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Land Transportation Office-10 regional director Nelson Manaloto explained to the city council that they could no longer accept manually-issued medical certificates of drivers seeking a license from his office. Gold Star Daily file photo by Cong B. Corrales

Health body looks into LTO’s medical certificate policies

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO-10) told city councilors recently that they could no longer accept manually-issued medical certificates since early February.

This was announced by the LTO-10 Regional Director Nelson Manaloto during the meeting of the City Council committee on health chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane in response to the special report of Councilor Reuben Daba regarding the refusal of the LTO to accept medical certificate issued by the City Health Office.

During the meeting, one of the IT providers of the LTO presented the guidelines for the medical examination, accredited of medical clinics and registration of physicians relative to the issuance of medical certificates to the applicants.

It was learned that LTO came-up with the LTO-IT Medical System because the office received several complaints from doctors regarding the proliferation of fake, pre-signed med certificates.

Based on the guidelines, all medical examinations for applicants shall be performed only in LTO- accredited medical clinics and health facilities.

Before securing the systems, a doctor must ensure that his/her clinic is accredited with the LTO and doctors are free to select any of the three IT providers of the LTO. The private doctors will be given one month to comply with the requirements including the equipment, as cited in the guidelines.

He said he invited all the doctors on Jan. 18 for public consultation. However, he said, his personnel failed to inform the government doctors regarding the consultation. (sp)

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