The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has called on vehicle owners in Puerto Princesa City to visit their office.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) is continuously releasing plate numbers for year 2017 onwards in Palawan, official said.

Antonia Dela Cruz, LTO-Palawan District Office head said that their office has already released 891 plate numbers on 2017 and 200 on 2018.

Dela Cruz clarified that they do not have data of a total plate numbers for Palawan because the registration from 2017 onwards was transferred to the regional office.

“We dont have new registration record here. New registration is being catered by regional offices. So, depende kung ilan ang na register sa LTO MIMAROPA na para sa Palawan area. Pero tuloy-tuloy ang dating mga plaka natin then dinidistribute kapag dumating,” she said.

She said that some of the plates were registered in National Capital Region (NCR) and explained that clients should identify where they have registered.

“Yong mga kumuha ng mga sasakyan [sa mga company] alamin nila kung sa MIMAROPA o sa NCR naipaehistro ng kinunan nila ng sasakyan kasi kung NCR ‘yan hindi na namin sakop. Pero kung MIMAROPA ay darating ‘yan kasi tuloy-tuloy naman ang pagawa ng mga plaka,” she said.

Dela Cruz also called all clients to coordinate with them in connection with the release of plates.

She said that they need patience from the clients because they only wait for the delivery of the plate numbers from the region.

“Makipagcoordinate lang sila sa atin or sa mga dealers. Pero usually naman na nalalaman nila agad ‘yan kung lumabas na ang mga plaka ng sasakyan nila,” she said.

LTO recently faced controversy on plate number issuance after Department of Transportation said that registered vehicles form year 2013 to 2016 will not receive their license yet as these are from another supplier with different contract.

On 2018, LTO has started the released of around 231,332 plates through district offices of LTO and dealers.

According to the reports available online, the Court of Appeals has ruled that the contract with Filipino-Dutch consortium J. Knieriem B.V. Goes and Power Plates Development Concept Inc. did not followed procedures stated under Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

Dela Cruz refused to comment on the previous issue.

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