THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Northern Mindanao has marked a positive output for the last three quarters this year, posting an increase in revenue at 8.67 percent against last year’s figures.

Records showed that 2009’s collection of P297,628,331.20 went up to P323,446,762.01 this year.

This figure was attributed to the increasing number of registrants of 164,355 (an increase of 8.54 percent) as compared to the same period last year with 151,417 registrants.

The LTO has recently vowed to encourage the public to register the unregistered motor vehicles to avoid consequences while on the road.

The agency also noted a 6.14 percent increase in its licenses and permits issued during the period, with 115,870 compared to that of the same period in 2009, which recorded only 109,171.

However, the LTO failed to cope with its apprehensions as its accomplishment during the period has dropped by 10.40 percent, from 15,114 in 2009 to 13,542 this year, which is attributed to less activities done by the law enforcement department.

Lawyer Dominador Awiten, LTO regional chief of operations, said most of their personnel in the field are currently undertaking seminars and workshops in Manila for the quality management system in preparation for the standardization of the government in enhancing professional driving in the region.

Gingoog City posted a negative output in October this year since from 118 apprehensions last year, they are down to 24, after some of their field personnel went on additional rounds of seminars.

Awiten, however, lauded the local government unit of Bukidnon for deputizing a number of lady enforcers to apprehend motorists violating the traffic rules on the highways.

Also in October this year, he said, the increase in apprehensions was noted in Malaybalay City and Maramag town, which post 680 percent and 418 percent increases, respectively.

The legal section of the office has no administrative cases pending for this period.

Neria Megalbio, LTO regional management information system in-charge, said such accomplishment report will be submitted to the national office for evaluation for another set of targets in its accomplishments for the year 2011, on which the regional transportation agency’s targets depend.

article by Loui S. Maliza of SSC

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