IN ACCORDANCE with the Standardization of Driver Education as one of the requirements for obtaining a student’s permit, driver’s license and different restriction codes from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), all transactions will be done online.
The LTO-IT system will be fully implemented by Aug. 3, 2020, when the LTO will require driving course certificates.
LTO 7 Regional Director Victor Caindec said they have the computers which will be used for the modernization of their system, although they have yet to install the new program.
Caindec, however, told SunStar Cebu that their pilot sites in Tagbilaran in Bohol and Dumaguete in Negros Oriental have begun implementing the new system.
Caindec said these are the “problematic sites” in Central Visayas and thus, were chosen to be among the first to shift to the LTOIT system.
In the modern system, there will be no more documents for applicants to fill out in LTO offices as the filing will be done on computers.
There are 23 Driving Enhancement Program (DEP) Training Centers that have been accredited in Central Visayas.
Applicants will have to undergo a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) as one of the requirements.
Those who wish to apply for a new driver’s license, be it professional or non-professional, will have to undergo a Practical Driving Course (PDC).
Those applying for restriction codes will also take a PDC. The certificates from the DEP Training Centers will be transmitted directly to the LTO.
Caindec said: “We know a lot of people will complain; a lot of them will find it more difficult. We are just reinforcing the necessity that people who will get a license should be properly equipped.”
Based on the LTO Memorandum Circular No. 2019-2176, the agency aims to have a “standard of instruction and to develop safety consciousness and positive driving attitudes with the view of minimizing the incidence of road crashes.” (HBL / CCP)