Mark Villar

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Mark Aguilar Villar (born 14 August 1978) is a Filipino politician and businessman. He is the current Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

He is married to fellow lawmaker, DIWA Party-list Representative Emmeline Yan Aglipay. They have a daughter, Emma Therese.


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Early life and education

He was born on 14 August 1978 to real estate tycoon and politician Manny Villar and Senator Cynthia Villar. He is the second of three children. He attended the International School of Manila before moving to the United States to pursue higher education. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also finished his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Career

On his return to the Philippines, Villar worked for 10 years in the family's real estate business. He was President of Crown Asia Corporation before becoming Managing Director of Vista Land and Lifescapes.

He was first elected to public office in 2010 as congressman of the lone district of Las Piñas. He succeded his mother, Cynthia Villar, who was a three-term representative before becoming a senator. During his term, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Trade and Industry, and Vice Chairman of the House Committees on Overseas Workers Affairs, Labor and Employment, and Science and Technology.

As a member of the 15th and 16th Congress, he authored several bills on education, health and livelihood, including the Negosyo Act promoting micro finance and the Lemon Law protecting buyers of motor vehicles. He was also one of the proponents of the Co-Loading Act which opened domestic transport and shipping to foreign vessels.

He ran for a third term during the 2016 elections and won. When Villar joined the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has designated his wife, Emmeline Aglipay Villar, as interim representative. He accepted Duterte's offer to join his Cabinet in May 2016 and assumed office in August 2016 replacing Rafael Yabut.

As head of DPWH, he vowed to crack down on graft-ridden projects and promised to lead quality public works programs. He added that he would implement a three-strike policy in the procurement and impose administrative sanctions on employees implementing defective public works projects.


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