Despite several Land Transportation Office (LTO) registration offices in the region being able to issue the new driver’s licenses with a five-year validity, LTO outlets in Bohol are still unable to do so.
Some of the LTO driver’s license registration offices in the region already begun issuing the new licenses on Wednesday.
In a press release issued by the LTO in Region 7, the offices of LTO in Tagbilaran, Island City Mall, Jagna, and Talibon are unable to produce the new licenses due to limitations on their internet connection.
High-speed internet connection is essential and part of the process of producing the licenses at the quickest possible time.
The statement said the carriers had assured LTO about the installation of the high-speed internet connection “as soon as possible.”
On the other hand, the offices in Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay City, Carcar City, Toledo City, Danao City, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, and the registration office of the LTO at Robinson’s Place in Dumaguete are now able to produce the driver’s licenses with five-year validity.
Those who applied for a driver’s license from November 2, 2016 up to the present will get the new licenses with five-year validity, said the statement from the LTO.
The releasing of cards is from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm to cater to backlog transactions only, said Alita C. Pulga, acting regional director for LTO.
A personal appearance is important, and the applicant must be able to present the temporary driver’s license or the official receipt of the driver’s license transaction.
Additional information is being encoded into the system, which includes the blood type, emergency contact person, emergency contact address and emergency contact number.
EQUIPMENT NOW READY
Earlier reports said the LTO in Tagbilaran had received the equipment necessary to produce the new driver’s licenses.
However, LTO Tagbilaran’s Florencio Balazuela said the new process is highly driven by the internet. The connection should be at least five megabits per second (Mbps), which is needed to operate the German-made Dermalog machines.
The local LTO expects the internet connection will be installed within the month so it can already start issuing the new licenses to drivers. With each passing day, the backlog of the new licenses continues to grow.
Reports say the local LTO in Tagbilaran already received 20,000 plastic cards which will be used for the issuance of the licenses.
Balazuela showed a specimen of the new license made by new machines installed at licensing offices to the members of the PPOC at the People’s Mansion conference hall recently.
The plastic cards will be laser engraved using a machine that was imported from Germany.
He said it would just take minutes for the driver’s license to be processed and the applicant can already get the card.
The plastic cards of drivers’ license applicants who applied previously are already available, said Balazuela.
Applicants can claim the plastic cards already at the issuing office where they applied, he said.
Last year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10930 which formally extended the validity of the licenses from three to five years.
Pulga, acting regional director of LTO-7, told reporters that there are only eight offices that are releasing these license cards, namely: Cebu City Licensing Center, Lapu-Lapu City Extension Office, Danao City District Office, Talisay City Extension Office, Carcar City District Office, and Toledo City District Office in Cebu province.
In Negros Oriental, the offices releasing the license cards with five-year validity are DLRO Robinsons Dumaguete City and Bayawan City District Office.
Pulga explained they are still addressing the issues on internet connection in their other offices in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.
Releasing of the licenses are done from Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pulga revealed that they also need to address the 343,917 backlogs in the printing of the driver’s license cards in the region.
Due to this, the said eight offices would be open from Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to cater to backlog transactions only.
Those who want to claim their license cards are required to present his/her temporary driver’s license or the official receipt of their driver’s license transaction.
They will also be asked to provide additional information such as blood type, emergency contact person, emergency contact address, and emergency contact number to be encoded in their system. (Dave Albarado with a report from PIA7/Carmel Loise Matus)