So are you still waiting for new vehicles plates that you paid for?

Should they not arrive, a proposal from Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arturo Tugade may grant motorists a partial refund of the amount they paid.

“Siguro ay portion, hindi kabuuan (Maybe only a portion, not the entire fund),” said Tugade.

To recall, the vehicle plates that were outsourced to a Dutch company were seized upon arrival at the port over a dispute in Customs duties.

The Commission on Audit (COA) warned that any payment, partial or full, to the contractor would be a violation of the government’s auditing and anti-graft laws.

Secretary Tugade has put forward a suggestion for the government to procure equipment to make vehicles plates so that they may be manufactured locally to make it more cost-effective and finally end the problem of delayed issuance to motorists.

This will be part and parcel of the ‘emergency powers’ that President Duterte has requested from Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto is backing Tugade’s proposal on the grounds that it will boost our economy by supporting locally manufactured vehicle plates.

“The big picture is that by buying local, government will be supporting local firms, creating local jobs and giving manufacturing a much-needed boost,” said Recto.

Tugade added that making the vehicle plates here will allow the agency the incorporate technology that can monitor and track ‘colorum’ vehicles.