LEGAZPI CITY —- Regional Director Danilo Dequito of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol regional office here cited and valued media’s important role and support as their partner in providing the people the necessary and right information contrary to news reports that he insulted and ignored newsmen who requested interviews with him.
In an radio interview with broadcaster Johnny Dematera over Wow Radio Legazpi last week, Dequito, who assumed his post on Oct. 15 as DPWH Bicol chief, said that he is very willing to give media interviews and that he is open to anyone who needs the assistance or services of his office.
Dequito, who has been criticized by some mediamen for being inaccessible, explained that since he assumed office, he has been very busy attending official meetings and budget hearings in Manila and in discharging his duties as head of DPWH Bicol.
The DPWH executive appealed for the understanding of mediamen whose request for interviews he was not able to accommodate. “There are times when I’m so engrossed with work that I don’t have the luxury of time to give interviews. This doesn’t mean that I am snobbing them. I have only one body. I’m not a superman.”
“But even if I’m in Manila, I’ve never stopped performing my duties. When I’m in the regional office, I sometimes work until past midnight to finish all transactions needing my attention,” Dequito said.
Aside from the interview of Wow Radio Legazpi, Dequito also spoke to broadcaster Nelson Bulalacao, program host of Sona Libre of Bombo Radyo Legazpi, where he recognized the important role and support of mediamen in informing the people about the programs, projects and activities of the DPWH.
Based on DPWH records, Dequito was conferred Career Executive Service eligibility by the Career Executive Service Board on Jan. 28, 2003 through Board Res. No. 465 (listed No. 5). Her recommend to the President for original appointment to CESO Rank IV through Board Res. No. 885 dated Aug. 17, 2010.
Dequito graduated in 1976 from the Luzonian University Foundation with a degree in Civil Engineering. He earned 30 units in Master in Public Administration in 1997 from the Holy Trinity College.
He started working as a casual laborer with the DPWH Quezon Engineering District in May 1970. He rose from the ranks serving different engineering districts until his designation as assistant district engineer in 1995. He was eventually appointed as district engineer in June 1999 and served the following engineering offices: Occidental Mindoro for four years; Marinduque for one year, Laguna Sub-district for six years.
A consistent outstanding DPWH field official, Dequito was promoted as assistant regional director of Eastern Visayas region for almost two years, until he was designated as OIC-regional director of Region 7 on Aug. 16, 2010. On Oct. 11 this year, President Noynoy Aquino appointed him as DPWH Bicol regional director.
Dequito’s rich experience and exemplary service to the department has been recognized and acknowledged through the numerous awards as Outstanding Field Executive he received. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, District Engineers League of the Philippines, Association of Career Service Eligibles and Officers Incorporated, and American Society of Civil Engineers.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1953 in Pagbilao, Quezon. He is married to Melecia D. Gayapa, Administrative Officer II of Quezon 1st Engineering District. He is a doting father to Marie Ivie and Mark Ryan.