The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 5680, a bill that will convert the Land Transportation Office Region VI in Bacolod City into a regular licensing center and effectively establish the Negros Occidental Licensing Center.
Authored by Bacolod Lone District Congressman Greg Gasataya, the proposal aims to provide significant improvements to the personnel, capacity, and services of LTO-Bacolod.
In his explanatory note, Gasataya highlighted that while LTO-Bacolod has been catering to major transactions in relation to motor vehicle registration and issuance of driver’s license, its current workforce is only consist of 9 regular employees and 4 job orders.
He stressed that with the rising economy in the metropolitan area, motor vehicle use has been on an upward trend, and adding to this are application coming from the Transport Network Vehicle Systems (TNVS) that the current office has to cater.
Gasataya said, the small office in Bacolod has catered to over 82,000 license transactions since 2013 and collected close to P33million in revenue since it was established. And while the office shown remarkable achievement, he noted that the current workforce find themselves flooded by applications from their large constituency.
He hopes that with the passage of his proposed bill, LTO-Bacolod can have an increase in personnel, improve facilities and greater operational budget.