By Alexander Villafania
TAGUIG CITY, METRO MANILA – Jeepney and bus drivers will soon undergo assessment and certification, a project aimed at improving the safety of public utility vehicles or PUVs.
The assessment and certification program will be implemented by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The said program will target 55,000 registered PUV drivers and the goal is to have all of them certified on or before 2013 in accordance to the requirements of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC).
TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said that the certification should improve the professional quality of PUV drivers in the country and put them at par with global standards.
Ostensibly, the certification is aimed at qualifying drivers to be professionally capable. Many road accidents are due to PUV drivers who do not follow road guidelines.
“Making them undergo an assessment and certifying them later on will give them the badge that they are at their best element when behind the wheels. Responsible and skilled drivers will save properties and lives, and will result to less chaos in the streets,” Villanueva said in a statement.
As part of the start of the certification process, the LTFRB will announce that a Driving National Certificate III will be required for all drivers.
Drivers may also have their certifications cancelled by the TESDA if they are found to have violations that could have resulted in injury, death or property damage.
TESDA will also put up an online registry of PUV drivers, including the approval or revocation of their certifications.
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