The DOTr Memorandum Circular published means that all LTO offices will only be accepting MVIRs issued by accredited PMVICs situated within their Geographical Area of Responsibility (GAOR). Furthermore, this could also mean that the DOTr and LTO will be matching up PMVICs with LTO DOs and EOs depending on their geographical location, for example, an LTO District Office in Bulacan will not accept an MVIRs from a PMVIC in Pampanga. However, it did not declare the specifics of the GAOR, particularly which PMVIC corresponds to an LTO District Office (DO), Extended Office (EO), or vice versa.
Earlier this year, the public raised their issues regarding the requirement for MVIS upon renewal of registration. With that, the Malacañan Palace has then declared that MVIS will not be mandatory for motorists, therefore allowing them just to have the emissions and visual inspection for the registration.
Now, the new memo released by the DOTr requires MVIRs among private motorists, though only emissions tests and visual inspection will be looked at during the process. If there is no PMVIC in the GAOR of the LTO in your area, then the report from a local Private Emission Testing Center (PETC) will do.
In order to convince more motorists to support PMVICs, the DOTr will still apply its lowered fees. Specifically, prices range from P1,800 to just P600 for private vehicles, PUVs for P300, and P500 for motorcycles. If the memo will push through, then motorists who are planning to renew their vehicle registrations might need to visit the nearest PMVIC before heading to LTO.