President Marcos Jr. orders regulation on ‘protocol’ license plates

EO 56 identifies those allowed to have such plates

President Marcos Jr. orders regulation on ‘protocol’ license plates

MANILA: In its bid to curb its unauthorized use, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered the regulation of protocol license plates to government officials.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Who are the allowed government officials to use the protocol plates under Executive Order 56?

    The 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.
  • How long can government officials use the protocol plates?

    The protocol plates may be used only within the officials’ incumbency.
  • Under Executive Order 56 (issued last March 25), the country’s chief executive cited specific government officials who are authorized to use the low-number license plates.

    Those who are allowed to use the aforementioned plates are the following:

    Position

    Protocol license 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

    Officials with equivalent ranks, the order noted, may be allowed to use based on the recommendation of the Land Transportation Office and approval of 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.

    EO 56

    They shall have the aforementioned plates during the official’s incumbency and may only be used on the vehicles assigned to them.

    The order also noted that all 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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