Mendoza appointed LTO chief

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Mendoza appointed LTO chief
  • President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr appointed Vigor Mendoza II as Department of Transportation assistant secretary and head of the Land Transportation Office
  • Mendoza will replace Henry Villacorta, who has been LTO officer-in-charge since June
  • Mendoza is a former congressman, board member of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and chairman of transport group United Transport Koalisyon

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appointed lawyer Vigor D. Mendoza II as Department of Transportation assistant secretary and head of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Mendoza will replace Henry Villacorta, who has been LTO officer-in-charge since June.

A congressman in the 14th Congress, Mendoza represented United Transport Koalisyon (1-UTAK) Party List, and remains chairman of the group.

Mendoza was also previously a member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

He is a somewhat controversial character. He was dismissed by Malacañang in November 1999 for issuing a memo ordering LTFRB technical and legal division heads to receive applications for public utility buses’ Certificate of Public Convenience and setting all pending cases for hearing, despite a moratorium on the matter.

Mendoza filed a motion for reconsideration in January 2000; in October 2000, Malacañang recalled the dismissal order as recommended by then Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Vicente Rivera, Jr.

Rivera said at the time Mendoza merely acted pursuant to endorsements/recommendations from DOTC and his memo did not in any way lift, alter, or change the moratorium.

Mendoza had been a professor at Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University.

He has obtained bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Law from Ateneo de Manila University.