THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Northern Mindanao posted negative two-digit effort ratings for the first and second quarters of this year.

However, Neria Megalbio, LTO management and audit analyst, said the agency was able to increase its revenues for both the first and second quarters this year.

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Data from the LTO showed that of the 5,338 apprehended motorists for the first quarter in 2009, it lowered down to 3,570 for the same period in 2010, posting a negative 33.12 percent.

For the second quarter in 2009, the number of apprehensions shrunk to negative 25.84 percent, from 5,878 in 2009 to 4,359 in 2010.

Megalbio did not elaborate on what went wrong with the decreasing ratings of the LTO in its apprehension efforts.

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to contact LTO Regional Director Porcawa Dia through landline, but no one was answering the phone.

In its collection efforts, LTO registered a total of P105.1 million in revenues for the second quarter this year, which is 5.08 percent higher than that of the same period last year with roughly P100 million.

During the first quarter of this year, the agency was able to generate around P104 million, up by 5.88 percent against the same period in 2009 with P99 million.

Megalbio said these increases in revenues are attributed to the increasing number of the motor vehicle registrations, licenses and permits.

From 49,739 motor registrations in the first quarter of 2009, an 8.41 percent was noted in the increase of registrations for the same period this year, which are 53,921.

Also, for the first quarter in 2009, the number of issuance of licenses and permits slightly went up by 1.35 percent in 2010 of the same period, from 38,596 to 39,116. (Loui S. Maliza)