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LTO works on 21K backlog

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Nine thousand down.  Around 21,000 more to go.

The Land Transportation Office here still has a backlog of 21,000 driver’s license cards after the agency started to issue the five-year validty cards on the first week of November 2017.

Aileen Peteros, transportation regulation officer of LTO-Dagupan, said the office staff  have to work  from five o’clock in the morning up to 10 or 11 o’clock in the evening daily to be able to issue 300 cards daily.

On Saturdays, the LTO still works but issues only 200 cards to give the staff “time to rest.”

She said  while the office has two encoders, it has only one card printer thus the number of cards that can be printed daily is limited.

The cards are issued on first come, first served basis, but senior citizens and persons with disability are given priority.

“Even before seven in the morning, the 300 quota for the day is already filled, so we ask our clients to just return the following day, although they still have to line-up for the number,” she said.

Peteros said the agency hoped to complete the backlog by May this year.

 “We hope for understanding from our clients because we can only do so much. Sometimes the work in affected when the system bogs down,” she said.

She added that the staff are not entitled to overtime pay, and that the office manager sometimes buys them snacks and dinner.

Pangasinan has six LTO district offices and Dagupan has the second most number of issued driver’s licenses, next to Urdaneta City.  It has the most  number of registered vehicles , followed by Urdaneta City district office.

The other district offices are in the towns of Rosales, Bayambang and Lingayen; and the cities of San Carlos and Alaminos.


January 20, 2018 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Can Duterte and Alvarez abolish the Senate?


President Rodrigo Duterte and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are hell-bent on changing the 1987 Constitution to usher a new charter where it would change the political set up of the Philippines from a central government to federalism and from a bicameral congress to a unicameral.
To achieve the schemes,  pro-Duterte congressional leadership led by Alvarez dangles a  “No- Election Come-On” to scrap the 2019 polls so members of both Houses of Congress support the plan to turn the August Chamber as a Constituent Assembly that will hammer the new constitution.

Recently, the Speaker deplored to the media the slow acting Senate as one of the reasons for the amendment of the Charter.
He and his colleagues said a unicameral system without the Senate under a federal government would be faster.

The Speaker did not even hide his contempt to the Senate by calling it “Mabagal na Kapulungan” (a play of words from “Mataas na Kupulungan” (Upper House)” by assailing the weak leadership of the Senate under the watch of Senate President Koko Pimentel.

He said the Lower House had sent 40 bills but the Upper House did not act on them until now.

Two of them where the Death Penalty Bill that would deter criminals to commit heinous crimes and House Bill 5828 or An Act Providing for the Definition of Public Utility, Further Amending for the Purpose Commonwealth Act 146 that would open the flood gates for foreign investors to come to our shore because of the lure of the one hundred percent business ownership just like what Vietnam, Mainland China, Thailand, and other burgeoning countries in Asia had done.

My poser: Has the Duterte Administration led by its political thug Alvarez got the number in abolishing the Senate as part of the revision of the Constitution?

Before we count and discuss the respective Senators in the 17th Senate who will either probably support or stonewall, here are the four ways to change the Constitution as mandated by Article XVII (Amendments or Revisions) of the 1987 Charter.

1.    The Congress (or Constituent Assembly), upon a vote of three-fourths of all its Members; or

2.    A constitutional convention called by Congress through two-thirds votes; or

3.    A Constitutional Convention called by Congress by majority votes of its members submits to the electorate the question of calling such a convention.

4.    People’s Initiative upon a petition of at least twelve per centum of the total number of registered voters, of which every legislative district must be represented by at least three per centum of the registered voters therein.

Here are the 22 Senators, their party affiliation, and terms of office where I categorized as Pro-Duterte Administration’s Senators (PDAS) and Independent Minded or Opposition Senators (IMOS) after I whisked out on the list resigned Senator Allan Peter Cayetano who was appointed to head the Department of Foreign Affairs and jailed Senator Leila de Lima not because she publicly acknowledged she had tryst with her driver but because of narcotics charges. (more…)

January 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

BIR-Central P’gasinan overshoots 2017 collection goal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza 

CALASIAO – The biggest revenue district office (RDO) in Region –1  which is based here eclipsed the goal given to it last year by the national government.

According to RDO-4 Chief Merlyn DV Vicente, the district office that collects from two cities and 14 towns, chalked up P4,014,254,992.65, up by P489,992.65 from the goal of P4,013,765,000.00 imposed by Bureau of Internal Revenue in Quezon City.

Vicente cited the cooperation of her staff and personnel especially the 15 examiners and 15 Revenue Collection Officers (RCOs) who soldiered on to the tall order to collect the sum amid the slowing down of businesses in the area.

She told this paper earlier that ideally, her office should have 99 examiners and that shortage is endemic to all BIR offices all over the country.

She said it was a pressure- charged struggle from the first three quarters of last year before all their efforts paid off when they foisted a collection by exceeding the monthly goals in November and December.

She cited benchmarking and collecting of the taxes of taxpayers at the Electronic Filing and Payment System (EFPS), monitoring, auditing, enforcing of a long term program on these people that her office formulated in the middle of last year.

“Even if I did not hit the goal and I did not go beyond the  7.5 percent subject for the Attrition Law , I will still feel good because I and the Regional Director knew that I and my staff exerted our best efforts to hit the target,” she told Northern Watch Newspaper.

A source at the tax agency said that of the six RDOs only RDO-1 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte did not meet its goal.


Aside from Vicente, RDO-4 is led by Assistant RDO- 4 Chief Tina A.  Villamil, Chief Collection Officer Marinella Tandoc, and 15 Examiners.


January 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

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