Mark Villar accepts Duterte's offer to be DPWH secretary

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Las Piñas City Rep. Mark Villar has accepted the offer to head the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the next administration.

"I confirm that Presumptive President Rody Duterte asked me to be his DPWH Secretary and after consulting with my family and constituents, I have decided to humbly accept his offer," the newly re-elected Las Piñas congressman said in a statement Tuesday.

Villar is a son of 2010 presidential aspirant Manny Villar and incumbent Sen. Cynthia Villar.

Sen. Villar gave assurance the post his son will occupy will not conflict with their family’s real estate business. Manny Villar serves as chairman of listed firm Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. They also operate several subsidiaries including Camella Homes, Crown Asia, Vista Residences, and Starmalls Inc.

"Yung DPWH for the people yan. Wala naman siyang worry doon. Ang mga kalye naman para sa tao yan," she said.

The younger Villar was with his parents Monday (May 16) in Davao City when Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) signed the coalition for change agreement with the Nacionalista Party.

Villar is the husband of party-list congresswoman Emmeline Aglipay. The two submitted to Congress a joint filing of their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) in 2014 totalling P689 million.

Villar earned his bachelor's degree in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is chairman of the House committee on Trade and Industry, vice chairman of the committees on Overseas Workers Affairs, Science and Technology, Labor and Employment.

CNN Philippines correspondent Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.