THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) has formed a Technical Working Group that will sit down and discuss with local government units (LGUs) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) possible proposals in relation to the crafting of the No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP) guidelines that is fair and acceptable to all stakeholders.

LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Teofilo Guadiz 3rd made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon ahead of a meeting with the LGUs and MMDA "expected in the coming days."

Guadiz stressed that the talks between the LTO, the LGUs and the MMDA is "the best way forward to once and for all come up with fair guidelines on the NCAP's implementation".

"We hope the LGUs and its mayors will be more open to receive inputs as to how best the NCAP will be implemented," the LTO chief said.

Guadiz stressed that although the agency's mandate in NCAP implementation is related to alarm tagging only and the policy being proprietary to LGU as an autonomous body, the LTO remains willing to engage and discuss matters with the LGUs and the MMDA to anticipate and iron out possible kinks or loopholes in the policy.

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"We deem the NCAP as a noble, timely and necessary action that will help realize the objective of digitizing government services through technology. But just like any other policy, implementation will always be a key issue, and putting the policy into practice should be based on the tenets of the law. We hope the LGUs will sit down with the LTO, whose mandate also includes traffic management, so we can provide [a] fresh perspective on the matter," he said.

Guadiz further noted that the LTO is a "firm believer in harnessing the power of digitalization and the use of technology for a better traffic flow in Metro Manila."

"We believe that only through an effective, efficient, responsive, and fair NCAP will the LGUs reap its benefits not only for their jurisdictions but for the motoring public in general," he said.