Yesterday, August 29, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Office rolled out the new driver's license cards with five-year validity. Spearheading the rollout of new driver's license cards was Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, who himself also tried out the new system of applying for a driver's license card. In fact, they showcased Tugade's license to showcase the new design and material of the card.
Today, August 30, the DOTr has issued a statement that Secretary Tugade's license card during the rollout at the LTO main office was merely for demonstration purposes only. Secretary Tugade has stated multiple times that he himself does not drive.
The DOTr states that Secretary Tugade applied for the driver's license card in order to test the speed and accuracy of the new system, from encoding the data to the printing of the license cards. Secretary Tugade even stated that he intentionally placed errors in the application form to check the new system's efficiency, and how fast an encoder could rectify a mistake.
Following the demonstration, Secretary Tugade instructed LTO chief Edgar Galvante to immediately erase his data in the system. Furthermore, he even asked to cancel the license that was just issued to him. The secretary lauded the efforts of the Galvante and LTO personnel for the new system, but he also recommends to the LTO chief on how human intervention could be minimized in hopes of eradicating fixers and corruption in the system.