With the Land Transportation Office (LTO) adamant in making drivers more educated before getting the wheel of an automobile, the government agency has been busy making changes in the application process.

Those looking to get a student permit or new driver's license will first have to undergo a 15-hour lecture before being given a seminar certificate. Failure in doing so will not allow an applicant to get a student permit or a driver's license.

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But how will the LTO ensure that applicants will learn how to drive properly? The LTO, along with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has opened the Driver's Education Center that will cater to the needs of those looking to get a permit or license. First opened in LTO Region 3, the required Theoretical Driving Course will be free for student permit applicants.

The facility has two lecture rooms, as well as a library that can help those looking to pass the licensure examination to get a permit. During the exams, applicants will be guarded closely by lecturers to make sure that no one can peek at their seatmate's answers.

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Furthermore, the education center will make use of different sets of examination papers to deter copying. The education center even has a maneuvering track that can be used for free by applicants.

But what about fixers? The LTO ensured that they will have strict security measures at the education centers and that only valid applicants may enter and the facility.

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“They have to undergo a series of seminars, they have to take and pass the written exam and to have the actual or practical driving. It is in line with our road safety advocacy,” said Eduardo De Guzman, LTO Regional Director.

The new Driver's Education Center is set to teach applicants all they need to know before getting behind the wheel. We'd like to see more of these education centers so that applicants can easily take the lecture and certified by the LTO.

Of course, we'd also like to see these education centers following social distancing protocols to ensure that everyone will be safe from the disease.