MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to implement the mandatory scheduled medical check-up for driver’s license holders.
“Ang ini-adopt naming measure, kung ang mabibigyan ng 5-year licenses, they have to submit themselves for medical checkup on the 3rd year of license. For 10 years naman on 3rd, 5th, 7th year kailangan silang magpa medical checkup,” LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante said.
This is aside from the usual medical clearance that must be submitted as a requirement for license renewal.
In an interview with the program, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, the LTO chief said this will ensure that drivers are in the best of health.
“You are given so many days at kapag hindi nagregister sa LTO system na ikaw ay nagkaroon ng checkup, mapapadalhan ka ng message reminding you. Kung hindi mo sinusunod yun, ma-alarm ang lisensya mo na maaring suspindido ang pribilihiyo mo hanggat hindi mo nagagawa iyon,” Galvante said.
The LTO chief said the policy is in accordance with Republic Act Number 10930 or “An Act Rationalizing and Strengthening the Policy Regarding Driver’s License by Extending the Validity Period of Drivers’ Licenses, And Penalizing Acts in Violation of its Issuance and Application Amending for those Purposes Section 23 of Republic Act No. 4136, as amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 398 and Executive Order No. 1011, otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.”
Check-ups will be done only by LTO-accredited doctors and clinics.
These doctors and clinics will be linked to the LTO portal for immediate reporting and recording of the result of the check-up.
Although this may seem as additional expenditure on the part of the motorists, Galvante insisted that it is a necessary expense as it will ensure the health and safety of drivers and passengers.
“I think it’s a necessary expense […] It’s a way of checking yourself whether fit ka,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines said their group was among those consulted by the LTO regarding the new policy.
“Kailangan talaga yan kasi marami tayo dumaan lang sa fixer, hindi kumuha ng tamang exam. So ngayon, mas maganda yan ma-filter na,” said Atoy Sta. Cruz, the group’s president.
Last November 3, the LTO-NCR rolled out the issuance of licenses with 10-year validity.
The agency targets to implement the new policy nationwide before the year ends. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)