Well, looks like we can expect more delays for our plates from the Land Transportation Office.
According to our contact, the LTO has had to suspend production at their plate making facility after one of the employees tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
We contacted LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, and he confirmed the matter.
“We have one sir, but already under quarantine since June 20. All the other personnel in the plant are now also under quarantine,” said LTO ED Vera Cruz.
The plate-making facility is under pressure to deliver plates to owners of vehicles that still have to use their conduction stickers as a means of identification. At the time of the suspension, the facility was in the midst of undergoing series production of new motorcycle plates for motorists.
According to Atty. Vera Cruz, the LTO is suspending the production of motor vehicle plates for only 4 days. Presumably, the government agency will have to perform contact tracing and mandatory site disinfection to be able to reopen the plant safely for their employees.
In mid-June, the LTO Central Office and the Quezon City Licensing Office were both shut down after 12 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The plate-making facility is located at the Land Transportation Office's main compound on East Avenue, Quezon City; the same location of the Central Office and the Quezon City Licensing Office.