New LTO chief assumes post

July 25, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 513 views

ATTY. Vigor Mendoza II officially assumed the position of Assistant Secretary and Chief of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Mendoza officially took his oath of office before Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista on Tuesday, July 25.

A former party-list representative and transportation official, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appointed Mendoza to his post upon recommendation by DOTr Secretary Bautista and Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos.

He takes over the position from former LTO chief Jay Art Tugade, who resigned in May due to disagreements with the transportation department.

As the individual entrusted with overseeing and managing the operations of the government agency responsible for a wide range of land transportation-related functions, Mendoza pledged to exert their utmost effort in elevating its performance to new heights.

He also said that, as the new LTO chief, their objective is to further enhance public service and ensure exceptional quality.

Mendoza assumes a critical role in ensuring the “effective, safe, and well-organized operations of land transportation systems” within their jurisdiction.

The Ateneo-educated lawyer was a congressman representing the transportation sector prior to his appointment as LTO chief.

Mendoza, currently a partner at Malcolm Law Offices, brings extensive experience to the position as a former Board Member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

He also led the Philippine Delegation to the Asean Transport Summit in Malaysia, demonstrating his capacity for international engagement and collaboration.

Furthermore, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), the body responsible for the operation of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in the country.

Mendoza is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University, having completed his education from grade school through law school.

During his time at the Ateneo Law School, he held an esteemed position as an officer of the Student Council and was appointed as one of the editors of the Ateneo Law Journal/Bulletin, showcasing his dedication to academic excellence and leadership.