Last July, we told you LTO is in need of P2.5 billion to finance the production of over 18 million motorcycle plates. Unfortunately, its proposed 2022 budget was not approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The sad news was shared by LTO chief Edgar Galvante during the House hearing on the proposed budget of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
“Ang malaki po naming problema is ‘yung sa motorcycle. Sa projection po ng LTO, kailangan ng 18 million plates hanggang June 30, 2022. Bagamat humingi po tayo ng pondo, sa kasamaang palad hindi po tayo napagbigyan dito,” LTO chief Edgar Galvante said.
“’Yun po sanang kakulangan, gusto po sana natin itong i-contract out kasi po ‘yung capacity ng ating planta hindi kakayaning matugunan ‘yung bulk ng plaka ng motorsiklo,” Galvante added.
So far, LTO has produced 3.6 million motorcycle plates in compliance with Republic Act No. 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act which requires bigger, readable, and color-coded number plates and identification marks.
As for four-wheeled vehicles, the LTO Chief assured the public that they are up to date. This is for vehicles registered from July 2016 up to the present. According to him, vehicle owners who don’t have new plates should coordinate with their dealers, because it’s probably just there.
“Kung ‘yun sa plaka ng mga four-wheeled vehicles, ‘yun pong mga sasakyang narehistro starting July 2016 onwards up to the present, kumbaga current na po tayo sa mga plaka niyan,” Galvante said.
However, Galvante did not mention about the release of replacement plates for older vehicles. Those plates that are already paid by owners. Recently, the Commission on Audit (COA) flagged DOTr. This is for not being able to deliver over 8.12 million license plates amounting to P2.1 billion to their rightful owners from 2014 to 2020. According to COA, this “deprived the registrants of their right to receive the plates they paid for and affected the efficient apprehension of traffic violators.”