Maria Catalina E. Cabral

Undersecretary for Public-Private Partnership Service (PPPS)

If there is a model for “woman infrastructure” in an organization dominated by male officials and employee, it is Undersecretary MARIA CATALINA E. CABRAL, who made history when she became the first female rank and file employee who reached the level of Undersecretary in the hierarchy of officials in the engineering and construction arm of the government.

A licensed Civil Engineer, Undersecretary Cabral has three (3) Masters Degrees and two (2) Doctorate Degrees in the field of Business Management, Economics and Public Administration. And at present she is finishing another Doctorate Degree on Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Philippines.

2021 Professorial Chair in Engineering, Science and Technology in Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Undersecretary Cabral is a registered ASEAN and APEC Engineer and has been conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organization. She is the 2017-2018 National President and first female highest leader of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE); And the 2019-2021 National President of the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines; She is also a Commissioned Reserve Force in the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the rank of LIEUTENANT COLONEL in the Philippine Army;

Her competence, excellence, and commendable track record earned her various awards and recognitions like the 2021 PEZA Galing Pinas Ecozone Partnership Award; the 2020 Excellence Awardee from the Philippine Federations of Professional Associations; the 2018 Most Outstanding Alumni Awardee, College of Engineering and 2021 Most Outstanding Alumni by the University of the East;  and recently awarded as 2021 Outstanding Professional of the year in the field of Civil Engineering by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).


Shall serve as Undersecretary for the Public-Private Partnership Service (PPPS).


Other Assignments:

  • DPWH Representative to Technology Resource Center (TRC) Board of Trustee
  • DPWH Principal Representative to Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Board of Directors
  • DPWH Representative to Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Board
  • DPWH Representative to National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Board of Directors
  • DPWH Secondary Alternate Representative to Toll Regulatory Board (TRB)
  • DPWH Alternate Representative to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Board of Directors
  • DPWH Representative to TIEZA Board of Directors
  • DPWH Permanent Representative to National Competitive Council (NCC) Transport Infrastructure and Logistic Working Group 
  • DPWH Alternate Focal Person in the implementation of DPWH Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Development Projects, Tollway/Expressway Projects and other related facilities.