It didn’t take long after the Duterte administration promised to extend the validity of driver’s licenses when the Department of Transportation (DOTr) simply made the proper and precise moves to begin prompt implementation.

Promise fulfilled.

Starting October 2016, motorists who will go to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) or its satellite branches in various parts of Metro Manila to renew their driver’s licenses will receive it with a five-year validity.

This effectively increases the validity of professional and non-professional driver’s license from three to five years.

“Licenses in the National Capital Region will start to have a five-year validity by October 2016, instead of the earlier announced September 19 as the LTO would like to ensure that there will be no glitches with the new system,” said Cherie Mercado, spokesperson of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Increasing the validity driver’s licenses is part of the solution to reduce the cues at LTO offices as per President Duterte’s order.

After initial implementation in all LTO branches in Metro Manila, the rest of the regions will follow suit soon after.