Mayor Cezar Quiambao Greets Alma Mater on 74th Anniversary!


Accomplished Mayor-Entrepreneur Extends 74th Anniversary Greetings to Alma Mater

On the occasion of the University of the East’s 74th Foundation Anniversary comes this greeting from one of her accomplished alumni, Bayambang, Pangasinan, Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao!

Dr. Quiambao is a UE alumnus twice over, having earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree from the UE College of Business Administration in 1969 and having taken up Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the UE Graduate School.

As a UE CBA Manila student, the future mayor was a member of the Accounting Honors Society and already worked hard to earn a living, including being a jeepney driver at the unholy hours of 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., plying the Navotas-Divisoria route, as well as running errands for his uncles where he was staying, and taking a job as a messenger.

Becoming a certified public accountant soon after his college graduation in 1969, Dr. Quiambao went on to put up his own accounting firm, later on joined a pharmaceutical company, then took on a job offer in Indonesia in 1973—the latter resulting in a fruitful 14-year stint that included, among many other accomplishments, overseeing the construction of the Lhoksumawe airfield that Mobil Oil put up for the world’s largest natural gas processing complex in Sumatra.

Back at home, Dr. Quiambao has accomplished many firsts in the annals of the country’s economic development. These include setting up the country’s first infra public-private partnership project, the $514 million Metro Manila Skyway project and its companion $57 million Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) tollway that resulted in an unprecedented economic boom in areas south of Metro Manila. His vision for the Skyway was influenced by Indonesia’s multi-level roadways and conceptualized in partnership with Indonesia’s infra behemoth, Citra.

Putting up Strategic Alliance Holdings, Inc. where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Quiambao structured a partnership between the Citra Group of Indonesia and the state-owned Philippine National Construction Corp for the development of the Metro Manila Skyway project. The resulting partnership brought about the Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp which was formed in November 1995, with him as President and Chief Executive Officer until October 2004. He likewise pursued the STAR tollway project, resulting in the unhampered flow of goods and services within the South Luzon economic corridor.

Dr. Quiambao is likewise credited for the computerization of the Land Transportation Office’s internal operations, resulting in the instant processing of driver’s licenses. This “build-operate-own” computerization project was done through his corporate vehicle, Stradcom Corporation, which he domiciled in his hometown of Bayambang—in turn transforming that sleepy third-class town into a first-class city.

He likewise set up and is a Director of Guam Regional Medical City, a tertiary hospital in that US territory—in partnership with the Philippines’ The Medical City—for Guam residents who would otherwise have to go to the Philippines for medical treatment. In return, Guam has named Dr. Quiambao an Ambassador-at-Large.

Dr. Quiambao, who had completed the Strategic Business Economic Program of the University of Asia and the Pacific, is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

As Bayambang, Pangasinan, Mayor, Dr. Quiambao finds himself “at the forefront of a great journey…to transform [the town] from poverty to prosperity with a battle cry that abhors corruption, a work that connects in meaningful ways to [our] constituents and a vision anchored an alleviating the plight of [our] townmates”—effectively working to fuel bright futures for his fellow Bayambangueños.

These include putting up companies and company headquarters in Bayambang, resulting in a yearly income north of P150 million and making his hometown a first-class municipality. Among such outfits of Dr. Quimbao’s is the CSF Rural Bank of Bayambang, which lends to would-be entrepreneurs. On top of this, his foundation sponsors livelihood programs for the poor so that they can be gainfully employed.

A genuine, and continued, success story, Dr. Cezar T. Quiambao traces his triumphs to, among others, a deep sense of his humble beginnings and being a lifelong brave-hearted Warrior graduate!


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