LTO still targets to produce 18-M motorcycle plates by 2022 amid manufacturing delays

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 28, 2021   •   442

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) targets to produce and distribute 18 million motorcycle plates by 2022.

During a public briefing on Monday (June 28), LTO Chief Asec. Edgar Galvante said that due to the number of motorcycle plates needed to the produced, it will be a challenge to be able to reach the target especially since there is a delay in the manufacturing process amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Iyong inaasahang nating madagdag na equipment, ine-expect namin ma-install earlier. Dahil sa pandemya, iyong mga inhinyero na magi-install na galing sa Germany at sa Netherlands ay hindi nakarating. Ito po ay nag-cause ng isang malaking delay sa dami ng motorcycle plates na iniimprenta ng LTO sa araw-araw,” he said.

(The additional equipment was expected to be installed earlier but due to the pandemic, the engineers from Germany and The Netherlands that were supposed to install it did not arrive. This caused delays in the manufacturing of motorcycle plates.)

Galvante reported 3 million plates produced and distributed in various regions in the country through LTO district offices. He also said that a budget of P2.5 billion is needed to be able to reach the agency’s target in manufacturing plates.

“Kung maibibigay iyong kaukulang pondo ara mocveran ito, sa palagay namin magagawa po iyon dahil hindi lang po ang LTO plate making plant ang gagawa ng plaka,” he said.

(If the needed budget will be provided, we think we can reach our target because the LTO plate-making plant will not be the only manufacturer.)

The LTO chief said they will outsource the manufacturing for several motorcycle plates. A close to 10 million plates will be manufactured outside which are the plates of motorcycles registered in 2017 below, according to Galvante. -AAC

LTO extends validity of expired driver’s license amid rising COVID cases

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced it will be temporarily closing all its National Capital Region (NCR)-West offices due to the rising cases of COVID-19.

In an advisory, the LTO said the temporary closure, which will start January 6, is to give way to thorough disinfection of its offices.

The following offices will be closed until further notice:

• NCR West Regional Office
• Manila Licensing Center
• Manila North District Office
• Manila South District Office
• Manila East District Office
• Manila West District Office
• Pasay City Licensing Center
• Pasay District Office
• Public Utility Vehicle Registration Extension Office
• South Motor Vehicle Inspection Center
• Muntinlupa District Office
• Las Piñas District Office
• Las Piñas Licensing Extension Office
• Makati District Office
• Parañaque District Office
• Malabon District Office
• Navotas Extension Office
• Kalookan Licensing Extension Office
• Caloocan District Office
• DLRO Ayala The Link
• DLRO Guadalupe
• DLRO Robinsons Manila
• DLRO Lucky Chinatown
• DLRO Robinsons Las Piñas
• DLRO SM Manila
• DLRO Araneta Square Mall
• DLRO Metro Point Pasay
• DLRO Alabang Town Center
• DLRO Paseo Center Makati
• Vehicle Renewal Extension Facility
• LTO ON WHEELS
• Pasay MVRRS (Drive-Thru)

Due to the closure of all its NCR-West office, the LTO said the validity of registration of plate numbers ending in ‘1’ and the renewal in January 2022 will be extended until February 28.
“Ang student permit (SP), Driver’s license (DL) at Conductor’s license (CL) na nag expire mula ika-1 hanggang ika-31 ng Oktubre 2021 at Disyembre 2021 ay extended hanggang Enero 31, 2022,” it added.

The LTO asked for the public’s understanding of the inconvenience that the closure of its offices might have caused.

It advised the public to contact them via email 1301rdmpao@gmail.com or ltoncrwestcares8888@gmail.com for questions and queries.

LTO to implement mandatory scheduled medical check-ups for driver’s license holders

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to implement the mandatory scheduled medical check-up for driver’s license holders.

“Ang ini-adopt naming measure, kung ang mabibigyan ng 5-year licenses, they have to submit themselves for medical checkup on the 3rd year of license. For 10 years naman on 3rd, 5th, 7th year kailangan silang magpa medical checkup,” LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante said.

This is aside from the usual medical clearance that must be submitted as a requirement for license renewal.

In an interview with the program, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, the LTO chief said this will ensure that drivers are in the best of health.

“You are given so many days at kapag hindi nagregister sa LTO system na ikaw ay nagkaroon ng checkup, mapapadalhan ka ng message reminding you. Kung hindi mo sinusunod yun, ma-alarm ang lisensya mo na maaring suspindido ang pribilihiyo mo hanggat hindi mo nagagawa iyon,” Galvante said.

The LTO chief said the policy is in accordance with Republic Act Number 10930 or “An Act Rationalizing and Strengthening the Policy Regarding Driver’s License by Extending the Validity Period of Drivers’ Licenses, And Penalizing Acts in Violation of its Issuance and Application Amending for those Purposes Section 23 of Republic Act No. 4136, as amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 398 and Executive Order No. 1011, otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.”

Check-ups will be done only by LTO-accredited doctors and clinics.

These doctors and clinics will be linked to the LTO portal for immediate reporting and recording of the result of the check-up.

Although this may seem as additional expenditure on the part of the motorists, Galvante insisted that it is a necessary expense as it will ensure the health and safety of drivers and passengers.

“I think it’s a necessary expense […] It’s a way of checking yourself whether fit ka,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines said their group was among those consulted by the LTO regarding the new policy.

“Kailangan talaga yan kasi marami tayo dumaan lang sa fixer, hindi kumuha ng tamang exam. So ngayon, mas maganda yan ma-filter na,” said Atoy Sta. Cruz, the group’s president.

Last November 3, the LTO-NCR rolled out the issuance of licenses with 10-year validity.

The agency targets to implement the new policy nationwide before the year ends. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

LTO reiterates driver’s education still a requirement for driver’s license

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has reiterated that the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) is still a requirement for the renewal of driver’s license.

Nevertheless, in an interview with  “Get it Straight with Daniel Razon”, LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante  said that the agency would welcome a law repealing the said requirement.

“Kumbaga ang Kongreso, both Houses, magpasa ng batas kung ma-repeal ang requirement, tatalima naman ang LTO ang LTO inie-emphasize lang dito sa pagkakaintindi ko ng provision ng batas kailangang iimplement ito,” he said.

Galvante said a CDE does not cost anything. Drivers need only to review and take the exam on the LTO portal. Afterwards they can print their certificate which will be presented at LTO offices for driver’s license renewal. The process will not take a day, he added.

“Actually kung tutuusin hindi naman aabutin ng one day, siguro kung talagang ma-mamanage. Mahaba na ang 30 minutes nagkakaroon lang pagtatagal kasi dadagsain, ” he said.

The LTO, meanwhile, clarified that drivers who incurred violations during the 5-year-validity of their license, are not qualified to renew for a 10-year driver’s license. AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) 

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