Mayor Ernesto Evangelista delivers his speech on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2021 during the distribution of plastic license cards to Tomasino motorists who availed the services of Dangpanan Ni Tomas. Photo by: Santo Tomas MIO

Mayor Ernesto Evangelista and Barangay Tibal-og village chief Ricky Inodio-an on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2021 led the distribution of plastic license cards to 150 Tomasino motorists who were assisted by the Dangpanan Ni Tomas when they applied their driverโ€™s license to the Land Transportation Office.

All first batch beneficiaries have received their LTO-issued non-professional license card which allows an individual to drive a vehicle for personal purposes or for private use only.

In his speech, Mayor Evangelista thanked all the beneficiaries for taking the initiative to get a driverโ€™s license by availing the services of Dangpanan Ni Tomas.

He explained that the LTO Outreach Caravan is now an expanded service offered by Dangpanan Ni Tomas after seeing the need of rolling out a caravan of services intended for those who want to get a driverโ€™s license.

Evangelista also thanked the support given by Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, 2nd District Congressman Alan Dujali for the support extended to the programs and services of DNT with the LTO Outreach Caravan as its latest expanded service.

Evangelista then ordered the Dangpanan Ni Tomas for the opening of registration for the second batch of motorists who want to apply for a Non-Professional License card so that more Tomasinos could benefit from the services offered by the Santo Tomas LGU.

For his part, Barangay Tibal-og village chief Ricky Inodio-an underscored the importance of having a license for motorists who want to operate a motor vehicle.

He also urged Tomasino motorists to always comply with the traffic laws and apply the trainings they learned when they drive their vehicle. Inodio-an thanked the Evangelista administration for initiating the caravan of government services here in Santo Tomas with LTO bringing their Outreach Caravan for Non-Professional Driverโ€™s License.

He also expressed his full support to the thrusts and programs of the Evangelista administration anchored on the โ€œAksyon Ang Solusyonโ€ program.

Meanwhile, Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiรฑa urged the beneficiaries who received the driverโ€™s license cards to be a โ€œdisciplinedโ€ and โ€œresponsibleโ€ motorists since LTO is implementing a โ€œdemerit systemโ€.

The LTO is implementing a โ€œdemeritโ€ system, which records โ€œdemerit pointsโ€ whenever a motorists violates traffic laws. Violations or demerit points are recorded in the LTOโ€™s system and driversโ€™ will be notified of the demerit points they have accumulated once they renew their licenses.

Republic Act (RA) No. 10930 lengthens the validity of a Philippine driverโ€™s license from 3 to 5 years starting October 2021. It also includes demerit points that will allow motorists to enjoy a 10-year validity period provided the holder doesnโ€™t incur any demerit points. ###