Davao City – A total of 16 driver-participants recently underwent a 2-day Value Formation and Reorientation of Chauffeurs on Road Safety Rules and Protocols with Gender Equality Themes which was held at the DAR Regional Office XI in Davao City.

An initiative of DAR Regional Office XI Human Resource Development (HRD) Team, the activity was crafted to achieve the following:  value formation among the drivers with introduction of gender concepts and gender equality themes, review on RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees, refresher course on defensive driving and land transportation related special laws.

In the welcome message of DAR XI Assistant Regional Director (ARDA) Claudio Ybanez, he emphasized that the chauffeurs or drivers play a key role in any organization considering that they carry a heavy responsibility to consistently maintain safe and timely driving services in transporting their passengers to their appointed destinations.

RD Joseph Orilla of DAR XI also emphasized in his inspirational message the importance of putting pressure or influence on certain situations to achieve the right and desirable results. He encouraged the participants not to confine themselves within their comfort zones and to not be afraid to explore the outside world.

A review with inputs on personal values as well as DAR core values with brief introduction on the basic concepts and expressions on gender and development was also imparted to the participants.  They were in a jovial mood as they recited in chorus, “Gender Equality is a human fight, not a female fight’, No to Stereotypes and Yes to Equality.”

Resource Persons from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) were invited to talk on driving fundamentals, duties and functions of a responsible driver and certain concepts and principles of land transportation related special laws such as Republic Act No 10913, otherwise known as “An Act Defining and Penalizing Distracted Driving, RA 10586, An Act Penalizing Persons Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs and Similar Substances and the like”.

Over-all, the training which was done in two batches was considered as a success.  One of the driver-participants shared that he was so thankful to be part of the activity since in all his years serving for DAR passenger-colleagues, he never had the chance to undergo such training. (JEAN T. DUMANDAN, DAR XI STOD)