Singson , Rogelio Lazo
September 16, 1948
Secretary Rogelio Lazo Singson, in leading the State’s engineering and construction arm as its 42nd head, advocates transformation and innovation in governance through transparency and accountability, “management by mission”, preferential option for the poor, and public-private partnership.
Prior to his being named as Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, Secretary Singson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. after its reprivatization from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010 under new owners, the DMCI-Metro Pacific Consortium.
He has extensive experience in both government and private sector in the field of privatization and public-private partnership, management of tollroads and expressways, water and power utilities privatization, airports, seaports and resorts.
Before joining the Cabinet of President Aquino, he served in various senior positions such as Senior Vice President for Business Development, Citadel Holdings, Inc. from July 2002 to May 2007; Chairman & President of Bases Conversion & Development Authority from July 1998-February 2002; and concurrent Chairman of the Board of John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation, BCDA Management Holdings Inc., and North Luzon Railways Corporation from July 1998 to February 2002.
As Senior Vice President for Project Development of Citadel Holdings, Inc., he was responsible for identifying and developing new business ventures and expansion of core business of the Holdings Group. During that time, he led the consortium with foreign investors and technical partners that participated in two (2) biddings of electricity transmission company Transco, and the successful acquisition of a telecommunications project in Micronesia.
As former Chairman and President of BCDA, the public-private partnership projects he pushed include the conversion of former military baselands (Clark, Subic, John Hay, Poro Point, Fort Bonifacio, & Villamor bases) from military use to private commercial and industrial uses as special economic and freeport zones. He was responsible for conceptualizing and promoting Subic Clark Alliance Development (SCAD) Project as a national priority program and in securing JBIC loan and funding arrangements for Subic Clark Tarlac Toll Road. He is credited for the successful bidding of major portions of Fort Bonifacio paving the way for the entry of big developers including the Fort Bonifacio Development, Market-Market, Pacific Towers, and for concluding agreements with International School, Japanese School and British School to enhance the total development of Fort Bonifacio.
He also served as Director of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Clark Development Corporation, Clark International Airport Corporation, Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation; and board membership at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, National Power Corporation, and Metropolitan Waterworks & Sewerage System.
His other past involvements in the public sector includes serving as Executive Director (rank of Undersecretary) of the Coordinating Council of the Philippine Assistance Program which coordinate and monitor the official development assistance project and programs from May 1991 to November 1992; and Assistant Cabinet Secretary under the Office of the President Corazon C. Aquino from July 1987 to May 1991.
Secretary Singson obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of the Philippines in 1971 and attended Master’s Program in Public & Business Management from the De La Salle University. He also attended various trainings abroad on Public-Private Sector Partnership, privatization and Build Operate Transfer (BOT) Schemes.
Born on September 16, 1948 in Ilocos Sur, Secretary Singson who is a practicing Catholic and covenanted member of Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community is happily married to Isabel Nepomuceno. Their union since 1972 is blessed with four (4) children and four (4) grand children.