believes in the value of teamwork and the importance of individual contribution to the success of an organization. As Regional Director, she continues to lead with tenacity, optimism and enthusiasm.
She finished her Masters in Engineering Degree at the University of Mindanao on October 26, 2003 and completed the Executive Leadership and Management Capability Enhancement Program conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines from February 20 to September 06, 2013. She passed the CSC – DPWH Promotional Examination held on October 1, 2011 and the Career Executive Service Written Exam (CESWE) on September 4, 2016.
Zeny, as she is fondly called, was born and raised in Davao City. In her free time, she likes playing tennis and badminton also enjoys outside activities like swimming and mountain climbing.