Solon backs digital LTO

February 12, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 1022 views

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) got full backing from a lawmaker on its digitalization program to streamline its services.

Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera underscored the need to support the efforts of the LTO to fully digitize its processes and operations by the third quarter of 2023.

“The LTO can be assured of our full support in its push towards complete digitalization in a bid to streamline its operations and services for the benefit of the public,” Herrera said.

“We are confident that with complete digitalization and paperless transactions, the LTO will be able to realize its goal of becoming a frontline agency showcasing fast and efficient public service for a progressive land transport sector,” she added.

Meanwhile, Herrera lauded the House committee on transportation, chaired by Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop, for heeding her request to require Stradcom to turnover their database to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

“Because of this, very soon, the government no longer needs to pay two IT providers. Good news po ito sapagkat last year pa natin ipinaglalaban na gumawa ng paraan ang pamahalaan na makatipid at huwag nang magbayad ng bilyon-bilyong piso pa sa dalawang IT suppliers,” she added.

In 1998, the LTO commissioned Stradcom on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) deal to develop and operate the agency’s IT system.

Based on the agreement, Stradcom had the exclusive rights to provide IT services to the then Department of Transportation and Communications now DOTr and the LTO, and owned the IT facilities and all other equipment, fixtures and fittings used in connection with such services.

Stradcom was responsible for and bore all costs incurred by in connection with performance of its obligations under the agreement.

In 2016 or after 18 years, the DOTr and Stradcom entered into a phaseout deal committing to terminate the BOO project upon the procurement, award, design, development, rollout and completion of the new LTMS.

Two years later, the LTO awarded the LTMS project to Dermalog to the tune of P3.2 billion.

At the recent House hearing, the Acop-led panel directed Stradcom to transfer all relevant data to the government through the DICT.

Stradcom told the panel that it would need 7 months to complete the database transfer but the DICT insisted that 60 days should be enough.

In the deliberation by the House Committee on Transportation, LTO chief and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Jayart Tugade vowed to implement the full utilization of the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) on or before August 30 this year.