From afar, I’ve been hearing the Land Transportation Office Davao Central Office saying they have been working on an ISO 9000 accreditation for its office systems and service delivery.
Wow, this is indeed good news considering the reputation of LTO offices in general for fixers, long queues, and alleged red tape. To think of it, LTO officials and personnel hold in their hands the power to regulate millions of vehicle drivers around the country who risk Filipinos of lives and properties everyday due to road accidents. License is power.
I went there last Thursday to accompany a friend renew his license, and also to see for myself how this buzz about ISO certification is changing the landscape.
I’ve talked to three people seated outside buildings in the heat of the afternoon sun waiting for their turn to transact business. They said the process is much systematic now compared before, with reference to a year or two ago. Officials, too, pitched on the process of renewal and improvement in the agency. Good news! Read More…
Election watchdog Kontra Daya thumbed down the “needs improvement” rating the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) gave the Comelec on its perfromance in the election saying it is an ‘accolade undeserved by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).’
Fr. Joe Dizon, Kontra Daya spokesperson, said in a press statement posted at the group’s blog at http://www.kontradaya.wordpress.com, “We are disappointed by how the PPCRV rates the Comelec. We expect them to join us in asserting that heads must roll because Comelec has miserably failed in ensuring honest and credible elections.”
Dizon pointed out that Comelec Chair Benjamin Abalos has not implemented substantial reforms. “Comelec’s complicity in massive fraud cannot just be ignored. Abalos, among other election officials, like Lintang Bedol and Rey Sumalipao must be axed.” Read more here.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / June 8) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took a 10-day
sick leave effective Friday to submit for medical tests and treatment
in Manila, the City Hall announced today.
Duterte earlier announced the leave of absence to undergo a major
surgery, but he said it would be only after his inauguration on June
He told reporters Friday that he has been experiencing pain in his
upper spinal column resulting from a motorcycle accident many years
ago. He said this was aggravated in a latest accident near the
Bangkerohan public market.
Duterte said the pain was bearable when he was younger “but recently,
I am having a hard time moving around,” he said.
His aides said he needed a “major orthopedic operation.”
City administrator Wendell Avisado said the mayor chose the Cardinal
Santos Memorial Hospital in Quezon City for medical examinations and
possible treatment. Read More…