PRIVATE villages and subdivisions can no longer require a motorist to surrender his or her driver’s license prior before being allowed entry.
The Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) arm of the Philippine National Police has reportedly issued a memorandum to security agencies and other organizations with direct links to the handling of security matters in villages, subdivisions and the like to do away with the practice of asking for a driver’s license as a requirement for access as ordered by their homeowners association.
The advisory circulating online and signed by SOSIA acting chief Col. Sidney N. Villaflor reminds concerned parties of Republic Act 4136 otherwise known as “An Act to Compile the Laws Relative to Land Transportation and Traffic Rules to create a Land Transportation Commission and for Other Purposes” that does not authorize subdivisions, villages and condominiums “to take custody, even on a temporary basis, the license issued by the LTO.
Inquirer Mobility sources confirmed the authenticity of the memorandum.
The memorandum also cited the same Republic Act 4136 as empowering only personnel of the LTO and others who are duly deputized by the agency to secure and or confiscate driver’s licenses.
The SOSIA advisory dated June 15, 2020 instead ordered these residential areas to accept any valid government-issued identification cards instead of driver’s licenses.
The strict implementation of the driver’s license as a requirement entry by posh villages and subdivisions had been persistently questioned in the past and the reason for frequent altercations among security guards and visitors in the past.