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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 3, 2020   •   985

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

LTO extends validity of student permits and driver’s license until March 31

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended the validity of student permits and driver’s licenses until March 31.

This is the third time the LTO has extended the validity of student permits and licenses of drivers and conductors due to the restrictions implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension covers individuals aged 17 to 20 years old and individuals aged 60 years old and above since they are advised to remain at home during the quarantine period.

In May last year, the LTO extended the validity of permits and licenses up to 60 days. Then again in October, the agency further extended the validity to December 31. AAC

DOTr boosts testing capacity in NAIA as OFWs return for the holidays

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 17, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has boosted its One-Stop-Shop as more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) return home for the holidays.

DOTr’s Office for the Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario said this is to prevent the previous inconvenience caused by delayed COVID-19 test results.

Based on the OTS data, an estimated 5,000 OFWs arrive in the Philippines every day during the holidays.

Del Rosario also said additional Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel were deployed.

The One-Stop-Shop partnered with four COVID-testing laboratories to accommodate more OFWs.

Nagkaroon kami ng commitment among these laboratories, nag-commit sila na 24 hours ilalabas nila ang result at walang lalagpas ng 48 hours (We had a commitment among these laboratories. They committed to release the results in 24 hours and not exceeding 48 hours),” he said.

The One-Stop-Shop can process 10,000 swab tests per day, Del Rosario added.

Aside from the laboratories, there are also 21,000 slots available in hotels where OFWs can stay while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Senate to begin probe on RFID cashless system on Dec. 17

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 14, 2020

The Senate will begin its investigation on the Toll Regulatory Board’s radio frequency identification (RFID) cashless system on Thursday (December 17), after its implementation caused heavy traffic along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

Senator Grace Poe, chairman of the Senate Public Services Committee, said they have also summoned the Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to provide an explanation on how to address the congestion amid the RFID implementation.

The committee will also look into the complaints about malfunctioning RFID readers.

“Nais nating maayos ang sitwasyon para sa ating mga kababayan, na hindi naman sila napeperwisyo at nahihirapang pumila doon at nakababad ng matagal. Pangalawa, nais nating malaman ano ba talaga ang naging dahilan kung bakit hindi maayos ang pagpapatakbo nito (We want to fix the situation for our fellowmen and spare them the inconvenience of queueing for hours. Secondly, we want to know the real reason for the lapses in its implementation),” she said in a statement. 

Poe said the cashless system should provide ease of travel for motorists along expressways as well as prevent them from getting infected with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker is also eyeing temporarily suspending the full implementation of the RFID cashless system. AAC

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