LTO to start is­su­ing li­cense plates in March

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MANILA -- The Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO) will start is­su­ing li­cense plates by March next year, assuring mo­torists it will pro­ceed with the pro­cure­ment in ac­cor­dance with the law.

In a state­ment Thurs­day, the LTO said it has is­sued a no­tice of award to the win­ning bid­der in the pro­cure­ment of li­cense plates worth PHP978.8 mil­lion last De­cem­ber 1.

The win­ning bid­der Tro­jan Com­puter Forms Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and J.H. Ton­njes E.A.S.T. GmbH & Co. KG Joint Ven­ture will pro­vide the per­for­mance se­cu­rity with the ini­tial de­liv­ery of li­cense plates sched­uled some­time in March 2018.

“The LTO as­sures the pub­lic that the agency is do­ing the best it can, in com­pli­ance with ex­ist­ing laws and reg­u­la­tions, to de­liver the li­cense plates,” LTO chief and De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Edgar Gal­vante said in a state­ment.

The de­lay in the is­suance of li­cense plates was caused by the tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der of the Supreme Court (SC) in June 2016 pre­vent­ing the LTO and then De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (DOTC) from dis­tribut­ing 700,000 li­cense plates turned over by the Bureau of Cus­toms af­ter the plates' sup­plier-im­porter failed to pay the re­quired cus­toms du­ties.

The 2013 pro­cure­ment of mo­tor ve­hi­cle (MV)/ mo­tor­cy­cle (MC) plates, which cov­ers the sup­ply of li­cense plates from ?2014-2018, was ques­tioned be­fore the courts and the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit which re­mains pend­ing to date.

“Thus, when the present ad­min­is­tra­tion came in July 2016, there was no bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for pro­cure­ment of li­cense plates for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Un­con­vinced that the pro­cure­ment of li­cense plates is de­pen­dent on the res­o­lu­tion of the cases in­volv­ing the pre­vi­ous pro­cure­ment, Asec. Gal­vante then re­quested for ad­di­tional funds to be in­cluded in the LTO’s 2017 bud­get in the amount of PHP 400 mil­lion in or­der to

pro­ceed with the pro­cure­ment of li­cense plates,” the LTO said.

De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) Sec­re­tary Arthur Tu­gade ap­proved the re­quest and al­lo­cated PHP1 bil­lion from the de­part­ment’s bud­get for LTO’s pro­cure­ment of li­cense plates in Novem­ber last year.

House Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez on Wed­nes­day urged Gal­vante to re­sign over the agency's fail­ure to re­lease new li­cense plates with an es­ti­mated back­log reach­ing 6 mil­lion.

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