ATTORNEY Hector A. Villacorta’s appointment as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) was warmly received by Regional Director Roque I. Verzosa III of the LTO-National Capital Region Office (LTO-NCR).
Under a Special Order issued by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime J. Bautista, Villacorta assumed the role previously held by LTO chief Asec. Jay Art Tugade last Thursday, June 1.
This appointment is interim, as the decision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. regarding the permanent appointment of the LTO’s leader is still pending.
In a press statement, Verzosa expressed that, as the newly-appointed chief of LTO-NCR, his plans and programs are closely aligned with those of Bautista and Villacorta as part of their collective efforts “to serve the Filipino people effectively.”
As government officials serving under the DOTr and LTO, Verzosa said they will work together to address issues and challenges encountered by the transport sector. They will collaborate to find solutions to ensure an accessible, affordable, comfortable, and safe travel experience for the riding public.
“Umaasa kayo na sa aming panunungkulan, interes ng mamamayan ang aming prayoridad,” he said.
Villacorta earlier assured Bautista that the LTO will continue with its mandate of “providing excellent service to the Filipino people” by focusing on critical issues, including the issuance of driver’s licenses and vehicle plates.
“This is not just a transition but a continuation of the efforts done by the LTO all these many decades,” Villacorta, who is concurrently the DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs, said.
“We give you an institution where personalities may change, but we will carry on. With the dawn in this office, we will never forget those who helped through the night,” he added.
A former Commission on Appointments (CA) Secretary during the terms of Senate Presidents Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Vicente Sotto III, Villacorta was also the chief of staff of Senator Sotto.
A practicing lawyer, Villacorta was a product of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Law School in 1971 and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.