19 driving schools operational in Cordillera

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BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO-CAR) disclosed that there are some nineteen accredited driving schools that are already operating in the different parts of the region to ensure the sustained implementation of the agency’s driving enhancement program to improve the driving skills of individuals wanting to apply for the issuance of driver’s license.

LTO-CAR regional director Francis Ray Amora stated that the driving enhancement program is a seminar designed by the LTO for driver’s license holders that covers road safety and land transportation laws, rules and regulations that includes and driver’s re-orientation course during the renewal of their license; the comprehensive driver’s education.

Of the operational driving schools, 5 each are based in Benguet and Ifugao, 4 are situated in Baguio City, 2 each are located in Abra and Mountain Province and 1 is stationed in Kalinga.

On the other hand, Director Amora claimed that there are some 10 driving schools whose permits are still in process with the LTO-CAR and awaiting their issuance once the said schools are able to pass the stringent requirements imposed for the said purpose.

According to him, there are 2 driving schools each in Baguio City and Benguet whose permits have yet to be issued while there are 4 schools that are equitably distributed in Apayao, Abra, Ifugao and Kalinga which have yet to be issued their required permits to operate by the LTO.

Further, he added that there is a driving school in Kalinga whose permit already expired and is now in the process of being renewed by the owners for them to be able to help in cascading to the grassroots level the agency driving enhancement program.

The LTO-CAR official claimed that the driving enhancement program can be done face to face or online to conform with the prevailing implementation on the restrictions on the movement of people to prevent the rapid spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the various areas of the region.

After the conduct of lectures under the driving enhancement program, he stipulated that a post-examination shall be administered to assess the applicant’s knowledge on the topics contained in the driving enhancement program learning modules that had been offered and presented to them.

Regardless of the learning modality that was used, the applicants shall be made to pass the random 25-question examination which will be generated from the bank of questions that had been prepared for the purpose of assessing the learning that had been gained by those who underwent the driving enhancement program.

Almora revealed that the passing scores for such an examination shall be 80 percent. For applicants who took the driving enhancement program in driving institutions, the post-test shall be administered in the said institutions.

Applicants who have failed the examination may retake the said examination on the same day to allow them to pass and be issued their required driver’s license for them to use the same to earn income that will sustain the living condition of their families. By HENT