Thirty bus drivers have started training to become safer and friendlier motorists as part of the Technical Educations and Skills Development Authority's (TESDA) six-day free training program.
The program will be done in two stages with the first focusing on safe, economical and environment-friendly driving while the second stage will enable them to train their fellow drivers.
"This is the initial batch of prospective trainers who will be trained and assessed by TESDA to become trainers and assessors of PUB (public utility bus) drivers," said TESDA director general Joel Villanueva as reported by PhilStar.com. "They will be the ones who would train and assess the other drivers."
The report said training participants are among the most qualified drivers in the country and that they have been nominated by bus operators to assist the agency in identifying bus drivers that are also eligible for certification.
Drivers that are currently undergoing TESDA's training program are all from the National Capital Region and Southern Tagalog with at least a year's experience in driving buses and straight trucks. They all hold a professional driver's license.
The program is in preparation for the implementation of a new directive from the Department of Transportation and Communications, which will require all public utility bus drivers to be certified by the TESDA by 2013.