Southern Leyte’s former Congressman Roger Mercado officially took his oath as the new secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday morning, October 13, 2021, before executive secretary Salvador Medialdea.
He replaced Mark Villar who is currently vying for a senatorial seat in the next year’s election.
During his stint as lawmaker, Mercado principally authored 66 measures and co-authored 26. He serves as vice-chairperson of the House Committee on Public Works and Highways.
Known for his mantra “Unity Solidarity and Teamwork,” the new highways chief was once a deputy majority leader and a member of the Committees on Agriculture and Food, Energy, Flagship Programs and Projects, Natural Resources, Persons with Disabilities, Public Order and Safety, Tourism, and Trade and Industry.
Now that the new DPWH chief hails from Southern Leyte, people in the province are hopeful to more programs and infrastructure projects in the locality in the near future.