TO EXPEDITE the distribution of unclaimed license plates in the Central Visayas, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Central Office in Manila has taken swift action by dispatching additional personnel and equipment to the region.

This development was verified by LTO 7 Director Glen Galario in a statement on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

He emphasized that the goal of this operation is to speed up the Central Visayas distribution of unclaimed license plates.

Galario said that the Chief Assistant Secretary of the LTO, lawyer Vigor Mendoza II, has promptly deployed three personnel from the LTO Central Office to provide assistance for the quick distribution of unclaimed license plates.

In an earlier report by SunStar Cebu on August 30, Galario cited the lack of manpower and equipment as a key factor that contributed to the delays in the distribution.

He continued by saying that this proactive move is in line with the directive of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, who has been aggressively addressing license plate distribution concerns around the country with a focus on Central Visayas.

The LTO 7's main problem right now is figuring out how to distribute the more than 500,000 unclaimed license plates to their rightful owners.

In a separate interview with SunStar Cebu in July, shortly after assuming his role as the new regional director, Galario disclosed that he and his counterparts from the National Capital Region and Eastern Visayas were summoned to the DOTr Central Office in Manila to discuss the pressing issue of pending license plates.

This meeting served as a reminder of the seriousness of the problem and the authorities' commitment to resolve the backlog effectively. (KJF)