19 June 2018
Quezon City, Philippines—The Land Transportation Office (LTO) today said that it has started to ship the first batch of motor vehicle plates produced by the Plate Making Plant.
LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said that plates registered from 01 July to 31 October 2016, are being circulated to LTO Regional Offices (ROs), by batches, for distribution to the District Offices (DOs), which will release them to their respective vehicle owners.
Plates Ready for shipment to the LTO Regional Office.
“The LTO will release the available vehicle plates simultaneously nationwide by first week of July,” Galvante announced.
According to the LTO Chief, “The LTO-CO will be giving guidelines as to the distribution.”
“The LTO will notify the vehicle owners on the dates they may claim their plates. We ask our clients to wait for their notification so they do not waste their time going to the LTO Office only to be disappointed,” Galvante emphasized.
“The LTO will deliver the plates by batch to the ROs as soon as they become available to make the release at the DOs continuous,” Galvante added.
The LTO Chief further said that as of Monday, June 18, 387,000 pieces of motor vehicle plates have been produced.
“We are continuously finding ways to enhance the plate production capacity,” he added.
On motorcycle plates, Galvante reiterated that there is a pending Bill at Congress to design a differently-sized plate.
He assured motorcycle plate owners that, “We will produce the motorcycle plates as soon as Congress gives the go-signal. Motorcycle owners are free to use their motorcycles as long as these are registered, with their respective MV File Numbers displayed.”
Personnel inspecting the vehicle plates before shipment.
It may be recalled that the LTO inaugurated the Plate Making Plant last April 24, 2018. The contract for the procurement of 775,000 pairs of motor vehicle plates and 1.7 million pieces of motorcycle plates to address the plate requirements from 01 July 2016 to 31 December 2017 was awarded to Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and JH Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GmbH Joint Venture.
On the plates registered before 01 July 2016, the LTO Chief said that the Agency is awaiting the Commission on Audit (COA) resolution on the disallowance.
The LTO Chief reminds clients not to patronize unauthorized persons who claim they can facilitate the release of the plates for a fee.