Quezon City, Philippines—The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said that it is all-set for motor vehicle plate production as the agency inaugurates its new plate making plant today at the LTO main office compound in this City. The event highlights the celebration of LTO’s 106th Founding Anniversary.

LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said that, “Starting tomorrow, April 25, the LTO will be manufacturing motor vehicle plates with enhanced security features.”

“With this new Plant, the LTO now has the capability to produce the plates. Plate production will be faster than outsourcing the service. No more waiting for plates from overseas. We can immediately deliver the plates by batch to the Regional Offices for distribution,” Assec Galvante added.

The plate making plant is part of the Php978.800 million contract awarded to Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and JH. Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GmbH Joint Venture 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 and beyond.

“However, with the presence of a Congress-proposed bill for differently-sized motorcycle plates, we have to defer motorcycle plate production. Instead, we will convert the plates allotted for motorcycles to motor vehicle plates,” Galvante explained.

The new plate making machine, composed of seven (7) units of Manual Embossing Machines; five (5) units of Hot Foil Stamping Machines; and five (5) units of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) printers, were delivered at the LTO last February.

“The new plate making plant is capable of producing 22,400 pieces of motor vehicle plates per day on a two (2)-shift, eight (8) hour per shift schedule,” the LTO Chief added.

The automated embossing machine, still a part of the contract, will be installed by July 2018. It can produce 11,200 plates per day on a 2-shift schedule.

“The automated embossing machine will make plate production even faster,” Galvante said.

“In fact, in the near future, vehicle owners may immediately bring home their newly-bought vehicles with plates on, as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte directed. We can do this with the fully-operational Plate Making Plant. But first, we have to address the backlog,” the LTO Chief added.

On Special Plates, the LTO Chief stated that, “The Agency will eventually issue Special Plates but again, only after the backlog on regular plates has been addressed.”

Galvante urges the public to deal directly with legitimate LTO personnel at the LTO Office counters and not to transact with fixers.

The total backlog of plates for motor vehicles from July 2016 to March 2018 reached 3.8 million and 5.2 million for motorcycles.