The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Tuesday started the processing of license plates before releasing them to the public.
LTO Chief Roberto Cabrera 3rd and the Commission On Audit (COA) led the opening and inspection of 11 container vans where the 300,000 pairs of license plates and 400,000 plates for motorcycles were placed.
The container vans arrived on April 24 at the LTO Compound in East Avenue, Quezon City. COA has directed the verification, sorting, bar coding and encoding of the license plates.
Cabrera said the license plates need to undergo security measures to make sure they land in the correct regions and to prevent the possible production of fake license plates by unscrupulous people.
The first to be released to regional directors are license plates for Region 12 and National Capital Region.
The LTO hopes to release the license plates to the public in two to three weeks.
Cabrera said that the shipment covers 10 percent of the total backlog in license plates
“We are hopeful the backlogs will be covered in six months,” he told reporters.
Under the contract with Power Plates Inc-JKG, 15 million plates are to be delivered in five years.