Bohol First District Representative, Rene L. Relampagos, filed a bill seeking the establishment of a Land Transportation Office (LTO) Extension to be situated at the municipality of Tubigon and supervised by the LTO Tagbilaran City District Office.
“Bohol’s status as one of the top 10 tourism destinations in the country necessitates the accumulation of vehicles in the province both for personal and commercial uses. Registration of vehicles as well as the issuance of permits and licenses has seen a steady increase in the recent years with no showing of slowing down,” the former governor explained.
Currently, there are three LTO offices in Bohol – Tagbilaran City District Office in the first district, Talibon Extension Office in the second district and Jagna District Office in the third district.
The first district, which has jurisdiction over Tagbilaran City, Panglao Island and nearby tourism and commercial areas, has the greatest number of registrations in the province. This increase is also brought about by the recent opening of direct international flights in the Tagbilaran City airport as well as the impending opening of the Panglao International Airport.
However, rapid growth in other municipalities is observed with the municipality of Tubigon as an example. From a fourth to a first class municipality, Tubigon shows a very promising economic outlook especially so as it houses the second largest and busiest port in the province. This port is also the closest to Cebu. In addition, economic zones are being proposed in the area.
“The setting up of an extension in Tubigon is very strategic to complete the establishment of LTO offices in the ‘four-corners’ of Bohol, so to speak, in relation to its location with the other three LTO offices in the province,” Relampagos observed.
The proposed extension office will help de-congest the heavy load of the Tagbilaran City LTO Office and will also serve nearby municipalities, hence, de-clog the other LTO offices as well. Most importantly, it will prepare the LTO for expected upsurge in registration of vehicles as well as the application for licenses and permits.
“Really, the proposed additional LTO Office will not only de-congest the Tagbilaran City LTO Office but will improve public service as a whole. It prepares, utilizes and empowers other LGUs as well,” he concluded.