The newly appointed Head of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has formally assume the agency leadership.
Former Secretary Mark A. Villar handed over the stewardship of DPWH to Acting Secretary Roger G. Mercado during the turnover ceremony on October 14, 2021 at the DPWH Central Office, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila.
Appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on October 12, 2021 replacing Secretary Villar who stepped down to run in the 2022 elections, Secretary Mercado prior to his new post was the 18th Congress’ Public Works and Highways Committee Vice Chairperson.
The 44th Secretary of the DPWH is a lawyer by profession who hails from Maasin City, Southern Leyte and is known for his Tourism, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture (TEA) Programs in his province as then Southern Leyte lone district Representative.
“It is an honor to work with the professional men and women of DPWH and to be able to continue oversee the completion of Department’s flagship infrastructure programs and projects”, said Secretary Mercado.
“I vow to sustain the current momentum in the Department so we can deliver more high-impact projects that will benefit the Filipino people including those living in remote communities”, Secretary Mercado added.