The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) says it’s ready to begin making its own license plates through the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
According to the agency, it has acquired “plate-making machines to boost the capacity of the government to manufacture plates on its own.”
DOTr head Arthur Tugade inspected the manual emobssing machines, courtesy of Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and JH. Tonnjes E.A.S.T. GmbH Joint Venture, last Friday, April 6. The two companies won the contract to address the license plate backlog since July 2016.
“Ayaw na nating maulit ‘yung problema sa plaka,” Tugade said. “Kaya naman mas maigi kung tayo na lang mismo ang mag-manufacture kaysa nagpapagawa pa abroad na nagpapatagal lang ng proseso. With the proper equipment and training, kaya naman natin.”
LTO chief Edgar Galvante added that Tugade noticed several possible areas for improvement during last week’s inspection, saying he would ensure that his agency will address and correct each one.
The agency says that its seven manual embossing machines can produce up to 22,000 license plates in a single day, adding that they are already calibrated and operational. It adds that automated embossing machines can only produce up to 12,000 plates daily.
Does this mean we’ll finally get a hold of our license plates soon? We’re crossing our fingers. In the meantime, we wait.