Manila, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) may gradually begin rolling out the five-year valid plastic license cards to qualified drivers by August of this year, an official said on Friday, March 31.
LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante stated that the agency is set to complete the procedures for the procurement of seven million plastic cards that will be issued by August with five years validity.
“We are now processing those (companies) which have qualified in our bidding and we’re about to award…the license cards. We hope to start delivering the license cards by August,” Galvante told the reporters at the sideline of consultations with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and public transport stakeholders on the new franchising policy proposed by the national government.
The Land Transportation Office said that they are hoping to issue the notice of award to the most qualified manufacturer within this quarter. The agency added that they has yet to disclose the qualified bidders and the amount of the supposed procurement.
Galvante further said that the procurement will address the backlog in the LTO license cards for drivers who applied for or renewed cards since October 17 in 2016 to those who are yet to avail theirs during the first few months of 2018.
The National Capital Region has a backlog of about 150,000 to 200,000 five-year valid license cards at the present. Drivers in Metro Manila, where demand for license cards is largest, will be amongst those first to receive their IDs when the LTO begins issuing this year.