The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) has taken another step toward modernization with the signing of Department Order 2018-19.
What is it? The order authorizes the establishment of private motor vehicle testing centers across the country. The document was signed earlier today by DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade, and the agency says it considers the move a "big leap" in terms of ensuring road safety.
"Wala na po ang manu-mano na pag-check ng sasakyan during registration," the DOTr's statement reads. "Instead, automated machines will check compliance to a 61-point checkup."
What's more, the agency has announced that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to expand the latter's online payment facility. This essentially paves the way for making LTO transactions online for all the agency's regional offices.
LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante says this provides more convenience for clients and reduces the risk of corruption: "With this MOA signing, LTO clients all over the country will soon be able to transact business and/or pay their monetary obligations with the LTO using any of the web-based payment options being offered by the LBP
"The online payment system eliminates several steps in the payment process. This and the lack of human intervention make payments faster, easier, more convenient, and less prone to error. More importantly, the system decreases the opportunity for corruption."
More convenience, less corruption? Sounds good to us. Let's hope everything goes according to plan.