Road accidents rising

Tranport Dept to address problem with public safety in mind

The Transportation Department will push for people-friendly projects and implement information drives on road safety.

At a ceremonial event on 20 November to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Transportation Sec. Jaime J. Bautista said the agency will actively address the alarming number of road accidents in the country.

“The DoTr adheres to its solid commitment to promoting and raising everyone’s awareness of the importance of road safety. We will continue to implement programs and projects aligned with the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Transportation Usec. Mark Steven Pastor said the DoTr will coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to build more PWD-friendly projects.

He added the Land Transportation Office will intensify its seminars for applicants of driver’s licenses.

“We want to make sure that road safety is integrated with all road projects. We will exhaust all efforts to enforce road safety policies and interventions as we aim for better and safer roads for all, Pastor said.

Data from the MMDA says about 1,000 motorcycle accidents occur daily, while the Philippine Statistics Authority says 1,670 Filipinos aged 0 to 19 die from road crashes annually. Maria Romero


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