MANILA - The Land Transportation Office's (LTO) backlog in the delivery of driver's license cards is still in the hundreds of thousands, Assistant Secretary Roberto Cabrera said on Tuesday.
In an interview on dzMM, Cabrera said the agency has erased a backlog of about 700,000 cards dating back to last year, but more cards have yet to be delivered.
"Ngayon ang backlog namin more or less is for two months, nasa mga 500,000 to 600,000 cards," he said.
The backlog stemmed from a 2013 order by the Commission on Audit that prevented LTO from transacting with its previous supplier, Amalgamated Motors Philippines, due to lack of a proper contract.
LTO was able to secure a P336-million contract with AllCard Plastics Inc. for 5 million cards in one year, but a temporary restraining order (TRO) was issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court last year.
The TRO has since been lifted, which will allow LTO to pay AllCard.
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The LTO also finalized its emergency procurement of license cards last week before the TRO was lifted. The procurement of 350,000 cards is enough to cover a month of backlog. -- With a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News