The Department of Transportation said Tuesday it is bidding out the procurement of motorcycle and car plates worth P5.24 billion to address the anticipated shortage by next month.
The agency is inviting bidders for the procurement of motorcycle blank metal plates, motor vehicle plates, RFID stickers, hot stamping foil, thermal transfer ribbon, carton boxes and plastic bags.
“Bidding should be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary ‘pass/fail’ criterion as specified in the 2016 revised implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act No. 9184,” the agency said.
It said interested bidders could acquire a complete set of bidding documents for P75,000 from June 6 to June 26.
The agency’s bids and awards committee will hold a pre bid conference on June 14. The opening of the bids is set on June 26 at 10:30 a.m.
“The DOTr reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 35.6 and 41 of the 2016 revised IRR of RA No. 9184 without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders,” the agency said.
The Land Transportation Office earlier warned of a shortage in license plates by June or July if the government fails to procure plates.
The LTO in April also announced a shortage of around 5.2 million plastic driver’s license cards. To temporarily address the problem, the agency extended all driver’s licenses set to expire by April 24 to Oct. 31, 2023.
It teamed up partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology to roll out digital driver’s licenses to resolve the shortage of plastic cards.