Cebu City – Following the move of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) of requiring driving course certificates to the applicants of new student permits, new driver’s licenses, to those who wish to change or add a restriction code to their existing license, LTO 7 is set to launch its own Driver’s Education Center which is design to help the underprivileged but deserving applicants.
This will be the first in the region after the agency accredited 23 private driving schools that offer driving courses to applicants.
LTO 7 regional director Victor Emmanuel Caindec described this move as a “Malasakit” initiative of the agency to cater to the poor and deserving applicants.
“If there is what we call a private driving school, this is considered as a public driving school that will help those who cannot afford to enroll in a private driving school. With our own DEC, they can still get their license and be certified in our backyard,” said Caindec.
He revealed that LTO 7’s very own DEC will be located in their current Cebu City District Office in N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City.
“It can accommodate 10 applicants per session following the implemented health protocols such as social distancing,” Caindec said.
For student permits, applicants must undergo a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) while new driver’s license applicants for both non-professional and professional will be required to secure a Practical Driving Course (PDC) Certificate.
Additional Restriction Code (RC) applicants also need to secure a PDC certificate.
Caindec said that for as low as P300, the deserving applicant can avail of LTO 7’s very own DEC.
“Applicants must be indigents, with good morals, and must enroll online so that they can take a slot,” Caindec enumerated the qualifications for the applicants stating that they are planning to work closely with the local government units to help them in identifying the deserving people.
Details on how to get a slot with the full requirements will be posted thru LTO 7’s Facebook page.
The agency’s move of requiring all applicants to enroll in driving courses is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call of having more educated drivers on the road.
Reckless driving is believed to be the lack of education on the country’s traffic laws.
All driving course completion certificates will be electronically transmitted thru LTO-IT system which started last Monday, August 3.