Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran said that the mandatory seminar for driver’s license renewal is still up for discussion. DOTr Asec. Libiran clarified that there is only a proposal for possible discussion and consultation for the said mandatory seminar.
The mandatory seminar is still up for discussion [Photo: LTO NCR East Facebook]
The statement released by DOTr Asec. Libiran is in response to the announcement made by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region XI in regards to the mandatory seminar for driver’s license renewal. LTO Region XI said that it intends to start holding a mandatory seminar for drivers who will renew their licenses.
LTO Region XI spokesperson Atty. Loida Igdanes reportedly said that all individuals who will renew their driver’s license are subjected to undergo a “reorientation seminar starting this October.”
Igdanes added that there will be a four-hour reorientation course for non-professional driver’s license holders while individuals with a professional driver’s license must go through an eight-hour seminar.
“The four-hour reorientation course is needed for non-professional driver’s license while eight-hour reorientation course is required for holders of the professional driver’s license,” Igdanes said.
Igdanes shared that the mandatory seminar is part of the agency’s enhancement program for driver’s license holders. In this program, LTO is said to partner with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in issuing certificates to the drivers. LTO Region XI is only waiting for the guidelines that will be released by the agency’s national office, according to Igdanes.
Validity of driver's license can be extended for up to 10 years
In response to the said mandatory seminar, DOTr Asec. Libiran clarified that the “LTO does not have an issuance or directive” regarding the issue. Libiran shared on her official Facebook page that the mandatory seminar for driver’s license renewal is still pending and is currently open for discussion and consultation.
On the other hand, the LTO has extended the validity of the driver’s license for up to 10 years. This is if the driver’s license holder has a spotless record that is determined by the use of a demerit point system.
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