LTO activates 25 sites in Luzon, E. Visayas for license applications

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The Land Transportation Office has a backlog of 900,000 licenses.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) activated on Monday (August 24) 25 sites where applications for driver's licenses, student's permits, and conductor's licenses could be filed.

"Our effort to break a 30-year monopoly in driver's license cards supply is finally about to bear fruit," Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in a statement on Monday.

This was in reference to previous license supplier Amalgamated Motors Philippines, Inc. (AMPI), which was awarded a five-year contract in 1984.

When the contract expired, the government extended the arrangement on a yearly basis until 2006. After that, there has been no contractual relationship between the AMPI and the government, but the latter has continued paying the former on a quantum meruit basis, or in sums equivalent to the goods delivered.

"It is unfortunate that we had to resort to temporary licenses for several months, but good governance principles demanded an open, fair, and transparent bid. We will now work double time to normalize this service," Abaya added.

Last week, the LTO tested its new system for the issuance of driver's licenses at 19 sites.

The new license cards will sport new, color-coded designs. Student drivers will be issued orange cards, conductors will get yellow cards, and drivers — both professional and nonprofessional — will have blue cards.

900,000 licenses in backlog

To keep up with the backlog, the LTO plans to print licenses even after office hours.

"We will print licenses during Saturdays and after office hours on weekdays, in order to erase the current backlog of around 900,000 licenses by the beginning of October this year," said Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan Jr., chief of the LTO.

The 25 sites are located in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Eastern Visayas:

  1. Angeles District Office

  2. Manila South District Office

  3. Batangas Licensing Center

  4. Marikina District Office

  5. Biñan Licensing Center

  6. Muntinlupa Extension Office

  7. Bulacan Licensing Center

  8. Pampanga Licensing Center

  9. Cavite Licensing Center

  10. Parañaque Extension Office

  11. Caloocan Licensing Extension Office

  12. Pasay Licensing Center

  13. La Loma District Office

  14. Pasig District Office

  15. Las Piñas License Extension Office

  16. Quezon City District Office

  17. Makati Licensing Center

  18. San Juan Licensing Center

  19. Mandaluyong Extension Office

  20. Tacloban Licensing Center

  21. Manila East District Office

  22. Taguig Extension Office

  23. Manila Licensing Center

  24. Valenzuela District Office

  25. Manila Renewal Section

Covering 3 years worth of demand

The Department of Transportation and Communications awarded the "LTO License Cards Supply Project" to Allcard Plastics last June for the delivery of five million license cards over a 12-month period.

The supply is intended to cover demand for the next three years.

The company's bid of P336.86 million for the project was 25% lower than the P450 million budget for the contract.