LTO says that the agency is working hard on reducing backlogs

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has recently reported that the agency was able to reduce the backlog in driver’s licenses, down to about 92,000 from the previous 300,000.

“This significant reduction in backlogs is a testament to the LTO’s firm resolve to settle this problem using digital technology and, in the process, remove corruption and red tape. We are happy to report this development, but we will not stop because the ultimate objective is to reach zero backlog level,” said LTO chief, Atty. Jay Art Tugade.

According to LTO, one of the causes of backlogs in the issuance of driver’s licenses is the defective laser engraving machines in many of the agency’s district and extension offices.

Nais naming iparating sa tao na 'yong mga opisina na defective ang engravers, huwag na po kayong pumunta sa mga opisinang 'yon. Pumunta kayo sa mga may gumana para hindi masayang ang oras at araw ninyo,” added Tugade

(We want to inform the public to avoid LTO offices with defective engravers and instead transact only with offices that have functioning engravers.).

The LTO Chief said that they have been working relentlessly to address the driver’s license backlog issue and to reduce it even further. The objective, he said, was to avoid more inconveniences for applicants who have already endured a long waiting period just to get their hands on their driver’s license.

But for now, the LTO can only do repairs of all defective laser engravers due to lack of funds to procure new ones.

“I commit to deliver those licenses, pero kailangan ko rin ng pondo para ma-repair ang engravers natin (but I need funds to repair these laser engravers),” said the new LTO chief.