Fetalvero: One million against all corruption-A A +A
Two empty bottles
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
ANTI-FIXING campaign is very much alive in most, if not all government agencies, in consonance with President Aquino’s call for “daang matuwid” against all forms of corruption.
I was very much impressed at the pace upon which I was able to renew my non-professional driver’s license at the Mandaue branch of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). In less than an hour I got my laminated license.
A friend and a relative of mine, however, cannot give the same observation when they transacted with the LTO in Danao City. My friend who was applying for a student permit confided in me her consternation after she was told that the office had reached their quota and that she should deal with the fixer outside. And that it will cost her P650.
In a separate transaction, my daughter-in-law, who complied with all the requirements for a non-professional license, went to the Danao LTO on the exact date she was told to come back to finally get her laminated license but was likewise told to deal with a fixer (P2,000 is the fixer’s fee).
I was surprised upon hearing their sad plight as I was able to procure my non-professional license at the Cebu City LTO on 2010 with no hassle at all.
I tried to contact my friend, John Cane, who is now a city councilor of Danao, to report the matter. He must have changed his SIM as I was unable to reach him.
The one-million-march and the persistence of emonstrators in the streets simply prove that Filipinos are fed up of graft and corruption. If employees of the LTO in Danao City think they are the “untouchables,” I think they should remember this administration has gotten rid of a Supreme Court Justice through impeachment proceedings.
Another matter worth looking into is the apparent lack of safety measures from some of our traffic enforcers. How often have I seen these enforcers wearing no reflector gears while conducting traffic in the streets of Cebu City, Mandaue City and municipalities of Consolacion, Liloan and Compostela at sunset? Common sense dictates that they should use gloves with reflectors so that the motorists could see their hand directions.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 03, 2013.