LTO Region 8 – Eastern Visayas Region 

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region 8, also known as the LTO Eastern Visayas Region, is one of the regional divisions of the LTO. Just as the LTO Central Office manages and oversees the LTO regional agencies, the LTO regional offices manages and oversees the LTO agencies in the cities and municipalities within its territorial jurisdiction. In turn, the LTO branch offices in the cities and municipalities carry out the projects and enforce the LTO rules, regulations, and policies within their geographical areas of responsibility (GAOR). The LTO Eastern Visayas regional office, along with the LTO agencies under it, also hopes to bring the agency and its services closer to the people, consequently making it easier for both the public and the agency to work together towards a safer, more efficient, more convenient, and more affordable land transport service for both the residents and visitors in the regions.

Home to dazzling white-sand beaches and astonishing coral walls, the world’s smallest mammal, and the world’s biggest fish, Eastern Visayas (Region 8) is the aqua heart of the Philippines. It occupies the eastern coast in the central section of the country and is home to the famed San Juanico Bridge—the longest and most graceful-looking bridge in Southeast Asia which connects Leyte and Samar. It is also known for being the site of some of the country’s historical events, including the first Christian mass in Limasawa Island and the world’s longest naval battle in history, the World War II Battle of the Leyte Gulf or the famous MacArthur landing in Palo, Leyte. Because of these, the region has its fair share of opportunities, which attract businesses and government offices alike. 

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What is LTO Region 8? 

Eastern Visayas Region, officially designated as Region 8, is an administrative region in the east central part of the Philippines. It is home to two main islands, Leyte and Samar. It is divided into six (6) provinces, namely: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte. These provinces house various LTO agencies within its jurisdiction and it is this set of LTO agencies that makes up what we know as LTO Region 8 (LTO Eastern Visayas Region). 

The regional center of Eastern Visayas is Tacloban City—otherwise known as the  “Home of the Happiest People in the World” and the “Gateway to Eastern Visayas.” It is not only the largest, but is also one of the fastest growing cities in the region, rightly making it the urban, economic, and the distribution center of the region. Though it houses the seat of power in the region, the LTO regional office is housed in Palo, Leyte—the site of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s landing upon his return with the Philippine and American military forces during the Second World War. It has such a great story, which made it a great site for government offices like the LTO. 

Mission and Vision of LTO Region 8

Like all the other frontline agencies and regional offices of the LTO, the LTO Region 8 also operates under the guidance of the same mission and vision as that of the LTO Central Office.


To rationalize the land transportation services and facilities and effectively implement the various transportation laws, rules and regulations. It is the responsibility of those involved in the public service to be more vigilant in their part in the overall development scheme of the national leadership. Hence, promotion of safety and comfort in land travel is a continuing commitment of the LTO.


To be a frontline government agency showcasing fast and efficient public service for a progressive land transport sector. 

Functions of LTO Region 8

All frontline LTO agencies have the same purpose and functions. Having said that, the LTO Eastern Visayas regional office and all the agencies under it share the same functions as that of the LTO Central Office. 

These LTO functions are as follows:

LTO-Serviced Cities and Municipalities in Region 8

With LTO working to offer more efficient and convenient public service, the agency set up branch offices in various places. Some of these offices happened to have found their homes in strategic locations within the Eastern Visayas region. 

These locations are as follows:

List of LTO Agencies in Region 8

LTO also placed 20 different types of field offices under the jurisdiction of LTO Region 8. These offices are strategically placed so the agency can serve as many different areas in the Eastern Visayas Region and are categorized as follows:

  • District Offices (DO)
    • Tacloban City District Office
    • Baybay District Office
    • Borongan District Office
    • Calbayog District Office
    • Carigara District Office
    • Catarman District Office
    • Catbalogan District Office
    • Maasin District Office
    • Naval District Office
    • Ormoc District Office
    • Palompon District Office
    • San Juan District Office
  • Extension Offices (EO)
    • Tacloban City Extension Office
    • Burauen Extension Office
    • Javier Extension Office
    • Sogod Extension Office
    • Mercedes Extension Office
    • Guiuan Extension Office
  • Licensing Center (LC)
    • Tacloban City Licensing Center
  • New Registration Unit
    • New Registration Unit

List of Services Offered by LTO Agencies in Region 8

All the LTO offices offer services designed to monitor and ensure road safety and progress for the land transport sector. There’s no difference with the LTO offices in Region 8.

