By PR | 02:23 PM April 07, 2022
With the high turnout of the free Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) scholarships in Bohol, Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 discovered that majority of the applicants sought education on driver’s road safety responsibility.
This is after LTO 7 recorded nearly 60% of the TDC scholars are already using the roads without a license.
After the initial allocation of 2,000 TDC scholarships given to the local government units of Tagbilaran City, municipalities of Dauis, Panglao, and Garcia Hernandez, LTO 7 regional director Victor Emmanuel Caindec revealed that over 2,000 applicants were accommodated by the ePatrol Malasakit Program.
“The 2,000 that we initially accommodated were coming from the 3 LGUs only, Tagbilaran, Dauis, and Panglao. We cannot just simply say no to Boholanos when they needed more slots, this is the Malasakit that we want them to feel, no politics involved, as long as you want to get the course, we accommodate,” said RD Caindec.
In the data released by LTO 7 ePatrol, a total of 2,257 individuals availed of the TDC scholarships in the three LGUs.
Tagbilaran City had the most scholars with 808 issued TDC certificates, followed by 804 graduates from Dauis town and Panglao with 645 graduates.
RD Caindec revealed that around 60% of the applicants for the free scholarships are already driving without a license.
“We are seeing a very positive impact with our TDC scholarships because more drivers are becoming responsible in submitting themselves to basic principles of driving in line with our road safety advocacy,” added RD Caindec.
The regional director also said that in the initial pre-listing made by the four (4) LGUs, over 4,000 applicants were recorded.
After the three LGUs, LTO 7’s ePatrol Malasakit Program will also serve Garcia Hernandez, Cortes, Corella, Lila, and Carmen, adding that if the ePatrol team can accommodate more LGUs, Ubay town will be added to the list.
With nearly 5,000 TDC certificates issued to date for 2022, LTO 7 has issued around 10,000 TDC certificates region-wide since it started the Malasakit Program in 2020.
“We are proud to say that we are one of the LTO regional offices in the country with the most number of TDC certificates issued and we will continue giving these free TDCs region-wide,” said the director./PR