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IN PHOTOS: Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista officiated the Flag-raising and Turnover Ceremony of the Leadership of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board - LTFRB today, 04 July 2022. 

Secretary Bautista lauded the LTFRB's accomplishments and efforts in the past years, and urged the new LTFRB leadership to continue championing accessible, affordable, comfortable, and safe public transportation throughout the country.
"I want to go beyond congratulating the previous LTFRB administrators for these accomplishments. I look at your list of achievements as a test to Atty. Garafil and the next board's determination to do better. I hope the LTFRB, under Cheloy will be able to deliver a longer list," Secretary Bautista said. 
"I pledged the President, we will transform the Philippine transport industry and elevate it to global standards. We must focus on innovative ways of moving passengers and goods. Our mantra shall be accessible, affordable, comfortable and safe transport service throughout the country.
"With critical transport issues mounting everyday, we will be under close scrutiny if we can provide immediate solutions. And LTFRB, among others, is at the frontline of providing the solutions.
"The target is the public. Keep your eyes glued on the target. I am not grading you on your accomplishments. The public will grade us. The time to act is now!", he also added. 
The new LTFRB Chairperson, Atty. Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil, echoed the call and mandate of Secretary Bautista, and shared the three (3) vital directives given by President Bongbong Marcos to the agency. 
"Tatlo lamang ang utos sa atin ng ating Pangulo para sa ating ahensya: Padaliin ang proseso dito sa LTFRB, siguraduhin ang agarang pagbibigay sa ating mga driver ng anumang tulong ibibigay sa kanila at isaalang-alang palagi ang kapakanan ng ating mananakay," LTFRB Chairperson Garafil said.
"I assure you we will not change just for the sake of changing things. We will listen, study, and work with everyone here and also our stakeholders on how we can better improved our services. We will strive to find that balance and that win-win solution. Maraming trabaho ang gagawin natin and the days will be long but I promise you I will make it easy and exciting for everyone," she added. 
For his part, former Chairman Martin Delgra III expressed his appreciation and gratitude to former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, former DOTr Secretary Art Tugade, and his colleagues, for their guidance and support. He also urged everyone at LTFRB to support the new chairperson of the agency. 
"I call upon each one of you to rally behind the leadership of Atty. Garafil and our Board. Please support her. Give her the needed kumpyansa at suporta sa lahat ng programa na maibibigay ng Board. And obviously, under the guidance of Secretary Bautista, I’m sure that the new Board would be able to not just keep the games, not just to improve what has been done in the last six years. And, it is my prayer, Secretary, that you would be able to exceed what has been done in the last six years. I have nothing else in my heart but for the continued success of the LTFRB in the coming months and in the coming years," former LTFRB Chairman Delgra said.