Through a Looking Glass: Leonor ‘Bobby’ Cleofas making history at MWSS
Leonor Cleofas, known to friends as “Bobby” , made MWSS history when she was appointed MWSS Administrator in October, 2021.
She became the first female head of the government agency mandated to provide potable water supply, which is adequate, reliable and sustainable as well as sewerage services to Metro Manila, the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan and parts of Cavite.
I remember Bobby Cleofas from my stint at the MWSS as its Public Affairs head. She was the reliable, right hand assistant of then Engineering Department Manager Macra Cruz. She was a petite and charming and ever efficient employee who, I thought then, would go far.
After I left the MWSS in 2002, I lost touch with my former co-employees, especially those outside the Public Affairs Department. Recently,I was pleasantly surprised and glad to hear that fortune had smiled on Bobby Cleofas and that she indeed now heads the MWSS.
Bobby Cleofas is a Civil Engineer , the only Career Executive Officer with the rank of CESO in the MWSS.
Her journey , rising from the ranks, is remarkable. Her dedication and hard work ,after 41 years in the agency ,has borne fruit. Before her latest appointment, she was appointed Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Technical Services and Deputy Administrator for Administration, Finance and support services.
People who have worked with her know her to be passionately driven and innovative, assets suited for a leader. She is also firm in making decisions , only after thorough risk assessment , using her technical skills and experience.
Since MWSS is the asset owner , Bobby Cleofas interacts daily with the MWSS Regulatory Office and the two concessionaires, Manila Water Company and Maynilad Water Services.
As MWSS Administrator, she plays a vital role in numerous major projects such as the Angat Water Supply Optimization Project, the Umiray-Angat Transbasin project, the Angat Water Utilization and Aqueduct Improvement Project, the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project, the Angat Water Supply Transmission Project, the Kaliwa Dam project, the Bigte-Novaliches Aqueduct No. 7 Project, the Ipo Dam 3 project and the proposed Long Term Water Service Phase 11 of the NCWS-Kaliwa Project , which will secure the availability and sustainability of the water supply for the MWSS area for the next 50 years.
All the above projects are what keep the energetic lady Administrator on her toes, day in and day out.
I am truly proud of MWSS Administrator Bobby Cleofas, who has reached the pinnacle of success, in the agency which she loves and which has become her home.
Belated congratulations, Bobby!