Rafael Yabut

Rafael "Pye" Cunanan Yabut (born April 26, 1953)[1] is a Filipino engineer. He was as the acting secretary of Department of Public Works and Highways for a month and as Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office Operations of DPWH from January 14, 2008, until his retirement last June 2016. He was also the alternate representative of the Secretary to the Toll Regulatory Board.[2][3] He was designated as Acting Secretary last July 1, 2016 until Mark Villar assumes the post by end of July 2016.[4]

Rafael Yabut
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Yabut in 2008
Secretary of Public Works and Highways
In office
June 30, 2016 – July 31, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byRogelio Singson
Succeeded byMark Villar
Undersecretary of the Public Works and Highways
In office
January 14, 2008 – June 30, 2016
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Benigno Aquino III
Assistant Secretary of the Public Works and Highways
In office
September 18, 2003 – January 13, 2008
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Personal details
Rafael Cunanan Yabut

(1953-04-26) April 26, 1953 (age 68)
Candaba, Pampanga
Spouse(s)Helen P. Drapeza
Alma materAngeles University Foundation
Holy Angel University

Early life and educationEdit

Yabut was born in Candaba in Pampanga province on April 26, 1953. His parents are Ernesto Yabut and Felipa Cunanan. He took up Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Angeles University Foundation and graduated in 1976. He then took up Bachelor of Science in Sanitary engineering at Holy Angel University in Angeles, Pampanga where he graduated in 1983. He completed his master's degree in Public Administration at Angeles University Foundation in 1996.[1][2]


Yabut started to work as laborer in DPWH office in Angeles, Pampanga in 1975 a year before his graduation from college. As district engineer of Pampanga's First Engineering district, he used to supervised the "Operation Baklas Billboards" and cleared the national roads of Pampanga of illegal structures and obstructions. In 2003, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary of DPWH being the youngest among the executive committee. On January 14, 2008, he was appointed as DPWH undersecretary by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.[3] Yabut is known as the main official implementing the department's toll roads, including those projects under the Public-Private Partnership program. His last project was the Cavite–Laguna Expressway before retiring last June 2015 to care for his aging parents.[5] By July 1, 2016, however, he was designated as the acting Secretary of Department of Public Works and Highways until Mark Villar assumes office by July 26 or 27.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b "Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut". Department of Public Works and Highways. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "DPWH Usec Yabut designated as Acting Secretary". SunStar. July 4, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "PGMA appoints 2 DPWH undersecretaries". Philippine Information Agency. January 13, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "DPWH exec to warm top post for Villar". The Philippine Star. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "DPWH's Yabut leaving early to care for parents". Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 3, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2016.