Driving education scholarship of LTO 7 benefits over 5,000 persons in 2021

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THE Land Transportation Office Central Visayas (LTO 7) has issued a total of 5,339 certificates for its Theoretical Driving School (TDC) Malasakit Program in the region for 2021.

This is equivalent to P18.6 million worth of TDC scholarships with an average tuition value of P3,500 per TDC scholarship from the private driving schools.

LTO 7 Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec said these scholars availed themselves of the free scholarship offered by the agency as one of the major requirements before getting their student driver’s permits from the LTO.

Caindec said they also brought the program to mountain barangays and municipalities.

The LTO 7 official said their TDC Malasakit Program will continue this year, and it will continue expanding to the remote and mountain barangays in Central Visayas.

In the certificate of completion issued for TDCs in Central Visayas for 2021, the majority of the scholars or 4,601 individuals availed themselves of the free TDC through the Malasakit on Wheels E-Patrol Mobile Service.

The remaining 738 scholars availed of it through the Driver’s Education Center in the LTO 7’s Malasakit Service Center on N. Bacalso Ave. in Cebu City.

In 2020, a total of 923 scholars availed themselves of the TDC scholarship.

The LTO 7 has currently suspended the conduct of the TDC program at the Driver’s Education Center.

With the LTO Memorandum 2019-2176 or the “Rules and regulations on accreditation, supervision, and control of driving institutions, and on standardization of driver education,” all applicants for a student driver’s permit shall undergo a 15-hour TDC.

TDC is only the first phase of the two courses of instructions of the memorandum given to individuals who want to get the student driver’s license.

“We will continue to expand LTO Region 7’s very own Malasakit Program where we started servicing the far-flung areas and the mountain barangays. Our goal is to partner with local government units to give scholarships to those deserving and who cannot afford private driving schools,” said Caindec.

Since the last quarter of 2021, LTO 7 has been partnering with village chiefs in mountain barangays in Cebu City.

The LTO 7 has released over a thousand TDC scholarships and it expanded the program to Talisay City, Cebu.

In August 2020, the LTO 7 started offering the free service of TDC scholarships to help underprivileged and deserving Filipinos to obtain a driver’s license. (PR)

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