Motor vehicle owners whose registration papers were processed by the Land Transportation Office district offices of Toledo and Danao and the Lapu-Lapu Extension Office of LTO Region VII, all in Cebu province, cannot transact with the LTO district offices in Negros Oriental and other parts of the country.
Arnel Tansingco, the newly appointed LTO-7 assistant regional director, confirmed that a memorandum was issued by the agency in October directing LTO district offices to “refrain from accepting registration transactions (from these offices) with incomplete documentary requirements, otherwise, appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken against them.”
A memorandum circular issued by Virginia Torres, assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications, noted that various reports and complaints were received “regarding numerous irregularities in the registration transactions” processed at the three LTO district and extension offices in Cebu (Region VII) and nine other offices in Mindanao.
Also covered by the memorandum are the LTO-Midsayap District Office, Polomolok, Wao, Legak, Shariff Aguak Extension Offices and E-Patrol of Region XII and Molave Extension Office of Region IX.
All heads of district offices have been directed not to accept any renewal/miscellaneous transactions previously registered in the offices mentioned. Renewal of motor vehicles should be done only at the same district offices that initially registered these units.
Tansingco disclosed that LTO personnel of the Toledo, Danao and Lapu-lapu district and extension offices were caught off-guard by the memorandum and are now seeking an investigation to bring out the truth.
He advised owners of motor vehicles whose registrations were initially processed in Cebu to make arrangements with car dealers regarding the memorandum circular.
A number of car dealers in the province usually register newly purchased vehicles at the Lapu-lapu LTO Extension Office in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu.*JFP
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