DOTr-LTO Releases Motor Vehicle Plates, “Republika ng Walang Plaka” No More

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Office (LTO), has started releasing the first batch of motor vehicle plates, which were applied from July to October 2016. The release of the new plates ended the mockery against the DOTr that says the Philippines is a Republic Without Plates.

According to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade during the ceremonial release of the plates, the scathing criticism to the government of being a “Republika ng Walang Plaka” is now finally over.

While the ceremonial release was being held at the LTO Central Office in NCR, LTO’s district offices have also started to release pates to vehicle owners. House Committee on Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento, who was present at the ceremony, hailed the release of the plates as a “day of celebration.”

When Secretary Tugade assumed his post, one of his marching orders was to make sure that the problem on the lack of vehicle plates be resolved the soonest possible time.

One of the long-term solutions was to establish an LTO Plate Making Facility that would allow the government to manufacture plates on its own. Since April to July 4, 2018, the Facility has produced a total of 231,332 pairs of motor vehicle plates. These are enough to cover the July to December 2016 requirements.

However, LTO Chief Edgar Galvante reiterated that the release of plates will be gradual and will be announced in the succeeding months.

The DOTr also clarified that motorists who registered their vehicles before July 1, 2016 (2013 to June 2016) will not receive their license plates yet, as these are under a different contract from another supplier. He reiterated that the said contract is still the subject of a Commission on Audit (COA) disallowance.

Secretary Tugade also reminded the LTO Officials and employees to cut bureaucratic processes and ensure public services are delivered efficiently. He reiterated his warning to LTO employees to shun corruption. Tugade was quoted as saying “Kayong mga opisyal at empleyado ng LTO, sundin ho natin ang sinabi ng ating pangulo. Cut the processing time. Eradicate corruption,” Tugade said.

Source: DOTr FB Page

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