By Jan Vincent Leuterio
DAVAO DEL NORTE: The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Tagum only caters 250 clients per day following an order to “decongest” the office amidst the COVID19 pandemic.
This was stated by Ms. Marrieta Piccio, Provincial Director of LTO Davao del Norte during Pakigsayod today, May 27, 2020.
She said that to minimize the number of transactions due to the pandemic, the usual number of transactions is cut off by 50 percent.
As such, only 100 priority numbers are released for driver’s license transactions, 100 priority numbers for registration, and 50 for TOP violation transactions per day.
She mentioned however that people may opt for an “online appointment” beforehand to avoid waiting in line.
Those who carry print-outs of their online appointment will be priority to be catered in the office. There are 20 online appointment slots available for each type of transaction. Aside from that, frontliners are prioritized as well.
Piccio added that people do not need to worry since registration is “extended for 60 days (until July 19)” for those who have expired within March 16 to May 20.
The same applies for the license, emission, and medical as well. But TOP will only have 30 extension days to settle their violation, and she noted that the TOP may not be used as a temporary license before the settlement.
For registration transactions, there is a schedule to be followed. The LTO from May 20 to May 29 will only cater those who have expired registration or plate numbers ending in number 3; from June 1 to 19 will be those ending in 4; from June 22 to July 10 will be those ending in 5.
With these, she reassured that there will be enough time and there is no need to rush.
(Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA XI/SRNY/RSP)