As chair of the Committee on Appointments & Government Reorganization, I sponsored yesterday at the City Council the Concurrence Resolution for the appointment of our new City Engineer.
Mayor Rody Duterte named Engr. Jose Dureza Gestuveo, Jr. as the new head of the our engineering office. His plantilla position is City Government Department Head II that carries Salary Grade 26 with P327,000 pay per annum.
Engr. Gestuveo has degrees in Mechanical Technology, Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. He has professional licenses as Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer and Master Plumber.
He started his career at the City Engineers’ Office as Field Staff during the early 1980s. When his first cousin, Jesus Dureza, won a seat in Congress in 1987, Engr. Gestuveo joined him at the House of Representatives as a Technical Staff.
After Dureza left Congress, Engr. Gestuveo joined the Davao City Water District where he rose to the position of Department Manager before he accepted the offer of Duterte. (Dureza is now the Press Secretary at Malacanang)
While waiting for his confirmation yesterday, he had the first taste of his big task ahead when members of the City Council deliberated on the application for land reclassification for the Ayala Center project in Davao. The key issues discussed were drainage and traffic management.
His being an urban planner would surely come handy in his new job. The city is fast growing and it needs people who should see it as a forest and not just trees.