BARMM accelerates the development of land transport through technology

More than 20 BLTO staff members were briefed by Stradcom on the main modules and services of the online system organized in December 2021. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

THE establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) marked a new dawn for the Bangsamoro community, which for decades has struggled to achieve lasting peace, economic development and meaningful self-reliance.

BARMM was created under the Bangsamoro Organic Law, also known as Republic Law 11054, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

BARMM is still in transition and requires a strong partnership across multiple sectors, such as national government and the private sector.

One of BARMM’s ministries that plays an important role in its transition is the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC).

In November 2021, MoTC partnered with Philippine information technology (IT) company Stradcom for the organization and automation of its systems for the BARMM Land Transportation Office (BLTO).

Stradcom President and CEO Anthony Quiambao said the historic partnership with BARMM symbolizes the company’s commitment to helping the Bangsamoro region progress.

BLTO Regional Manager Anwar Upahm said in an interview that they chose Stradcom as their partner because of the IT company’s capability and proven track record in automating LTO ground transportation systems.

The IT company also organizes capacity building and knowledge sharing activities for BLTO managers and staff on system and process management for key BLTO departments.

Upahm said the partnership with Stradcom has made the LTO office transition seamless despite the presence of new staff in the acquired offices.

Stradcom spokesperson Lorie Bundoc said the company plans to upgrade BLTO’s facilities to provide a more conducive environment for the public and system users. Self-service kiosks and the use of cashless payment options are also being considered.

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