The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is working overtime in its bid to resolve the license plate backlog in October this year.
“We will print licenses during Saturdays and after office hours on weekdays in order to erase the current backlog of around 900,000 licenses by the beginning of October,” LTO chief Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan Jr. said.
After testing the new system for the issuance of driver’s licenses in 19 sites last week, the LTO opened 25 more sites where applications for driver’s license, student’s permit and conductor’s license can be filed beginning August 24.
“Our effort to break a 30-year monopoly in driver’s license cards supply is finally about to bear fruit. It is unfortunate that we had to resort to temporary licenses for several months, but good governance principles demanded an open, fair, and transparent bid,” Transportation Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said.
“We will now work double time to normalize this service,” he added.
The 25 new sites are the Angeles District Office; Batangas Licensing Center; Biñan Licensing Center; Bulacan Licensing Center; Cavite Licensing Center; Kalookan Licensing Extension Office; La Loma District Office; Las Piñas License Extension Office; Makati Licensing Center; Mandaluyong Extension Office; Manila East District Office; Manila Licensing Center; Manila Renewal Section; Manila South District Office; Marikina District Office; Muntinlupa Extension Office; Pampanga Licensing Center; Parañaque Extension Office; Pasay Licensing Center; Pasig District Office; Quezon City District Office; San Juan Licensing Center; Tacloban Licensing Center; Taguig Extension Office; Valenzuela District Office.
The DOTC recently awarded the LTO License Cards Supply Project to Allcard Plastics, whose P336.868-million bid was 25.3 percent lower than the P450-million budget for the contract.
Allcard is responsible for the delivery of five million license cards over a 12-month period. The supply is intended to cover demand for the next three years.