Pericles P. Dakay is a man of many hats, and on any given day, a man of lesser constitution would be overwhelmed with the many roles the Dakay Construction and Development Corporation president has to play.

A master in time management, PPD, as he is referred to in the office, holds a PHD in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, MO, earning it in 1990 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He got his masters in Civil Engineering in 1998 in the same school, three years after graduating as a cum laude with a BS in Civil Engineering degree at the University of San Carlos. In between his bachelor’s and masters degrees, he finished 30 of 36 hours for an MS in business management.


A born achiever, he already excelled at the Cebu City National Science High School, graduating with honors and earning the school’s Physicist of the Year and Albert Einstein Award in 1980.

In college, he showed his early leadership skills and was the student government representative and was president of the Civil Engineering organization from his freshman up to his junior year, and by the time he was in his senior year, he was the president of the Philippine Institute of Civil-Engineers-USC Student chapter.

His knack for being involved and in leading organizations would grow with his career. And his success with the various groups he led, grew, too.

“We are successful because I just do nothing. I just let everybody do their jobs,” Ricky, as he is known in the football community, loves to say whenever he is praised for the success in the community.

That is an over-simplification because doing nothing, is not Ricky’s style and in fact, while he was pursuing his masters and doctorate in the University of Missouri, he practically did everything and did them all well, too.


He was a research assistant at Missouri, conducting studies on stochastic sensitivity analysis and at the same time, taught undergraduate courses in engineering management and spreadsheet-based solutions to problems; solving problems and cases in management science and special problems in structural damping.

After he got his PHD, he became an assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Graduate Engineering Research Center, teaching graduate level course on (1) Total Quality Management, (2) Statistical Quality Control, (3) Design of Experiments, (4) Project Management, (5) Operations Research, and (6) Engineering Economics.

He also developed shorts courses on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Design for Assembly, Fault Tree Analysis and Multi-attribute Decision Models and conducted training seminars in other university extensions such as the Union Electric Callaway Nuclear Power Plant and the US Army Training and Aviation Command Center.

He did all of this from January 1991 to May 1995, and from the winter of 1992 up to his final stay, he was a consistent recipient of a departmental citation every semester for teaching excellence.

When he returned to Cebu, he took over as CEO of Dakay Construction and Development Corporation, bringing with him the latest technology and practices learned as a graduate professor from the US and as a result, DCDC grew exponentially.


Aside from taking charge of major projects worth a total of P15 billion, under his leadership DCDC was upgraded to “AAA,” the highest category of the PCAB. He also initiated the implementation of the Quality Management System and in 2011, DCDC was certified as ISO 9001:2001 compliant and in 2014, DCDC was certified as ISO compliant for three ISO standards ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

He did all of that while he was a member of three presidential commissions, six government agencies, nine professional societies and 20 socio-economic groups, and publishing nine papers and advising on five project defenses.

His and his company’s achievements under his term speaks for itself and his mastery of time management. Twice awarded as the top taxpayer among contractors of infrastructure projects by Cebu City, PPD was also awarded as the most outstanding individual for community service by Cebu City twice, and was named the most outstanding alumni by USC and was also a Papal Awardee.

In 2012, he scored a double and was named both the Presidential Awardee and Sportsman of the Year for taking the Cebu Football Association to new heights, and setting the standard for a provincial FA in the Philippine football community.

Because I consider him to be the best structural engineer in the city

Tomas Osmena

Mayor, Cebu City (In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu on March 16, 2008 on why he asked PPD to inspect City Hall.

Ricky Dakay has led the CFA, one of the most active organizations in Cebu. He has popularized football and helped bring the Azkals.

John Pages

President (2010 to 2014), Sportswriters Association of Cebu during the awarding of the Presidential Award to PPD during the 2013 SAC-SMB Sports Awards

The current Cebu FA is the best and the most-organized FA I have ever seen….the group is so organized that it managed to convert the dust-bowl of the Cebu City Sports Center into a green patch of land in less than two months for the Azkals vs. Singapore match

Jack Biantan

General Manager/sports columnist, Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro