Mark Villar considers his real estate connection a big advantage for the DPWH
The younger Villar talks to Karen Davila.
(SPOT.ph) "Vista Land will not bid. If there's a clear conflict of interest, they cannot bid," incoming Deparment of Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar clarified in a TV interview with Karen Davila on ANC this morning, May 23.
Villar's cabinet post is being questioned due to the fact that his family owns Vista Land and Lifescape Inc., a real estate company. Outgoing Sen. Sergio Osmeña III said in a radio interview on Sunday, May 22, that the younger Villar would have been very qualified for the post, but given that the family has connections in the industry, he should have rejected the offer as head of the Deparment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
In his defense, Villar explained on ANC that incoming president Rodrigo Duterte asked him for a map of all their subdivisions "to dispel fears, to see that there are no conflicts of interests." He also said that his involvement in the real estate sector is a big advantage when it comes to preparing master plans for DPWH. Vista Land will also not participate in any public-private partnership, according to the incoming secretary.
Photo from Mark Villar's Facebook Page