Guyz, I finally have a license. Getting my driving license is a big deal for me because I’ve been a racing fan since forever and learning how to drive a manual car just makes me happy beyond compare. Anyway, let me share my experience as I was getting my license.
We arrived at LTO at around 8 AM and immediately proceeded to fill up my form and have my medical exam done after. The medical was super super super super super (sorry for the lack of a better word) substandard, to the point that I honestly thought it was worthless. I’m sorry, but it just sucks so much. The process goes like this: 1) have your weight measured and your height asked 2) go to the second doctor and have your eyes checked using the optical illusions with the numbers on it and the usual eye chart. I hope that made sense while you read that because honestly for me it didn’t. I need/use glasses and my eyesight is pretty bad but guess what, I got 20/20. That medical exam cost me PHP200.
After that medical exam, I had to queue and wait to have my picture and signature taken. This part was pretty fast. Next was the written exam. To pass, you have to get 30 questions out of 40. It’s a tight one but the questions are for dumb people. I got 36 using common sense and by reading the reviewer they provide you before taking your exam.
Next part was my favorite, you have to wait for your name to be called (again) to find out if you passed or not. If you pass, you get to proceed to the practical exam. Here comes the amazingly shady part. Our group was asked to go wait by the mango tree and there we waited (yes we still had to wait) for the guys who said this to us “The car’s air-conditioning is not working properly. I know that all of you know how to drive and I trust that you’ll be careful when driving on the roads so I’ll just pass all of you. Just pay PHP600 to this guy for the ‘rental fee’ of the car and we’ll input your scores on the computer. If you have any questions regarding this, say it now. There was a time when I already inputted scores in the computer and then someone asked there was no practical exam.” Then there was this guy in our group who goes “I have a car, can I use that for my exam?” Then the other guy goes “Does your car have a brake pedal on the passenger side? Because that’s the only kind of car LTO uses and approves.”
Long story short, I didn’t get to drive the crappy car but I paid PHP 600 for its rental fee. After that shady deal by the mango tree, I had to wait for my name to be called for my
license receipt to be released.
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Honestly, I was half disappointed with myself because I just violated a personal rule which was to never take the easy way when dealing with government services here in the Philippines. Pero hello, sobrang nakakadismaya yung nangyari. Pinerahan lang ako nung kumag na yun. At sa totoo lang, half thankful din ako dahil di ko na kinailangan i-drive yung kakarag karag na kotse na yun.
Oo, mag Tagalog muna ako kasi sobrang inis ko talaga pag naalala ko yun. Alam mo yun parang mga tanga talaga. Kaya tayo hindi umaasenso eh, kasi yung mismong government office ang dadaya. Kaya ang daming aksidente sa kalsada kasi ang daming hindi deserving na driver (myself included). Sa totoo lang kapag ang isang tao ay hindi pa dapat magdrive, huwag mo dapat bigyan ng lisensya. Pero ano, sa halagang 1000+ makakakuha ka na ng walang kahirap hirap? Wow talaga!
At hindi lang yun eh, alam niyo ba nung nagapply ako ng license ko, may nakasabay ako na ang sarap talaga batukan. Kasi ganito yun, naghihintay na ako para dun sa exam nung may lalaki, bata pa suguro mga early twenties pa lang yun, tapos super cool ng dating niya. Kasama pa niya tatay niya ata yun nung pumunta dun sa may harap tapos may kinausap sa loob. Sabi ko sa kapatid ko, nagpapa-fix to bantayan natin. Guess what, ang daming nauna sa kanya tapos nakasabay ko pa sa exam. Nakatabi ko pa! Muntik ko na sabihin na gwapo eh, pero nakakaturn off yung magpapa-fix ka pa. Tapos hindi lang yun, pag pasok, may request pa, sabi english lang daw exam niya please. *rolls eyes*
Bwisit talaga. Tapos ito pa, pag dating dun sa practical exam, yung loko hindi na pumunta. Parang sobrang nakakainis. Tapos sabi pa nung lalaki na nangongolekta ng rental fee asan na ba yung ***, sabi nung isa, wala eh. Sabi ah okay, tapos yung papel niya tinabi. So ano, halata naman siguro na nagpafix diba. Gagong yun, ang dali dali na nga lang di pa magawa. Itong mga super rich cool kids na ito, sarap pagbabatukan eh.
Wow talaga. Wow na wow ako sa LTO. Alam niyo yun. Alam ko dapat happy lang itong blog ko na ‘to pero grabe talaga. Ayaw ko nga sana i-share ‘tong kwento na ‘to kasi nakakahiya pero wala eh, real talk lang.
Sana talaga sa time ni President Duterte, maayos na. Sobrang corrupt na kasi eh. Sabi nga dun sa exam ang lisensya isang privilege yan, hindi mo karapatan yan. If hindi mo deserve, kapal ng mukha mo magkaron. Buhay ng tao ang nakasalalay everytime mag-ddrive ka. Huwag kang tanga dyan at magpa-cool. Please lang.
And yes, if kailangan and ma-prove na hindi ako worthy magdrive, go ahead, take my license. I’d rather not have it if I’m proven that I’m not ready to drive.