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Philippines, China sign 6 deals at high-level meeting in Manila

Oct 24, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Panay-Guimaras bridge, Davao City Expressway, and Marawi sports complex are among the projects that have gained traction following the meeting between Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua

SEALED. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III (right) and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua shake hands during a meeting at the Bureau of Treasury inManila on October 24, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras / Rappler

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Defending its budget, DPWH says 18 contractors blacklisted

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Despite the controversies hounding the DPWH budget, most of the questions of lawmakers during the budget hearing involved parochial concerns of their districts

'NO PORK.' DPWH Secretary Mark Villar defends his agency's proposed P543-billion budget for 2020 before the House committee on appropriations. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Mahusay!': Duterte impressed by Mark Villar, Tugade, Lopez

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives 3 Cabinet members a thumbs up for their performance

Philippines, Japan sign $202-million loan deal for Mindanao roads

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Among the roads to be reconstructed and improved are those damaged in war-torn Marawi City, where delays have plagued the rehabilitation

SIGNED. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka after signing the $202.04-million loan deal in Mindanao. Photo from Department of Finance

Villar, Cusi still richest Cabinet members in 2018

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Meanwhile, at least 4 Cabinet secretaries have net worths below P10 million, based on available Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth in 2018

DPWH to order inspection of Chuzon grocery stores after Luzon earthquake

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:47 AM

In Guagua, the municipal engineer temporarily suspends the operations of the Chuzon Supermarket branch there, following the collapse of the Porac branch

COLLAPSED. Rescue teams bore a hole on the collapsed 4-storey Chuzon Supermarket in a bid to locate trapped victims inside the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Mark Villar says P75 billion in DPWH budget not 'insertion'

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says the department welcomes any information on alleged irregularities involving contractor CT Leoncio Construction and Trading

NO INSERTIONS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar denies allegations of insertions in their proposed P555.7-billion 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig now open

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The highway, which cost P1.28 billion to build, also features a 3-meter-wide bicycle lane

DPWH inaugurates pedestrian and biker-friendly Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City November 15 2018. Photo from DPWH

Lacson eyes removal of P16 billion from DPWH right-of-way budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the amount could be used as pork barrel, which the Supreme Court has declared as unconstitutional

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DPWH on cash-based 2019 budget: ‘Challenging, but we will adjust’

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Three lawmakers are concerned because cash-based budgeting system has removed P93 billion from the DPWH's proposed budget

CASH-BASED BUDGET ISSUES. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar defends his department's proposed budget for 2019 before the House committee on appropriations. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DPWH blames contractors, slow permit application for infra delays

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says they will suspend 43 contractors involved in more than 400 projects due to delays in implementation. This means DPWH has to bid the projects again.

INSPECTION. Secretary Mark Villar inspects the construction site of Pantaleon-Estrella Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge on July 11, 2018. Photo from Mark Villar's Facebook page

What Duterte's economic team did not say during the pre-SONA 2018 forum

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:02 PM

The dip in Philippine competitiveness ranking, missing the 2017 labor target, and slow implementation of infrastructure projects are left out during the 'Tatak ng Pagbabago: Tatak ng Pag-unlad' forum

THE ECONOMY'S HEALTH. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (left), Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III (middle), and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia (right) reported the various efforts of their respective agencies during the pre-state of the nation (SONA) forum. Pernia's photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo, Dominguez' photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo, Villar's photo by Malacañang Photos

Calida and Vigilant, Cusi and Villar, Trump and Abe | Midday wRap

May 30, 2018 - 12:48 PM

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Cusi joins Villar in Duterte Cabinet 'billionaires' club' in 2017

May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi declares a net worth of P1.355 billion in 2017, an increase of P1.19 billion from his net worth in 2016

BILLIONAIRE'S CLUB. DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar declare a net worth above P1 billion, based on their SALNs in December 2017. Photo of Cusi by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler, photo of Villar from Malacañang Photo

Displaced Boracay workers settle for P323/day for 30 days: 'Puwede na'

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'We don't have jobs anymore that's why I'm applying here at DOLE. We were told that we will be street sweepers but I guess that's better than earning nothing,' says a former masseuse along Boracay's beachfront

LONG LINE. Boracay residents who have not been part of the profiling DOLE conducted earlier this year answer forms so they can apply for jobs. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Malay local gov't has given Boracay demolition go signal' – DPWH

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) The national government has criticized Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling for not cooperating earlier. President Duterte signs an order declaring state of calamity in the area only on Thursday afternoon.

