The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is still drowning in backlogs for the production of car and motorcycle license plates. Now, LTO is looking into asking the Congress for Php 6.8 billion worth of funding to help address the plate backlog issue.
LTO officer-in-charge Romeo Vera Cruz said in a briefing on Wednesday that the facilities to be used in producing the license plates are already ready, adding that the plant is equipped with two robots: one for producing motorcycle license plates and another for producing car license plates.
“We have no problem producing the plates. We have robots, in addition to the manual embossing machines. We can address the backlog if we have the funds,” said Romeo Vera Cruz.
“So, we need funding and only Congress can provide us with funding,” he added.
He further explained that the funds that will be collected will be used to buy the plates, spare parts for the machines, and maintenance of the engravers. “Our engravers are five years old na, may mga problema na po sa mga spare parts (Our engravers are five-years-old already. We have a problem with spare parts),” he said.
On the flipside, the LTO says that they are continuing their efforts in making their services more convenient to the public through digitization despite problems, such as data migration and bugs in the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal.
“Naumpisahan na iyan four years ago. Mayroon lang kaunting mga problema and inaayos po natin iyan para mapabilis po ang ating pag-process ng ating driver’s license at saka registration ng ating mga motor vehicle (We have started this four years ago. There are still some problems and we’re working on them to hasten the processing of driver’s licenses and registration of motor vehicles),” he said.
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