Senior Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was unanimously elected National President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers Inc. (PICE) during an executive session of the elected National Board of Directors for CY 2023-2024 held Saturday, November 12, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
The extensive and diverse experiences of Senior Undersecretary Sadain will surely serve and lead the PICE, one of the Philippines’ biggest professional organization with local and international chapters, towards another fruitful leadership of maintaining organization prominence and raising the bar of civil engineering to build better more.
In a career spanning to more than three (3) decades in government service, Senior Undersecretary Sadain is ever prepared to provide PICE with the strategic leadership he has earned from his professional experiences in leading a group or managing offices and handling sensitive assignments.
He started his public service career in 1986 as Senior Civil Engineer at DPWH, then called as the Ministry of Public Works and Highways. Since then, he has held various positions and offices in DPWH as a Career Executive before rising to the rank of Undersecretary in 2016 and until he was at appointed by President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. to the position of Senior Undersecretary on August 1, 2022.
During the height of COVID-19 pandemic, he headed the DPWH Task Force on Augmentation of Local and National Health Facilities which facilitated the immediate construction of much-needed health facilities nationwide specifically quarantine/isolation facilities, modular hospitals, and off-site dormitories for medical personnel and other frontliners.
He also acted as Chief Implementer of Build, Build, Build (BBB) Program during the last eight (8) months of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, wherein he closely consulted the concerned implementing agencies to reduce the lag time from conceptualization to implementation and shorten start-up periods by compressing the timeline in the review and approval process so as to accelerate priority projects from pre-planning stage of feasibility studies to detailed engineering design (DED), procurement, civil works construction, and completion.
The other PICE national officers elected were Frederick M. Sison (private – consultancy), vice president; Ixoperio R. Bonzon (private – academe), secretary; Albert A. Perfecto (private – construction, treasurer; Nerie D. Bueno (national government), auditor; Rey Peter B. Gille (national government), public relations officer; and Cary H. Beatisula (private – consultancy), business manager.
The national directors include Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. (government – academe); Joseph Dominic S. Felizarta and Juanito D. Cunanan (local government); Basir M. Ibrahim (national government)); Mylene Nonette M. Zamora (government corporation); and Mark Vincent Y. Nodado and Michael J. David (private – construction).
Under the leadership of DPWH Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas as 2022 National President and with the support of the Negros Occidental Chapter, PICE had a very successful 48th National Convention and Technical Conference at the SMX Convention Center, 3rd Level, SM City Bacolod from November 11-12, 2022 attended by close to 5,000 on-site delegates and other virtual participants through the convention virtual platform.
Assistant Secretary Canlas, PICE 2022 National President, will be succeeded by April Frances Agatha G. Flores as 2023 PICE National President and to be supported by President-Elect Senior Undersecretaey Sadain with the rest of 2023-2024 national officers.