DAVAO City Mayor Sebastian Duterte has appointed Lawyer Francis Mark Layog as city administrator, while City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Head Generose Tecson confirmed to have joined the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

Duterte bared this in a press conference on Monday, July 4.

Layog served as the mayor's chief of staff back when the former was still Vice Mayor between 2019 and the first half of 2022.

No details were disclosed as to when Layog will assume office as city administrator.

The position was previously held by Zuleika Lopez.

Lopez, notably, represented the camp of former Davao City Mayor and Vice President Sara Duterte in the transition meeting with the camp of former Vice President Leni Robredo in early June this year for the transition of powers and duties.

Aside from Layog, Duterte also said he appointed three more officer-in-charge (OIC) in other city government offices after their heads had also joined the OVP. The mayor did not name the OICs and their respective offices.

The OVP, meanwhile, issued a press release on Monday morning, revealing the appointed managers of the six satellite offices in the country.

Tecson will be heading the satellite office in Davao City.

According to Sara's camp, the satellite offices were established to help people outside Metro Manila, particularly those living in remote areas, get easier access to social services.

OVP satellite offices were already opened in the cities of Dagupan, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Davao, and Tandag in Surigao del Sur.

SunStar Davao reached out to Tecson for further updates on her appointment, and her possible successor to the CTOO, but she has not responded as of writing.

Tecson, during the Covid-19 pandemic, also served as the Airport Monitoring head, who is responsible in the screening of arriving passengers, both domestic and international, at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport).

Presidential Commission For The Urban Poor (PCUP) Commissioner Norman Baloro, on June 29, confirmed he will be joining the OVP, and will be working under the Public Assistance Division.

In a previous radio interview, the Vice President revealed that four high-ranking city government heads had joined the OVP, but she also declined to name them. As of writing, her camp has not issued any statement on the names of appointees. RGL