With road accidents and motor vehicle-related crimes remaining as perennial problems in the country, the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) Central Command Center (C3) can help address and solve these problems with the aid of an incident reporting mobile app called CitiSend, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade emphasized.
“Sa tulong ng imprastrukturang ito at kapag ginamit mo itong app na CitiSend, magkakaroon ka ng ugnayan direkta sa LTO kung saan bibigyang solusyon at atensyon ang mga nangyayari na nakaka-apekto sa seguridad at safety ng publiko,” Secretary Tugade explained during the inauguration of the LTO Central Command Center (C3) on Friday, 04 February 2022.
Reiterating the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) uncompromising stand on road safety, Secretary Tugade said the LTO C3 and incident reporting mobile app CitiSend will serve as the road user’s direct line of communication to the LTO.
“There is no substitute to safety. Itong instrumento na ito ay isang magandang system kung saan makakatulong ito sa pagganap at pagbago ng safety sa ating mga kalsada,” Secretary Tugade added.
A technical innovation design to ensure road safety and public awareness nationwide, the LTO C3 will serve as the central nerve of the agency’s Operations and Law Enforcement Service in which the surveillance monitoring, coordination and alarm monitoring shall be performed in accordance with the agency’s mandate under Republic Act No. 4136 entitled, “An Act to Compile the Laws Relative to Land Transportation and Traffic Rules, to Create a Land Transportation Commission and for Other Purposes.”
The C3 will also serve as the joint LTO and Philippine National Police (PNP) Operations and Control Center in compliance with Republic Act No. 10883, or otherwise known as the “New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016”; and Republic Act No. 11235 “An Act Preventing and Penalizing the Use of Motorcycles in the Commission of Crimes by Requiring Bigger, Readable and Color-Coded Number Plates and Identification Marks, and for Other Purposes.”
Secretary Tugade lauded the LTO for launching innovative programs that limit human intervention through digitization.
“Saludo ako sa inyo dahil binigyan ninyong patotoo ang programang ‘Digitization’ sapagkat dito mawawala ang tinatawag na intervention of human hands, ang mananaig at mapapalaganap ay teknolohiya,” Secretary Tugade said.
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor said the LTO C3 will help minimize road crashes and motor vehicle-related crimes.
“Itong pasilidad na pinasisinayaan natin ngayon ay magbabago po sa buhay ng milyun-milyon nating kababayan because it will ensure na mas makatutulong ang LTO, hindi lamang sa driver’s license at rehistro ng sasakyan, ngayon po sa road safety,” Usec. Pastor stressed.
“This program will ensure—sa araw-araw, mababawasan ang road crashes, araw-araw mare-resolba ang mga krimen na may kinalaman sa ating motor vehicles,” Pastor added.
Moreover, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante also underscored the importance of the establishment of C3 saying that the project “is one of the flagship programs that the LTO has dared to pursue and was built to empower each and every road user.”