BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur – The local Land Transportation Office (LTO) here reported a 28 percent increase in revenue collection in March 2021 compared to the same period last year.
Bislig City LTO chief Napoleon Orillaneda said they achieved the increase despite the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the city and the province of Surigao del Sur.
“We continue to implement strict health protocols for the safety of our clients and our personnel,” Orillaneda told the Philippine News Agency Wednesday.
The agency collected a total of PHP2,868,793 revenues last March compared to the PHP2,224,203 revenues in the same month last year, or an increase of PHP644,589 despite the health pandemic.
“People are still hesitant or in fear of Covid-19. Compared to the previous years, the number of our clients really decreased due to the pandemic,” Orillaneda said.
The number of the registration of motor vehicles also improved last month with a total number of 1,268 compared to 647 in March 2020.
Collections in motor vehicle registration increased to 120 percent last month, or a total of PHP2,073,523.50 compared to PHP940,538 in March last year.
A total of 51 law enforcement operations were also conducted last month compared to zero operations in the same period last year, with total collections on fines and fees to PHP78,500.
A decrease in the issuance of licenses was also recorded last March, with PHP716,770 collections compared to PHP1,278,665 in the same period last year.
“With the opening of the city and the province from the pandemic, we are expecting an increase in our revenue collections this month, including the renewal of licenses as well as those who are already qualified to get their new licenses,” Orillaneda said. (PNA)