The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued 7 total of 5,339 certificates for the Malasakit Program of the Theoretical Driving School (TDC) in the region for the year 2021.
This equates to 18.6 million pesos worth of TDC scholarships with an average tuition value of 3,500 pesos per TDC scholarship from private driving schools.
Victor Emmanuel Kendyk, LTO 7 regional director, said these scholars have benefited from the agency’s free scholarships as one of the main requirements to benefit from the student driver’s permit from the LTO.
“Not to mention moving the program and LTO 7 services to the doorsteps of remote mountain villages and municipalities,” said the regional director.
Caindec added that the LTO 7’s TDC Malasakit program will continue this year and will even continue to expand to the remote and mountainous provinces of the Central Visayas.
In the Certificate of Completion issued to TDC at Central Visayas for the year 2021, the majority of scientists or 4,601 individuals have benefited from free TDC through Malasakit on Wheels E-Patrol Mobile Service.
The remaining 738 researchers benefited through the Driver Education Center located at Malasakit LTO 7 Service Center on N. Bacalso Street, Cebu City.
In 2020, a total of 923 scholars benefited from TDC Scholarships.
Currently, LTO 7 has suspended implementation of the TDC program in the DEC for LTO 7.
With LTO Memorandum 2019-2176 or “Rules and Regulations for Accreditation, Supervision, and Control of Driving Institutions, Standardization of Driver Education,” all applicants for a Student Driver Permit must be subject to the 15-hour TDC.
TDC is only the first phase of two cycles of instructions contained in the said note which are given to individuals who wish to make use of a driver’s licence.
“We will continue to expand the Malasakit program for LTO region 7 as we begin serving remote areas and mountainous provinces. Our goal is to partner with local government units to provide scholarships to those who are deserving and who cannot afford private driving schools,” RD Caindec said.
In the last quarter of 2021, LTO 7 began partnering with village chiefs in the mountainous regions of Cebu City.
It has issued over a thousand TDC grants and expanded it to the city of Talisay.
In August 2020, LTO 7 started offering the free service of TDC Scholarships to help underprivileged and deserving Filipinos to take advantage of it in order to obtain a driver’s licence. /Public relations