Training for bus drivers is not yet available in Region 6, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Western Visayas director Buen Mondejar, said in a government press release.
Mondejar said they expect such trainings to start when a team from Manila comes in February.
Currently, the regional TESDA does not yet have an Assessment Center for drivers. However, after the team comes, they might have one already, the press release said.
Mondejar said they are coordinating with bus companies for them to nominate their participants in the training when it is held in the region.
Bus drivers of big bus companies will be the priority participants in the training and drivers of other groups will follow, the press release said.
The training for bus drivers from the National Capital Region and Sourthern Tagalog, who hold professional drivers licenses and have a minimum of one year experience in driving bus and straight trucks, is ongoing.
TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said the six-day training is free and will be done in two stages: the first will focus on safe, economical and environment-friendly driving, and the second will enable drivers to train other drivers.
These are in implementation of a directive from the Department of Transportation and Communications requiring all PUB drivers to be certified by 2013, the press release said.*