The Dreamer just Keeps Going

OPINION
By IGNACIO BUNYE
July 8, 2019

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When he pioneered in land reclamation in the Philippines more than four decades ago, Delfin J.
Wenceslao, Jr. (alternatively Ding or DingW or DJW for short) dreamed of helping build the
nucleus of a modern city center just off Manila Bay.


The dream is now a reality. D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc (DMWAI) – a company founded
by his father Delfin, Sr. (Tatang) - has helped government in the reclamation of at least 2
million square meters from the sea.


On these reclaimed lands now stands DMWAI’s flagship, Aseana City, which includes familiar
landmarks like Solaire, Resorts World’s West Side City and City of Dreams.


At 75, Ding Wenceslao shows no sign of slowing down.  Although he has relinquished the CEO position to his youngest son, Delfin Angelo or Buds, Ding is still very much on top of setting strategic directions for the company. Buds is a Green and Blue grad (La Salle High and Ateneo College), with a Masters  degree from MIT.


DMWAI recently went public in the very first Initial Public Offering (IPO) this year. Of the funds
raised during the IPO, the company intends to spend P11 to P12 Billion over the next five years
to fund various real estate development projects, (both commercial and residential) within
Aseana City and outside.


Ding’s company boasts an enviable record. As one of the very select AAAA general contractors
in the country, DMWAI has already completed over a 100 construction and infrastructure
projects throughout the country.


But Ding has quite a few more items in his “dream list” aside from the company’s core
business.


More immediate is the completion of a church within Aseana City dedicated to the memory of
St. John Paul II. The imposing edifice is now 2/3 complete and should be ready sometime in
2019. According to the family, It's a fulfillment of Ding’s promise in gratitude for answered
prayers. Ding, however, is mum on the details.


In college, Ding and I served together as officers in the Ateneo Air Force ROTC. We even
underwent summer cadre training together at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Nichols
(now Villamor) Air Base. However, another proposed project on Ding’s plate, has nothing to
do with the air force at all. Rather, it is for the navy.

 

Ding has blue prints for a naval system which could be adopted not only for coastal defense
but also for disaster relief. The system consists of a Mother Ship (“Nanay”) which could carry
several high speed and very maneuverable boats (‘Kumpit”). “Nanay” would operate much like
an aircraft carrier except that it will be carrying small hi-speed boats instead. The naval system
can be fabricated right here in Cavite, Ding said.


It would be worthwhile for Ding’s tocayo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, to take a look at
this project. Ding proposes to Design-Finance-Construct on a Turnkey Basis the prototype of
this naval system.


Ding also has proposals to help ease the traffic along EDSA. The first stage (EDSA Shuttle)
involves the lease and management of of two inner lanes of EDSA going both directions. The
project proponent will install semi-permanent barriers to segregate the EDSA Shuttle Lane
from the regular vehicles along EDSA. The proposed system, Ding contends, will enable
vehicles in the shuttle lane to run at speeds of 60 kph.


The second stage involves a proposed underground toll way and subway along EDSA from Ayala
to SM North EDSA. This can be undertaken, Ding said, by a consortium consisting of EEI
Corporation, IPM Construction and Development Corporation, Sta. Clara International
Corporation and DM Wenceslao and Associates.


Secretary Art Tugade should find the proposals, at the very least, interesting.
A personal advocacy to make many Filipinos feel “less poor” has prompted Ding to partner
with like-minded friends to launch the Ninong Project. Ninong is under the auspices of
Katipunan ng mga Mamamayan ng Bagong Pilipinas Foundation Inc. (KMBPFI), a service NGO
duly accredited by the the DSWD.


Very simple, affordable and easily duplicable, Ninong involves raising of donations (equivalent
to the price of one kilo of rice) and distributing the rice to selected “poorest of the poor”
families. Rice distribution is done every Saturday in Baclaran, Don Galo, La Huerta, San Dionisio,
Sto. Nino, Tambo, Vitalez (all in Parañaque) and in Bulacan, Bulacan.


A firm believer of “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”, Ding is a product of San Beda GS ‘56,
UP HS ‘60, Ateneo Col ‘64 and PMA ‘66 (Honorary).

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