New ma­chines to re­duce li­cense plate back­log

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

THE LAND Trans­porta­tion Of­fice have gained head­way in ad­dress­ing the na­tion­wide back­log in li­cense plates with the pur­chase of new pro­duc­tion ma­chines.

In a phone in­ter­view, LTO Law En­force­ment Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Fran­cis Rey Almora ex­plained around three mil­lion li­cense plates are set to be pro­duced with the de­liv­ery of the new ma­chines on Fe­bru­ary 26.

"All in all, what we are look­ing at is around three mil­lion plates which we are solv­ing with the ac­qui­si­tion of th­ese new ma­chines. We are con­sid­er­ing a three-hour, two-shift oper­a­tion," Almora said.

LTO's li­cense plate back­log from Jan­uary 2015 to De­cem­ber 2017 was at 8.2 mil­lion, but with the ac­qui­si­tion of the new ma­chines, it is ex­pected to pro­duce 3.4 mil­lion plates pend­ing since July 2016.

The five Man­ual Em­boss­ing Ma­chines could pro­duce up to 200 li­cense plates or 100 pairs of front and rear plates per hour, while ma­chine sup­pli­ers, Tro­jan Com­puter Forms Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and J.H. Ton­njes E.A.S.T. GmbH & Co. KG Joint Ven­ture, lent two more man­ual ma­chines, while an Au­to­mated Em­boss­ing Ma­chine will be de­liv­ered in July.

"Th­ese will re­ally in­crease the pro­duc­tion, and be­fore year-end, there will be a new au­to­mated one which will cater to the MC (mo­tor­cy­cle) plates," Almora added.

The new ve­hi­cle plates are ex­pected to start its dis­tri­bu­tion in var­i­ous re­gions of the coun­try on the last week of April this month on­wards hav­ing the new safety fea­tures com­posed of a QR code and RFID.

Mean­while, there are 4.8 mil­lion li­cense plates for ve­hi­cles pur­chased from Jan­uary 2015 to June 2016 un­der a P3.8 bil­lion con­tract which is still sub- ject to a No­tice of Disal­lowance by the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (COA).

The or­der was due to al­leged fa­voritism by the Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment to the sup­plier, Dutch firm J. Knieriem BV-Goes, de­spite its lack of fi­nan­cial ca­pa­bil­ity.

The au­dit com­mis­sion vowed to speed up the lift­ing of the No­tice of Disal­lowance af­ter the Supreme Court or­der by ex­pe­dit­ing the process at COA af­ter it would have re­ceived the de­ci­sion and or­der of the Supreme Court ex­pected to be re­leased any­time soon.

In Jan­uary, the Supreme Court lifted the stay or­der on the re­lease of more than

700,000 mod­ern­ized li­cense plates equipped with safety fea­tures.

Th­ese plates were con­fis­cated by the Bureau of Cus­toms (BOC) af­ter the man­u­fac­turer failed to pay taxes.

The Bureau of Cus­toms do­nated the plates to the LTO which pe­ti­tion­ers ques­tioned the le­gal­ity of the do­na­tion un­der the LTOMo­tor Ve­hi­cle Li­cense Plate Stan­dard­iza­tion Pro­gram.

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