Reelected Las Piñas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Mark Villar of the Nacionalista Party will be leaving Congress sooner than expected.
The son of former Senate President Manuel “Manny” Villar and Sen. Cynthia Villar on Tuesday accepted the offer of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to be the next secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“I confirm that presumptive President Rody Duterte asked me to be his DPWH secretary and after consulting my family and constituents, I have decided to humbly accept his offer,” Villar said in a statement, using the President-elect’s nickname.
The congressman, a former president of real-estate firm Crown Asia Corp., earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
He received his master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Villar is the chairman of the House Committee on Trade and Industry.
Duterte picked Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Batangas and Laguna campuses president Peter Laurel as secretary of the Department of Education.
It was not confirmed, however, if Laurel accepted the post.
Outgoing Education Secretary Armin Luistro declined to comment on the appointment of his successor.
“It would be imprudent for me to give my reaction at this time. I’ll have to wait when it’s official,” Luistro said in a text message.
Meanwhile, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) welcomed Laurel.
“As always, we would be willing to cooperate with the new [Education] secretary and the entire Duterte administration,” Benjo Basas, the group’s chairman, said in a text message.
Basas added that they expect Duterte to fulfill his promise to upgrade the educational system and improve the welfare of teachers.
“Being a Duterte appointee, we expect real change under Secretary Laurel and that he would surpass reforms instituted by his predecessors [former Education secretary]Jesli Lapus and Luistro,” he said.