LTO will give 'at cost' discount if donated plastic cards are used

Back in December of last year, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) received a generous donation of 4 million plastic cards from the group Philippine Society of Medicine for Drivers (PSMed).

At the time, LTO chief, Assistant Secretary Atty. Vigor Mendoza II, exclaimed “So we would like to announce to our clients, to the Filipino people, no more paper licenses! We’re back to plastic card licenses!”

Naturally, motorists will ask if the LTO will also give it for FREE, should the agency utilize this donation, since these cards were received at no cost to the government. During yesterday’s press conference, Asec. Mendoza clarified that if and when the 4 million donated plastic cards will be utilized, only a PHP 40.00 “discount” will be given to motorists.

“The cost of [plastic card] is only around PHP 40.00. It’s only the cost of the card that we will be discounting. That’s not even 10% of the total cost when you’re getting your [driver’s] license,” said Mendoza.

According to the LTO chief, the agency would like to give those savings to their clients should they opt to use the donated plastic cards. He further added that the other fees on top of the cost of the plastic card go to administrative costs, printing equipment, and other consumable items.

The LTO chief reiterated, however, that utilizing the 4 million donated plastic cards will be sort of a “last resort” option only and will go through strict government transparency procedures with zero conditions on the part of the donor.

270K plastic card supply

As of yesterday’s briefing by the Mendoza, about 270,000 plastic cards are remaining in LTO’s stocks which is allotted for the entire country. According to Mendoza, the LTO has a monthly demand of about 550,000 plastic cards nationwide, and the 270,000 cards remaining will last for about 2 weeks.

Back in October 2023, the LTO appealed to AllCard, Inc., to drop the case so that the agency could start issuing cards to motorists. A Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC RTC) has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in August 2023 versus the awarding of the contract on the driver's license plastic card production. Banner Plastic Card, Inc., bagged the multi-million peso contract back in June 2023.