Acting Secretary Roger Mercado of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) vowed to continue the government’s infrastructure projects as he assumed his new post on Thursday.
Former Secretary Mark Villar handed over the agency’s leadership to Mercado during the turnover ceremony at the DPWH Central Office, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila.
“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,” Mercado said in his speech.
“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,” he added.
Mercado was appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as the agency’s acting chief on Oct. 12, replacing Villar who stepped down to run for senator in the 2022 elections.
Prior to his appointment, Mercado was the representative of the lone district of Southern Leyte. He is also the vice chairperson of the House Committee on Public Works and Highways Committee.
Mercado, a lawyer by profession, is also known for his tourism, environmental protection, and agriculture (TEA) programs in his province. (PNA)