WITH the extension of quarantine restrictions placed in the highly urbanized cities in Cebu, the Land Transportation Office Central Visayas (LTO 7) extended the suspension on the conduct of the Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) at the Malasakit Drivers Education Center (DEC) on N. Bacalso Ave., Cebu City.
The LTO 7 temporarily suspended the conduct of TDCs after the National Government through the Covid-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, placed Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in August 2021.
Following the extension of the MECQ until Sept. 7, LTO 7 director Victor Emmanuel Caindec said they are also extending the suspension of the course.
Since the agency suspended the conduct of the course in August, it has also stopped receiving bookings for TDC schedules.
Currently, the LTO 7’s Malasakit DEC caters to TDC scholars. The center can accommodate up to 25 individuals per week.
Caindec also said the mobile TDC continues to roll out in the different towns and cities in the region.
Through the LTO 7 e-Patrol Bus, mobile TDCs are being conducted in the different local government units.
“We will continue to serve the public with our mobile TDC. At the same time, we will abide by the IATF protocols with the capacity allowed in a venue,” he said.
LTO Memorandum 2019-2176 requires all applicants of student-driver permits to undergo the 15-hour TDC.
In 2020, LTO 7 served a total of 871 TDC scholarships. From January to July 2021, a total of 3,310 TDC scholarships were also issued.
The LTO 7 TDC scholarships started in October 2020 when the majority of the scholars got their TDC certificates through the LTO 7 Malasakit DEC Bus, also known as e-Patrol Bus. (PR)