PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado as acting secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. confirmed Mercado's appointment.

Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado
Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado

The congressman replaced Mark Villar, who resigned to file his certificate of candidacy for senator in the May 2022 elections.

Mercado is a deputy majority leader in the House and is a vice chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Highways.

Roque also confirmed the appointment of Romando Artes as general manager of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

He will replace Jojo Garcia, who is running for a seat at the House of Representatives.

Artes previously served as MMDA's assistant general manager for finance and administration.

"We are confident that Secretary Mercado and General Manager Artes will continue to oversee the completion of their department's programs and projects in the remaining months of the current government," Roque said.

"We wish Sec. Mercado and GM Artes all the best in their new assignments," he added.