Gordon urges DTI to dismantle private group in motorcycle registration

Published March 2, 2021, 7:40 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to dismantle a group of private entities allegedly involved in motorcycle registration.

(Manila Bulletin File)

Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, made the call as he asked the DTI to immediately “stop this practice” of manufacturers, assemblers, importers, rebuilders, dealers or other outfits, or MAIRDOEs.

“May I request Secretary Castelo and Secretary Lopez to stop this practice immediately. Buwagin dapat iyan kaagad (That should be dismantled as soon as possible),” Gordon said during the virtual hearing, directing his request to DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.

Gordon, who held a series of hearings into the delay in implementing Republic Act No 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act by the Land Transportation Office, pointed out there is no legal basis in allowing MAIRDOEs to carry out the registration of motorcycle vehicles.

“They can come together but they cannot accept registration or can’t register (motorcycles),” he pointed out.

Gordon had earlier reprimanded the LTO for allowing MAIRDOEs to hoodwink poor buyers to save hard to buy a motorcycle for their mobility, but were not even given proof of ownership on the motorcycle they bought under an installment plan.

The modus of these motorcycle dealers, the senator pointed out, is to hold the registration papers so that once the owner fails to pay his monthly amortizations, they can repossess the unit and sell it again as a demonstration unit.

Gordon pointed out the MAIRDOE system has glorified institutional fixing and violates Section 13 of Executive Order 125 series of 1987, which states that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the only authorized entity to issue certificates of registration.

LTO Chief Edgardo Galvante, who was present during the virtual hearing, committed to review the system and eliminate opportunities for unfair practices.

Gordon, likewise, said he will draft the Magna Carta for Motorcycle Buyers with the help of the DTI and the LTO for the protection of the motorcycle-buying public. The lawmaker has been blaming LTO for delaying the implementation of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, which he said contributed to the rise of riding-in-tandem killings in the country.