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Tugade resigns as LTO’s chief.

Jose Arturo “Jay Art” Tugade, the main assistant secretary of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), has resigned as the agency’s administrator, claiming differences in “methods” with Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.

Tugade said on Monday that his departure, which will take effect on June 1, will give Bautista a “free hand” in deciding “who he can best work with.”

“While the DOTr [Department of Transportation] and LTO share the goal of successfully serving the public, our approaches differ. I’m resigning as a result of this, he stated.

On November 17 last year, Tugade was sworn in as LTO chief, making his tenure just over six months.

During his time in office, he implemented improvements like converting from written temporary operator’s permits to an electronic system, capping the cost of driving lessons, and providing discounts on fees to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles.

Even as a private citizen, he declared, “I will continue to support the LTO’s accomplishments because I will always share Sec. Bautista’s conviction that our offices can be a powerful force for good in our nation.”

In a different statement, Bautista expressed his gratitude for Tugade’s tenure as head of the LTO, a Department of transportation affiliated agency.

“This office is grateful for his pursuit of service innovations at LTO, which benefited the public,” he said. Bautista stated that the recommendation of an LTO Chief who can exhibit the same enthusiasm while coordinating efforts with this Department’s goal would be provided to the Office of the President.

Earlier, the LTO started generating driver’s licenses on paper since it was out of the required cards, and by June and July, respectively, it was also out of license plates for both motorbikes and cars.

Tugade claimed that the DOTr’s decision to push back the deadline for submitting bids for these supplies from April 24 to May 24 has added to the already lengthy process.

On the other hand, Bautista said that the delay was caused by LTO starting the license card and plate procurement procedure in March rather than August of the previous year.

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