The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is feeling pretty generous this Christmas season. Hundreds of motorists in the Cebu area rode home with gifts from the LTO yesterday after enforcers and Highway Patrol Group (HPG) personnel handed out driving school vouchers and sacks of rice to celebrate the 2020 holidays.
Riders plying the Transcentral Highway on December 13 were pulled over by enforcers and, to their surprise, handed gifts instead of tickets. According to the LTO Region VII Facebook page, a total of 150 driving school vouchers, 100 food vouchers, and 200 10kg sacks of rice were given away. Five lucky individuals also went home with brand-new motorcycle helmets. Look:
LTO regional director Victor Caindec said that the initiative is part of the agency’s road safety advocacy. It’s a much-appreciated gesture of goodwill, especially since the move comes just following dialogue between rider groups and authorities regarding apprehensions stemming from motorbike modifications.
"Pinaskuhan ni nato sa mga motorcycle riders inubanan ang Highway Patrol Group ug sa PNP,” Caindec said.
"Aside from the early Christmas treats, we also want to help the restaurant especially the locals in their food business, so we have partnered with them with our food vouchers," he added.
Caindec also acknowledged the confusion surrounding the motorcycle modification issue, but asked riders to be patient as the agency is about to send Congress a position paper asking for an amendment of the law.
The LTO isn’t the only transport agency contributing to the Christmas spirit this year. In Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was recently busy giving away brand-new helmets to unsuspecting riders, too. It’s been a pretty rough year, so it’s nice to see some good vibes going around as it comes to a close.