The Philippines’ Land Transportation Office (LTO) will postpone its plan to outfit every registered automobile in the Philippines with an RFID tag, according to a report on businessmirror.com.
The cause of the delay is the Department of Transportation and Communications, which is currently reviewing the LTO’s plan under intense scrutiny, according to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Alberto Suansing.
The LTO is now considering several strategies to make the RFID project more palatable to citizens fearing invasion of privacy. LTO chief Arturo Lomibao proposed first tagging government vehicles to show citizens that the government’s intention is to curb traffic and unregistered vehicle operation, not to spy. Lomibao also suggested allowing citizens to voluntarily sign up for their tags from October to December to make the regulation feel less forced.
Concerned citizens aside, the project has the support of several transport organizations, including the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations, Transport Opereytors sa Pilipinas, Department of Tourism United Accredited Taxi Drivers, and the Metro Manila Bus Operators Association.
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