OP-ED: LTO needs to move its driving seminars online
Those that frequently drive from home to work or school know that the country’s roads are not exactly the safest places to drive on. This is proven by annual road accident statistics over the past couple of years. There’s no shortage of video proof either on social media.
The seminar can be chopped into shorter videos that an applicant has to click on and watch to the end manually. Another option is daily Zoom or Google Meets seminars. This way, and by requiring cameras to be on, the LTO can verify that applicants are indeed paying attention.
These are just some of the ways the requirement can be met without the risk of spreading the virus. All it takes is a little resourcefulness.
The problem with the government agencies is they prefer to have income out of these seminars than help people get assistance for them to get decent jobs and livelihood especially those who are not educated enough to land into a higher level working statues .
Pump prices of petroleum products have been increasing relentlessly, to the detriment of motorists, consumers, and businesses. Since January, gasoline prices have risen by P7.95 a liter, diesel by P10.20, and kerosene by P9.10. This is on top of last year’s net increases that amounted to more than P10 a liter. The inevitable results are higher transport fares and a rise in food prices, adding to consumer woes just as the country’s economy is poised to recover from the pandemic.
Motorists should meanwhile look for gas stations offering the lowest price, with many of them now providing discounts of from P1 to P4 per liter, according to the DOE. Trips should be planned and unnecessary travel avoided to save on gas. The most cost-efficient routes can be plotted as well, while ordinary consumers can practice energy-saving tips. They may sound like temporary measures but are surely necessary for us to survive this setback, as the country continues to hope that the geopolitical and supply issues affecting oil prices would ease soon.
Any genuine campaign to stamp out corruption calls for a strong, independent auditing agency. The Commission on Audit is one of the vanguards against graft. The COA rank and file should never lose sight of their constitutional mandate as the agency gets a new chairperson.
The complaint might be valid, but the extent of corruption in government makes it even more important to strengthen the COA rather than denigrate the work of state auditors. Justol should know this well enough, along with the importance of the commission’s independence, even from the appointing power. She and the COA must remain true to their constitutional mandate.
Bukas ay magtataas na naman ang mga produktong petrolyo. Linggu-linggo ang pagtataas at wala nang naririnig sa Department of Energy (DOE) kung mayroon silang ginagawang paraan para mabawasan naman ang pasanin ng publiko. Mahihirap ang tinatamaan ng pagtataas ng gas, diesel at gasoline. Masyado na bang abala sa pulitika ang kalihim ng DOE at wala man lang marinig ukol sa oil price hike.
Nangyari ang pagtataas ng mga bilihin at pati pamasahe sa panahong ang mamamayan ay nakikipaglaban sa pandemya. Maraming nagkasakit ng COVID na hanggang ngayon ay nararamdaman pa ang hapdi at hindi pa nakakabawi ng lakas. Marami ang namatayan at hindi pa nila nalilimutan ang matinding karanasan. At ngayon, panibagong pahirap na naman ang kanilang hinaharap dahil sa pagtaas ng mga bilihin dulot ng oil price hike. Pagaanin naman ng gobyerno ang pasanin ng mahihirap.
Matapos magahasa ni DU30 mga Filipino sa pangakong buhay ginhawa, ngayong maalis na siya, iiwanan na lang ni DU30 taong umaasa sa naka sadlak sa mas mahirap na buhay.
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