Some of the most commonly availed of services of LTO offices in Region 8 include:

  • License And Permit
    • Student Permit
    • New Driver’s License (Non-Professional)
    • Conductor’s License
  • Plain or Advance Renewal of Driver’s/Conductor’s License and Renewal of Driver’s License of Filipino Living Abroad
    • Miscellaneous License Transactions
    • Renewal of Driver’s / Conductor’s License with Examination [Expired for more than two (2) years] and/or with ten (10) or more but less than forty (40) Demerit Points
    • Change Classification from Non-Professional Driver’s License (NPDL)  Code to Professional Driver’s License Code with Same Driver’s License (PDL) Code
    • Additional Driver’s License Code/s
    • Conversion of Foreign Driver’s License to Philippine Driver’s License Including Renewal of Expired Philippine Driver’s License with a Valid Foreign Driver’s License
    • Change Classification from Professional Driver’s License (PDL) Code to Non-Professional Driver’s License Code (NPDL), Dropping of DL Code and Change Clutch Type
    • Request for System Updates (RSU) for Double License
    • Request for System Update (RSU) for License and Customer Details/Misrepresentation of Age/Identity
    • Accreditation of Medical Clinics – New
    • Accreditation of Medical Clinics – Renewal
    • Registration of Physicians – New
    • Registration of Physicians – Renewal
    • Accreditation of Driving School / Driving Enhancement Program Training Center – New
    • Accreditation of Driving School / Driving Enhancement Program Training Center – Renewal
    • Accreditation of Driving Instructor – New
    • Accreditation of Driving Instructor – Renewal
    • Examination for Driving School Instructors
    • Driving Enhancement Program (DEP)
  • Vehicle Registration
    • Initial Registration of Motor Vehicle (MV)
    • Renewal of Motor Vehicle (MV) Registration
    • Storage of Motor Vehicle
    • Miscellaneous Transactions
    • Re-Stamping of Engine/Chasis Number
    • Request for Motor Vehicle Verification
    • Motor Vehicle Inspection
  • Miscellaneous Transactions
    • Duplicate OR/CR
    • Duplicate Plate
    • Transfer of Ownership
    • Annotation & Cancellation of Mortgage
    • Revision of Records
    • Duplicate License (for Lost Licenses)
  • Insurance
  • Proper Driver Education
  • Law Enforcement
    • Settlement of Admitted Apprehension
    • Adjudication of Contested Apprehension
    • Encoding of Alarm
    • Filing of Complaint and Lifting of Alarm
    • Lifting of Alarm (Traffic Adjudication Service)
    • Certification of No Pending Apprehension and Alarm
  • Collection of fees from law enforcement violations
  • Drug testing
  • Emission testing
  • Inventory of Plates
  • The use of self-service kiosks 
  • Process Application for New Driver’s License (DL) via the Automated Driver’s License Examination System (ADLES) Facility 
  • Accreditation 

Note that while all of these afore-mentioned services are offered by LTO, some of them may not be readily available in certain offices in the Eastern Visayas region due to limitations in equipment. So, it’s best to check with your preferred LTO branch first if they are offering the service you require before making the trip.

How to Contact LTO Region 8

All LTO offices are created to be accessible so they can offer their services faster and more conveniently to the people. They are strategically located in specific areas so they can help regulate the drivers and vehicles and maintain road safety in the region easily. That said, it is imperative that the people who need these services have access to an LTO office. So, if you need to reach out to the LTO Region 8 regional office or to any of the LTO agencies under its jurisdiction, you may either make a call, send an email, or send a message to their official social media accounts or visit any of the LTO agencies in Region 8.

Contact Information 

For information, questions, concerns, or complaints, you may contact LTO Region 8 via the following:

Land Transportation Office Region 8 – Office of the Regional Director

Agency Code: 0800
Office Address: Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte
Telephone Number: (053) 888-4672
Head of Agency: Rhodelio V. Poliquit
Email Address:,
Operating Hours: 8AM – 5PM (Mondays-Fridays)

Where is the Eastern Visayas Region (Region 8)

Eastern Visayas, otherwise known as Region 8, is an administrative region in the Philippines. The region is divided into three main islands: Samar, Leyte and Biliran. It houses six (6) provinces, namely, Biliran, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Ormoc and Tacloban—the sole regional center. Geographically, Eastern Visayas lies on the east central section of the Philippine archipelago. It is one of the two regions with no land border with the other regions. Its boundaries are marked with the Philippine Sea on the east and the north with the San Bernardino Strait separating Samar from Southeastern Luzon. On the west, the region is bordered by the Camotes and Visayan seas, and on the south, by the Bohol Sea with the Surigao Strait separating Leyte from Northwestern Mindanao.

Google Map Location

To learn more about the driving directions or travel routes to the Eastern Visayas region or the LTO Region 8 regional office, you may check the maps below:

Eastern Visayas Region

Land Transportation Office  (LTO) Region 8

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