The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is considering asking other government agencies to supply driver’s license cards for the Land Transportation Office while its own bidding for procurement has yet to finish.

Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista has started exploring the possibility of the National Printing Office (NPO) printing the cards, the DOTr said in a statement.

Bautista’s meetings with the NPO remained at “exploratory” stages to determine its technical capability to supply the cards, the DOTr said.

The DOTr is also exploring the possibility of engaging the services of the APO Production Unit, a government-owned corporation responsible for handling the printing for various Philippine agencies and offices, for the printing of license cards.

However, before any agency-to-agency arrangement can be finalized, the Central Bids and Awards Committee will require further details, as required under existing laws, rules, and regulations.

The Land Transportation Office has resorted to issuing driver’s licenses printed on paper after running out of plastic cards due to procurement issues. John Ezekiel J. Hirro