As former president, Rodrigo Duterte stepped down from Malacanang, key government posts have also been vacated since these positions are coterminous – meaning that the continuity of their service is based on the trust and confidence of the appointing person or authority – and a new set of appointees of the new administration will be stepping in.
For the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which is an agency under the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the office of the Assistant Secretary (ASec.) is still vacant.
Because of this, Transportation Secretary, Jaime Bautista, has designated LTO’s Executive Director, Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the agency.
In appointing ED Vera Cruz, Secretary Bautista issued Special Order No. 2022-130 dated 01 July 2022 pursuant to the Office of the President’s Memorandum Circular No. 1 through Executive Secretary Victor D. Rodriguez.
As OIC of the LTO, Atty. Vera Cruz will “perform and discharge the functions and responsibilities” of the position until 31 July 2022, or until a replacement has been appointed or designated, according to Secretary Bautista’s Special Order.
In performing his functions as Officer-in-Charge, Atty. Vera Cruz is authorized to act on administrative and day-to-day functions of the LTO.
So for those who will be transacting with the agency, you’ll definitely see Atty. Vera Cruz’s signature on those official LTO documents.