LAND Transportation Office (LTO)-Central Visayas will soon integrate its driving course to the National Certificate (NC) courses of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
This is to give the public more options in getting their driver's license without spending more.
LTO-Central Visayas Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec said a memorandum of agreement (MOA) has been signed last March 12 to harmonize the "driver's training, education, and transformation" of both agencies.
He added that they are just waiting for the implementing guidelines to formally implement the partnership.
"We're working with Tesda para ma-activate na nato ang Tesda nga program. Ang katong NCII, NCIII nga program sa Tesda, i-accredited namo og apil sa LTO," Caindec said.
Under the MOA, LTO “will empower Tesda and its training centers to offer Theoretical Driving Course and Practical Driving Course (PDC) equivalent to that being offered by the LTO Driver's Education Center.”
Tesda Driving NC II will be equivalent to PDC for Non-professional Driver's License with restriction code 2.
Tesda Driving NC III, on the other hand, will be equivalent to PDC for Professional Driver's License and/or additional restriction code of 3/8.
Currently, LTO-Central Visayas is offering Technical Driving Courses (TDC) through its DEC to the public who cannot afford a private driving school.
"This is still on top of the Malasakit Program gibuhat sa LTO where we're giving out free scholarships sa Theoretical Driving Course pinaagi sa atong collaborations sa mga local government units," said Caindec.
Private driving schools
As of April 30, LTO-Central Visayas has accredited 36 private driving schools around Central Visayas.
In Cebu City, the accredited driving schools are AZB88 Driving School, TL Mabuhay Driving Lesson Academy Inc., in Mambaling and Pahina Central, CTS-Cebu, and Smart Driving School in Mabolo.
Mandaue City has four available driving schools that include TL Mabuhay, AZB88 Driving School, NC Tiger Driving School, and P5 iDrive Driving School.
TL Mabuhay, AZB88 Driving School, and MJM Lapu-Lapu are also accredited in Lapu-Lapu City.
In Talisay City, both TL Mabuhay and Garnet Driving School are the public's option.
In Consolacion, TL Mabuhay and St. Raphael Driving & Technical School Inc. are accredited.
TL Mabuhay, Primetech Skill Institute, and NC Tiger Driving School are accredited for Danao City residents.
Medellin has Twin Driving Institute and TL Mabuhay, while Bantayan and Camotes Islands have TL Mabuhay.
Balamban has two accredited driving schools, which include TL Mabuhay and P5 iDrive Driving School; TL Mabuhay in Toledo City; TL Mabuhay and AZB88 Driving School in Carcar City; and P5 iDrive Driving School in Ronda.
Outside Cebu, Bohol has three accredited schools that are located in Tagbilaran City, Talibon, and Garcia Hernadez, all operated by TL Mabuhay.
In Negros Oriental, three TL Mabuhay schools in Bayawan, Dumaguete City, and Bais City are options, as well as Sto. Nińo Skills Training &Assessment Center. Inc., in Damaguete City.
Caindec said the more driving schools, the fair level of course pricing. "Basic concept para mo-level ang pricing, the more schools that are operating with the government also competing, mo level ang pricing."
Caindec said one of their challenges in LTO-Central Visayas’s DEC is the no-show of the applicants.
LTO-Central Visayas has a limited classroom capacity as of the moment due to the 50 percent protocol requirement of the Inter-Agency Task Force due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"If wala'y significant changes sa 50 percent capacity nga gi-implement this year, with 25 per week, puno na gyud ang atong 2021," Caindec said. (PR)