Government agencies and functions, like LTO, may resume operations soon

The LTO may resume operations soon, allowing motorists to renew their licenses and vehicle registration.

During his speech regarding the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque, has confirmed that more government functions will be available soon, and that includes the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

“They are already open for GCQ areas,” said Roque during his recent speech. He also added that social distancing measures will be strictly followed and government agencies, including the LTO, were instructed to abide by these protocols. Roque has compared the requiring queueing process to how they do it in supermarkets, where customers stand in line one meter apart.

Siguro ang pag pila ngayon parang pila sa supermarket. Yung mga upuan malayo sa isa't isa para po nga maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 (Maybe the queueing process will be similar to that of supermarkets. The seats will also going to be placed far from each other to prevent the spread of COVID-19).”

Though the announcement made was just minutes ago, the LTO has yet to publish their statement. There are still many questions, particularly with regard to the waiving of penalties for late registration, as per their earlier announcement before the ECQ.

The GCQ, which will be implemented in some areas, will allow select non-essential industry sectors to finally resume work again. These sectors include electronic specialists, those in the import/export industry, manufacturing, e-commerce, delivery and courier services, repair services, maintenance, and housing. The government still advises these businesses to allow only the minimum necessary number of workers.

Work from home (WFH) arrangements, however, will still be continued for other industries, including Business Process Outsourcing (contact/ call centers) and other non-leisure services.

All other sectors like tourism, schools, amusement centers, gaming, casinos and the like shall remain closed during the GCQ.