LTO to extend driver’s license validity
Starting October 8, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be processing driver’s licenses that will be valid up to five years. However, the agency focuses on the processing of documents only, and not in the releasing of cards. According to LTO legal counsel Romeo Vera Cruz, the cards may not yet be available due to procurement hitches. The agency hopes the government will address this issue before the year ends.
Unlimited Smart WiFi access in NAIA
All Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals now have free unlimited access to mobile internet. This is made possible in partnership with Smart Communications and PLDT Inc., in addition to the currently available connections in several local airports such as the following: Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Roxas, Zamboanga, General Santos, Kalibo, Laoag, and Dumaguete. The public-private partnership aims to help promote local and international tourism in the country.
Travel Assistance Program for Filmmakers
A recent win in an International Film Festival has led to travel assistance programs for filmmakers. (Photo from fdcp.ph)
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) takes its pledge to support local filmmakers through travel assistance program. This aims to provide standardized incentives to filmmakers who pass the qualifications stated by Liza Diño in a press conference.
Film directors Lav Diaz and Brillante Mendoza have recently brought honor to the country through their award-winning films Ma’Rosa, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, and Ang Babaeng Humayo in prestigious international film festivals.
Parañaque City to restore number coding scheme
Starting the month of October, the Parañaque City proper is taking the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program commonly known as the number coding scheme anew. However, the traffic system will have a window period of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. During the first week of implementation, no violation ticket will be issued to offenders of the coding scheme, but they will just be informed by the traffic enforcers of the new regulation.
This said traffic scheme is implemented to help ease the worsening traffic in Southern Metro Manila due to ongoing infrastructure projects. However, four major roads that Parañaque shares with Pasay were not included in the scheme. These roads, Macapagal Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Airport Road, and MIA Road, lead to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
TRADE, FAIR, AND EXPO
Bahandi Eastern Visayas Trade Fair
Products from Eastern Visayas take center stage at Megatrade Hall. (Photo from Bahandi Eastern Visayas Trade Fair Event’s Page)
This week is a time for getting to know the Visayan products and goods. The BAHANDI Regional Trade Fair 2016 will be happening on October 5 to 9, at Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall. This annual regional trade fair is a great venue for Visayan producers to introduce their products to potential customers and business partners, especially exporters.
With the theme, “Promoting Pride… Inspiring Innovation… Celebrating Change…” the event “intends to showcase the momentum that has driven Region 8 producers in their recovery from the super typhoon Yolanda, proving their resiliency and openness to product innovations, adapting to changes in business environment, and carry on with pride as economic drivers of the region.” 
World Travel Expo 2016
World Travel Expo aims to be the ultimate event for travel industry players in the Philippines. (Photo from World Travel Expo 2016 Event’s Page)
One of the biggest and most-awaited travel expo in the country, World Travel Expo 2016, is set to happen on October 7 to 9 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Over a hundred booths will present travel-related conferences, workshops, and activities that can be beneficial to both exhibitors and visitors. Majority of booths is expected to offer lots of great travel packages, deals, and discounts . There will also be several contests that promise generous prizes. Everyone is invited by registering at http://www.worldtravelexpo.ph/registration-2/.
ManilArt: The Biggest Art Fair Exhibition in the Philippines (Photo from ManilArt 2016 Events Page)
The 8th edition of ManilArt will run from October 6 to 9, at SMX Convention Center in Pasay and SM Aura in Taguig. This year’s theme, “Ushering in a New Golden Age of Filipino Art” reflects the Filipinos’ diverse culture and honed visual arts. Thirty local and international galleries will participate in the event, all aiming to elevate the Philippine art scene through various exhibits.