DEMOLITION STARTS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar supervises more than 100 public works personnel on Thursday, April 26, the first day of Boracay Island’s 6-month closure for rehabilitation. Photo by Aikay Rey/Rappler

First phase of Cavite-Laguna Expressway to open in December

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The first 7 kilometers of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) is set to be opened to motorists by end-2018, ahead of the initial target of February 2019

CALAX. The 1st 7 kilometers (kms) of CALAX is seen to be opened to motorists by December 2018, instead of earlier target of February 2019. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Bridges damaged by Vinta passable by January – Villar

Dec 30, 2017 - 2:35 PM

The DPWH will implement a 24/7 construction schedule to fast-track repair of damaged infrastructure caused by Typhoon Vinta

DAMAGED. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar visited Daligdigan Bridge, a 49-meter bridge located  at Salvador, Lanao del Norte. Photo from the DPWH

LOOK: New Araneta-Magsaysay flyover in Bacolod

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The P32-million flyover is located at the busy intersection of Araneta Avenue and Magsaysay Avenue which caters to about 40,000 vehicles daily

Lacson questions DPWH budget for right-of-way acquisitions

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'Clearly the pattern shows that the bloated budget for [right-of-way acquisitions] is the biggest source of insertions and realignments being made by legislators,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

DPWH to use drones, geotagging to combat ghost projects

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Under the new system, says Secretary Mark Villar, contractor claims will only be processed after they submit geo-tagged photos and geographic-based status reports

Cynthia Villar defends DPWH underspending under son Mark

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:39 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar responds to the issues raised by Senator Panfilo Lacson during budget deliberations

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WB, AIIB commit P21 billion to manage Metro Manila floods

Sep 30, 2017 - 7:10 PM

This comes as the Metro Manila Flood Management Master Plan is expected to be fully implemented in 25 years

Grab and Uber, SALN, Calida | Evening wRap

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

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WATCH: House receives martial law briefing from PH cabinet

May 31, 2017 - 4:22 PM

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House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31

May 29, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed door session

ALL MEMBERS. The House will be constituting itself into the committee of the whole on May 31 to listen to Cabinet officials' briefing on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cabinet officials back Duterte's tax reform plan

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says however his department is coordinating with the DOF to fine tune the excise tax brackets being proposed for vehicles

FULL SUPPORT. Several Cabinet officials attend the House ways and means panel hearing on March 6, including DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

2 more ramps opened on NAIA expressway

Dec 28, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Ramps 11 and 12 which connect the NAIA expressway to the Cavitex are now open for use

NAIA Expressway Lane 1 open starting Dec 21

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Toll fees for the first two years of operation are P45 Class 1 P90 Class 2 and P134 Class 3 with adjustments allowed every two years

CHRISTMAS LANE. The NAIAX Christmas Lane will connect Entertainment City and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard to NAIA Terminal 3 and Skyway. All photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Lacson to House: Don't blame Villar for 'pork' cut from DPWH budget

Dec 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House of Representatives to confirm the appointment of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar

BLAME GAME? Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House not to blame Secretary Mark Villar for the removal of alleged 'pork barrel' worth P8billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways budget.

NAIA-Newport air-conditioned walkway by 2017

Dec 06, 2016 - 2:12 PM

The pedestrian bridge is funded by Travellers International Hotel Group Incorporated which operates Newport City

ON TRACK. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (R) talks to Travellers International's Kingson Sian (L) about the Runway Manila construction. Photo by DOTr

Pimentel to DPWH: Why bid projects without 2017 budget approval?

