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Report: LTFRB exec director Roberto Cabrera is new LTO chief

Report: LTFRB exec director Roberto Cabrera is new LTO chief image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: LTO | posted January 04, 2016 12:38

The LTO has a new chief on board

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has a new chief on board, who will aim to solve the agency's legal problems as well as the undelivered car plates and the availability of driver's license cards.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Executive Director, Roberto Cabrera, has replaced Assistant Secretary, Alfonso Tan Jr., as the new chief of the LTO. This news was reportedly confirmed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary, Joseph Emilio Abaya.

According to GMA News, Tan resigned last November due to family reasons.

The report adds that Abaya requested Tan to "hold on" until President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III had appointed a replacement.

"I requested [Assistant Secretary Tan] to hold on until a new appointment is made by the President. The recommended replacement is Atty. Roberto Cabrera, the former Executive Director of LTFRB," Abaya said.

With Tan's resignation, Cabrera faces numerous issues surrounding the LTO.

One of which is the issue wherein the Manila regional trial court stopped the award and payment of the driver's license card supply project to Allcard Plastic Philippines Inc.

Allcard Plastic Philippines Inc. new driver's license format

As a review, last July 2015, LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador told Autoindustriya.com that driver's license will have a new design supplied by Allcard Plastic Philippines, Inc., featuring a higher photo resolution as well as new color coding for student drivers (orange) and conductors (yellow).

As per the latest administrative order, LTO released guidelines on how to get a driver's license. You can view the guidelines by visiting LTO's official website.

Furthermore, the Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered the LTO to stop the license plate deal with Dutch-Filipino consortium PPI-JKG Philippines Inc. for violation of procedures prescribed under Republic Act 9184, the Government Procurement Reform Act. 

COA revealed last July 2015 that the PhP 3.8 billion license plate deal is in violation of procurement law and has told officials of the DOTC to settle PhP 477.9 million initial payment made to the plate supplier, the Dutch-Filipino consortium PPI-JKG Philippines Inc.

Source: GMA News