After having such consideration of temporarily suspending the expiry of driver’s licenses, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is then extending the validity of student permits which are bound to expire during the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). Therefore, the following student permits will still be valid until the next working day.
Upon recalling, LTO offices situated on MECQ areas have been closed down in the meantime, given that it can only operate on areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), as these areas are considered as low-risk or medium-risk areas during this COVID-19 pandemic. It may seem that LTO is trying to prioritize the safety of its employees and motorists over anything else, and that extra cautiousness really pays well nowadays.
Moreover, this strategic move should also help them better manage or rather clear the ongoing congestion on some of its offices, which therefore complies with the current safety standards of the government during this stricter Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
Given the circumstances, LTO has extended the validity of student permits until the next working day, as immediate renewal is impossible as of the moment. The memorandum was made effective as of August 4.
It is quite evident that all are encouraged to stay at home for the next 14 days, as it is perhaps the best remedy that could somewhat trigger the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases. Do only go out when you need to acquire basic goods such as groceries and medicines.
LTO has been very considerate among motorists, they’ve managed to eliminate the hassle and has prioritized safety over anything else. As its offices under MECQ areas begin resuming operations, do expect longer lines given the supposed number of pending renewals. The public is further reminded as well to properly adhere to the health and safety protocols put into place.