Road safety awareness campaign taps students' participation

March 6, 2012 10:28 am 

ILOILO CITY, March 6 – Road accident is currently the ninth cause of death worldwide and if unabated, will soon become fourth in rank.

“In the Philippines if not stop for 10 years, a population as big as the population of Mandaluyong City (Manila) will perish,” said Elvira Medina, president of the National Center for Commuter Safety and Protection Inc (NCCSPI).

Citing statistics from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) based on reports gathered from major cities and major roads in the country, Medina bared that in 2011, road accidents resulted to some 12,000 injuries.

However, she said there is a bigger number coming from municipalities but they are not reported.

She added that mostly of those very vulnerable are younger population with ages ranging from eight to 25 years old.

In line with this, the DOTC, NCCSPI and the Department of Education (DepEd)formally launched the nationwide search for best poster on road safety awareness to get students (elementary and secondary) participation on preventing further occurrence of road accidents here Monday.

Vincent S. Marsh, board member of the NCCSPI, hinted the multiplier effect of the campaign as they looked forward to reach out to some 20 million students nationwide.

He said the campaign is expected to saturate communities as students would soon be talking to their parents and grandparents, among others.

The national poster making contest is just one of the many activities lined up to raise public awareness on road safety.

Marsh said the campaign is summarized in ‘I SWEAR’ an acronym which stands for improvement in road designs; singing (contest); Walking or walk for road safety; education; accident data base system and rain shed locations for motorcycle.

Today’s launching was hosted by the Iloilo National High School as host for the Visayas launching, although the contest has already kicked off simultaneously nationwide.

The awarding of national winners will be on November 18, 2012 to highlight the celebration of the World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Crashes (WDR) which is celebrated every third Sunday of November as declared by the United Nations. (PNA)



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