The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is blaming sabotage and not supply shortage for the delay in the issuance of license plates.
LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador said some employees on the ground are deliberately delaying the orders to get back at management for implementing supposed reforms.
''We've tried to streamline our processes. We've tried to eliminate things that are not necessary so that we can serve the public better but in this process a lot of people got hurt, that's why they're trying to get back at us,'' Salvador told ANC's Headstart.
''There is some sabotage, but of course there are some other problems.''
Meanwhile, Salvador stood by the quality of the LTO's new plates, pointing out that they follow international standards. He made this statement in light of claims that the new license plates get easily damaged.
Among the complaints being received by the LTO were that the plates get easily bent, their paints chip off easily, and their barcodes are not readable.
Salvador denied the new license plates suffer from these problems. He said anyone who has complaints should report to the agency.
''We don't claim that our plates are indestructible, that this cannot be damaged, but what we're saying is that if you have any complaints with regards to the plates, show it to us so that we can investigate,'' he said.
''We're not saying that there won't be any quality damages here but there are a lot of conditions on the road that we are not in control of so if there are damages, show it to us then if we can prove that it's based on the quality then we'll get the attention of our manufacturers and replace it."
Salvador added the LTO plans to lower the cost of the plates as soon as they get approval. - ANC