Manny Lanuevo is currently the Deputy Director of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services, and has served in this capacity since 2009 when then Mayor Mufi Hannemman appointed him to this post. Prior to this position, he was the Facilities Engineer of Hawaii’s Airports Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Before immigrating to Hawaii in 1988, he was affiliated with MERALCO as a supervising engineer. He is a licensed professional electrical engineer in both the State of Hawaii and the Philippines. His certifications include LEED AP form the U.S. Green Building Council, EPA 608 from the US Environmental Protection Agency and CLEP from the Association of Energy Engineers. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines in 1971.
Manny is very active in various community groups. At the present time, he is the president of the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers and one of their projects is the MATH COUNT, a national program that allows Hawaii students compete with other states in Washington DC. This year’s MATH COUNT will be held at the FilCom Center-with the island wide competition scheduled for February 9 and the statewide competition to be held on March 9. For three fiscal years, he also served as chairman of the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies, the umbrella organization unifying all the various engineering groups.
Manny is also a member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (FCCH) and was a delegate to two of the chamber’s trade missions-in 2009 and 2012. In both missions, he served as a resource person and speaker on solid waste management-a topic of interest to a host of municipalities and chartered cities in the Philippines, who sought his advice in solving their garbage problems.
In 1999, he was elected president of the Filipino American League of Engineers and Architects (FALEA). At that time, The FilCom Center board approached Manny to organize a FilCom Construction Committee. The group was formed in 2000, with Manny as Chair. Among the engineers and architects he recruited to serve were Oscar Paez, Roger Urbi, Sid Baquilar, Sylvester Ulep, and Art Lucio. He also recruited engineers like Elvie Pineda (now the out-going President of FALEA) to help in the construction management of FilCom.
The Construction Committee that Manny formed was tasked to review the construction bid documents prepared by the design professional hired by FilCom. They also conducted the procurement process to select the General Contractor and Construction Manager for the project. Since 2000, the group has provided technical advice, reviewed proposed tenant improvements, has helped install the Rizal statue and the veteran’s monument at the FilCom grounds. For the last 12 years Manny can always be depended on to provide assistance.
When the FilCom Board appointed Jeoffrey Cudiamat (incoming President of the FALEA) as the new chair of the Facilities Committee-the new name of the Construction Committee-Manny and the original members continued to provide advice on the current issues surrounding the facility, which they still do until now.