June 17, 2024

Collusion, which used to taint processes and transactions through the so-called fixers at the Land Transportation Office, hopefully will soon be eliminated with the rollout of a new system that no longer requires a face-to-face setup within the agency.
LTO Cordillera Director Francis Rae Almora said the regional office has started implementing the Web-based land transportation management system through lto.gov.ph, replacing its previous system where clients had to go to the LTO office to transact their business.
He said the core application now used is the online appointment and application system and driver’s license application or renewal.
He said there is no need now for clients to start the process at LTO, by using a computer, smartphone, or tablet provided they have Internet access and do their transaction online.
All requirements and processes for various transactions on land transportation can also be accessed online through the LTO website.
Almora advised the public to create an account with the LTO to be able to do all their transactions with the agency, and an email address through which LTO will send reminders and advisories to the client, like when one’s driver’s license is expiring and needs to be renewed.
Renewal of driver’s license can also now be done online, as long as there are no changes in the owner’s details. Payments may be made online as well.
Almora said with this system, definitely there will no longer be a reason to need the services of fixers.
“’Yung sinasabi nating fixer in the sense na merong collusion with someone in the LTO and with the agent of a client, ay talagang mawawala with this new system. With this we hope to eliminate the middlemen or those offering fixers’ services, which are not supposed to be,” Almora said in a press conference on July 14.
He added through the ease of doing business program of the government, the agency is also able to address these practices. “Requirements are no longer repetitive, for instance, because it is all uploaded in the system where we are assured that the one that uploaded is the applicant or owner, unlike with hard copies, which are not protected with security features.”
He said with LTO’s new setup, among other updates, the public has to make adjustments to be able to access their services online, which means they have to be knowledgeable in computers and in using online applications.
Except for Abra and Apayao, Almora said processes in other LTO offices in the Cordillera are now done online.
Almora added LTO also started the law enforcement and traffic adjudication system last week, and soon it intends to also facilitate the process of vehicle registration. – Hanna C. Lacsamana