Manila, Philippines – The much-awaited issuance of modern license plates by the
Land Transportation Office (LTO), containing several advanced security features and
a new alphanumeric design, will finally push through before the end of next month,
according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
“The public can start enjoying the benefits of cutting-edge standardized license
plates before the end of September. They need not wait much longer,” said DOTC
Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.
The 5-year contracts for the supply of motor vehicle (MV) license plates, amounting to
around P 1.989-Billion, and the supply of motorcycle (MC) license plates, amounting to
around P 1.196-Billion, have been awarded to the joint venture of J. Knieriem B.V. Goes
and Power Plates Development Concepts, Inc.
The DOTC will now have 10 days to finalize the supply contracts, after which a Notice to
Proceed will be issued to the winning bidder. The consortium will then have 30 days to
deliver the license plates to the LTO.
This means that by the end of September, vehicle owners will begin receiving plates
with new alphanumeric designs: the MV plates will now have a 3-letter, 4-number
combination, and the MC plates will have a 2-letter, 5-number combination. The private
vehicle plates will also come in a black-and-white design, with a look similar to those in
more advanced countries such as Singapore and parts of Europe.
The latest technologies adopted as multiple security features include:
• Laser-etched bar codes containing selective data inputs which will allow data
verification with the LTO.
• Reflective sheeting material, which will allow license plate visibility even from
wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet, for both daytime and
nighttime. This will have security images which cannot be removed by any
known method without damaging the sheeting.
• Anodized bolt head screws and nuts with serial numbers, which will prevent
tampering and removal of the license plates from the vehicle bodies once
“The new security features will promote safety and reliability in accordance with
international quality standards,” Sagcal added. “They will prevent the tampering,
theft, and falsification of license plates, mitigating carnapping, colorum, and smuggling
With respect to various issues raised by losing bidders and other interested parties
in connection with the bidding out of this project, the DOTC has already satisfactorily
addressed their questions.
“What matters is that the DOTC conducted an open, fair, and transparent bidding in
accordance with procurement laws,” remarked Sagcal.