THE operations at the Land Transportation Office’s branches nationwide were thrown into disarray after LTO supplier Amalgamated Motors Inc. altered the original design of the drivers’ licenses without approval from the agency.
Teofilo Guadiz, LTO-National Capital Region director, on the orders of LTO chairwoman Virginia Torres, suspended the issuance of non-professional and professional licenses and the applications for vehicle registration “until further notice.”
“AMPI actually sent notice to change the design, but she [Torres] never approved it,” Torres said.
Torres said that in Metro Manila alone, over 8,000 applicants for drivers’ licenses and vehicle registrations had been affected by AMPI’s unauthorized alteration.
“We have 27 district offices in the metro, and each of them receives at least 300 applications a day. You multiply them,” Torres said.
She said that, aside from the LTO-NCR offices, all the other LTO branches nationwide had also been affected.
“Much as the LTO would want to restore the original design, we cannot do so because the data system has been programmed in such a way that it is only AMPI that can print a new design,” Torres said.
The LTO discovered the irregularity when its Pasay City office printed a license with the modified design.
Guadiz said AMPI changed the color of the license from blue to yellow, and likewise altered the license’s security marks and features.