Mark Villar, a former Las Piñas representative, has formally assumed office as DPWH Secretary during the official turn-over ceremony held August 3, 2016 at the DPWH Head Office.
Considered as a political and business royalty because of his lineage, Mark Villar has substantive experiences in both commerce and politics. Young as he might seem, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte sees in him the competence, integrity, and skills essential to a DPWH leader. Villar earned his Degree in Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science from University of Pennsylvania and his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Before entering politics, he once served as president of Crown Asia and MGS Corporation, where he exhibited his skills in master-planning and managing of big-ticket projects. In 2010, he eventually joined the 15th Congress as Las Pinas Representative. In his two consecutive terms as a lawmaker, he advocated children’s and adult’s welfare, and OFW rights. As the Committee on Trade and Industry chair, he became one of the biggest supporters of the Go-Negosyo Bill that aims to promote micro-business enterprise. He also headed the passage of the Co-Loading Act, which allows foreign vessels to transport and co-load foreign cargoes for domestic transshipment.
Villar in his earlier pronouncements, vows to uphold former Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson programs and anti-corruption measures.
“He (Singson) implemented a lot of programs and he has taken us in the right direction. But still, there is much work to be done, projects that need to be implemented, and reforms that need to be pursued,” he said in a report posted in Philippine Daily Inquirer.