ESTELITA Y. GUTIERREZ – Vice President for Technical Services and Project Operations
Engr. Estelita Gutierrez is a registered civil and sanitary engineer, an accredited construction arbitrator, and a construction management specialist who has been in practice for 38 years with various firms in the Philippines and abroad.
She kickstarted her career as a research assistant with the Bicol River Basin Development Project and a railway engineer for the National Transport System in 1974, both projects under the Planning & Project Development Office of the University of the Philippines Institute of Planning. Shortly after, she worked as a civil engineer and structural designer in Trans-Asia Philippines, an engineering consultancy firm, for several road and building projects including the Philippine Medical Center, Philippine International Convention Center, Paoay Sports Complex, and Tropo Scatter Radar Stations.
In 1980, she became the engineering design head of Asialand Development Corporation and spearheaded a gigantic development project involving a land area spanning more than 1,000 hectares that plans to erect thirteen residential villages, commercial centers, industrial and trading centers, resorts, golf courses, and institutional facilities.
Engr. Gutierrez also ventured in government projects. She was a bridge engineer of the Samar Integrated Rural Development Project in 1979, finishing a road network composed of 171 kilometers of road and seventy-four bridges. In 1983, she was the civil/sanitary engineer of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) projects such as the Metro Manila Sewerage Project (METROSS 2) and the Metro Manila Water Supply II.
In terms of international consultancy, in 1981, together with DMJM International and Development & Technology Consultants, Inc. as the local counterpart, she was appointed the civil engineer for the planning and design of various university facilities in King Faisal University, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
She also has a solid track record of professional services rendered to international funding agencies like USAID. In 1985, she was the Contracts Engineer for the Economic Support Fund (ESF) – Technical Review Committee for the numerous projects done under USAID. Four years later, she became the Planning Officer of the ESF/USAID for various projects like roads, public markets,school buildings, and earthquake rehabilitation of several schools in the Philippines.
Her career in the consultancy industry furthered as she became part of Filipinas Dravo Corporation as the executive vice president, venturing into several projects in planning,feasibility study, design, and project management of infrastructure projects, roads and bridges, tollways,rails,buildings,sports facilities, site development, water supply system, sewerage system and sewage treatment facilities.
Engr. Gutierrez has an MBA degree in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Masters in Construction Management from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bachelor’s degree in Sanitary Engineering from National University and Civil Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology.