ICYMI: New Certificate of Registration, updated IATF travel requirements

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by TopGear.com.ph | Mar 7, 2021
PHOTO: LTO, Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, Department of Transportation on Facebook

Expect a different-looking Certificate of Registration to be rolled out this year

“The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has revamped the format of the certificate of registration (CR) issued to vehicle owners, making changes to the document’s appearance and the information it contains.

“The biggest change? The LTO has increased the size of the CR, acknowledging that the document’s current dimensions make it easy to misplace and difficult to read. The larger document will also be able to accommodate more information, too.

“Some pieces of required information have been ditched to simplify the CR, while other fields have been added. Check them out below.”

Removed CR information

  1. Denomination – Replaced by vehicle type
  2. Body number – Removed since CRs already state engine and chassis number
  3. Shipping weight and net capacity – Removed since CRs already state gross weight and net weight
  4. Number of cylinders – Considered by LTO as “irrelevant” information

New CR information

  1. Classification – Private, for hire, government, or exempt
  2. Vehicle identification number (VIN) – Considered primary identifier of motor vehicle, also known as chassis number
  3. Vehicle type – Car, UV, SUV, bus, truck, MC/TC (motorcycle/tricycle), trailer
  4. Vehicle category – Based on Philippine National Standards (PNS) classifications (L 1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, M1 I M2, M3, N1, N2, N3, 01, 02, 03, 04, SA,SB, SC, SD)
  5. Passenger capacity
  6. Max power (for electric vehicles only)
  7. Year rebuilt – Year of rebuild will be indicated and will no longer be based on the oldest component
  8. Year model – For brand-new cars and imported completely built units (CBU) only
  9. Remarks
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“The LTO has just announced that it is extending the registration period for vehicles with plate numbers ending in 3 to either March 15, March 22, March 29, or April 9, depending on the middle digit of its plate number. Look:

“Last month, the LTO gave the same consideration for vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2. No doubt the agency is trying to prevent congestion at its offices in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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No more need for travel authority and medical certificate for local travel

“The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) have loosened travel restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The IATF has issued Resolution No. 101, approving adjusted travel protocols submitted by the DILG. Moving forward, travel authorities issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and medical certificates from local government unit (LGU) health offices will no longer be required for domestic travel, whether by land, air, or sea.

“COVID-19 testing is no longer mandatory for domestic travel as well unless the traveler’s destination LGU requires it. Facility-based quarantine is now required only if a traveler exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at his or her destination LGU.

Province-bound buses from Metro Manila are also being instructed to use the Integrated Terminal Exchange as a central transport hub, as the use of private terminals is not permitted under the new guidelines.

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“The DILG and the IATF are encouraging all LGUs to comply with the updated travel regulations. Travelers are likewise being asked by the agencies to install the StaySafe.ph contact-tracing app on their smartphones to complement the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage travel management system (S-PaSS).

“Despite the loosening of restrictions, the DILF and the IATF are reminding everyone to continue being cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘[Kahit] lumuwag ang travel protocols, paalala po sa travelers na pinapatupad pa rin ang minimum public health standards,’ DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.”

La Union has updated its entry requirements for tourists

“La Union’s local government has released guidelines for non-residents and visitors ahead of its reopening to tourists as travel restrictions ease a year after quarantines.

“The new guidelines will take effect on March 8. For now, only tourists from Region 1 and Baguio City are allowed entry into La Union. A separate Executive Ordering detailing specific requirements and guidelines for non-residents on leisure travel will be issued.

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While that’s not out yet, you can prepare forms and documents beforehand.

  1. NAPANAM QR code. You’ll need a NAPANAM QR Code, which will be presented at border control points. You can register on the NAPANAM website to get your unique code. The code may take 48 hours to generate and be sent to you. Citizens are encouraged to fill out the form at least three days before their travel date to ensure that their one-time registration pushes through.
  2. Government ID. A government-issued ID needs to be presented to ascertain your identity. Examples of these are a passport, driver’s license, SSS ID, GSIS ID, PRC ID, or a voter’s ID, to name a few.

“Other things you need to know: Wearing of face masks plus shields is required in the whole province of La Union. Physical distancing, frequent hand disinfection, and cough etiquette are also mandatory.

“If you’re from a high-risk level area—GCQ or higher quarantine classification—you’ll be required to present a negative RT-PCR test issued within the last seven days. Only RT-PCR test results will be accepted. Rapid tests and antigen tests will not be honored.

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“Much like everywhere else in the country, travelers need to submit themselves to a clinical assessment at border control points. Medical personnel onsite will check temperatures and possible symptoms. Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will be confined for testing, isolation, treatment, and monitoring.”

LRT-2 extension to Antipolo will be fully operational next month

“The Marikina-to-Antipolo portion of the LRT-2, also known as the East Extension, will be open to the public on April 27, the Department of Transportation has announced.

“The Marikina Station (in front of Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall and Robinsons Metro East) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag) will have a soft opening on April 26, with operations to start the next day.

“The new stations will serve commuters traveling between Recto, Manila, and Masinag, Antipolo. Travel time between Recto and Masinag will take only 40 minutes. Once completed, the LRT-2 East Extension can accommodate an additional 80,000 passengers daily, bumping up the line’s daily passenger capacity to to 240,000.

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“Package 1 of the extension project—which consists of the construction of the eastbound and westbound viaducts—is finished. Package 2, which involves the design and construction of stations is also substantially complete, said Light Rail Transit Authority spokesperson Hernando Cabrera.

“The project’s electromechanical system, rails, power supply, telecommunications, and signaling system are all part of Package 3, where work is underway, he added: ‘Ongoing po ngayon yan at pina-fast-track na po natin yung trabaho natin diyan para matupad po natin yung target na April 26 inauguration.’”

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PHOTO: LTO, Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, Department of Transportation on Facebook
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