The Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) license plate production has run into another snag. During a Zoom press conference held earlier today, the agency revealed that production operations are currently suspended due to false-positive COVID-19 test results of two employees.
LTO head Edgar Galvante shared that plate production was put on hold after “key personnel” at the plate-making facility tested positive for COVID-19, only to test negative following confirmatory tests. According to Galvante, the employees are still under quarantine, and that disinfection procedures have already been conducted.
“Yung pag-suspend ng production ay hindi naman natin ginagawa kaagad unless physically impossible or merong danger na naka-lurk. Halimbawa, totoo, nag-suspend kami for several days kasi yung dalawang key personnel doon sa plate making, nag-test positive,” Galvante said.
“Kabutihang palad, sa confirmatory check ay hindi naman sila positive,” the official shared, adding that production operations may resume on Monday, April 12.
Galvante also stressed that while plate production does need to continue, the agency will not sacrifice the well-being of its personnel to do so: “Again, hindi natin isa-sacrfice na makapag-produce tayo ng plate pero isa-sacrifice naman natin yung safety ng mga taong nandoon sa plate making natin.”
Sounds like the right move. During times like these, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Are you still waiting on your license plates?