The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Wednesday’s (July 13) Laging Handa Briefing said that their agency needed P6.8 billion pesos in funding to catch up to its backlog of unprinted license plates.
“Malaki po ang backlog natin sa plaka po. I think we need about P6.8 billion to address all of these backlogs – iyong 4-wheel at saka iyong motorcycle, lalo na ang motorcycle malaki talaga,” LTO’s officer-in-charge, Romeo Vera Cruz, said.
(We have a huge backlog in license plates. I think we need about P6.8 billion to address all of these backlogs – including plates for four-wheeled vehicles and motorcycles.)
Although Vera Cruz said that there were no problems in the production “because we have modern plate-making plants,” two robots and 10 manual embossing machines, he said that the additional funding would be able to resolve the huge backlogs.
“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,” Vera Cruz said. “So we need funding and only Congress can provide us with funding.”
In 2018, a plate-making facility was built in order to make the production of the license plates faster, which in the past are only being outsourced.
Just last month, LTO urged the Marcos administration to pour in funds for license plate printing, as the backlog in motorcycle plates alone had reached 10 million as of last month. On June 3, the agency said that seven million out of the 18 to 19 million plates have yet to be printed.
Then LTO chief Assistant Secretary, Edgar Galvante, said that it needed about P2.6 billion to produce about 11 million motorcycle plates to catch up, as the average of motorcycles being sold every year is increasing at around 1.2 million to 1.3 million.
“Hopefully in the coming administration, the LTO would be given more funds,” he said in a press conference.
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