Roberto R. Bernardo

Undersecretary for Regional Operations in Visayas, NCR and Region IV-B

Undersecretary Roberto R. Bernardo has thirty-years of experience as government civil engineer who rose from the ranks in the Department of Public Works and Highways because of his distinctive knowledge and dedication to public service.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary in August 2016, he served various positions at the Department starting as a Civil Engineering Aide in 1986, then promoted to Associate Civil Engineer in 1987, Civil Engineer to Engineer II in 1989, Engineer III in 1993, Assistant District Engineer in 2001, District Engineer in 2002, and Assistant Regional Director in 2010. He was conferred with Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) Rank IV. In 2013, he was requested by Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada to be the OIC-City Engineer on secondment status.

Undersecretary Bernardo has also gained extensive knowledge and competence by attending various international conferences such as Seminar on Engineering and Construction Standard System and Application for Developing Countries held in Beijing, China in 2011, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) International Program and 139th Annual ASCE Civil Engineering Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A in 2009, and Consultative Meeting with the Members of the Office of the Secretary for Works held in Hong Kong in 2008, and many other undertakings.

He is an active member of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and Road Engineering Association of the Phillippines (REAP) and has regularly attended national conventions of these organizations.

Undersecretary Bernardo received in 2009 the prestigious Most Outstanding Alumnus Award for Government Service from the Mapua Institute of Technology, the institution where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1984 for only 4 ½ years. He also completed his Business Management course at St. Francis of Assissi College in 1999.

He was born in the City of Malolos, Bulacan.


The Undersecretary for Regional Operations in Visayas, the National Capital Regional (NCR) and Region IV-B shall have overall supervision and control over the operations of all Regional Offices in Visayas, the National Capital Region (NCR)and Region IV-B. He shall likewise have overall supervision and control over all infrastructure projects implemented by this Department but funded under the budget of various line agencies, i.e. school buildings, health centers and farm-to market roads in his area of assignment.

Other Assignment:

  • Focal Person for the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) battle/duty casualties and their defendants
  • Focal Person to the Dangerous Drug Board
  • DPWH Representative to the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB)
  • DPWH Representative to the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (ClAP) Board
  • DPWH Focal Person in the 30th South East Asian Games (2019 SEA Games) and 12th ASEAN ParaGames (2020 ParaGames).