Motorists waiting for their license plates to arrive from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will have to wait for a little bit longer.

The government agency recently announced that they had to suspend the production of license plates. This was confirmed by LTO Asec. Edgar Galvante when we asked whether they had to temporarily stop making license plates during ECQ.

“We had to suspend plate production for several days kasi dalawang personnel namin sa plate-making facility tested positive. Nagsara muna kami at nag disinfect,” said Galvante.

[We had to suspend plate production for several days because two of our personnel at the plate-making facility tested positive. We had to close down and disinfect the facility]

Luckily for the LTO, the two personnel that initially tested positive were in fact negative following a confirmatory test. But to ensure that all personnel are healthy and not infected, they will be placed under quarantine still. Meanwhile, the LTO plans to resume plate production next week, April 12.

“Maaring sa Monday i-reresume na namin ulit yung plate production. Hindi natin puwede i-sacrifice ang safety ng mga tauhan natin sa plate-making facility,” added Galvante.

[Maybe on Monday we will resume the plate production again. We cannot sacrifice the safety of our personnel at the plate-making facility]

So for those that are wondering when your plates will arrive, the LTO will be restarting production very soon. Then again, there's no need to rush either. LTO offices within the NCR Plus bubble are still closed due to ECQ. It also means the plates may not arrive at your nearest LTO just yet. So in the meantime, just stay home, and stay safe. Your license plate can wait.