Amid the reported shortage of plastic cards used for printing driver’s license, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is exploring agency-to-agency procurement for the supply of the material.
In a statement on Thursday, the DOTr said it is looking into engaging with other government agencies while there is ongoing competitive bidding for the procurement of driver’s license cards for the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Last month, LTO said there was a shortage of plastic cards used for printing driver’s license as it plans to issue temporary ones on paper.
The DOTr said that due to the urgency of the need for license cards, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista is talking to the National Printing Office (NPO) on their technical capability to supply the cards.
The agency said Bautista’s meeting with the NPO was “exploratory” at this time to determine possible scenarios in the event that their services will be engaged.
The Transportation Department added that Bautista is also looking into discussions with the APO Production Unit for the same purpose.
APO Production Unit Inc. is a government-owned corporation tasked to handle printing of accountable forms and sensitive high quality/volume printing jobs of Philippine agencies and offices.
The DOTr said the Central Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) will require further details before an agency-to-agency arrangement can be finalized through a memorandum of agreement, as required under existing laws, rules, and regulations.
The Central BAC has an ongoing competitive bidding for the license cards, it said.
Deadline for submission and opening of bids is on May 24.—AOL, GMA Integrated News