Friday, March 20, 2009

Meet and Greet DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr.

Yehey! invited us over to meet and greet DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., yesterday, March 19. It was a fun afternoon conversation. He and his staff were accommodating and answered every possible question anybody from the roundtable threw at him. 

There sure were a lot of things Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. shared with us, right from his experiences during his service in the military, to the most recent reappointment as the Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways. 

A profile of the secretary from the DPWH webpage:

February 15, 2005 – February 5, 2007, July 4, 2007 to present

Prior to his reappointment as the Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Secretary Hermogenes Edejer Ebdane, Jr. served as Secretary of the Department of National Defense, National Security Adviser and Director General of the National Security Council, Vice-Chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force and National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator, and the 13th Chief of the Philippine National Police. He is a veteran, of 34-years, in law enforcement, intelligence operations and public safety administration. 

Secretary Ebdane, has background in the field of engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. 

He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Philippine Military Academy in 1970. He earned a master’s degree in Criminology, and a doctorate in Peace and Security Administration. 

The retired Four Star General has enhanced his civilian and military education by undergoing several senior-level courses and trainings which include the Command and General Staff Course at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Incident Management Training under the U.S. Counter-Terrorist Training Group; Senior Crisis Management Course sponsored by the U.S. State Department; Senior Police Officers course at the Singapore Police Academy; Senior Police Executive Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Thailand; and Basic and Advance Intelligence Courses from the National Intelligence Training Center and the Special Intelligence Training School. 

He has posted significant accomplishments in the following top-level positions and assignments: Provincial Commander of the Nueva Ecija Constabulary Command; Commander of the Presidential Guard Battalion; Commanding Officer of the PC Special Action Force; Director of the Western Police District; Regional Director of the National Capital Region Police Office; and Chief of the National Anti-Kidnapping Task Force or NAKTAF. He was also the PNP Director for Human Resource and Doctrine Development, Deputy Chief for Administration before being appointed as the Chief of the Philippine National Police from July 2002 to August 2004. 

In recognition of his outstanding service and achievements, he received highly coveted awards and distinctions including the Distinguished Conduct Star; the Philippine Legion of Honor; Two Distinguished Service Stars; the PNP Distinguished Service Medal; Medalya ng Katangi-tanging Gawa; Bronze Cross Medal; Military Merit Medals; the PMA Cavalier Award for Leadership and Command Administration; Master Parachutist Badge; and numerous other citations. 

He was born on December 30, 1948 in Candelaria, Zambales. He is happily married to former Alma Cabanayan with whom he was blessed with three children.