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Gov't vehicles to be RFID-tagged starting November 3

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (13 October) -- The Land Transportation Office have signaled a go for the implementation of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

LTO operations chief Eleanor Calderon announced yesterday during the Kapehan sa Dabaw the public forum set by the LTO this coming Friday (October 16) at the Grand Men Seng Hotel at 2 in the afternoon.

She said the forum is no longer designed as a consultation where participants can still voice out whether or not they like the said policy. Instead, the forum will serve as an information drive to let the public be aware of the policy guidelines, the technicalities as well as the penalties for those who will violate such.

Calderon clarified that the consultation forum was all handled by the LTO central office and held in Cebu City for the Visayas and Mindanao areas.

This new policy of the LTO received various complaints from house representatives as, according to them, this was approved for implementation without passing through a series of public consultation.

However, Calderon urged the public to attend the scheduled forum this Friday to learn the details of the new policy and at the same time raise vague points for clarification. The forum will not be handled by the LTO but by the Stradcom Office, the technical partner of the said government agency in this project.

She also announced that the LTO Region XI received an order urging government vehicles to undergo the tagging system for the RFID policy.

All private vehicles are expected to be tagged by January 4, 2010.

RFID is a technology which would require motorists a sticker with an electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency. The sticker can store vehicle information which can only be retrieved by authorized LTO personnel. One has to pay the one-time tagging fee of P350 that will last for 10 years. (PIA XI) [top]

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