TODA Rescue helps LTO info campaign

LINGAYEN– The federation of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) in the Second District recently organized TODA Rescue to assist the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in its campaign to disseminate information about new requirements and combat “fixing” in transactions with the agency.

Effective this month, there are additional documentary requirements when applying for student permit, non-professional, professional, and conductor’s licenses.

Among the new requirements for applicants:

1) Professional driver’s license – clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police.

2) Student Permit – applicant must at least 17 years old, a National Statistics Office-authenticated birth certificate, and a medical certificate.

LTO also now provides a five-year license validity, instead of the regular three years, to an applicant who has not incurred any vehicular accidents or cases as reckless driving for the past three years.

Elmer Calvan, president of the TODA federation, said it was a privilege to help the LTO district (Lingayen, Binmaley, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Labrador, and Urbiztondo) in its information campaign. “It’s a privilege na pagkatiwalaan kami ng ganung responsibilidad,” he said.

Randy Castro, vice president of the Lingayen TODA, said being part of the caravan made them even knowledgeable of the new requirements themselves.

Meanwhile, the TODA federation in the province was organized this month for TODA Rescue, a project that taps tricycle drivers to report on illegal activities in their area they cover.

Calvan said that in his 35 years as a driver, it was the first time for the government to recognize and organize their transport group.

TODA members’ help in the information campaign was the first not only in the province, but in the region. (Johanne Macob)

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