We all want safer roads in the metro. In order to achieve that, we also need better, more educated drivers out there. So obviously, keeping all road users safe—be it drivers, riders, cyclists, or pedestrians—is easier said than done.
Something’s being done about it, at least. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to formalize a partnership that will aim to strengthen driver education in the country.
Specifically, the MOA will enable TESDA to offer free theoretical and practical driving courses as well as issue certificates that are equivalent to those offered by the LTO. The MOA will also set consistency and uniformity in the courses to ensure quality training for drivers. Overall, the LTO says that this will help the agency in addressing the public’s demand for quality and more affordable driving courses.
“We have partnered with TESDA because we want to tap their expertise to ensure the quality of driver’s training being given by driving schools, the LTO and TESDA,” said LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante. “Sa partnership na ito, mas marami na ang ma-o-offer ng gobyerno na libreng driving courses para sa mga interesadong mag-avail ng driver’s training. Ito po ang sagot ng ating mga pamahalaan sa hiling ng publiko para sa dekalidad at murang training program para sa mga drivers.”
“Sa ating data from PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority), isa sa mga pangangailangan sa labor market ay mga qualified drivers,” said TESDA director general secretary Isidro Lapeña. “As we transition to the new normal, kailangan ng mga drivers, ito ang constant na pangangailangan ng mga industries. And, we have regional offices who can reach out to those in need of the training. Libre po ito.”
Great news, then. Hopefully, we’ll see actual improvements in the coming years. What do you think, readers?