THE Land Transportation has become a “slave” of Stradcom, said a lawmaker who called for a congressional inquiry last year of the company's contract with the LTO.
Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza said Stradcom used LTO personnel to collect fees for the company’s information technology project.
“Ginawa pa nilang atchoy ang LTO, ginawa nilang kolektor,” said Plaza, adding that the collection of fees by LTO for the IT project was not stated in the contract.
“Nang manalo ang Stradcom sa bidding, dadalawang item lang ang nasa (kontrata), yung licensing at vehicle registration,” the lawmaker said.
He added: “Doon sa amendments sa contract, nagtataka ako. Hindi naman dumaan ng bidding kung bakit nadagdagan ng walo (na items). Sa madaling salita, sampung charges na ang pwede nilang ipataw para sa IT, IT fees.”
Because of the ammendments to the contract, the fees charged the public went up, Plaza said. He said even emission testing of vehicles are chaged with IT fees even it is not included in the contract.
He said the government did not benefit from the deal even as the government spend for the office and even the personnel used in the project. Plaza said even the office of Stradcom is located inside the LTO compound.
“Kaninong tao? LTO, kuryente, lahat po ang gumagastos ay LTO, ‘yong building nila nasa loob ng LTO, sagot yan ng LTO lahat. 'Di ba malinaw na panloloko na ito sa taumbayan?” Plaza said.
He said when LTO submits its annual budget, it includes the funds used for Stradcom.
Plaza said influential people might be behind Stradcom for it to corner juicy government contracts.
“So far walang direct link (ang palasyo), pero nagtataka naman ako na walang ginagawa ang executive para matigil ang kalokohan ng Stradcom,” the lawmaker said.