As a female driver, I’ve realized a long time ago that navigating the crazy streets of Manila is an exercise in patience and courage. However, we have also no choice but to adopt the attitude ‘take it or leave it!’ I have to admit that the stress of the rush hour and driving the distance from the south to center of Manila (and vice versa) made me resign from my corporate job last year. It was just too much to handle. I wanted some family time instead of spending it stuck on the road in the thick of the rush hour.
As motorists, we are probably united in our desire to make our lives a lot easier. And this is why I was all too excited when my friend Manny enlightened me on this citizen’s campaign to push for the online registration of vehicles.
Easily, my reaction was “why not?…. it’s about time!” These days, most government procedures are already being modernized and streamlined, so I don’t see why the granting of drivers’ licenses and registration of vehicles by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) should be an exception. This move would also address the reported rampant corruption at the LTO, which was pinpointed by President Duterte himself when he assumed office.
Of course, we should expect a lot of resistance and delaying tactic on the part of the LTO on this matter. But there’s really no other way but to go online within the next five to ten years. We were told that among the countries in Asia, the Philippines is one among a handful few implementing the manual system.
Thankfully, there’s Sen. JV Ejercito who is to be lauded for filing a resolution ” urging the Department of Transportation…to conduct a study for the establishment and implementation of an online registration process of motor vehicles with the end in view of providing effective and efficient public service for a progressive land transport sector.”
As a mom, I am all in favor of the online car registration process because obviously, it will save us the time and effort. Instead of filling up forms by handwriting, I can very well do it in front of the computer at home. That would be a joy, right? According to reports, there are 6,000 vehicles registered daily in Metro Manila alone, and about 45,000 cars nationwide! Am sure traffic in our respective territories will be much lighter if not all vehicles are required to be inspected at the LTO.
Some LTO procedures at present can be done away with. A good example is the stenciling of the vehicle chassis number which shouldn’t be really done every year or every time. Another useless process is the emission testing. Seriously now, do you think that new cars need this? The driver or the owner himself should be able to determine the roadworthiness of his vehicle because it is to his best interest to do so.
Our point here is to reduce human interaction with LTO personnel which is a source of corruption. Even the Post office can be utilized to mail and deliver vehicle registration papers so that motorists do not have to travel or go to LTO offices. The postal system can be tapped while the online registration process is being fine tuned.
With online registration, motorists do not have to resort anymore to fixers. The process becomes much easier. We save time, money and energy.
What do you think? Read also the opinions of my fellow bloggers on this issue:
Online car registration: yay or nay? – animetric.net
Can LTO car registration be done online? – baratako.com
Philippine online car registration: LTO modernization now – xoxomrsmartinez.com
Online car registration – celerhinaaubrey.com
Keeping up with the digital age through online car registration – rollein2onemom.com
Car Registration modernization – On Top of the World