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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 3, 2020   •   447

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

PH to use cashless payment system in taxis to further curb COVID-19 spread – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it is working on forging partnerships with various digital payment providers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS) as part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, the DOTr said it has tapped payment platforms to help equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay systems to limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers, thus further curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Taxis and Transport Network Companies (TNC) are allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine at reduced capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.

“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The DOTr said one of the first to tie-up with the government for this purpose is GCash.

Under the partnership, GCash will help enable taxi drivers to accept digital payments through the Scan To Pay app where GCash users only need to scan the unique QR code of the taxi unit they are riding in paying for their metered fares.

GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators where they can send out salaries, allowances, and commissions through to their employees, or members nationwide, the DOTr said.

“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Payments Jovit Bajar said.

Authorities are also in talks with other payment platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, among others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in the same statement.

“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.

“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.

LTO offices in GCQ areas to resume operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced that their offices in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will resume operations beginning Wednesday (May 13).

Once work operations resumes, the LTO encourages clients to follow health and safety protocols being enforced in its offices.

  • WEARING of face masks is MANDATORY;
  • PHYSICAL and SOCIAL DISTANCING shall be observed at all times; and
  • Transactions of persons below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, pregnant women, shall only be allowed after the lifting of the Community Quarantine.

GCQ areas include: Region II, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region III, Region IV-A (except Laguna), Region VII (except Cebu City), Region IX, Region XI, and Region XIII. AAC

LTO warns public against online fixers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has warned the public against paying online fixers for the application and/or renewal of driver’s licenses.

The LTO has received reports of unscrupulous individuals on social media who are offering to facilitate driver’s licenses application or renewal.

They agency has been conducting investigations to identify the said individuals as well as those who availed their services. The LTO is prepared to file appropriate criminal, civil, and administrative charges against them.

“The LTO strongly cautions our clients and the general public that the said services are not authorized, and patently illegal,” the LTO said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the LTO reiterates they temporarily suspended applications for and/or renewal of driver’s licenses, other permits, and registration of motor vehicles due to the enhanced community quarantine.

All expired license, permits, and registration of motor vehicles will remain valid. AAC

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