Tugade orders LTO to translate driver’s licensure exam in different languages

Aileen Cerrudo

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has directed the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to translate the licensure examination in various languages.

Based on the Department Order 2020-003, issued on February 14, the DOTr wants the licensure examination to be available in English, Filipino or the language most common in the region.

“In the interest of justice and for the effective enforcement of land transportation laws, the DOTr recognizes the need to afford examinees the opportunity to fully comprehend the Driver’s License Examination,” the department order states.

According to Tugade, he had a dialogue with Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Joel Mayo Z. Almario who recommended the translation of the examination questions.

“The written examination for driver’s license should not be limited to two languages—English and Filipino. What if they will conduct the test in Visayas and in Mindanao, and those poor countrymen of mine cannot understand Tagalog and cannot fully understand English?” he said.

Meanwhile, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said the agency has formed teams to translate the exam into each of the major languages. 

“The translation will be checked by experts of the language to ensure that the terms are accurate and official,” he said.—AAC

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