Motorists that wish to renew their driver's license or vehicle registration might soon be able to do so in the future. During his speech regarding General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that more government functions will be available soon. One of these services is the registration of motor vehicles.
Roque himself said that government offices are now ready to serve, saying “bukas na po iyan,” (They are open) for GCQ areas. The spokesperson added that social distancing measures will be followed and have instructed the respective departments, the LTO (Land Transportation Office) included, to comply with these rules.
“Siguro ang pag pila ngayon parang pila sa supermarket. Yung mga upuan malayo sa isa't isa para po nga maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19,” said Roque.
[Perhaps lining up these days will be like lining up in the supermarket. The chairs must be far away from each other in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.]
He also suggested warming up air-conditioning units in enclosed spaces to prevent people from hanging around the area. On a national level, all government administrative offices must be open by May 2, 2020. GCQ rules also require those traveling on the road must have an ID that states the holder's name and address, just like the driver's license.
As it has been just been announced at the time of writing, the LTO has yet to release social distancing guidelines in their registration and license renewal offices. It is also unknown if the LTO will give a grace period for those who need to renew driver's licenses once General Community Quarantine rules are in effect. We might expect the LTO to come up with a statement soon in order to clarify more questions the motoring public has at the moment.
Under GCQ rules, selected non-essential workers will be allowed to report for duty. These include electronic specialists, those in the export trade, manufacturing, e-commerce, delivery and courier services, repair services, maintenance, and housing. The government has also instructed companies to still continue a work-from-home arrangement for half of their employees. These industries are banking and finance, BPOs (Business Process Outsourcing), and non-leisure trade and services.
Schools, amusement centers, leisure facilities, gaming, and tourism services shall remain closed. Senior citizens (aged 60 and above), children and young adults (aged 0 to 20), and high-risk persons (those with medical conditions) will not be allowed to go out of their residences.