Tesda urged to give free driving lessons to women

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Monday, January 17, 2011

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Cotabato Gov. Lala Talino-Mendoza has urged the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to give free driving lessons to women who want to become motor vehicle drivers.

Mendoza has also urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to require all operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs), including school buses, to reserve for women at least 10 percent of their new posts for drivers.

Mendoza said that there is ample room for women in the labor market for drivers adding, "they deserve their fair share of jobs."

The governor believes that giving women the opportunity to earn, including driving, is guaranteed by the Constitution.

"This is not about which gender is superior [in terms of driving skills]. This is about giving meaning to the mandate of the Constitution to advance the rights of women to greater employment opportunities that will enhance their welfare and enable them to realize their full potentials," she said.

Women, after their driving lessons from Tesda, can get their professional licenses from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and start their job as family drivers and later, bus or truck drivers.

Many women in North Cotabato who wanted to become drivers are discouraged by the high cost of driving lessons.

For one, the governor considered very excessive the fee of more than P30 thousand for a basic 30-hour driving course given by a private institution here, which includes two hours of classroom orientation, eight hours of lecture, and practice sessions. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 18, 2011.


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