Nov 22, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III urges the agency to probe the practice of bidding out projects even without the final approval of Congress and President Rodrigo Duterte

EARLY BIDDING. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III questions the Department of Public Works and Highway for bidding out projects even without approved budget allocation. File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

Guess who is being tapped as DPWH spokesperson

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Lawyer Karen Jimeno is also eyed as the Department of Public Works and Highways undersecretary for legal affairs

Nograles: No lump sum in proposed 2017 DPWH budget

Sep 30, 2016 - 11:22 AM

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles House committee on appropriations chair said the DPWH must have some flexibility in some items in its proposed budget

NAIA Expressway Phase 2 opens September 22

Sep 20, 2016 - 1:52 PM

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar says this would improve traffic flow and will cut travel time by at least 60

FREE TOLL FEE. Transportations Secretary Arthur Tugade says motorists will enjoy one month of free toll fees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway starting September 22. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

P458-B DPWH budget to fund 'most ambitious' PH infra program in 2017

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:06 PM

Secretary Mark Villar says the DPWH s proposed 2017 budget up by P61 billion from 2016 includes the P32 93 billion allotment for the Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network

BUDGET HEARING. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar defends his agency's proposed budget for 2017 before the House Committee on Appropriations on August 30. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DPWH: 24/7 secretary's hotline 165-02 now working

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:14 PM

For feedback or complaints on DPWH-related projects, call 165-02 or text 2920

NAIA Expressway section to open soon

Aug 15, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says the public can access a section of the NAIA Expressway within the first 100 days of President Rodrigo Duterte

BEHIND TARGET. The NAIA Expressway was originally targeted to be opened in October last year. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz / Rappler

DPWH starts 24/7 construction for key infra projects

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:35 PM

This move is seen to help address the horrendous metro traffic that has dragged down productivity

DAY AND NIGHT. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspecting the 24/7 construction of an infrastructure project along Quezon Avenue. Photo from DPWH

Espinosa, Villar, Climate change | 12PM wRap

Aug 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM

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DPWH chief Villar: Metro traffic jam 'can be solved in 2-3 years'

Aug 02, 2016 - 8:47 PM

Rest assured that the biggest hurdle political will is something that the President has a lot of says Secretary Mark Villar

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thorough fare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Cha-Cha, Mark Villar, John McCain | 12PM wRap

Aug 02, 2016 - 12:55 PM

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Mark Villar resigns from Congress to become DPWH chief

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:58 AM

UPDATED Mark Villar s wife DIWA Representative Em Aglipay Villar is designated as caretaker of the district he vacated

NEW CAB SEC. Mark Villar resigns as Las Piñas representative so he could become the secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Photo from Mark Villar's Facebook page

1st day at DENR: Lopez orders audit of existing mines

Jul 01, 2016 - 1:19 PM

If you re really responsible then you have to have the highest standards Environment Secretary Gina Lopez tells mining companies

RESPONSIBLE MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about responsible mining on her first day on the job. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

CHR on Duterte, canvassing of votes, Japan heist | 6PM wRap

May 25, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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Transition to new admin: DPWH chief warns vs influence peddlers

May 25, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Outgoing public works chief Rogelio Singson says he has received reports of impostors claiming to be associated with Mark Villar who is set to head the agency

OUTGOING. In this file photo, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson is accompanied by President Benigno Aquino III at the 117th anniversary of the DPWH. Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr./Malacanang Photo Bureau

DPWH post: Can Mark Villar rise above business interests?

May 23, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Incoming DPWH chief Mark Villar s family owns the Philippines biggest homebuilder Vista Land and shopping center developer Starmalls Incorporated

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Vista Land President and CEO Mark Villar accepts president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's offer to become chief of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

PH senators, Smartmatic on Comelec, ISS | 6PM wRap

May 17, 2016 - 6:31 PM

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Mark Villar accepts Duterte offer to be DPWH chief

May 17, 2016 - 3:48 PM

UPDATED Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar son of real estate magnate and former senator Manny Villar is tapped to lead the Department of Public Works and Highways

'THANK YOU, BUT...' While he is 'flattered by the encouraging polling numbers' for his reported senatorial bid, Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar says he has decided to seek re-election instead. Photo from Mark Villar's Facebook page