Posts Tagged ‘Makati’

LTO Car Registration Tips

May 14, 2013 35 comments

LTO Valenzuela

Normally when you buy a brand new car it comes with a 3 year LTO registration and like everyone else I had to register the car at LTO after it expires. Before you head on to the nearest LTO in your area make sure that the car is under your name. Although from what I heard you can register the car even if it’s still in the process of Ownership Transfer.

Let’s start with the transfer of ownership. When I got my car from Toyota Otis last 2010, it was on a lease agreement with Toyota Financial Services. This was the easiest and fastest way to get a car that time. When I paid off everything I had to go to their office in Makati to get the documents (OR, CR, Document indicating ownership from the lender) and when I got back I had to start the process of Ownership Transfer. I though it would be that simple. What could be so hard right? When I met up with my original car sales agent I was advised to go and get a Police Vehicle Clearance at a satellite Police Station near Sto. Domingo Church near Quezon Avenue. Tip number 1: Do not waste your time by going to this Police Station. THE PLACE IS FILTHY! THE PEOPLE THERE ARE SO SLOW! YOU WOULDN’T FEEL SAFE AND IT’S SO HARD TO LOCATE! (Specially if you’re not from the area) One more thing that really stressed me out is after waiting for 1 hour I was told that they ran out of theOrder of Payment Slip which you would need to make a payment at Landbank to start the process. So I just wasted gas and my time going there and waiting for nothing. I suggest going directly to Camp Karingal and get your car’s clearance there.

Camp Karingal opens as early as 7AM. Here are the steps…

1. Bring your documents original and photocopies inside and have them check it.
2. Get an Order of Payment
3. Head over to Landbank at the QC City Hall (kinda stupid since you have to go out of the camp to make the payment). Paid around PHP 300 – 350 not sure with the exact amount it’s been a while.
4. Head back to Camp Karingal and handover the payment slip
5. You will be directed to bring the car to the stencil area and have one of the guys there do their job (usual tip is PHP 20 to 50)
6. A policeman will then come to your car and someone will take a photo of you, him, and the car showing the license plate.
7. Wait for your Police Car Clearance

I then gave the clearance to the car sales agent and to transfer the ownership to your name you have to go to the original LTO branch where it was originally registered. For this I just paid 2500 for a liaison to process it for me. Just don’t wanna deal with the hassle.

After almost two weeks (would have been shorter if it wasn’t for the election 2013) I got a confirmation from my agent that the Ownership Transfer is complete and the OR and CR are ready for pickup. Went to pickup the documents and went to LTO Valenzuela to process the registration. Do check this table for your yearly schedule so you don’t get penalized for late registration.

Got to LTO Valenzuela around 3PM. Went straight to the Information Desk and asked for directions. The guy was helpful and asked for the OR and CR and told me to follow a guy to get an emission test. So here’s what happened:

1. Emission test took 5 minutes paid PHP 400
2. Took the car and park at LTO and was directed to get a TPL worth PHP 800. Took around 10 minutes. I know for a fact you can get TPL (Third Party Liability) cheaper. I got a receipt and it says

Plaridel Surety and Insurance Company
Premium PHP 560
Documentary Stamps PHP 56
Fire Service Tax / Premium Tax / E-VAT PHP 70
Local Govt Tax PHP 114
Total PHP 800

3. Someone from LTO had to stencil the engine and the inside of the car again and I gave him PHP 50 as tip. Took around 10 minutes.
4. Got the document back and had it check and signed by a LTO assessor
5. Paid the fee worth PHP 1929.06 Took around 15 minutes.

Change venue fee PHP 100
Cost Sticker PHP 50
Legal Research Fund PHP 10
Comp Fee PHP 169.06
Total PHP 1929.06

6. Waited for the sticker. This took me almost 2 hours!!! I don’t know what’s with the stickers and it took forever.

The OR was also returned to me with the stickers. I suggest you guys have it photocopied and put it in your car and keep the original at home.

Over-all the process was very tiring and there’s so many ways to improve the process to eliminate the possibility of corruption but I guess it would take a really good leader within the LTO to make major improvements. Hope this guide help those who will be going through the same thing I had to go through. (Can’t believe I have to do this every year! Grrrr!) If I missed anything feel free to leave a comment.

My Case Against HTC Philippines and SIS Philippines Part 2

May 9, 2013 9 comments


First day of mediation at the DTI office at Trafalgar Place in Makati.

HTC Philippines and SIS Philippines proved again that they don’t care about their consumers by not showing up.

An invite was sent to the President / Manager of SIS Philippines last May 3 for the mediation conference on May 8 and May 10. No response from the said company up to now.

Please also read My Case Against HTC Philippines and SIS Philippines


The public commute and the benefits of walking

May 16, 2012 4 comments

Bus Terminal at Star Mall

Bus Terminal at Star Mall

Riding the bus is such a thrill! I never thought it would be a nice adventure.  I can’t remember the last time I had to take the bus to go around the city since I got my car – Sandy (short for Sandra) a few years back.  People in Manila are nice and quiet introvert even but it all changes come rush hour.  On certain occasions you can see relatively quiet and nice people get into arguments while riding these “efficient” mode of transportation.  Women and older people having to stand along the isle of packed buses and the LRT / MRT.  I must say; there’s a real shortage of chivalry in the roads nowadays.  Although uncommon you can still see a guy offer his seat to a lady or an old person.

Yesterday morning, I had the chance to experience taking the bus on my way home from work.

I’m currently staying at Paseo Parkview Suites in Makati for a couple of weeks.  Sounds nice right?  Yes it is but the problem is parking!!!  I love Makati but I hate the fact that parking your car overnight can cost you an arm and a leg.  There’s even a parking space right across the condo that charges Php40 for the first 2 hours and Php40 again every hour after.  That’s not all… if you stay overnight or reach 12 midnight you are automatically charged Php150 additional on top of the hourly rate.  WTF!!!  Yes the parking space is nice and not that many cars park there (maybe because it’s sooooo freaking expensive!) but I only need a parking space for the night not buy the whole parking space!  Hahaha!  Another funny thing with the parking spaces in Makati, they don’t have a maximum charge like in other cities.  So don’t be surprised when they charge you Php300 or even more for overnight parking.  Call me stingy but I refuse to pay that much for parking.

Taking my car to Makati is definitely not an option for me.   I decided to just leave my car in the office since I have a free slot (thanks to Visual Ally).  After finishing some paperwork and heading to the bank for a quick transaction there I was walking along Emerald Avenue towards Julia Vargas to Megamall.  On the way I saw this blind man trying to cross the street.  I rush over and offered my help. It felt good to be able to extend help to someone in need… a benefit of walking that I don’t get when I drive.

Emerald Avenue

Emerald Avenue


Aside from the obvious health benefits, I just realized that walking keeps you grounded and lets you appreciate what you have.  Another thing I noticed, driving a car around the metro for a while can make you soft. Hahaha!  I had a bit of a problem getting to my seat inside the bus.  You know how crazy bus drivers can be here in Metro Manila right?  Another advantage of riding a bus or the train is that you can sleep on your way to your destination (now try doing that while you’re driving).

After an hour (usually 15-30 minutes drive),  I reached Paseo De Rojas in Makati and walked to Valero.  I really enjoyed my time walking and watching people rush to work and occasionally getting bumped and stepped on while getting on and off the bus (insert sarcasm here).  Over-all, it was a fun and such humbling experience something everyone should try once in a while 🙂

walking along Paseo De Rojas

walking along Paseo De Rojas

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