Now I know why everyone’s mug shot in their driver’s license looks bad.
I went to have my license renewed yesterday. I was at the LTO (Land Transportation Office) of San Juan (near the firestation) at 8 in the morning, when they are expected to open. Before renewal of their license, one has to have a medical check-up and a drug test taken.
When I got to the LTO, two of the three places that do drug tests were open, the clinic was even closed! I went into New Horizon Drug Testing Center only because the guy inside called me into their place.
I peed into a cup (ugh!) and handed it back to the guy for supposed “testing”. I don’t think they actually tested it, unless they could do so in…uhm…15 minutes? All they did after that was to ask me to fill out a license renewal form, and in a few minutes, I was given a slip that said I was drug-free. Strange. Cost me PhP250.00. Wonder how much it cost them: a pee bottle, some masking tape, some tissue, electricity (computer time), printer ribbon (not a lot, since they’re still using a dot matrix!), carbon paper.
Next, I waited in line for the “doctor” to come. I was the fourth in line, and when it was my turn, all she asked me was whether I wore glasses (yes, I do), what my height and weight are. She wrote these down and didn’t even ask me to do anything else! Oh, yes, and I paid again–PhP50.00.
Finally, I could go have the LTO process my license! (Oh, they require your TIN–tax identification number–now!) Time to cheer, right? WRONG! My papers were buried beneath a group of people who were there to get their very first license! Since they were all students of A1 Driving School, they were processed as a bunch—ARGH!!!!!!!!! And to think, I was even there before they arrived!
I don’t like being made to wait, especially if I am early. I was half thinking to “fight” with the people who were processing my papers, but then I realized that it would be to no avail as these were people working for the government of the Philippines (*sigh*).
So, I waited.
845AM…became 945AM, I was still waiting! I was so pissed that they were making me wait so I decided to “take matters into my own hands”. I went up to Window 5 (Photograph).
Me: Good morning ho. Pwede ho bang magtanong? (May I ask you something?)
Him: Ano po yun? (What is it?)
Me: Uhm…kanina pa ho ako dito, may mga huling dumating sa akin, pero nauna silang na process. Gusto ko lang hong malaman kung malapit na ho ako. (I’ve been waiting for a long time, and other people who arrived later than me are being processed first. I’d like to know if it will be my turn soon.)
Him: (shuffles through his papers and sees my license) Eto na ho kayo. (This is your paper, you’ll be called soon.)
Me: (not that I can do anything about it) Sige ho, thanks. (Alright, thanks.)
Again, I couldn’t do anything. All my papers were inside! (I was nearly ready to leave!) Finally, after a few more people, I was called. My picture was taken, and again, I had to wait.
Not long before 10AM, they called me to pay for the license (PhP232.50!) and I was able to get my picture card after.
All the waiting makes everyone look bad in their license pictures. Now I know why.