THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Friday that shortage of driver's license cards at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) would soon be addressed after it awarded to a private firm the project.

Allcard Plastics Philippines, Inc. will supply the five million pieces of driver's license cards after submitting the lowest bid of P336.868 million.

Under the contract, Allcard Plastics will deliver the license cards in equal monthly tranches over a one-year period counted from the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP).

“We are pleased to report that license cards will soon be available at all LTO (Land Transportation Office) offices. We will strive to ensure that the implementation of this project will run smoothly in order to reinstate these basic services provided by the LTO,” said DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

Allcard’s bid is 25.3 percent lower than the original approved budget of the contract – which was set at P450-million – thus generating government savings of around P113 million. The cost of the card is roughly around P67.37 per piece, well below the cap of P90.09 per piece.

Procurement of the LTO License Cards supply project opened last May 22, wherein three bidders qualified: Allcard, current driver’s license card supplier Amalgamated Motors Philippines, Inc. (AMPI), and the joint venture of DVK Philippines Enterprises and Cardz Middle East Trading LLC.

The financial bids of AMPI and the DVK-Cardz JV were P373.880 million and P428.8 million, respectively.

The LTO may now coordinate with Allcard Plastics for the efficient deployment of the license cards to the various LTO offices nationwide, Abaya said. (SDR/Sunnex)