LTO Region 9 – Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) Region 

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region 9, also known as the LTO Zamboanga Peninsula Region, is one of the regional divisions of the LTO. Like the LTO Central Office, this office also manages and oversees the LTO agencies in the cities and municipalities within the territorial jurisdiction of Region 9. The LTO branches, on the other hand, carry out the projects and enforce the LTO rules and regulations in the cities and municipalities within its geographical area of responsibility (GAOR). The LTO Zamboanga Peninsula regional office, along with the LTO agencies under it, ensures that the agency and its services are accessible, 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 in the region.

The Zamboanga Peninsula (formerly known as Western Mindanao) is well-known for housing the first-ever export-processing zone in Mindanao. Though its economy is largely reliant on farming and fishing (which happens to be the third highest fish production in the country), the region also houses rice and corn mills, oil processing, coffee berry processing and processing of latex from rubber. It has rich deposits of gold, chromite, manganese, asbestos and silica and well-established home industries, include rattan and furniture craft, basket making, weaving, and brass work.

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What is LTO Region 9? 

The Zamboanga Peninsula Region, officially designated as Region 9, is an administrative region in the western part of the island of Mindanao. It lies between the Moro Gulf (part of the Celebes Sea) and the Sulu Sea and is divided into section of Mindanao. It is home to three (3) provinces, namely, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay, as well as three cities (Dapitan, Dipolog, Pagadian), the highly urbanized Zamboanga City, and the component city of Isabela. These provinces and cities house various LTO agencies within its jurisdiction and it is these LTO agencies that makes up what is collectively known as LTO Region 9 (LTO Zamboanga Peninsula Region). 

The regional center of Zamboanga Peninsula is Pagadian City—the “Little Hongkong of the Philippines” nestled at the foot of a hill and the second largest city in the Zamboanga Peninsula. As a regional center, it attracts waves of different kinds of people, making it easier for LTO to bring its core programs and services closer to the over 3.8 million people in the region. 

Mission and Vision of LTO Region 9

Like the other LTO agencies and regional offices, the LTO Region 9 also operates under 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 9

All the LTO agencies share the same purpose and functions as that of the LTO Central Office, and the LTO Region 9 is not an exception.

The LTO functions available in the region includes:

LTO-Serviced Cities and Municipalities in Region 9

With LTO working to offer more efficient and convenient public service, the agency has set up branch offices in various places in region 9. Some of these offices happened to have found their homes in strategic locations within the Zamboanga Peninsula. 

These locations include:

List of LTO Agencies in Region 9

LTO also placed 18 different types of field offices under the jurisdiction of LTO Region 9. These offices are strategically placed so the agency can serve as many different areas in the Zamboanga Peninsula and are categorized as follows:

  • District Offices (DO)
    • Zamboanga District Office
    • Ipil District Office
    • Dipolog District Office
    • Pagadian District Office
    • Basilan District Office
  • Extension Offices (EO)
    • ZamboEcozone Extension Office
    • Buug Extension Office
    • Sindangan Extension Office
    • Molave Extension Center
    • Siocon Extension Office
    • Dapitan Extension Office
    • Tetuan Extension Office
  • Licensing Center (LC)
    • Dipolog Licensing Center
    • Zamboanga Licensing Center
  • Driver’s License Renewal Office/Center (DLRO/DLRC)
    • DLRC Yubengco Mall
    • DLRO KCC Mall
  • New Registration Unit
    • New Registration Unit
  • Mobile Unit
    • E-Patrol, San Jose

List of Services Offered by LTO Agencies in Region 9

All the LTO offices have programs and services designed to monitor and ensure road safety and progress for the local land transport sector. The same is true for the LTO offices in Region 9.

Some of the most common LTO services 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 services are offered by LTO, some of them may not be readily available in certain offices in the Zamboanga Peninsula due to limited facilities. That is why, it is best to check with your preferred LTO branch first to see if they are offering the service you require before you make the trip.

How to Contact LTO Region 9

All of the LTO offices are created to be accessible so the services can reach the people faster. They are also strategically located so they can better regulate the drivers and vehicles and maintain road safety in the region. The Secretariat also ensures that all of their services reach the people who need them through an LTO office. As such, you need to be able to reach out to the LTO Region 9 regional office or to any of the LTO agencies within, either by making a call, sending an email, or sending a message to their official social media accounts. They may also visit any of the LTO agencies in Region 9.

Contact Information 

For information, questions, concerns, or complaints, you may contact LTO Region 9 via the following:

Land Transportation Office Region 9 – Office of the Regional Director

Agency Code: 0900
Office Address: Regional Office-IX, Balagasan, Pagadian City
Telephone Number: 062 9574910
Head of Agency: Moh. Yusoph A. Lamping
Operating Hours: 8AM – 5PM (Mondays-Fridays)

Where is Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9)

Zamboanga Peninsula, which is formerly known as Western Mindanao, is an administrative region in the Philippines, designated as Region 9. It is located on the western part of the island of Mindanao, between the Moro Gulf (part of the Celebes Sea) and the Sulu Sea. The peninsula is connected to the rest of Mindanao through an isthmus between Panguil Bay and Pagadian Bay. The boundary between the peninsula and mainland part of the region is artificially marked by the border between the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Lanao del Norte. Geographically, the region is bounded by Sulu Sea in the north; Illana Bay and Moro Gulf in the south; Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Panguil Bay on the east; and the Celebes Sea on the west.

Google Map Location

To learn more about the different driving directions or travel routes to the Zamboanga Peninsula or to the LTO Region 9 regional office, you may check on the maps below:

Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) Region

Land Transportation Office  (LTO) Region 9

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