COTABATO CITY—The management and operation of Land Transportation Office (LTO) Cotabato District Office and Licensing Center is now officially under the jurisdiction of Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) following a successful turnover ceremony on Thursday.
MOTC Minister Dickson P. Hermoso emphasized during the momentous event that “this is one of the gains of the government out of the peace process in the Bangsamoro Region”.
BARMM Chief Transportation Development Officer Anwar Upahm, who will be heading the newly-turned over office, said that “they have pledged of commitment to LTO affirming the moral governance and they are all responsible for that commitment”.
“The new services to be offered to the Bangsamoro will focus on the automation of various transactions thru the help of Stradcom, an IT provider of LTO national,” Upahm said.
He further stressed that given the support of LTO Regional Office XII, MOTC is ready for the challenges ahead as they have been preparing for this by capacitating themselves.
Meanwhile, Regional Director of LTO-Regional Office XII Macario Gonzaga, in his message of support, affirmed their commitment to this turnover as mandated by law which is just a kick start as the turnover of other LTO offices like in Marawi will also follow.
“We are both sad and happy for this event as we’ve been in Cotabato City for decades,” Gonzaga said.
Although, there might be hiatus in the operation during the transition, MOTC assured the public that the transition will be smooth and will not paralyze their services.
BARMM is mandated to create the Bangsamoro Land Transportation Office (BLTO) pursuant to Bangsamoro Administrative Code (BAC)—one of the salient points of the ratification of RA 11054 known as Bangsamoro Organic Law. (Bangsamoro Information Office)