Duterte appoints Jose Arturo Garcia as MMDA OIC general manager

NEW ROLE. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has a new OIC general manager, Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

NEW ROLE. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has a new OIC general manager, Jose Arturo Garcia Jr.

File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Jose Arturo Garcia Jr as officer-in-charge general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Garcia's appointment papers were signed on February 9 but released to media on Monday, February 12.

He replaces Thomas Orbos who had been serving as MMDA general manager concurrent with his position as transportation undersecretary.

New appointment papers for Orbos in the same undersecretary post were signed by Duterte on February 6.

Garcia previously served as the MMDA assistant general manager for planning. He oversaw the implementation of policies such as the yellow lanes and the proposed high-occupancy vehicle lane.

His name appeared in news headlines after he joked that journalists who write "negative" news about the MMDA should become targets of the controversial Oplan Tokhang– Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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