Mark Villar tests positive for coronavirus

Aika Rey
Mark Villar tests positive for coronavirus

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar on August 9, 2018, during Congress budget briefing on the proposed 2019 budget of the department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'I regret to announce that today, July 15, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,' says Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, the 'isolation czar' in the government's coronavirus response efforts

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar announced on Wednesday, July 15, that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I regret to announce that today, July 15, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,” Villar said in a Facebook post.

Villar confirmed his infection with the disease just two days after he was as the “isolation czar” in the government’s coronavirus response efforts. Since the start of outbreak, the Department of Public Works and Highways has converted dozens of public buildings into quarantine facilities around the country.

Villar is the latest Duterte Cabinet member to be infected with the new virus. In March, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año got infected and recovered a few weeks later, while Education Secretary Leonor Briones tested positive in April.– Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.