Secretary Roy A. Cimatu signed Special Order No. 2020-68 dated February 24, 2020 designating CENR Officer Rabindranath P. Quilala as Deputy Executive Director of the River Basin Control Office (RBCO).
Quilala brings his vast 15-year experience in the Water Sector to his new assignment. Prior to his entry to the department, He was exposed in the area of hydro-electric power generation, farm irrigation, potable bulk water supply, waste water treatment, river dredging operations and coastal eco-tourism during his stint as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Powersource Consultants from 1995 to 2010. Likewise, he served as the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Powertrade Engineering Co. Ltd. from 2000 to 2005 catering to the electro-mechanical equipment and services in the power and water industry.
Quilala served as Municipal Councilor of Tuba, Benguet (1992-1995) in the water resource-rich Cordillera Region where he was first exposed to the water resource management sector as a Local Legislator. He was able to initiate for the renegotiation of the Management Contract related to the operation of the Baguio City-owned Asin Hydro Electric Plant along Salyapan River located at Tuba, Benguet. He was also involved in the maiden proposal for a Bulk Water Supply for the City of Baguio through the efforts of the Baguio Water District (BWD) to develop and utilize the Budacao Falls at the foot of Mount Sto. Tomas in Tuba, Benguet while serving as Committee Chairman for Public / General Services and as Committee Chairman for Health and Sanitation in the Municipal Council of Tuba.
Quilala started with DENR as Technical Consultant at the Office of Undersecretary for Administration, Finance, Human Resource and Information Systems under Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr. in January 2014. He eventually became the Operations Manager of the Bukidnon Forest Inc. (BFI) in 2015, where he was tasked to energize and start-up the operation of the KOICA donated Wood Pellet Manufacturing Plant Project in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
On March 21, 2016, he was appointed as CENR Officer of CENRO-Buguias in the Province of Benguet where he originated. He advocated for the Sustainable Pine Forest Ecosystems Management Program and became active in the management of the Upper Agno River Basin Resource Reserve with the National Power Corporation pursuant to E.O. 224.
On March 1, 2018 he was designated as OIC Director for Administrative Service at the Central Office. He was assigned as Project Director during the Boracay closure and rehabilitation and as a Focal Person in the Manila Bay Restoration. He also represents the DENR as an Alternate to the PEZA Board, National Renewable Energy Board and NAPOCOR Board. The new Deputy Executive Director of RBCO is a Career Executive Service Eligible (CESE). He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Saint Louis University, Baguio City. He also finished Bachelor of Laws at the University of Baguio and had 21 units in Masters in Management at the University of the Philippines-Baguio. Today, Quilala will face the great challenge in the implementation and monitoring of the Integrated River Basin Management and Development Master Plans for the Major River Basins and the Eight (8) Clustered Principal Rivers in the country. His initial experience in the Boracay and Manila Bay coupled with the mentorship and leadership of Executive Director Antonio M. Daño will certainly be a strong foundation for greater works in the RBCO.