SOME members of the Boracay Ati tribe have each received a student driver's license from the Department of Transportation (DoTr) that expectedly will open more job opportunities for them.
The distribution of the student driver's licenses is part of the outreach program of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Kalibo town in Capiz.
The program includes a free 15-hour theoretical driving course for some 39 prequalified members of the Ati community.
"Bukod sa pangingisda at agrikultura ay mabibigyan na sila ng bagong options para sa pagkukuhaan ng kita (Aside from fishing and agriculture, they will also have other options for their daily source of income)," Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said during the ceremonial turnover of student driver's permits on June 4.
The DoTr will also give the opportunity to licensed members of the Ati community to join the free ride service program of the department.
Once they join the program, they will become assistants to drivers of buses and receive an income.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the LTO will also give 20 e-trikes to members of the Ati tribe as their source of additional income, Tugade said.
The Ati tribe is among the two Indigenous People (IP) communities living on Boracay island.