Tacloban City, Philippines – Assistant Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region VIII is now full-fledged regional deputy of the department after months of holding the position as Officer-in-charge.
Eduarte was sworn to the office in full capacity by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in a simple oath taking ceremony.
Eduarte was designated OIC ARD after Edgar Tabacon, then ARD, was installed OIC regional director of the same office after it was vacated by RD Rolando de Asis.
Prior to his promotion, ARD Duarte was the District Engineer of Samar’s 1st Engineering District based in Calbayog City.
His professional experience as a Civil Engineer started when he joined the Department of Public Works and Highways- Quezon City District Engineering Office as a Construction / Maintenance Foreman in 1991.
He then rose from the ranks to become the Assistant District Engineer of Northern Samar Second District Engineering Office, and later on as the District Engineer of the Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) in Calbayog City.
As a District Engineer, ARD Duarte a recipient of DPWH national award for Communication Development for three years; Best Engineering District in Region VIII; and Rank 1 in Quality Project Implementation (national level) in 2015, by the Bureau of Quality and Safety.
An accredited ASEAN Engineer, ARD Eduarte is Career Executive Service Eligible (CESE) and a graduate of the CES Executive Leadership Program comprising Salamin, Diwa and Integrated Gabay ng Paglilingkod Training Courses.
Active in professional organizations, he is President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) – Calbayog Chapter, which was awarded Best PICE Chapter, Best Community Service, and Best Newsletter under Category C during his term.
Engineer Eduarte holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and obtained his degrees in Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Far Eastern University and Central Colleges of the Philippines, respectively. He is also a registered Electrical Engineer, a Junior Geodetic Engineer, a Master Electrician and a Master Plumber.
He was born on 27 November 1968 in Sta. Margarita, Western Samar.