Villar accepts DPWH post


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.


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  1. Hoping to have honest to goodness personality in the government. Stop the cycle of greedy people.

  2. tony de leon on

    its not all perfect but we voters just have to make the best of it. I mean I agree mr Villar will have a conflict of interest in this position but we the people can also watch and monitor his projects once he sits in office and demand transparency and if we see any anomaly then we can immediately file a complaint and ask the media to investigate and publish his anomalies then pressure Digong to remove villar from office if he commits corruption. But for now lets give Digong a chance to start and work while we wait for results of his promises and our expectations if he is really true.

  3. It is a wrong move to appoint Mark Villar as Secretary of DPWH. There would be a conflict of interest issue here. He would be privy and/or participant to the decision making process of building roads and infrastructures all over the country. This advance information would be fodder for the Villar real estate business. Their company could start buying up the lands abounding the areas where the roads will be built and build their subdivisions there. They will buy the lands cheaply, develop them and make a killing in the selling. The appointment of Villar to this post should be opposed.

    The shrewd manipulation of the Villars regarding the use of influence to construct access roads to benefit their housing projects and buying up lands where roads will be built were exposed by former Sen. Madrigal and was the cause of Villar’s rejection by the people in the election where he ran for the presidency. We should be guarded now that such ugly corruption of the Villars will resurrect.

    • You’re absolutely correct. The statement where is the ethics or delikadesa? They themselves are laying the grounds for impeachment.