As told to Patricia Medina:
I’m Trish Malubay, a licensed landscape architect and master plumber (yes, there’s such a thing) at the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
As a Landscape Architect, I plan, design, and develop built and unbuilt environment for human use and enjoyment. We have a broad scope of projects from planning a whole township development to doing detailed designs of courtyards and interior gardens. As a master plumber, I design and plan out plumbing and sanitary plans, but we have a limit to the size of the the developments because then they will be delegated to a sanitary engineer instead.
I usually wake up at around 7 to 8:30 in the morning. When I believe that I can no longer keep my eyes closed, I get my phone and check my notifications. Before, I used to start my day scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, but now, my notifications consist of Viber messages from train/rail related groups (about 10 of them) reporting about train disruptions, DOTr events, or other transportation concerns.
I’m not really a morning person, so breakfast often becomes brunch. I just got to have my rice in the morning. Since I’m usually in a rush, I prefer putting on makeup in the car just so I can save time. I “bake” my concealer in between stoplights.
Part of my morning routine is the Hadalabo Face Lotion and Moisturizer. This was a recommendation from a friend with super nice skin, so of course, I believe in its magic. I bought mine on a recent trip to Japan where my face was so chapped from the cold. I used this and I felt like my skin just drank a gallon of water.
I don’t know if I have a personal style, to be honest. But I guess one of my considerations when I look for something to wear is that it has to be adaptive. Like, just as long as I can put a blazer on it when I need to look professional, I’m good. Or change into a nice skirt from pants with the same top when I go from site to meeting. With that said, I think my personal style is just casual. Since I’m always in a rush (because I’m kinda late most of the time), I just throw on the first thing I get my hands on that I know is dynamic enough for my day.
I’d like to pretend that I do super interesting things in my spare time but actually, if I could be alone in the condo and watch movies or shows all day, that would be heaven. Ideally, I’d want to be waking up to an empty condo and having a cup of coffee at my terrace. Maybe in a few years.
I am in the Office of the Undersecretary for Rail, but I have two other projects outside our sector. Under rail, I handle the Unified Common Station, AFCS or automatic fare collection system or our Beep cards (everyone make the switch now!), PNR North 1 Station Rehabilitation, Line 8 or the Quezon Avenue metro line, and the Cebu Rail. The other two projects I’m working on are the Interoperability of Toll Roads and Cable Car Lines.
I was asked to join the DOTr (when it was still the Department of Transportation and Communication or DOTC) almost about a year and a half ago, but I declined because I was still with my former company. A lot of my schoolmates from St. Paul College Pasig worked in DOTr, and they were the ones who pushed me to join the #ParaSaBayan team. After I took my Landscape Architecture Licensure Exam and Master Plumbing Licensure Exam last July 2016, I started working for DOTr.
What I like most about my job is the fact that I’m handling projects that are important to me and have a huge impact on many. I’m not sure if that’s a selfish or vain thing to say, but nevertheless, I love the fact that I actually like my job.
I guess it’s because you actually have a hand in initiating change in the forefront of the country’s transport development. I love the fact that I can easily share the ideas I come up with regarding the transportation in our country to people who push for these developments. I also love the fact that I learn so much in every meeting we go to or even in random discussions.
It’s true what they say that if you like what you do, it won’t seem like work to you. I like that even if I go home exhausted mentally and physically, I feel fulfilled. Whatever it was I did that day, it just seems worth it to me.