Make getting driver’s license easier — Pimentel

AFTER getting his picture taken twice, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III told the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to improve their issuance of driver’s license for the convenience of the public.

Pimentel made the request after he was obliged recently to have his picture taken twice when he applied for the renewal of his driver’s license at the LTO branch in Marikina City.

“Dalawang beses ako kinunan ng pictures and digital signatures at different locations,” he said. “Hindi ba puedeng isang picture na lang para sa isang driver’s license.”

He noted that the practice of the LTO is one of the causes for the delay in the processing of driver’s license applications, a requirement that is being imposed by the Department of Transportation (DoTr).

The first set of the picture and identification card (ID) is a requirement of the IT company Stradcom for its database, according to the DoTr, and the second set is for Dermalog, LTO’s ID license supplier.

“We need to provide our people with fast, efficient and reliable land transportation services and facilities,” Pimentel said, expressing hope that the DoTr and LTO would see the urgency to improve the issuance of a driver’s license.

Pimentel called the attention of DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade to review the current system to make LTO services on par with those of other countries.