Top tech firms bid for P8.2-B LTO IT project

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[/caption] Representatives of the major IT firms, including those from IBM, SAP, HP, Oracle, and Indra, attended the conference conducted by the Bid and Awards Committee of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). The IT project of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is one of the two components of the Road Transportation Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Project of the government. The other component is the IT modernization initiative of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). DOTC secretary Manuel ?Mar? Roxas II said the LTO IT project will lead to a permanent solution to the data access problem in vehicle registration. Roxas said that under the present automation setup of the LTO, key data such as vehicle registration are being handled by a third-party provider and not by the government. He said the current LTO IT system, whose contract was signed 13 years ago, is no longer responsive to the changes that took place in land transportation. ?Nobody can deny that in the last 13 years, the technology has changed. The values and the prices have changed. The terms of the operations have changed. The number of drivers and vehicles has substantially changed,? he said. ?In the course of the last 13 years, the weaknesses, loopholes, and oversights of the original contract have become evident. The most glaring of these is the fact that the government does not own the system. The government itself does not hold the data; it needs to pass through the third-party solutions provider,? he added. Roxas said the public stands to benefit from the new LTO IT system because once in place, access to vehicle data will make it easier for authorities to trace stolen vehicles. He added that new LTO IT system will interface seamlessly LTFRB?s IT component. Once the automation systems of LTO and LTFRB link up, the government will be able to eliminate cases of public utility vehicles (PUVs) getting a LTFRB franchise without LTO registration as well as PUVs that are registered with the LTO but do not have a LTFRB franchise, Roxas said. ]]>

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