No hope for release this year of new LTO license plates, cards

DAGUPAN CITY — An official of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) district office in Dagupan City called on the public not to expect the release of license plates for vehicles and drivers license cards at least within this year.

Aileen Peteros, an evaluator of the LTO district office, admitted that her office has a backlog of more than 10,000 license plates and another 10,000 for license cards to date, acknowledging that the public is already outraged because of the delay.

Speaking on Thursday during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum, Peteros, who represented LTO Regional Director Teofilo Guadiz Jr., said they have initially issued a few license plates for those ending in 1 to 4.

But those whose license plates end in 5 to 0 and the others in lower numbers that have not been issued, should not hope that their license plates will be issued in the next few remaining months of this year as this is a remote possibility already.

Asked on when she thinks these license plates and license cards will be finally issued, Peteros said she is relying on the statement made Secretary Ernesto Tugade during a budget hearing in Congress that these would be finally given out in 2017.

She said the public should not fault the district office for the flak in license plates and license cards since this stems from the alleged flawed contract entered into by the LTO central office and a foreign supplier.

Peteros said although they barely issued license cards, they nevertheless issued motor vehicle stickers which would suffice for the meantime until the license plates are issued.

At the same time, LTO collected a one-time payment of PHP450 for each of the yet to be issued license plates which cannot be returned to the payor anymore as this was already remitted to the national coffer.

This can be returned only on an specific order from the Commission on Audit (COA) which up to now is yet to be received by LTO, she said.

At the same time, Peteros said that the last time they issued license cards to drivers was in February this year, adding that there were 3,000 that they received in August but these were all out in just one week in view of the big number of drivers renewing their license cards. PNA/