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A closer look at Chairman Emmanuel Diwa Pineda

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Engr. Emmanuel Diwa Pineda, known to his relatives, friends and colleagues as “Emmy”, is the eldest of 3 siblings. His parents are both retired government officials. His father, Mr. Eugenio Damito Pineda Jr., is a retired Provincial Auditor, while his mother, Mrs. Natividad Diwa Pineda, is a retired Assistant Provincial Treasurer. He is a loving and faithful husband to his wife, Mrs. Rosemarie Alba Pineda, and is a caring father to his three sons, ages 22, 18,and 16. He believes that the greatest gift a father can give to his children is to love their mother. His family was a recipient of the 1994 Gawad Pamilya Award given by the Family and Life Apostolate under His Excellency, Celso N.Guevarra D.D., who was then the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balanga.

He is a product of public schools, namely Balanga Elementary School, Bataan National High School, the University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, and the UP National Engineering Center, where he acquired his Professional Certificate in Facilities Management. He has also already completed the academic requirements for his Masteral Degree in Public Administration at the Bataan Peninsula State University. He is a Life Member of the UP Alumni Engineers, a registered Civil Engineer under the Professional Regulations Commission, and a past President of the BPSU Graduate School Student Council.

He is a service-oriented individual with vast work experiences in different fields of expertise, namely: Construction and engineering supervision and management in numerous government and private infrastructure projects, foremost of which are the Philippine Nuclear Power Plant Project in Morong, Bataan, and the Georgia Power Plant in Waynesboro, Geogia, U.S.A., where he received a Quality Assurance Award from the Westinghouse International Projects Corp. and a Trendsetter Award from the Georgia Power Company, respectively; Construction and operation of economic zone and freeport locators’ facilities, including the Mimosa Leisure Estate in the Clark Freeport Zone, and Rouvia Road Yacht Design and Construction Company at the former Bataan Economic Zone, now the Freeport Area of Bataan; Management of estate facilities, including utilities operations, facilities maintenance and security management, as the Estate Administrator of the Makati Central Business District and the Bonifacio Global City under the Ayala Properties Management Corporation; And finally, engineering and environmental systems management, as well as economic zone and freeport facilities operations and maintenance, incentives management, and import/export, housing and labor center systems management, as Engineering Manager, and Economic Zone Manager of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), and eventually as the current Deputy Administrator for Operations of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan since August 2010.

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To further equip him with the necessary skills and capabilities, he has undergone numerous trainings, which include: Green Building Technologies from the Asian Productivity Organization of Singapore; Environmental Waste Systems Technologies from the Pacific Basin Consortium at the Okayama University in Japan; Change Leadership from the Career Executive Service Board (CESB); Ethical Decision Making from the Civil Service Institute; and The Power Principle: Influence with Honor under the Franklin Covey Organization Services and the Center for Leadership and Change, Inc.

He represented the PEZA to the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC) Sub-Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (SCENR). He was also actively involved in the Steering Committees of various PEZA and BOI projects and studies undertaken by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as well as by the International Development Research Center of Canada (IDRC) and the University of the Philippines (UP). He also served as a Regular Member of the PEZA Bids and Awards Committee for Infrastructure Projects (BAC – Infra) and Chairman, of the PEZA Bids and Awards Committee for Information Technology Resources (BAC – ITR).

At present, he is the Chairman of the Mariveles and AFAB Partnership Steering Committee (MAPS-C), wherein he and other AFAB officers work hand-in- hand with Mariveles local officials headed by their Vice Mayor as Co-Chairman, for the sustainability of the Freeport Area of Bataan and the betterment of the municipality as a whole.

The AFAB Operations Group, under his leadership, has effectively delivered the necessary projects and labor force training and recruitment, among others, which were instrumental to the attraction of new foreign investments and increase of the total number of employment in the FAB from 11,000 in 2010 to almost 27,000 at present, resulting to the FAB being the fastest growing freeport of the country for 3 consecutive years – from 2012 to 2014.

He participated in various trade and investment missions that paved the way for the promotion of the FAB in Asia and the United Arab Emirates. Early this year, he was part of a Philippine delegation from the various Investment Promotions Agencies (IPAs) that attended the high-level Philippine Business and Investment Forum in New York City, a Roundtable Discussion with Foreign Investments Experts of the World Bank’s Business Climate Group in Washington, D.C., and an exploratory meeting wih the operators of incubation facilities at the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Very recently, he again represented the AFAB in a Trade and Investment Mission to South Korea upon the invitation of the Philippine-Korea Economic Council under the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry .

In the spiritual and community service aspect, he and his wife have been members of the Couples for Christ (CFC) Global Community for 25 years now, faithfully serving God and the community as the Provincial Area Director from 1995 to 2006, and currenly as a member of the CFC Bataan Area Governance Team assigned as the Provincial Head of the CFC ANCOP Directorate.

Through the Community Development Program of ANCOP, which is an acronym for Answering the Cry of the Poor, he has spearheaded the establishment of the “Kanlungan ng Pag-asa” Community in Sitio Bani, Bgy. Cataning, which now has 120 houses constructed in partnership with the LGU of the City of Balanga and CFC Communities of the U.S.A. and the Middle East, and is now the home of over 70 beneficiary families. He is also a former Chairman of the Co-ops for Christ – Bataan, which is a cooperative attending to the financial and livelihood needs of members of CFC in the province.

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