The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) has organized a three-day workshop from June 30 until July 2, 2015 on road safety inviting their road safety partners and stakeholders, lawmakers, and even journalists in an effort to ‘reduce fatalities and injuries from road crashes.’

It is grounded on WHO’s findings that ‘relevant and effective laws’ are needed to complete a road safety advocacy and that the media plays a very important role in ‘creating a culture of safety on our streets.’

The workshop’s goal is to reinforce the country’s existing road safety legislation by using ‘evidence-supported best practices’ while requesting the media to assist with ‘proactive journalism.’

Day 1 of the Workshop tackles the results of the legal and media assessment on road safety while Day 2 is a media forum where participants will be shown the assessment on the current media coverage on road safety culminating on a lecture on road safety journalism.

Day 3 will be a forum for lawyers and legal institutions, discussing the results of the legal assessment as well as the Legal Development Program.

The World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention estimates that road traffic crashes kill around 124 million people each year and injure between 20 and 50 million more.

Unless something is done, it is predicted that figures will increase by about 65% over the next 20 years.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Road Crash Statistics Report has recently detailed that a total of 26,903 road accidents occurred in Metro Manila from January to April 2015.