LTO Dagupan releases 5K backlogged replacement plates

By Liwayway Yparraguirre

September 15, 2023, 6:37 pm

<p><em>(PNA file photo from DOTr)</em></p>

(PNA file photo from DOTr)

DAGUPAN CITY – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) here is now releasing around 5,000 backlogged replacement plates to motorists who applied for one in 2015.

In an interview on Friday, LTO Dagupan district officer Romel Dawatan said the replacement plates downloaded to the district office from the central office are those ending from one to nine.

“We are calling all motor vehicle registrants who have paid their replacement plates fees back in 2015 under the Motor Vehicle Standardization Program that they may now claim their plate numbers at our office,” he said.

The motor plates were changed from white background and green lettering to white background and black lettering.

Dawatan said they target to bring down to zero the backlogs on the replacement plates as soon as possible although they are aware of the challenges.

“Ang target is to zero out sana namin yong replacement plates na yan, kaya lang mukhang imposible. Unang-una, marami na yong wala dito, change address, o nabenta na yong sasakyan. Iyon ang challenges ng delivery (The target is to zero out the replacement plates but it seems impossible. First of all, many of the registrants may have already moved or have changed their addresses, or have sold their vehicles. It is also a challenge to delivery),” he said.

He added that in line with their target, LTO Dagupan is also implementing the Oplan Plaka Mo, Deliver Ko, wherein their personnel deliver the replacement plates to the residences of the registrants.

“[Our] personnel do this every Saturday and Sunday, free of charge and in their free time. They get certain numbers of plates on Friday to deliver on weekends,” he said.

Dawatan said a quick check with their updated database would immediately reveal if a motorist's replacement place is already available. (PNA)