Saturday, May 25, 2019

LTO 7 wants P739M for 2019 projects

THE Infrastructure Development Committee of the Regional Development Council approved P739.1 million worth of plans and programs for the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7, a necessary step for that item to be included in the 2019 budget.

LTO 7 Assistant Director Alita Pulga said that the P739.1 million will include an allocation for a regional office; P169.5 million for the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) in the north; and P169.5 million for the MVIS in the south. Its regional office currently occupies space that belongs to the Cebu City Government.

In her briefing on Tuesday, Pulga said the agency needs a building and facilities so they can better deliver their mandates under Republic Act (RA) 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. These are the inspection and registration of motor vehicles, issuance of permits and licenses, enforcement of land transportation rules and related laws, and the adjudication of traffic cases.

She told the Infrastructure Development Committee that the MVIS will be fully automated and will be interconnected with LTO’s information technology systems. Results of all visual inspections and tests shall be recorded and uploaded automatically using a touch screen monitor on a computer that will be installed in each inspection lane.

“The pass/fail judgment will be indicated in every stage of inspection,” Pulga said.

Once all the inspection stages are done, the results will be transferred to the main system control database. The motor vehicle inspection report (MVIR) will indicate whether each vehicle has passed or failed.

The IDC approved the LTO’s plans and programs on a motion by Director Ahmed Cuizon of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, seconded by private sector representative Jun Gultiano.

Pulga also explained the objectives of the inspection and motor vehicle registration requirements. Section 5 of Republic Act 4136 states that all motor vehicles must be registered and that regulators must ensure that each vehicle’s classification, ownership, road-worthiness, and compliance with emission standards are documented. (EOB)
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