LTO Benguet district office to offer licensing service soon

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet– The Land Transportation Office (LTO) Benguet district office will be offering licensing services soon to help in the agency’s efforts to decongest the Baguio district office as part of the ongoing implementation of the agency’s regionwide decongestion plan.

LTO-CAR regional director Francis Ray Almora stated he will first check on the functionalities of the established licensing system in the Benguet district office to ascertain its alignment with the agency’s licensing system before allowing the same to be rolled out.

He added that once operational, individuals wanting to be issued their driver’s license can transact business with the Benguet district office which will definitely help in reducing the huge volume of daily transactions in the Baguio district office.

At present, the LTO Benguet district office only registers motor vehicles while the licensing aspect of its operation is still being processed at the Baguio district office based in Pacdal, Baguio City.

“We have to consistently implement the contents of our decongestion plan so that we will prevent the influx of our clients in our district offices to avoid the transmission of the Corona virus Disease 2019 among our clients,” Director Almora stressed.

According to him, a significant portion of the daily licensing transactions from the Baguio district office will eventually be done at the Wangal-based Benguet district office so that there will be a balance in the influx of prospective clients of the said offices, especially during the ongoing pandemic to lessen the presence of a huge number of people doing the same business in the said offices at one time.

Almora disclosed that the agency will immediately launch the licensing service of the Benguet district office once all the appropriate functionalities of the system shall have been put in place to decongest the offices with huge daily transactions on registration and licensing t in preparation for the transition from the prevailing various levels of community quarantine to the new normal.

Almora claimed that Benguet is one of the areas where the LTO has been recording huge daily transactions that is why the agency opted to allow it to provide licensing service to free up the Baguio district office from similar transactions to avoid the long lines of people daily in its Pacdal office that opens the possibility of the transmission of the virus.

The LTO-CAR official reminded the people transacting business in the different LTO offices in the region to adhere to the strict implementation of the basic health and safety protocols upon entering their compound because they do not want any untoward incident that may cause the spread of the virus among their employees and their clients. By HENT