Hector Villacorta to replace Jay Art Tugade as head of the LTO

There's a new officer-in-charge (OIC) at the Land Transportation Office, and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista has just appointed him.

Through a Special Order, DOTr Asec. Hector Villacorta has been named as OIC of the LTO and will take over the position vacated by Chief Asec. Jay Art Tugade who will be stepping down effective June 1, 2023.

“Asec. Villacorta will be the LTO OIC while waiting for permanent appointment by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,” said Bautista who officially announced it during the turnover ceremony at the LTO.

Concurrently the DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs, Villacorta assured the Bautista that the LTO will continue with its mandate in providing excellent service to the 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. 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,” said Villacorta.

Villacorta is a practicing lawyer and graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas Law in 1971 and Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Before his post in the DOTr, he was a former Commission 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.