Online Renewal Promise

There’s good news coming out of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) which has been subject of complaints about the long lines and hours lost by applicants seeking to renew vehicle registrations or licenses. 

The main reason given for the snail-paced process at many LTO district, branch and satellite offices is problematic internet network connections.

However, published reports attributed to the LTO and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) indicate solutions are now being worked out to solve problems with networks and portals.

The LTO reported that it has been meeting with Dermalog, a German biometrics and security company, on how to improve its online business processes and other services.

The LTO wants to activate a Motor Vehicle Registration Information System (MVRIS) within its Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal that will allow online renewal of vehicle registrations.

The new reports said LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Teofilo Guadiz III supports including the MVRIS in the public portal of LTMS for the renewal of vehicles “as this will greatly reduce the lines in our offices.”

“With this activation it will be possible to renew your vehicles without needing to line up at LTO offices around the country,” Guadiz said.

The LTO and Dermalog officials are now said to be finalizing implementation of MVRIS in LTMS.

Dermalog spokesperson Nikki de Vega said two-thirds of transactions with the LTO involve motor vehicle renewals and doing this online would ease the long lines and “make extremely convenient to the public.”

The reports said Dermalog will also help the LTO resolve issues with the LTMS and make its processes even more responsive and adaptive.

Some observers are hoping the good news coming out of the LTO won’t turn out to be fake news.

The past administration had also promised to use online processes to make LTO services more efficient, convenient and transparent.

Prestone Scholars

In 2018, Prestone launched its ‘Anak ng Mekaniko’ Scholarship Program to celebrate its 90th anniversary

The program provided children of hard-working and loyal auto mechanics free four-year course college education at STI Colleges.

Six Anak ng Mekaniko scholars graduated in September of this year and were recognized and honored in a two-day event hosted by Prestone that also included a career preparation workshop to help them gear up for the corporate world.

The scholars include Edmajea Aguinaldo from Makati who graduated with a BS in Hospitality Management; Melver Masangkay from Batangas who took up BS in Computer Engineering; Christian Diamante from Misamis Oriental, Cagayan De Oro, who finished with a BS in Information Technology; Aulinda Buban from Antipolo City, Rizal, who finished with a BS in Information Technology; Harvey Plazo from Camarines Sur who graduated cum laude with a BS in Information Technology, and Anna Raiza Dela Cruz, also from Camarines Sur who graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Hospitality Management. 

“Prestone is proud to make a difference and be a part of these smart and talented individuals’ lives. We are extremely grateful to be able to give back to some hard-working auto-mechanic parents. Prestone also appreciates STI Colleges’ dedication to helping these young individuals realize their dreams and attain a promising future for their loved ones” said Marites Dagdag, general manager for Southeast Asia at Clorox International Philippines, Inc., which distributes Prestone and STP products in the country.

The scholars and Prestone certainly deserve our congratulations.

Concept One

We also like to congratulate our good friends at Concept One who celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, marking two decades of bringing in the latest aftermarket wheels and reputable tire brands in the Philippines.

Aside from performance wheels from TSW and Breyton, Concept One is now promoting the outdoor overlanding lifestyle with off-road wheels from Black Rhino and Method Race Wheels.

Soon to be another feather in the Concept One cap is the transformation of its San Juan showroom into the first ever Nitto Performance Hub in Asia.

Says Sam Liuson, president of Concept One Wheels: “We are very happy with the quality of Nitto’s high performance and off-road tires and have been promoting this brand for many years in the Philippines. It is a great honor to be appointed as the first Nitto Performance Hub in Asia where we offer the complete range of Nitto tires and also offer state-of-the-art mounting and tire care services.  We also offer a 4-year factory warranty on Nitto tires purchased from us.”

Those looking to upgrade wheels and tires better head over to Concept One and take advantage of 20th Anniversary promos which include a set of four 20” Black Rhino Wheels paired with Nitto 420SD tires for as low as P88,000.

Happy Motoring!!!

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