Ever since I took the Civil Engineering program, I’ve always wanted to work at DPWH. Working on a government agency makes me feel like I’m contributing something for the development of our country so now that I am taking up my 5 units OJT course, I grabbed the opportunity to work here and see how this department works even if there is no allowance included.
I was alone when I took my OJT course, my friends went on another company which I will no longer mention.
Anyways, back to my story, I got accepted right after I submitted my endorsement letter and resume (that’s pretty much all they need from an OJT applicant). I was endorsed by Sir Jimmy to the Planning Services – Programming Division on July.
Our office is located at DPWH Central Office in Port Area near Intramuros, a few blocks from Manila Hotel and Philippines Ports Authority. From my school, Technological Institute of the Philippines, I just have to ride a jeep to SM City Manila then I go towards the city hall, then take the underpass then I ride another jeep with a signboard that says “Pier.”
The division that I was assigned to is the division that review the budget, communications, database of projects and other programming and computer organizing systems of DPWH.
It took them a while before they were able to assign an engineer for me to help because they were quite busy when I started. Days after, I was assigned to an Engineer II, Engr. Ray.
I struggled a bit to blend in with the people at the office at first because they seem to be all focused with their tasks and the Engineer III and supervisors are just around the office so they can’t be just chillin’ out. I was shy too because I was the only trainee in there and they don’t seem to be used to having so much trainees in the office.
During the next weeks of my OJT time, I slowly started to feel comfortable, I was given a desk and a PC to use and the engineers started to talk to me, they were all warm and friendly yet, I still felt a bit shy until they asked me to join their meeting at the Department of Budget Management (DBM) in Malacañang after our office hours.
Man, it’s so cool to enter Malacañang with a valid reason. I just watched them do their jobs and then assisted a bit. We all went there to submit the budget summary papers (it’s so thick!!) but there were a few revisions that we went there around 7PM and finished all the work around 5AM, yes, we slept there at DBM!
Honestly, I feel so lucky to be a trainee in this department. The engineers are so nice they sometimes treat me foods, share a little chit chat to make me feel comfy and it’s cool that there is another engineer at the office, Engr. Fred, who graduated from the same alma mater as me.
Anyways, enough of the personal stuff. About the work here, being someone who works on Planning Service – Programming Division exposes you to so much computer works — highly of MS Excel. Unlike the Bureau of Construction, engineers and trainees under Programming division doesn’t go out on fieldworks, they do not inspect sites or go on sites, they are the office engineers.
It’s kinda sad for me because I wanted to be exposed to construction sites too but then I’m starting to love it here so I thought I can do construction site visits to another company, SC Megaworld, to be exact since one of my mom’s friend works there as a civil engineer.
It’s cool that in DPWH, I get to expand my connections that may help me in the future when I go out there in the world of Civil Engineers. I met the Mayor of Sorsogon, Engr. Glen introduced me to him — btw, Engr. Glenn and Engr. Ray are both from Bicol so it’s really cool because they appreciate my support to mom (Leni Robredo).
Another thing, I just experienced to ride DPWH’s shuttle bus. Engr. Fred accompanied me, it only costs P5 if you’re dropping place is near and P10 if you’re as far as Cubao. It’s exclusive for DPWH employees and what’s amusing is that the system here is that once the bus arrives, all the male employees give way to the female ones and let all of them sit first before they enter, it doesn’t really matter if they’ll stand as long as all the women are comfortably sitting. Power!!!
I’ll probably write more soon about my OJT experiences in DPWH. I am yet to finish the required 240 hrs OJT time of our school so I hope to earn more experience here!