TESDA to help LTO in drivers’ assessment

CABANATUAN CITY — Drivers will soon have to undergo assessment by the Technical Skills Education and Development Authority (TESDA) before taking the wheel of passenger vehicles, ranking agency officials said on Friday.

Lawyer Diosdado Padilla, TESDA deputy director general, communities and local government unit services, said the plan has actually been tackled in a recent a directorate meeting of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) where representatives of TESDA were invited.

But the issue was relived by the accident that claimed the lives of 34 passengers of Leomarick Trans bus (AVZ 757) which fell into a deep ravine in Sitio Nursery, Barangay Capintalan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija last Tuesday.

Records from the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) showed the bus company had sufficient permits and documents to operate.

The unit was supposedly manufactured in 2006 or 13 years old, two years younger than the 15 years mandatory limit.

The company also renewed its franchise in November 2016, a month ahead of its expiry in December.

The same assessment will be done for renewal of license, Padilla said.

Mayor Mary Abad of Carranglan town, meanwhile, asked drivers to be extra careful when dealing treacherous roads such as the highway traversing her town.

While Abad vowed to closely coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in fixing road damages that might have caused the tragic accident, she expressed belief that damage may have been lesser had there been diligent driving. Marilyn Galang/PNA-northboundasia.com