OATH Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista congratulates Roque I. Verzosa III, new Land Transportation Office-National Capital Regional Director. Photo courtesy of DOTr

PBBM appoints Verzosa as LTO-NCR regional director

May 22, 2023 People's Tonight 1492 views

ROQUE I. Verzosa III has been appointed as regional director of the Land Transportation Office-National Capital Region by President Ferdinand R. Marcos.

Verzosa officially took his oath of office in the presence of Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista on Monday afternoon, May 22, 2023.

The new LTO-NCR regional director pledged to give his utmost efforts to steer the government agency towards new heights, aiming to enhance public service even further under his “Let’s make NCR great again” motto.

“Lalo pa natin paiiigtingin ang pagtratrabaho sa ating hangarin na mapaglingkuran ang ating mga kababayan,” Verzosa said.

The young and dynamic Verzosa had previously served as OIC-Regional Director of the LTO-NCR-West since October 2022. Prior to assuming that role, he held the position of assistant regional director of LTO-NCR-West.

Verzosa’s colleagues within the agency said he is the “right man” for the position of LTO-NCR director, highlighting his suitability and expertise for the role.

The LTO-NCR was previously divided into two sub-regions created by virtue of Department Order 2018-021 (Delineation of Functions in the Land Transportation Office in the National Capital Region) on September 13, 2018, signed by then DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade.

With the appointment of Verzosa, the LTO-NCR East and the LTO-NCR West are now merged into one regional office, which shall be composed of at least 65 field district offices, extension offices, licensing centers, including those located at malls, and other similar offices.

Akin to his previous role as acting director of LTO-NCR West, Verzosa emphasized that his office’s primary aims are to implement the various laws covering and affecting the land transportation sector, to enhance revenue generation and collection efforts, to implement the law on the ease of doing business with the government, to advocate for road safety, and to manage the regional office efficiently.

Further, Verzosa stated that as regional director of LTO-NCR, he is tasked to order specifically the regional office’s law enforcement teams to intensify the conduct of regular and special operations to implement R.A. 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, and other related transportation laws, rules, and regulations; for the internal audit teams to conduct on-the-spot cash counts and audits of more than 60 cashiers; and for the regional heads, field office chiefs, and public assistance desks in-charge to regularly monitor if the 3/7/20 days deadline rule is being abided by the region’s offices in handling transactions.

Verzosa is also tasked to order the various monitoring teams to conduct ocular inspection operations on driving schools, medical clinics, registered physicians, emission centers, and motor vehicle inspection centers, the general public; for its concerned units to coordinate and collaborate with other government agencies and with the private sector and NGOs and POs as well so that they will come up with policies and programs that will impact on road safety and road crash management; for the region’s top management to prioritize the welfare of its personnel for them to be able to serve the public well; and in general, for the LTO NCR to practice and be guided by sound management and good governance principles.