Emil K. Sadain

Undersecretary for UPMO Operations & Undersecretary for Technical Services

Engineer Emil Kiram Sadain started his career in public service in 1986 as Senior Civil Engineer at the Department of Public Works and Highways, then called the Ministry of Public Works and Highways. Since then, he has held various positions and offices in DPWH and become DPWH Assistant Secretary in August 2009 in-charge of the PMO Operations. With his outstanding performance, he was assigned on Secondment as the Regional Cabinet Secretary for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao from January 2012 – June 2015 and was responsible for the organizational transformation of the DPWH-ARMM. From June 2015 – March 2016, Engineer Sadain was designated by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson as the OIC-Undersecretary for the UPMO Operations and became a full pledged Undersecretary on March 07, 2016.


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 and become Vice President of the PICE National from 2011-2012.


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 Masters 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.


He was invited as a resource speaker and lecturer on various professional conferences and seminars held both locally and abroad.


Aside from being a multi–awarded civil servant, Engineer Sadain is also a very devoted Muslim family man. His family was awarded the “Huwarang Pamilyang Filipino for Mindanao” in September 1999. He was a recipient of the 2015 CESB Award for “Outstanding Cost Effective Officer (CEO)” and an Honoree of the “Presidential Gawad CES Award for 2015”.



The Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) handles the overall administrative functions of the five (5) specialized clusters of UPMO. The operations of the four (4) UPMO Clusters, namely, Bridges Management Cluster, Roads Management Cluster 1, Roads Management Cluster 2 and Buildings Management Cluster, shall remain under his overall supervision. He has also oversight functions over the Flood Management Cluster.


Undersecretary Sadain is currently spearheading the implementation of all Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects under the Build Build Build Program of the DPWH.


He also serves as Alternate Representative and Focal Person in the Inter-Agency Task Force Bangon Marawi and manage implementation of various infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).


He likewise performs, in concurrent capacity, as the Undersecretary for Technical Services and as such, he has the overall supervision and control over all the Bureaus, composed of Bureau of Construction (BOC), Bureau of Design (BOD), Bureau of Equipment (BOE), Bureau of Maintenance (BOM), Bureau of Quality and Safety (BQS) and Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS).


In addition, he serves as the Overall Quality Management System (QMS) Head of the Department to oversee the continuous updates, documentation, and effective implementation of the QMS; promote risk-based thinking in overseeing the effectiveness of the QMS; and report QMS performance to Top Management for review and continual improvement. Moreover, he serves as the Vice Chairperson for the Department’s Integrity Management Committee.


Other Assignments:

  • DPWH Representative to the National Economic and Development Authority INFRACOM - Sub Committee on Water Resources (SCWR)
  • INFRACOM and Permanent Representative to the National Intelligence Board - National Security Council (NIB-NSC)
  • Alternate Representative to the Local Waters Utilities Administration (LWUA) Board
  • Alternate Representative Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Board of Directors
  • Alternate Representative and Focal Person to the Interagency Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM)
  • Alternate Member to the Board of Directors of Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA)
  • Alternate Representative for the Intergovernmenta Infrastructure Development Board (IIDB)