MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – First, the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs embargoed some 600,000 imported vehicle license plates because the private consignee has failed to pay about P40 Million in duties and taxes. Then, some P4 Million worth of license plate materials had been reported stolen from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) facilities. Is it any wonder that motorists who have paid for their vehicle license plates have ended up with nothing?
To remedy the worsening license plate situation, LTO chief Roberto Cabrera ordered the issuance of temporary plates to motorists who have earlier made the required payments.
By issuing the order, Cabrera hopes to appease the anger and frustration of thousands of Filipino vehicle owners. To show good faith and remorse over the unfortunate situation, Cabrera said that the temporary plates have no expiry dates, and hence can be used in perpetuity.
Motorists who have yet to receive the plates they have already paid for are advised to go to their nearest local LTO to claim their temporary plates.
The plates come in different colors and are made of unbreakable plastic.