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Why fixing remains at the LTO, LTFRB
DOTC–CAR. – – JAMES S. VALEROS, Baguio City

In a June 11 letter to DOTC Sec. Manuel Roxas III, DOTC-CAR Director Celina Claver made a recital of the reasons and circumstances why fixing activities in her turf exist and seemingly will not stop.

She said unlike in other government agencies like GSIS and DPWH, there are various outsourced services in the LTO which are absent in the former, such as motor vehicle insurance, drug testing, and medical examinations that provide venue for enterprising fixers.

Under her management, DOTC-CAR has allegedly done all possible means and measures to obliterate fixing activities in compliance with the mandate of law and government, in that, it has posted all required signages and adopted a voice-over system to instruct and remind the public not to transact with fixers, it has assigned law enforcers at the vicinity of LTO to ward off identified fixers. It also has reduced the number of lawyers’ staff liaising with the LTFRB to only two and adopted window transaction procedures for the public allegedly, to minimize fixing activities.

Because of these measures taken, she said her office cannot be accused of being tolerant and negligent or even ignorant about fixers and fixing.

The regional director must be missing the point. Adopting these measures to curtail fixing activities is not the key to stop the fixers. For even if fixers are miles away from the premises of the LTO or LTFRB, or even of you deploy a battalion of security guards or law enforcers at their vicinities, or even if you post and surround the said offices with tons of signages announcing that fixing activities are prohibited, all these will not matter as long as many of the personnel of LTO district office and LTFRB will remain in cahoots with fixers, or they themselves are doing the fixing.

What happens in these two offices is a far cry from what obtains in the Baguio Licensing Center.

In this agency, the fixers are not given access to any transaction. It is inspiring to see that the latter is a lot different from the former. By sheer determination of its rank and file employees not to fix or be taken in by fixers even at the expense of missed material opportunities and gains, it was able to control fixing and the fixers. In this regard, kudos is in order for its former chief who started it, Mr. Marvin Flores, who showed them all what political will and leadership by example could do. Likewise, we make a bow to his successor, Ms. Lalaine Sobremonte, who opted to follow the straight oath begun by her predecessor.

With rank and file employees and head of offices like Ms. Sobremonte at the helm of our licensing center, the public is assured that its clients are in good hands even without the fixers.

Sana ganyan din lahat ang ibang opisina ng DOTC-CAR.

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