The LTO committed to a preliminary delivery of 5,000 blank plastic cards to address the Driver’s License backlog. It also committed that its supplier will get it to them before the 2023 SONA. Two days past the “deadline” and we have one fulfilled commitment, and that’s the total number of cards delivered and received by the Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Office. We’ll take that as good news.
This delivery is the first of a total of 1 million cards in 60 days committed to LTO by Banner Plasticards, Inc.
The receipt of the plastic cards supply coincided with the formal appointment and turnover of leadership to the new LTO Chief ASec. Vigor Mendoza II. DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista was there, of course, and was in pretty high spirits following the cards’ delivery. Recent events such as the license plate and Driver’s License card supply shortage have further marred the Land Transportation Office and the Department of Transportation and this development gives some hope to the government and the motoring public as well.
If we can recall, a fresh batch of blank license plates was also received by the LTO just a week ago. According to Bautista, they (or we) can expect a resolution to both the license plate and Driver’s License problems within the year.
As far as these plastic cards go, this delivery of 5,000 pieces is only the first of what will total 1,000,000 within the next 60 days. A very tall order, indeed. Even taller is the “grand total”; 5,200,000 cards are to be delivered by the end of the year, with 5,000 delivered every week.
These are the commitments of LTO’s plastic card supplier, Banner Plasitcards, Inc. The company was awarded as the winning bidder to supply plastic cards for the LTO before the end of June this year. Again, one of two commitments was met, and that is the 5,000-card delivery. We sincerely hope that not meeting the previously-committed timeline (“before SONA”) was just a minor hiccup, and we are keeping our hopes up.
Do you share the LTO’s and DOTr’s optimism? Could this really be the start of a “better” and more efficient LTO, free from red tape and corruption as how its parent department, the Department of Transportation, must make sure that it can and will be?
Again, we hope so. Because it’s about time that public service stops being a burden on the public that the service is meant to help.