The Land Transportation Office is looking to further clamp down on corrupt practices within the agency. To do this, the LTO recently launched its Anti-Corruption Committees in four different regions.
Established in the wake of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) put up by President Duterte, the Anti-Corruption Committee's goal is to pro-actively fight against graft and corruption. More importantly, it aims to provide better service to the public as the agency cleanses its members of unscrupulous individuals.
For its launch, the LTO announced that the regional offices of NCR-East, NCR-West, Region I, and Region II are now mandated to stamp out corruption within their ranks.
“We welcome this effort introduced by the PACC because it is our effort to raise the status of the LTO,” said Edgar Galvante, LTO Chief Assistant Secretary.
The LTO is often regarded as one of the most corrupt government offices. So it's nice to see the LTO themselves are doing something to clean up their agency.
With the committee now on active duty, we won't be surprised to see them monitoring against Facebook-based fixers that offer fake licenses. In addition, the anti-corruption committee might also keep a close eye on private emission testing centers (PETCs) that submit doctored (i.e. photoshopped) results to the LTO.
The committee could also tap the Philippine National Police (PNP) to apprehend fixers or nefarious employees at various LTO centers in the country. With the help of the PNP, this would give them more jurisdiction in conducting operations against fraudulent employees and shady individuals posing as LTO personnel.
With NCR-East, NCR-West, Region I, and Region II now having their own Anti-Corruption Committee, we hope the LTO puts more of them up in other offices around the country.