LTO not abolishing online portal, but may scrap online exam for drivers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Saturday clarified it has no plans to abolish its Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) online portal.

The agency, however, said it may consider scrapping the online exam for drivers applying for or renewing their licenses.

LTO chief Teofilo Guadiz earlier revealed that "fixers" are using the online Comprehensive Driver's Education or CDE online validation exam to charge applicants at a higher price.

In a statement on Saturday, the LTO said a technical working group (TWG) was already formed last month to align steps in solving the problem of fixers, who are also notorious for forging certificates from driving schools.

It added that the TWG is also looking into ways to ensure that the applicant is really the one attending the seminar and taking the exam.

"[W]e feel is that kulang lang 'yung app ng facial recognition for us to be able to effectively use the portal," Guadiz said during the Department of Transportation's budget deliberations at the Senate on Friday. "If that feature is added, hindi na pwedeng mangdaya. Dapat kitang-kita ng portal 'yung nag-eexam, 'yung talagang may-ari ng driver's license."

[Translation: We feel that the app lacks facial recognition for us to be able to effectively use the portal. If that feature is added, cheating won't be possible anymore because the portal can clearly see who's taking the exam, the real owner of the driver's license.]

The LTO chief also said the agency is now in the process of developing the feature on its online portal.