Some LTO offices can't still process driver's licenses

Posted at 06/21/2012 2:17 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2012 2:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – An official on Thursday said seven offices of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are still unable to process driver’s license applications and renewals.

LTO-NCR Director Teofilo Guadiz III said their offices in Parañaque, Cubao, Mandaluyong, España, San Juan, Novaliches and Valenzuela are still unable to process transactions involving drivers' licenses.

Operations of LTO were paralyzed about two weeks ago after its contractor, the Amalgamated Motors Philippines Inc.'s (AMPI), allegedly made an unauthorized change in the licence’s design.

Guadiz said LTO-NCR has so far restored about 70% of its operations.

On June 5, AMPI informed LTO chief Virginia Torres of the changes in the design of the licenses - the same day it implemented and informed all regional directors of the changes in the license cards.

AMPI unilaterally changed the design of the license card by converting the material from plastic to paper cards. It was not properly coordinated with the LTO and the DOTC, according to the government.

The Department of Transportation and Communication earlier said it will conduct an investigation as to why AMPI proceeded with the design changes without properly notifying LTO and DOTC. – with a report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM