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Aboitiz Construction leaders elected to industry association posts

Naomie Oplado | 14 May 2019


Two executives from the management team of Aboitiz Construction take the helm of leadership posts in their respective industry associations, demonstrating that the company’s core values of integrity, teamwork, innovation, responsibility, and execution excellence can also be championed as part of their efforts to engage stakeholders while pursuing thought leadership in advancing business and communities.


Ria Lidia Espina is elected President of Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Cebu Province Chapter

Aboitiz Construction’s assistant vice president and head of legal and contract management services Atty. Ria Lidia Espina is the newly elected president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Cebu Province Chapter. Ria is the second female president to hold this post and she vows to pursue the tenets of service, sustainability, and solidarity during her two-year term.

Her passion to help in the administration of justice is inspired by the Bugsay principle of the late Roberto “Bobby” Aboitiz, founder of Aboitiz Construction. For Ria, her aspiration as a leader in Aboitiz Construction is not much different from her aspiration for the community of lawyers in Cebu. Her work is akin to service well done, may it be in contracts administration for the company or the administration of justice for the people we serve through our outreach programs.

Quoted during her interview with Cebu Daily News, Ria said that she intends to further enhance the services for IBP Cebu Chapter members, for instance, setting up a cooperative that could help address the financial requirements of fledgling lawyers. She also wants to continue IBP’s legal aid program and anti-bullying seminars held at different local schools in the city, even going as far as Minglanilla, Consolacion, Toledo, and Mandaue.

“Although I am in the corporate world right now, I can still help out people through my involvement in civic and professional organizations,” she said

Ria was born and raised in Cebu. Her formative years where shaped at St. Theresa’s College anf the University of the Philippines Cebu High School.  She went to University of San Carlos where she finished Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, magna cum laude, and then proceeded to the University of Cebu School of Law where she completed her juris doctor degree as class valedictorian. She is also a certified public accountant. She started her career at Joaquin Cunanan/Price Waterhouse as an accountant, then as a legal associate at SyCip Salazar Hernandez Gatmaitan. She has been with Aboitiz Construction now for six years.


Dave Devilles is re-elected Director and Trustee of the International Association of Business Communicators Philippine Chapter


Assistant vice president and head of reputation management Dave Jesus Devilles was re-elected for another two-year term to the board of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Philippine Chapter where he spearheads the Quill Awards program for professional practitioners and students. As the youngest director ever to be elected to the board, Dave is tasked with managing the Student Quill Awards program, which seeks to promote high standards of excellence, integrity, and purpose among the future communicators of the country.

Dave, together with Atty Ria, is pursuing a partnership with the national Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)  where IABC Philippines can advise on communication strategy that will strengthen the thrusts of IBP for the next three years.

Established in 1983, IABC Philippines is the first country chapter outside of North America. The mother association was established in 1970 and is based in San Francisco where it leads a global network of members including companies in the Fortune 500.

For Dave, this is his way of giving back to the association that honed his skills and knowledge in corporate communication and public relations. He has been a member since 2004 and has benefited from the collective sharing of best practices. Despite being a junior, he was sent to New York in 2013 to  participate in the IABC World Conference.

“Inspired by the Aboitiz core value of responsibility, I took it upon myself to help mold the minds of the students who will one day become communication leaders in their own fields. We tell them that they can be a positive influencer using truth in communication,” he said.

Before joining Aboitiz Construction, Dave started in 2015 as the manager for corporate communication of Aboitiz Equity Ventures. Prior to his stint in Aboitiz Group, he was a Public Relations Specialist in Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation from 2004 to 2014. Dave was assigned to lead the PR team of the company’s Leyte Geothernal Business Unit. During this time, he spearheaded the sustainability reporting program achieving global certifications and recognition both at local and international levels.

Dave was born and raised in Tacloban City and schooled from kinder to high school in Leyte Normal University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of the Philippines, graduated cum laude. In 2010, he was one of the three Filipinos who received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship enabling him to finish a Master of Science degree in Corporate Communication and Reputation Management from the Manchester School of Business, University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.