Marcos Jr. issues order to regulate 'protocol' plates

Latest EO identifies allowed officials to possess such plates

EDSA

MANILA: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has instructed for the regulation of protocol license plates.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Who are the allowed government officials to use the protocol plates under the new order?

    Per the new order, government officials who can have the low-numbered license plates are the President; Vice President; Senate President; Speaker of the House of Representatives; Supreme Court Chief Justice; Cabinet Secretaries; Senators; Members of the House of Representatives; Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals (CA) Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), and Sandiganbayan; Solicitor General; Chairpersons of Constitutional Commissions and Ombudsman; as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff and Philippine National Police Chief.
  • Until when are protocol plates valid?

    The protocol plates may be used within the officials’ term.
  • Based on Executive Order 56 issued las March 25, Marcos Jr. shared that there is a need to control the usage of low-number license plates after being observed that its proliferation and unauthorized use became rampant over the years.

    In the same order, the country’s chief executive cited the government officials who are allowed to use the said license plates.

    EO 56

    Here are the allowed individuals who can have the protocol license plates:

    Position

    Protocol plate

    President

    1/PANGULO

    Vice President

    2

    Senate President

    3

    Speaker of the House of Representatives

    4

    Supreme Court Chief Justice

    5

    Cabinet Secretaries

    6

    Senators

    7

    Members of the House of Representatives

    8

    Associate Justices of the Supreme Court

    9

    Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals (CA), Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), and Sandiganbayan, as well as Solicitor General

    10

    Chairpersons of Constitutional Commissions and Ombudsman

    11

    Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff and Philippine National Police Chief

    14

    The order stated that officials with equivalent ranks may be allowed to use upon the recommendation of the Land Transportation Office and approval from the Department of Transportation.

    “However, this shall not be construed to authorize all other officials with equivalent rank as the associate justices of the CA, CTA, and Sandiganbayan and below to use the license plates,” the order noted.

    EDSA

    Those who have been issued the special plates are allowed to use it on vehicles that are assigned to them during their incumbency.

    Authorized officials may be allowed to have two pairs of protocol license plates, except for the President, Vice President, Senate president, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Supreme Court Chief Justice who can have three pairs.

    Photos from Ruben Manahan IV, Presidential Communications Office

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