April 27, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Tuesday started the processing of the new license plates before releasing them to the public.
LTO chief Roberto Cabrera III and the Commission on Audit (COA) led the opening and inspection of the 11 container vans, where the 300,000 pairs of vehicle license plates and 400,000 plates for motorcycles were placed.
The container vans arrived at the LTO compound along East Avenue in Quezon City last April 24.
The COA directed the verification, sorting, barcoding and encoding of the plates.
Cabrera said the plates need to undergo security measures to make sure they land to the correct regions and eventually to the right vehicles.
He also said this would prevent the possible production of fake license plates or “kambal plaka” by unscrupulous people.
First to be released to the LTO regional directors are license plates for Region 12 (Soccsksargen) and National Capital Region (NCR).
Cabrera said they plan to release them to the public in two to three weeks.
He clarified that this shipment only covers 10 percent of the total backlog in license plates.
“We are hopeful that the backlog will be covered in six months,” he said.
Under the contract with Power Plates Development Concept Inc. (JKG-PPI), 15 million plates are set to be delivered in a span of five years.
Cabrera said JKG-PPI assured that there are already 2.5 million blank plates that are on standby in case the LTO needs them.
However, releasing these plates to vehicle owners still requires clearance from the COA.
The COA previously issued a Notice of Disallowance to the LTO that prevented the agency from continuing its deal with JKG-PPI.
The COA issued the notice after state auditors ruled that the contract of LTO with JKG-PPI was not in accordance with the procedures prescribed under the Government Procurement Reform Act.
“We have the money to pay the supplier if COA finally lifts the Notice of Disallowance,” said Cabrera.
“I hope the COA will finally realize the inconvenience the public will be facing due to the pending releases of the license plates,” he added. – EAN