DMCI founder passes away at 95

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Engineer David M. 'DM' Consunji has passed away. He was 95 years old.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — Engineer David M. Consunji, the founder of the DMCI Group of Companies passed away on Monday, September 4.

He was 95 years old.

A statement from DMCI said Consunji was locally recognized and "the father of contemporary construction industry," adding he built "landmarks and redefined cityscapes for generations of Filipinos."

The statement said Consunji valued the "satisfaction of doing one's work well, honestly and proudly."

A profile from the De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSAA), which named him a DLSAA Distinguished Lasallian Awardee in 1997, quotes Consunji, "I started my own business because of the challenge in the construction industry and a need for contractors with some capabilities to undertake domestic demands."

Consunji was born on November 2, 1921 in Hermosa Bataan, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Philippines in 1946.

He founded DM Consunji Incorporated (DMCI) in 1954 and served as chairman from 1995 until 2014.

Consunji also held a government post, serving as the Secretary of the Department of Public Works, Transportation and Communication from 1970-1975, under former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Consunji is survived by his wife, Fredesvinda, their eight children, and several grandchildren.

His remains lie in state ar the Capilla de San Francisco of Santuario de San Antonio Parish, McKinley Road, Forbes Park in Makati City where he may be visited until September 8.

Engr. Consunji will be interred on September 9.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in DM's honor to the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc. and/or Orani Suhay Foundation, Inc.