A lot of motorists are still waiting on their plates from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), but it's nice to see that progress is finally being made. Today, the Department of Transportation through the LTO has turned over the plates for vehicles registered in July 2016.
The event was attended by DOTr and LTO officials, as well as congressmen from the House Committee on Transportation and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. The releasing comes a few months after the LTO opened a new plate-making facility at its Quezon City headquarters.
"Itong problema na ito ay matagal na inireklamo at idinaing ng mga kababayan natin. Sino ba naman ang matutuwa na nagbabayad ka ng tama tapos aabutin ng siyam-siyam bago makuha ang plaka. Kaya tulad ng ipinangako ng ating pangulo, heto ho, inayos namin, heto ho, may plaka na kayo," said DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade.
As of July 4, 231,332 pairs of plates have been produced, enough to cover registrations made between July and December 2016. Those who registered in July can get theirs now at their respective Authorized District Office or dealer. The others will be released later on.
As for the older plates that are still pending? Well, those are still waiting on a ruling from the Commission on Audit (COA). LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante is convident that COA's decision "will come out soon."
We hope so.