Three new executives take post in DOTC attached agencies

A January 4, 2012 press release from the Department of Transportation and Communications

Law practitioner and civil engineer heads new PNoy appointees  

The Department of Transportation and Communications [DOTC] today announced that three executives have been appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III to fill in management roles in key attached agencies that operate the country’s land, air, and seaports.

Concurrent Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines Director for Policy Formulation and Evaluation Monitoring Service, Atty. Al S. Vitangcol III heads the new appointees as general manager of Metro Rail Transit Corporation [MRTC] effective on January 2, 2012.

Retired Commodore Roland S. Recomono was also appointed as administrator of the Office for Transportation Security, while Francisco Mendoza is the latest addition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board [LTFRB], as executive director.

“These latest appointments are in line with the Department’s goal of infusing new blood and recruiting highly qualified executives to resolve the myriad policy and operational issues in our transport systems,” Secretary of Transportation and Communications Mar Roxas said. “They will be part of the core team in our line agencies that will help provide the people a convenient, safe and reliable mode of transport.”

Atty. Vitangcol III reviews, initiates, and recommends plans and policies related to Public Private Partnership [PPP], in consultation with the relevant oversight and implementation agencies, and the private sector.

With an in-depth knowledge of information systems and experience working with large international and local banks as an information technology [IT] specialist, Atty. Vitangcol III led the PPP team that conceptualized, designed and implemented LTO’s information system.

The multi-faceted lawyer and civil engineer will bring to the MRT his technical and management expertise in running the operations of the railway train system that has a daily ridership average of about 450,000 passengers travelling along EDSA from Roosevelt Ave, Quezon City to Taft Ave, Pasay.

“The MRT is one of the major and fastest transport means for people travelling daily from the south to the northern part of the metropolis,” Vitangcol III said. “We intend to maintain a reliable system to prevent the trains from bogging down and disrupting operations, a mandate of the DOTC in serving the people with a convenient transport mode.”

Meanwhile, retired Commodore Recomono will assume administration post at Office for Transportation Security effective January 4, 2012. He will be responsible for the implementation of security procedures for various modes of transportation in the country.

A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy in 1979, Recomono was the former chief of the AFP’s Modernization Program and was the Naval Attache of the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., U.S.A. in 2009. He was also the former assistant chief of the Naval Intelligence, NISF.

Mendoza has also been appointed executive director at LTFRB to help chairman James Jacob in enhancing the current services at LTFRB to facilitate the application and processing of public utility vehicles franchises.

The Bicol-born Mendoza was the former budget officer and chief of staff of the mayor of Naga City, where he was responsible in managing the resources and compliance of offices’ under the local city government of target outputs. He was also the executive director of the Metro Naga Development Council.

“The appointment of Mendoza will be a big boost for LTFRB in instituting reforms that will further improve services at the Board,” Jacob said. “His IT expertise will also come handy in our computerization plans to bring our database accessible to decision makers in real-time.”