The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is optimistic that their online transaction program called the Land Transport Management System (LTMS) will be fully operational early next year. LTO director assistant secretary Edgar Galvante says they are now working on the connectivity issues of all LTO offices nationwide so they can roll out the LTMS to every LTO office.
“Currently, we have 24 pilot sites in different locations nationwide, but we are working it out so that we can have all of our satellite offices able to do transactions online. We have a German service provider now, Dermalog. It is a German company and one of the best worldwide and LTO benefits from their experience,” says Galvante.
In his last State of the Nation Adress (SONA) President Rodrigo Duterte promised the nation he will get rid of the “pila” (long queues) that citizens always experience when doing transactions in government offices. The President said he wants citizens to do their business with government offices faster through online methods.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is similarly optimistic that LTO will get their online transactions ready by early next year in compliance with the President’s wishes. “I am positive that LTO and LTFRB can have their online transaction system ready by next year following the president’s SONA announcement,” Tugade said.
The LTMS can be accessed through their website https://portal.lto.gov.ph. Here, one can conduct transactions with LTO from the comfort of your home or office table. Your account will be able to access you driver’s license, the registration of all motor vehicle registered under your name, pay for you fees and even your traffic violation and other dues.
The project should be finished by September of this year, except for some issues with regards to the previous data service provider of LTO. Sources inside LTO say the previous service provider has yet to complete the handover of the database to Dermalog, the new service provider of LTO and the one responsible for making a seamless online system for the agency.
Asec. Galvante of LTO said he is very satisfied with the performance of Dermalog and would like to see them complete their job at best first quarter of 2021.
The latest data on the 24 pilot sites of the LTO LTMS show 100% usage in 19 areas, and a little over 90% in the other 5 offices. “We still have to get the complete database from the previous provider but I have said we will have all of this and complete the project by early next year,” assures Galvante.