Security concerns over the planned issuance of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) have prompted the government to say further study may have to be conducted prior to the full implementation of the system which is set to be launched next month.
"It would be proper to conduct a more thorough study on this, consultations, public hearings, before this is implemented," deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo told reporters yesterday.
In another report, Philippine National Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina said they need more time to study the RFID system.
The RFID tag is a tamper-proof chip valid for ten years that will allow the LTO and other law enforcement agencies to access a vehicle's registration information for traffic management.
LTO chief Arturo Lomibao said the RFID technology efficiently identifies traffic rule violators and apprehend public transport vehicles operating without a franchise. He added the RFID tag eliminates the need for an apprehending officer to flag down an offender, thereby preventing the possibility of bribery.
"With the RFID technology, we hope to revolutionize land transportation in the Philippines and finally put some order in our streets," Lomibao said.
When the RFID is implemented, law enforcement officers will be equipped with a scanner that can check your vehicle's registration details and if your vehicle has been tagged in previous traffic violations.
Lomibao also allayed fears the RFID will be used as a spying device since it will only carry information found on a vehicle's official receipt and certificate of registration.