THE government will release in September a resource meant to help Filipinos become better motorists. “We are coming up with a Filipino Drivers Manual,” said Land Transportation Office (LTO) Law Enforcement Service Chief Director Francis Ray Almora during the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists’ Forum held recently at the Seda Hotel Vertis North in Quezon City.
“It’s already for printing,” he added. “We also hope to have that uploaded to the LTO web site by the middle of September.”
Almora said the two-volume manual will tackle LTO procedures, such as getting a driver’s license, as well as Philippine traffic laws.
“There were so many issues, especially on road markings, that we do not provide much material on these,” he said. “That’s why there are a lot of violations on road markings, which is part of the road-safety part of the road system. So we had that as part of the manual.”
Almora also said that the manual responds to Congress’s directive to impose more stringent licensing procedures under Republic Act (RA) 10930, which President Duterte signed into law on August 2017.
RA 10930 amends RA 4136, or the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code.” Besides changes to licensing drivers, the law also extended the validity of driver’s licenses from three years to five years, with renewal of 10 years for drivers who do not commit traffic violations.
Almora said the manual will initially be published in English, but that the LTO is working to translate it to Filipino.
“We have already submitted this for translation in our Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino,” he said. “Although, according to them, they could translate that type of [text] so they have to outsource the translation to Filipino.”
Almora added that the LTO will need to consult other groups to translate the manual to other major Philippine languages like Bisaya or Ilocano.