Leandro Mendoza
Leandro Ramos Mendoza, was the Philippine Executive Secretary, was born on March 24, 1946 in San Juan
San Juan, Batangas
San Juan is a 1st class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. It occupies the easternmost portion of the province, 43 kilometers east of Batangas City, also the same distance southwest of Lucena City, Quezon, and 115 kilometers away from Manila...

, Batangas
Batangas is a first class province of the Philippines located on the southwestern part of Luzon in the CALABARZON region. Its capital is Batangas City and it is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna to the north and Quezon to the east. Across the Verde Island Passages to the south is the...


He finished his Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
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 degree at the Philippine Military Academy
Philippine Military Academy
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; his Master of Arts
Master of Arts (postgraduate)
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 in Public Management at the University of the Philippines - Visayas
University of the Philippines, Visayas
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, Cebu City
Cebu City
The City of Cebu is the capital city of Cebu and is the second largest city in the Philippines, the second most significant metropolitan centre in the Philippines and known as the oldest settlement established by the Spaniards in the country.The city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was...

; and General Staff Course at the AFPCGSC, Fort Bonifacio.

Secretary Mendoza is a professional police officer, a noted management practitioner and an inspiring leader. His various professional experiences from his stint as a second lieutenant in the regular force of the Philippine Constabulary
Philippine Constabulary
The Philippine Constabulary ' was the oldest of four service commands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It was a gendarmerie type para-military police force of the Philippines established in 1901 by the United States-appointed administrative authority replacing the Guardia Civil...

 up until his appointment as Executive Director of the Philippines Center on Transnational Crime have prepared him to assume the role of the top law enforcer in the country. He was promoted to the rank of Police Director General of the Philippine National Police
Philippine National Police
The Philippine National Police is the national police force of the Republic of the Philippines. It is both a national and a local police force in that it does provides all law enforcement services throughout the Philippines...

 on 16 Mar 2001. On July 3, 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Leandro R. Mendoza as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications
Department of Transportation and Communications (Philippines)
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Secretary Mendoza is married to former Soledad Latorre of Lambunao
Lambunao, Iloilo
Lambunao is a 1st class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 61,084 people in 11,159 households.-Barangays:Lambunao is politically subdivided into 73 barangays.* Agsirab* Agtuman...

, Iloilo
Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Iloilo occupies the southeast portion of Panay Island and is bordered by Antique Province to the west and Capiz Province and the Jintotolo Channel to the north. Just off Iloilo's southeast coast is Guimaras Province,...

: they have three sons and three daughters.

FAA downgrade

On January 17, 2008, the US Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Aviation Administration
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 (FAA) downgraded the Philippines
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' rating to Category 2 from Category 1, since its Air Transportation Office (Philippines) (ATO) did not follow international safety standards. Consequently, Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines
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 (PAL) president Jaime Bautista stated that its 2008 growth targets would be lowered. Just out of 8 years receivership
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 last year, the FAA decision prevents PAL from increasing US flights from 33 per week, inter alia. Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga...

 dismissed acting Air Transportation Office chief Danilo Dimagiba after the said FAA rating downgrade on the Philippine aviation
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 industry (after it "failed to comply with the aviation standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization
International Civil Aviation Organization
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 (ICAO): outdated aviation regulations, poor training programs for safety inspectors and sub-standard licensing for air frame and engine inspectors"). She designated DOTC [Department of Transportation and Communications] Secretary Leandro Mendoza as concurrent Officer in Charge of ATO." Also, the Embassy of the United States in Manila
Embassy of the United States in Manila
The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of the Philippines is situated in the Chancery Building of the Manila American Embassy along Roxas Boulevard in Manila...

warned US citizens in the Philippines "to refrain from using Philippine-based carriers due to "serious concerns" about the ATO's alleged mishandling of the aviation industry." Dimagiba blamed lack of funds for the FAA downgrade, alleging that ATO nees P 1 billion ($ 1= P40).
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