LTO to end driver's license cards drought soon

LTO to end driver's license cards drought soon image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Official Gazette of the Philippines, | posted June 21, 2015 22:00

New card supplier to provide 5 million new driver's license cards

Temporary Driver’s License holders will soon be able get a proper license card as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) recently found a new supplier that will be able to provide new 5 million plastic cards over a 12-month period.

The DOTC recently awarded Allcard Plastics Philippines, Inc. as the Land Transportation Office’s new card supplier after submitting the lowest bid that amounted to PhP 336.868 million. Under the contract, Allcard Plastics will deliver the license cards in equal monthly batches counted from the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP).

“We are pleased to report that license cards will soon be available at all LTO offices. We will strive to ensure that the implementation of this project will run smoothly in order to reinstate these basic services provided by the LTO,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

The Temporary Driver's License

Allcard’s bid is 25.3% lower than PhP 450 million that the government originally allotted; saving PhP 113 million. Furthermore, each card is roughly priced at PhP 67.37 which is well below the price cap of PhP 90.09 according to the DOTC.

Last year, the LTO was unable to provide new driver’s license cards as its former supplier, Amalgamated Motors Philippines Inc. (AMPI), lacked materials due to the Manila Port Congestion. But in a separate report, AMPI’s contract with LTO was supposedly non-existent as the agency has been paying AMPI for over 24 years without a valid contract and did not undergo public bidding.