Mark Villar

Mark Aguilar Villar (born August 14, 1978) is a Filipino politician and businessman currently serving as the Secretary of Public Works and Highways of the Philippines. He is the son of former Senate President and 2010 presidential candidate Manny Villar and incumbent Senator Cynthia Villar. He served as the Representative of Las Piñas in the Philippine House of Representatives and has also previously held executive positions in his family's real estate businesses. A member of the Nacionalista Party, Villar was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to join his Cabinet on May 17, 2016, and assumed office upon his resignation from Congress on August 1, 2016, replacing Rafael Yabut.[3][4]

Mark Villar
Mark A. Villar dpwh portrait.png
Official portrait as DPWH Secretary
IATF-EID Isolation Czar
Assumed office
March 16, 2020
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byPosition established
Secretary of Public Works and Highways
Assumed office
August 1, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byRafael Yabut (acting)
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Las Piñas' Lone District
In office
June 30, 2010 – August 1, 2016
Preceded byCynthia Villar
Succeeded byCamille Villar[a]
Personal details
Mark Aguilar Villar

(1978-08-14) August 14, 1978 (age 42)[2]
Las Piñas, Philippines
Political partyNacionalista
Hugpong ng Pagbabago
Spouse(s)Emmeline Yan Aglipay
ParentsManuel Villar
Cynthia Villar
ResidenceLas Piñas, Metro Manila
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago

Early lifeEdit

Villar was born on August 14, 1978, to businesspersons Manny Villar and Cynthia Villar. He is the second of three children, with an older brother, Manuel Paolo, and younger sister, Camille Lydia. He attended the International School Manila in Makati, Metro Manila before moving to the United States to pursue higher education.[5] 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.[3]

On his return to the Philippines, he 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 & Lifescapes.[5]

Political careerEdit

Villar was first elected to public office in 2010 as congressman of the lone district of Las Piñas, succeeding his mother, Cynthia Villar, a three-term representative who later became senator. During his term, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Trade and Industry, as well as Vice Chairman of the House Committees on Overseas Workers Affairs, Labor and Employment, and Science and Technology.[3]

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.[3]

Villar ran for a third term during the 2016 elections and won. A special election was supposed to be held to replace Villar who joined the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte on August 1, 2016.[6] Pending the special election to be held in Las Piñas to fill in Villar's seat in the lower house, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has designated his wife, Emmeline Aglipay Villar, as interim representative.[4] However, the special election was never held up to the end of the 17th Congress.

Emmeline Aglipay Villar became an undersecretary of the Department of Justice and was part of the team that reviewed the water concession agreements of Maynilad Water Services and Manila Water.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Villar is married to a fellow lawmaker, Department of Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Yan Aglipay. They have a daughter, Emma Therese.[8]

On July 15, 2020, Villar tested positive for COVID-19.[9] He was able to recover from the disease.[10]


  1. ^ Villar's wife, DIWA Partylist Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, was appointed as "caretaker" representative Las Piñas on August 2, 2016,[1] following his resignation to become the Secretary of Public Works and Highways. He was eventually succeeded by his sister Camille, who was elected in 2019.


  1. ^ Arcangel, Xianne (August 2, 2016). "Mark Villar's wife appointed 'caretaker' rep of Las Piñas". GMA News Online. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "Villar, Mark A." Politiko. Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Villar son accepts public works portfolio". ABS-CBN News. May 17, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Cayabyab, M.J. (August 2, 2016). "Villar resigns as Las Piñas rep, takes on DPWH post". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Vasquez, D.C. (June 14, 2014). "Born into it". The Standard. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Depasupil, W. (May 20, 2016). "Comelec to conduct Las Piñas special polls". The Manila Times. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Navallo, Mike (December 12, 2019). "Justice chief denies conflict of interest in water concession review". ABS-CBN News.
  8. ^ Pizarro, S. (June 3, 2016). "Cong. Mark Villar focuses on family". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "DPWH chief and isolation czar Mark Villar tests positive from COVID-19". CNN Philippines. July 15, 2020. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Fernandez, Yvette (August 14, 2020). "Mark Villar Celebrates His Birthday After Recovering from COVID-19". Esquire Magazine.
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Cynthia Villar
Representative, Lone District of Las Piñas
Title next held by
Camille Villar
Political offices
Preceded by
Rafael Yabut
Secretary of Public Works and Highways
New title IATF-EID Isolation Czar
Order of precedence
Preceded by
William Dar
as Secretary of Agriculture
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Public Works and Highways
Succeeded by
Leonor Briones
as Secretary of Education