UPDATE: Department of Transportation (DOTr) Asec. Goddess Hope Libiran has clarified that the LTO does not have a directive regarding the mandatory seminar. For now, there is only a proposal for possible discussions/consultations for the mandatory seminar.



Motorists in the Davao Region that need license renewal might soon be required to attend a mandatory seminar. That is according to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region XI. 

According to Loida Igdanes, spokesperson for the LTO Region XI, there will be strict issuance of driver's licenses that will be valid for ten years. With it, all license renewals must undergo a reorientation seminar beginning in October 2021, but that's if things go their way. Currently, LTO Region IX is waiting for the final guidelines from the LTO National Office. However, should there be no advisory from the main office, Igdanes said they won't implement the seminar.

“The four-hour reorientation course is needed for non-professional driver’s license while eight-hour reorientation course is required for holders of the professional driver’s license,” Igdanes said.

The LTO said that motorists with no records of traffic violations on their license are eligible for the ten-year validity. LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante believes that this strict incentive will ensure that only law-abiding motorists will benefit from it.

While the reorientation would prove beneficial to those securing a 10-year valid driver's license, some say the seminar should not be a requirement. Meanwhile, others say that the mandatory reorientation will take up more of their time while at the LTO.

That said, the current health crisis makes it difficult to do face-to-face seminars. Perhaps the LTO can come up with a way to implement the proposal without the risk of spreading the virus.