DOTr replaces Caindec, appoints LTO 7 OIC

CONTROVERSIAL Land Transportation Office-Central Visayas (LTO 7) Director Victor Caindec has been replaced after serving the agency for over five years.

Caindec posted on his Facebook page Tuesday, June 20, 2023, that Glen Galario, assistant regional director of LTO 7, has been named officer-in-charge regional director.

The LTO 7 under Caindec oversaw the filing of charges against motorcycle dealers for their alleged fraudulent activities, while some of the dealers filed counter-charges against the official, accusing him of demanding “SOP” from them. SOP or standard operating procedure is a euphemism for bribe.

Caindec also suspended driving schools for violating accreditation rules.

Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista appointed Galario on Tuesday as LTO 7’s officer-in-charge, which means his powers are limited as he is only a temporary head of the office in the absence of a regular official.

Former President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Caindec as LTO 7 director on Jan. 23, 2018, less than a month after Duterte named him as director of the LTO in Mimaropa.

“I would like to thank all of you who, in more ways than one, made this journey worthwhile. I wouldn’t have the space to acknowledge everyone,” read a portion of Caindec’s post.

Caindec said he doubled the number of LTO 7 satellite offices from 18 to 36.

“We opened the first and largest licensing center in an SM mall across the country; the largest district office in a mall at Robinsons Galleria; a sprawling LTO Carcar office. All at no cost to government,” Caindec said.

He also said his office provided free theoretical driving courses to various local government units in Central Visayas, with nearly 20,000 graduates.

Caindec wished Galario well in his new role.

The former LTO 7 chief did not mention in his social media post if he has a new assignment or whether he will be staying in the agency.