LTO-9 new plate program set

Zamboanga City - The Land Transportation Office in Region-9 (LTO-9) is set to implement the Motor Vehicle Plate Standardization Program on September, which is expected to cover some 200,000 vehicles in the region.

LTO-9 Director Atty. Aminola Abaton said a total of 226,502 vehicles will be affected, based on the existing record of his office, which does not include those that are being registered daily.

Abaton said the Motor Vehicle Plate Standardization Program is aimed at helping the government's campaign against car theft since it would be easy for the law enforcers to identify whether or not the subject vehicle is stolen.

He said the LTO could easily identify the owner of a particular vehicle as the new plate contains features, and database stored in the computer network of the agency.

According to Abaton, the use of the new plates will be imposed on the new vehicles to be registered in the case of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

In due time, Abaton said all vehicles in the region will be sporting the new license plate as it will be issued to owners of previously registered vehicles once they apply for renewal of registration.

He said the new plate, which costs P450 per set, is tamper-proof, and only the LTO could install or remove them from the vehicles.

He explained that the use of commemorative plates will no longer be allowed once the plate standardization program is in place.

He added that the agency is also looking into measures to eliminate corruption in the implementation of the program nationwide.

He emphasized that they already explained the rationale of the program when they met with vehicle owners here in this city, and in the cities of Dipolog and Pagadian last year.

Abaton said all LTO regional directors, including other officials involved in this program, also recently met in Manila, and discussed the mechanics of the implementation of the program.