New LTO registration, license scheme start in Butuan

New LTO registration, license scheme start in Butuan
RESUMPTION OF OPERATIONS. Department of Transportation-Caraga Acting Director Nordy Plaza (right) and Land Transportation Office-Caraga operations chief Urbano Maglines Jr. discuss to reporters the new issuances and circulars being implemented by the agency after the resumption of their operations on May 13, 2020. The agency temporarily ceased operations following the community quarantine imposed in the entire region to contain the coronavirus disease 2019. (PNA photo by Alexander Lopez)

BUTUAN CITY – After more than a month of temporarily ceasing operations following the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Land Transportation Office in Caraga Region (LTO-13) said its district office here has already resumed operation.

“The operation of all district offices of LTO here reopened last May 13 with the implementation of the new registration and licensing scheme at the district office in Butuan,” said Engr. Nordy Plaza, the Acting Regional Director of the Department of Transportation in the Caraga Region (DOTR-13) in an interview Thursday (May 21).

Plaza said that under the new Land Transportation Management System (LTMS), applicants for new licenses will have to undergo 15 days of schooling in driving before they are given student permits (SPs).

“There are 24 pilot sites all over the country where the LTMS is being implemented and LTO Butuan City is among them,” he said, adding that other LTO districts in the region will continue to follow the usual scheme in issuing registrations and licenses.

Plaza also told reporters that in the week since resuming their operations, LTO-Butuan City has already collected around PHP2 million in revenues with 1,337 registration of motor vehicles.

In the Agusan del Sur district office in Prosperidad town, a total of PHP1.5 million revenues were already collected during the period with 662 motor vehicle registrations.

“Other LTO districts have not yet submitted their reports as they are still consolidating their data,” Plaza said.

He also reminded the public to follow the protocols set under the general community quarantine (GCQ) as they come to LTO offices to transact business.

“Always wear your facemasks, apply disinfectants in your hands and observe physical distancing while transacting business at LTO and other offices of DOTr in the region,” Plaza said.

Meanwhile, Urbano Maglines Jr., the chief of operations of LTO-Caraga, also told reporters Thursday that the law enforcement division of LTO-Caraga and in the district offices are now implementing the provisions of Memorandum Circular No. 200-2185 that sets regulations on roads and highways during the imposition of GCQ.

“During the lockdowns, our law enforcement personnel and staff were dispatched in quarantine checkpoints as front-liners while the others were tasked in the free-ride program of LTO for health workers,” Maglines said.

With the implementation of the GCQ, law enforcement personnel of LTO-13 are now tasked to check the licenses and other pertinent papers of drivers based on the provisions of the new circular, he added.

The circular also requires drivers and conductors of public utility vehicles (PUVs) to wear face masks and gloves and follow safe physical distancing, Maglines said.

He said the same rule applies to commuters of PUVs and to the drivers of public, private and government vehicles.— Source: Alexander Lopez / (PNA)

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