By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House Committee on Transportation has created a technical working group (TWG) that would hammer out the provisions of a measure seeking to expedite the registration of imported motor vehicles.
The panel, chaired by Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, directed the creation of a TWG to fine-tune House Bill (H.B.) 6455, principally authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez and Sarmiento.
“The committee has referred the bill to a TWG in which stakeholders and resource persons from the industry will be enjoined to share their insights on the matter,” Sarmiento said.
H.B. 6455 mandates the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to speed up its process of registration of imported automobiles by issuing the certificate of registration of imported motor vehicles within 48 hours from the date of submission of requirements.
The measure also tasks the LTO to coordinate with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the electronic transmission and access of accurate and timely certificate of payment on taxes, customs duties, and other importation documents necessary pursuant to Executive Order No. 482, s. 2015.
Alvarez and Sarmiento noted that currently, the presence of bureaucratic red tape in the agency frustrates clients for requiring them to go through long series of routinary procedures to secure vital government services such as certificates of registration for imported vehicles.
They said such problem is further compounded by the tedious process of obtaining from the BOC, proof of payment of taxes, customs duties or other charges necessary for the issuance of the certificate of registration for imported vehicles.
In filing the bill, the House leaders cited the need for the government to take advantage of technological advances to improve efficiency in the delivery of services, remove bureaucratic red tape, and streamline the process of obtaining common official documents
“The present situation would definitely [be] described as a wide area of corruption because some government personnel will find it very difficult to issue the certificate of payment or probably give [the clients] the run-around. And for them to get the necessary document, people would be forced to come across,” Sarmiento said.
Alvarez attributed the delay to the LTO’s requirement that each branch of a car dealership must be accredited.
LTO officials should strike down old laws that burden citizens, he said, adding the importance of eliminating redundancy in registration processes, such as in the cases of brand-new motorcars that already come with certifications from the manufacturer.
“Bakit pahihirapan [at] magtatagal ang registration ng brand-new vehicles? Unang-una, imported vehicles—halimbawa, bakit dumadaan pa sa PNP (Philippine National Police) Highway Patrol, DENR (Department of Energy and Natural Resources)?” Alvarez asked.