The plastic I.D card was processed in less than 60 seconds.
Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II made it to history as the first Boholano driver issued with the Land Transportation Office plastic driver’s license with a validity of five years, and it took him less than a minute to watch the encoding of data and printing of the card that will need to be renewed in 2023.
No less than LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, who has to fly in from Manila to officiate the rollout of the license printing and issuance of 5-year valid licenses, handed the city mayor his driver’s license, witnessed by LTO 7 regional director Vic Caindic, ARD Alita Pulgo, chiefs of departments of the LTO Central Office, Bohol LTO registrar Erwin Patalinghug, and Bohol officials.
It is five minutes, on the average, LTO Information Officer Florecio Balazuela, explaining that the whole process includes encoding relevant information to be displayed in the plastic card, taking the driver’s biometrics as well as getting the snap shot for the identification card, before the final print-out.
President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) first revealed the plan to extend the validity of driver’s licenses, which he realized when he signed Republic Act 10930. This act amended portions of Republic Act 4136 or the Traffic Code of the Philippines, which ruled that licenses issued to drivers are only valid for three years.
Since August of last year, some LTO Offices in the country started issuing the licenses valid for five years, for drivers who processed their applications for renewal, when the law took effect.
The new law also had provisions that the LTO has the authority to even extend the licenses to ten years if a driver completes the five years without committing any traffic violation.
These LTO Offices, however, which had good internet connection, could process the licenses and print them.
According to Balazuela, the online process in the LTO demands a reliable internet connection whit data speeds over 10 megabytes per second.
LTO Tagbilaran has only 5 Mbps reading that processing the licenses online can take time and contribute to the cards backlog.
This time, however, Asec Galvante said the LTO in Tagbilaran has a faster connection, and it has acquired the DermaLog printing machines, from Germany.
Along with the city mayor, plastic licenses handed during the roll-out ceremonies also include Balilihan Mayor Pureza V. Chatto, Cortes Mayor Lynn Iven Lim, Acting Provincial Administrator Mitchell John Boiser, media personalities including Dave Responte, Allen Doydora, Jun Gutierrez, Frony Narisma of The Bohol Tribune, and the PIA. (rach/PIA-7/Bohol)