Long overdue LTO IT modernization

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Filipinos have to cue and wait for long hours before they could apply or renew their driver’s license at the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

It is only now that the LTO has thought of modernizing its IT system to make online transactions possible and more efficient.  This has long been overdue and why now when the agency should have done it before.

 LTO chief Edgar Galvante said that part of their strategy is to enhance the agency’s Information Technology (IT) system, expected to improve services, promote transparency, prevent corruption and allow drivers and car owners to transact in comfort and convenience.

The LTO head explained that the idea has been around for some time now and his agency is now working to turn this idea into a reality.

“We are gearing towards online registration of driver’s license application and car registration. We need a credible IT to be able to enforce that,” said Galvante.

 The five-year license with 5 years validity will be available by the end of the year.

 Transport Secretary Arthur P. Tugade has expressed his support for online driver’s license application.

Metro Manila commuters face delays in train service

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Metro Manila commuters who depend on trains in Metro Manila for their daily commute face another nightmare with the reduced number of trains on service and slow speed during peak hours.

The reason given by the Department of Transportation is the importance of conducting safety inspection in all MRT-3 trains.

According to DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Cesar B. Chavez, safety of the riding public is the priority.

The MRT3 maintenance team is working double time to ensure the fast completion of the safety inspection in order to deploy additional trains so as to minimize the impact of speed reduction.

To assist passengers, DOTr has sought the help of MMDA and LTFRB to deploy additional buses in all MRT3 stations to give MRT-3 passengers an alternative mode of transportation.

 MRT-3 Director for Operations Deo Leo Manalo has reassured passengers that the MRT3 maintenance team is focused in completing the safety inspection at the soonest possible time for the rail line to be able to deploy additional trains.

 The MRT 3 management has mandated a thorough inspection of wheel axles of all its trains following an incident when the train driver of Car 64 observed an abnormal noise and strong lateral movements on the train.

Philippines has one of highest electricity rates in Asia

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The Philippines has one of the highest electricity rates in Asia today and the Philippine government has urged private companies to help bring down the cost of electricity and in meeting the growing demand for energy.

Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia has stressed the role of power companies, in partnering with the government, is crucial to economic growth.

“Noting that energy security is a critical input to stimulating and sustaining socioeconomic development, the private sector can participate in the generation of additional power to meet the growing demands of the country,” Pernia said.

Chapter 19 of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 states that, despite efforts to pursue nationwide distribution of electricity, many rural and off-grid areas still have no access to stable power.

The household electrification level of the country is at 89.6 percent with Luzon and Visayas at 94.8 and 92.4 percent. Mindanao, however, is still at 72.4 percent.

Pernia identified power and electrification as vital to the growth of the agriculture, fishery, and forestry sectors.

Power companies can participate through the Qualified Third Party (QTP) program, which is designed to attract alternative service providers and private investments in rural electrification.

“Participating in energy development projects will promote competition, increase power generation, and ultimately drive down electricity rates.”

Secretary Pernia explained that this is consistent with the administration’s plan to prioritize the provision of electricity services to the remaining not electrified off-grid, island, remote, and last-mile communities to achieve total household electrification by 2022.