By Dandan A. Bantugan
Tagbilaran City — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Bohol has started issuing driver’s licenses with five-year validity to clear the backlog of 50,000 plastic cards since November, 2016.
The LTO offices in Tagbilaran and Jagna and the Driver’s License Renewal Center at the Island City Mall started issuing the licenses last Wednesday.
The agency’s extension office in Talibon town cannot print the new cards because its Dermalog machine needs a faster Internet connection.
A ceremonial printing of driver’s licenses was held at the Tagbilaran LTO office led by LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante and LTO Regional Director Victor Caindec.
Issued new licenses in just 10 minutes were Bohol First Lady Pureza Chatto, Acting Provincial Administrator John Boiser and Tagbilaran Mayor John Geesnell Yap.
Florencio Balazuela of the Tagbilaran LTO office said the Dermalog machine took five minutes encoding information and printing a license card.
Balazuela said he could not determine how many licenses can be printed in a day until the backlog is cleared.