If you’ve been struggling to get any form of processing done with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), whether its vehicle registration or driver’s license application and renewal, because of inaccessibility to a LTO district office, this newly passed bill in the Senate may soon change all that.

All 18 bills originating from the House of Representative were passed by the Senate on the third and final reading. These bills seek to ‘establish and convert the extension offices of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) into regular district offices’ in various towns and cities nationwide.

This ‘conversion’ will make it a lot less troublesome for Filipinos living in far-flung provinces to transact with the LTO for vehicle registration or application/renewal of driver’s licenses.

"It would declog the workload of existing LTO district offices that have previously served the residents as they would now be handled by the extension offices," said Sen. Serge Osmeña, acting chairman of the Senate committee on public services.

Since there are currently a limited number of LTO district offices, even a week-long processing of various paperwork becomes much slower due to the workload and backlog these offices incur. In turn, queues and the waiting hours become longer for applicants. 

"Creating regular LTO district offices would ease the difficulties being encountered by people in the areas where there have been reported congestion of transactions or where it is quite inaccessible to people from nearby towns," added Osmeña.

Approved were House bills converting the following LTO extension offices into a regular LTO district office: Agoo, La Union; Bayawan City; Sta. Maria, Bulacan; District 2, Paranaque City; Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte; Kabacan, Cotabato; Tagaytay, Cavite; Goa, Camarines Sur that will be relocated to Tigaon, Camarines Sur.

House bills establishing new LTO district offices in the following areas have also been approved: Bacoor, Cavite; Nabunturan, Compostela Valley; Orani, Bataan; Irosin, Sorsogon; Antipolo, Rizal; Baybay, Leyte; La Libertad, Negros Oriental; Carmona, Cavite; Malita, Davao Oriental; and in Sarangani.