LTO to check ‘possible sabotage’ for sluggish online licensing, registration system
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will look into a “possible sabotage” that may have caused the slowdown of its online licensing and registration system.
LTO steering committee chairperson Francis Almora said in a press conference Wednesday they also want to find out the truth about their sluggish Land Transportation Management Systems (LTMS) that has been adversely affecting their operation.
“Hindi po namin masasabi kasi ‘yung nagsabi po gusto rin po naming malaman kung bakit nasabing sabotahe. Dahil po we’re appealing to them (Dermalog) to give us the data and the information para ma-resolve kung meron man,” LTO steering committee chairperson Francis Almora during a press conference.
(We can’t say because we also want to know why it was said that there was sabotage. Because we’re appealing to them (Dermalog) to give us the data and the information so that we can resolve it, if there is any.)
While investigating the LTMS slowdown, the LTO admitted to noticing high volume traffic on its network.
Dermalog’s initial investigation found a “network fault” and high volume disruptions slowed the LTMS.
LTO controls it, not Dermalog.
Moreover, DICT confirmed in its own preliminary probe that the problem was a network issue.
Dermalog spokesperson Atty. Nikki de Vega was asked if the LTMS slowdown was sabotage.
“Hindi ko categorically sasabihin ‘yan sapagkat gusto ko bigyan pagkakataon [mag-explain ang LTO] pero that is possible, pero wala pa akong konkretong ebidensya para sabihing may pagsasabotahe,” she said.
(I’m giving the LTO a chance to explain, but nothing concrete shows sabotage yet.)
But Almora said the LTO had not received such a report yet.
“Right now, ngayon lang po [kami] naging aware sa sinabi ninyo po. Sana they can write to us na may ganun silang findings,” he said.
(Right now, we just became aware of what you said. So I hope they can write to us that they have such findings.)
“As of this time, as of this moment, wala pa po kaming report from DICT (we do not have that report from the DICT),” he added.
LTO Management Information Division (MID) chief Claudio Bonsol said the LTO has already sought the help of the DICT.
“Actually nag-seek kami ng help with DICT yesterday lang and just this morning binigyan nila kami ngayon ng confirmation na tutulungan nila kami, so just this morning magstart pa lang, wala pa talaga totally na nagsstart na investigation si DICT,” said Bonsol.
(Actually, we sought help with DICT just yesterday, and just this morning, they gave us confirmation that they will help us, so DICT hasn’t started an investigation yet.)
But he confirmed discovering a high traffic volume which they could isolate. After that, however, he added, the problem recurred.
“Nakita namin is may high volume traffic na lumalabas pero na-isolate namin ‘yung isang parang mode sa network. So, we thought na okay siya. And then nagkaroon ng recurrence, so sabi namin, this is not ordinary so we have to seek help na kasi medyo mabigat na rin, so dun kami nag-reach out sa DICT,” Bonsol said.
(We have seen high volume traffic coming out, but we have isolated a sort of one mode in the network. So, we thought it was already okay. And then there was a recurrence, so we said, this is not ordinary, so we have to seek help because it is already quite heavy, so we reached out to DICT.)
“That’s the reason why nagkakaroon na kami ng (we conducted) further investigation,” he added.
Bonsol then reiterated that the findings are not yet final. “Hindi pa conclusive kasi ‘pag ganyan na pattern, we have to make sure kasi ang daming possibilities eh,” he said.
(It’s not conclusive because, with that kind of pattern, we have to make sure there are many possibilities.)
Almora acknowledged that a “possible sabotage” of the LTO’s systems is alarming.
“Kahit sino pong may system ‘pag magkakaroon ng report na ganito ay talagang nakakabahala. Kung i-relate po natin sa mga pangyayari ngayon, any breach of data ay nakakabahala po,” he said.
(Anyone who has a system when there is a report like this is worrying. Any data breach is worrying if we relate it to today’s events.)
“Pero ang LTO hindi po papayagan na magkaroon ng ganitong problema sa ating sistema (But the LTO will not allow this kind of problem to occur in our system),” he added.
Back to manual processing
Meanwhile, Almora said they would temporarily implement manual processing of license renewals and registrations – which means longer processing time – amid the current issues hounding the LTMS.
“Lagi kami may back-up sa mga sistema po namin and ‘yun po, balik po tayo sa manual. It will take longer but we assure you po na tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang serbisyo namin,” he said.
(We always have a backup in our systems, so let’s go back to the manual. It will take longer, but we assure you that our service is still continuous.)
Almora said the most affected transactions are driver’s licensing, as the system is supposed to be fully automated. with reports from Irish Lorraine Perez, trainee
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