Features December 22, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco
Honda Safety Driving Center
With over 15-years of outstanding service to the motoring community
The Honda Safety Driving Center was established by Honda Philippines and Honda Cars Philippines in 2007 as a non-stock, non-profit group that aimed to promote road safety and driver education. Though there are many good and competitive independent driving and motorcycle fundamental training companies in the country, one even being in the business for over 45 years with their own small-scale facilities in four different training centers, HSDC stands out above all for being the largest in scale and breadth with direct manufacturer support, making it the first and only World-Class Training Facility in the Philippines for Driving (for 4 wheels) and Riding (for 2 wheels).
The Honda Safety Driving Center is located at Km 17 East Service Road, South Superhighway 1700, Parañaque City, Philippines.
Until my daughter Audrey was ready to earn the privilege of independent mobility in the country, in the past, several of our C! Team members further honed their riding skills while some got their very first vital training on two-wheels at the fabulous Honda Safety Driving Center.
For our seasoned C! Editorial Team members, they are required to undergo further high-performance dynamic training at the Tuason Racing School and for the Wheel2Wheel editors, they are required to get their leveled-up tier training with the California Superbike School in partnership with the Tuason Racing School as well.
So, for fundamental and theoretical training for a young adult, I chose the finest basic training center in the country, the Honda Safety Driving Center handled expertly by Department Manager Mr. Jun Lomibao with the outstanding invaluable customer service from Ms. Methuselah Sacrez.
With the new requirement of the Philippine Land Transportation Office (LTO) for aspiring drivers and riders to first complete a 15-hour theoretical driving course before they can be issued a student permit, the HDSC also have the full facilities and instructors to conduct these classes. With the completion of said classes and now armed with a LTO Student Permit, Audrey then proceeded to take her 20-hours of fundamental and practical driving lessons.
However, since I required her to be proficient with both automatic and manual transmissions, Audrey completed 27-hours of training over 4 days which included driving on the open road and experiencing several Honda vehicles, from the Brio minicompact to the City subcompact and with the BR-V compact crossover under the strict guidance and instruction from multiple accomplished HDSC instructors; Ms. Jorelyn Pulido, Mr. Fernando Santos, and Mr. Yvan Joshue Esguerra.
With our sincere gratitude to the HDSC for their patience, conviction, warmth, and generous spirit, Audrey is now ready to take her final written exam at the LTO after a month to earn her Philippine Non-Professional Driver’s License as well as her International Driver’s Permit with the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP).