PALO, Leyte- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VIII welcomes Engr. Armando G. Estrella as its new Assistant Regional Director (ARD) in lieu of Engr. Virgilio C. Eduarte.
Assistant Director Armando G. Estrella was previously the ARD of Region V, Legazpi City, Albay.
He has been serving the department for 36 years starting as a civil engineering aide of the DPWH Design Team in 1974.
He rose from the ranks to become a project manager in 2002 of the DPWH Region IV-A which then he was promoted as Officer-In-Charge Assistant Regional Director (OIC-ARD) in August 2003 and became full-fledged ARD on September 7, 2005.
On March 10, 2014, he assumed the ARD position in Region V.
He attended various trainings and seminars like problem analysis and decision-making workshop conducted by the Career Executive Service Board in July 2007; disaster preparedness training program conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government/European Commission in November 1996; budgeting procedures and techniques under the Budget Reform Decree conducted by the Ministry of Budget in 1978; and seminars given by the department like IT for Executives; Reorientation Course for ARDs; Total Quality Management for Executives; and contract preparation system, bidding and proposal.
He also attended the road maintenance-pavement management conducted by Denmark’s Ministry of Transport.
His rich experience and exemplary service were recognized by the department as he was awarded as a Model Employee of the DPWH Region IV-A.
He has been tapped as resource speaker of reorientation on road/bridge maintenance. He is affiliated with the Philippine Association of Technical Assistance Participants Incorporated.
In July 2001, he served the Philippine National Volunteers Service Coordination Agency-NEDA in screening applicants to the United Nations Volunteers Posts.
Assistant Director Estrella passed the Management Aptitude Test Battery in 2000 with an 81.30% rating. He earned his Masteral degree in Management from the Philippine Christian University (PCU) in 1997.
He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering at the Far Eastern University (FEU) in 1976, passed the Civil Service Exam for Career Service the same year and Civil Engineering Board Exam in 1977.
ARD Estrella is from Bustos, Bulacan born on March 01, 1954. He is married to Welby Caperina Estrella and blessed with three children: Arvin, Aivee, and Andrei. (PR)