LTO moves to end car plate, license backlogs

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Posted at Jan 16 2016 01:26 PM

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MANILA - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Saturday guaranteed that they started measures to resolve the backlog in releasing car plates and driver's licenses.

Newly appointed LTO Assistant Secretary Atty. Roberto Cabrera said they have filed a motion for consideration (MR) to lift the notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit (COA) against the LTO license plate standardization program.

The notice has barred the agency from paying their supplier of car plates, Dutch-Filipino consortium PPI-JKG Philippines Inc. The firm, in turn, refused to release car plates.

"Although mayroong budget na kami, may pambayad kami roon [sa supplier], nakatengga po kami hanggang hindi ma-light iyun (notice of disallowance)... Hopefully, maintindihan po ng COA at payagan na kaming bayaran," Cabrera told radio dzMM.

"Kapag binayaran na po, makukuha na po namin sa mga bodega ang mga plaka. Siguro that's numbering more or less one million plates."

Cabrera said the agency is also searching for legal remedies on the the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) ruling which stopped the award and payment of the driver's license card supply contract to Allcard Philippines Inc.

He said that in the meantime, they have started an inventory to find licenses which could have been misplaced.

"Ang nangyayari po kasi ngayon, may mga kulang pa kami na supply na nagti-trickle pa sa mga regions, sa district offices natin... Mayroon po akong pinahahanap na baka, nawawala lang, na-misplace lang. Ipinapa-inventory ko na po iyun," Cabrera said.