LTO-7 launches Malasakit Lounge
CEBU, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) Malasakit Lounge, which is the first in the country, was formally inaugurated yesterday.
LTO-7 Regional Director Victor Caindec said this Malasakit Lounge will serve the senior citizens, persons-with-disabilities, nursing women, pregnant women, lactating mothers, and OFWs who have transactions with LTO.
The lounge has a nursery room, lactating chair, changing diaper table, free wifi, free socks for kids who wish to play at the playroom, has several charging stations, several comfortable couches and a fully air-conditioned waiting area.
Caindec said that it will soon have a licensing center and a 24-hour operation monitoring office.
The first Malasakit Lounge is located at the LTO-7 main office along N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City.
“The concept is all about Malasakit, which means care for the people who need extra care and extra help,” said Caindec, in a statement.
The Malasakit Lounge was inspired by Senator Bong Go’s project – the Malasakit Center – when he was then the Special Assistant to the President.
The idea was picked up by the government agencies and some local government offices.
“The Malasakit Lounge was conceptualized because we had an extra space at the LTO-7 office that was underutilized. We thought why not make this space available for senior citizens, pregnant women, PWD, etc,” said Caindec.
The lounge was made possible through a public-private partnership.
The expenses used were from an employee’s cooperative and benefactors.
Caindec added that he is thankful to the private sector for the realization of the project, hoping that this is the first step in the effort to modernize the way people transact with the agency. GAN (FREEMAN)