Land Transportation Office chief Alfonso Tan Jr. was the special guest at today's launch of the "2015 Car of the Year-Philippines" held at the Manila Polo Club. As expected, Tan used the occasion to give those in attendance--car industry executives and motoring journalists--an update on his publicity-battered agency and the issues it is now facing.
What we want to share with you now is what he announced regarding the issuance of driver's licenses.
According to Tan, LTO has partnered with Robinsons Malls to open new satellite offices where drivers can have their license renewed. The really good news here is that Tan declared that they hope to process licenses in 10-15 minutes with a new system to be rolled out as early as November. He pointed out that these satellite LTO outlets are to be run by government and no longer by private companies.
Yep, no typographical error there. The LTO, in other words, intends to process and release your driver's license in the same amount of time it takes you to order your favorite Frappuccino at Starbucks.
That's good news for those who will renew their license. As for those who are only now about to apply for one--specifically the professional kind--there's not-so-good news as well. The LTO, said Tan, plans to be stricter in issuing professional licenses. "In the next few weeks, we will issue new written exams," the LTO boss revealed.
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