SENATOR Mary Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares on Thursday welcomed the memorandum issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) reiterating its statement last week that checks done by private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs) are still not mandatory.    

“At the minimum, this assures our vehicle owners and motorists a choice that is more convenient and favorable to them amid the pandemic’s challenges,” said Ms. Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, in a statement. 

The LTO memo issued on Monday specified that vehicle owners can still choose between either a PMVIC inspection or a private emission testing center (PETC) result when applying for a vehicle registration renewal. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan