LTO goes ‘paperless’

December 8, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 680 views

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced that it had already approved the use of Official Receipts (ORs) that were printed on ordinary bond paper as proof of a transaction with the agency.

This is in relation to the Agency’s efforts to strengthen “paperless transactions” or digitalization in all of the LTO’s offices.

Through a memorandum signed by LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo “Jay Art” Tugade, the LTO will cease to provide ORs printed on special paper or security paper for transactions done through the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal, whether online or over-the-counter.

“In view of LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2021-2295 dated 15 September 2021, which provides that the system shall generate electronic Official Receipt (eOR) for transactions processed using LTMS whether over-the-counter or online, this office has ceased issuing Official Receipts (ORs) printed on security paper for said LTMS transactions,” according to the memorandum.

All law enforcement officers (LEOs) were likewise ordered to recognize or honor ORs printed on ordinary bond paper.

Based on a separate memorandum by Tugade, all LEOs were also advised not to ask apprehended drivers to show their OR anymore when a driver’s license is already presented.

“Considering that said OR is not required to be presented during apprehension, all LTO Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) and deputized agents are proscribed from requesting the same when the driver’s license card has been presented,” according to the separate memorandum.

“We are using technology to avoid any more inconvenience to the motoring public but without sacrificing the efficient enforcement of traffic laws and regulations. We will still look at more effective ways on how our enforcers can do their jobs at protecting our motorists and at the same time maintain road safety,” said Tugade.

Even if the ORs are printed on ordinary bond paper, Danilo Encela, chief of the LTO Operations Division, said that they are still using security paper for the printing of the Certificate of Registration (CR) of motor vehicles.