Driver's licenses issued in the National Capital Region (NCR) will have a longer validity period starting October, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Tuesday.
DOTr extended the validity period of driver's licenses from the current three years to five years.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier expressed this desire during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25.
Duterte then vowed to reduce the processing time for issuing business permits and licenses "to the barest minimum," as he cracked down on red tape.
"In my city, it is always three days for local governments, that will bind the Office of the President down to barangay level," he had said in his first State of the Nation Address.
Duterte said motor vehicle plates should also be issued at the point of sale to prevent backlogs at the Land Transportation Office.
Last month, Senator Ralph Recto also filed a bill extending the validity period of driver's licenses to five years, citing the need to eliminate red tape from the processing of government documents.
- Market Edge, ANC, August 9, 2016