DESPITE all kinds of harassment that she is getting from her perceived detractors, Land Transportation Office (Chief) Virginia P. Torres still has reasons to smile these days.
It is because she does not let her performance as the top official of the LTO to be affected by all the controversies surrounding her, instead it appears that she was using them as motivation for her to work harder.
Her efforts are yielding positive results as her agency has already surpassed its target collections of P12.8 billion for the entire year as early as September this year with total revenues of P13.2 billion.
Torres who assumed her post last July has credited prudent and efficient collection methods as well as the full-cooperation of their district and regional offices throughout the country as the primary reasons for their success.
“We could not have attained our objectives without the full cooperation of our personnel in entire country and this also reflects the kind of inspiration that the leadership of President Benigno “Noynoy’ Aquino III has been giving to us” Torres said.
She pointed out that by September 15, the LTO has already collected a total of P13.2 billion which was up by 3.28 per cent over the 2010 target of P12.8 billion.
Of the said figure, the National Capital Region (NCR) which has a target of P4.314 billion has managed to collect P4.576 billion or a 6.06 per cent more than its actual target.
But percentage wise, it is the LTO Central Office that registered the highest increase because out of its target of P285.5 million it succeeded in collecting P327.652 million or 14.76 per cent more than its actual target.
Torres also reported that there were a total of 6.614 million vehicles that were registered during the same period while there were 4.217 million licenses and permits that were issued and released.
As far as law enforcement is concerned, the LTO also made a total of 750,127 apprehensions while of the seven bus companies that figured in accidents in Metro Manila alone some 1,176 drivers and operators were required to attend seminars on traffic safety management.
Likewise, 42,245 drivers in Metro Manila were also all required to take the seminar on road safety at the LTO Road safety Training Center before they were allowed to retrieve their confiscated driver’s licenses.
It is no wonder therefore that various stakeholders and industry players at the LTO have reiterated their support and lauded Torres for her efficient handling and leadership of the agency.
Among those that expressed their support is Private Emission and Testing Center Owners Association (PETCOA), a group that advocates clean air and a green environment headed by Tony Halili.
In a statement, Halili thanked Torres for her no-nonsense campaign to rid their ranks of unscrupulous smoke testing operators who are engaged in the issuance of fake emission test certificates.
“We are happy with the performance of Assistant Secretary Torres because she has been showing the kind of dedicated leadership which we badly need in order to restore the image of LTO as a people-friendly and client responsive agency” Halili stressed.
He added that they will continue to support her despite efforts by some groups to undermine her integrity with adverse publicities, such as by linking her to the controversial intra-corporate dispute that has been hounding Stradcom Corp. the agency’s IT provider.
The way I look at it, the detractors of Torres would have a hard time making her slow down and it is good because the LTO and the public need her dedicated leadership. Bobby Ricohermoso