Better late than never



IT may be long overdue, but the arrival of the plate-making facility of the Land Transportation Office could not have come at a better time.

See, the LTO has a backlog of at least 3.8 million license plates for cars – that’s from July of 2016 until March of 2018 – and the plate-making facility can at least reduce the problem of issuing license plates for vehicle owners.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade in an interview said that while they initially wanted to implement a “manufacture and release” scheme for the license plates, the idea was shelved as it proved to be too troublesome.

So instead of that scheme, production en masse in the coming months is seen as the way to go, as they can produce at least 500,000 license plates that can be released this September.

The LTO’s new plant, which is part of the P978-million contract it awarded on a joint venture, is equipped with seven manual embossing machines, five hot foil stamping machines and five RFID printers.

It can churn out 22,400 license plates daily. And since the plates are loaded with security features, such as the laser-engraved code, the problem of “kambal plaka” would also be addressed.

So it’s great news to those people who are still waiting for their license plates, because the long wait may soon be over.

I just hope that the facility will not encounter anymore problems and more importantly, may this facility be corruption-free. The LTO should get rid of its long-standing image of corruption and cleanse its ranks to provide better services to the public.

p: wjg