Land Transportation Office chief Atty. Jose Art Tugade announced that he is stepping down, citing as reason differences with Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.
“Even as DOTR and LTO both aim to succeed in serving the public, our methods to achieve that success differ. For this reason, I am stepping down, so Sec. Jimmy Bautista will have the free hand to choose who he can work best with,” Tugade said in a statement.
“I will continue to root for the LTO’s success even as a private citizen, because I will always share in Sec. Bautista’s belief that our offices can be a formidable force for good in our country,” he added.
Bautista, for his part, said he is extending his appreciation to Assistant Secretary Tugade for his seven-month stint as Assistant Secretary of the Land Transportation Office.
“His pursuit of service innovations at LTO benefited the public, for which this office is grateful. We will submit to the Office of the President our recommendation of an LTO Chief who can display the same fervor, while aligning efforts to the mission of this Department,” said Bautista in a statement.