Quezon City, Philippines--The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Land Transportation Office (LTO), will release this afternoon to automotive dealers and owners nationwide, the plates of motor vehicles registered in July 2016.
DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade will grace the event with LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante, along Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go, House Committee on Transportation Chairman and Cong. Cesar V. Sarmiento (Catanduanes, Lone District), and Cong. Federico S. Sandoval II (Malabon, Lone District).
Vehicle owners who have registered their vehicle during this period may claim their plates at the Authorized District Office (ADO) or through their respective dealers.
One of Secretary Tugade's marching orders when he assumed his post was to make sure that the problem on the lack of vehicle plates be resolved the soonest possible time.
"Itong problema na ito ay matagal na inireklamo at idinaing ng mga kababayan natin. Sino ba naman ang matutuwa na nagbabayad ka ng tama tapos aabutin ng siyam siyam bago makuha ang plaka. Kaya tuld ng ipinangako ng ating Pangulo, heto ho, inayos namin, heto ho, may plaka na kayo" said Secretary Tugade.
The Transportation Chief further adds that it only took political will to solve a problem that seemed so impossible in the past.
"Unti unti po nating aayusin ang mga problema. Magtiwala lang po kayo sa amin lalo't nagsisipag ng husto ang mga ahensya sa ilalim ng DOTr para guminhawa ang buhay natin. Utos po iyan ni Presidente Duterte kaya sisikapin nating matupad at masolusyunan" said Secretary Tugade.
According to LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante, the plates for the succeeding months of 2016 are already being shipped to the Regional Offices for distribution to the ADOs and dealers.
"Today, we will start the release of the plates nationwide for vehicles registered July 2016," Asec. Galvante said.
As of yesterday, 04 July 2018, the LTO Plate Making Plant has produced a total of 231,332 pairs of motor vehicle plates since it started operating in April. These plates are enough to cover the July to December 2016 requirements.
However, he said that the release of plates will be gradual and will be announced in the succeeding months.
"We ask the vehicle plate owners to wait for their notification. We do not want the owners to rush to the District Offices only to find out that their plates are not yet there," Asec Galvante emphasized.
Motorists who registered their vehicles before 01 July 2016 (2013 to June 2016) will not receive their license plates yet, as these are under a different contract from another supplier. The LTO Chief reiterated that the said contract is still the subject of the Commission on Audit (COA) disallowance.
He however expressed, “We are positive that the COA decision will come out soon.”
On motorcycle (MC) plates, Asec. Galvante said that these will be issued as soon as the Bill for differrently--sized plates is enacted