Start them young, or so the cliche goes.
In a bid to inculcate the value of human life and proper road use, and to develop discipline and concern for others among Filipinos, Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma has put forward House Bill No. 8761, otherwise known as the “Road Safety Education Act”.
Following a declared policy in the 1987 Constitution that states “The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building...It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs”, the Act seeks to mandate the Department of Education to include appropriate subjects on basic traffic rules, existing local traffic laws, different rules of the road, and driving etiquette in the current K-12 educational system.
The Road Safety Education Act seeks to fill the gaps of existing policies by mandating the integration of road use, etiquette and safety in basic education. It is intended to inculcate the value of human life and proper road use during a child's formative years in order to develop discipline and concern for others. In turn, it is envisoned to contribute in improving our traffic situation and lessen the steadily-growing number of road accidents.
Since the MMDA started collecting road crash data in 1995, the number of recorded road mishaps has almost doubled from 65,111 incidents. Numbers of crashes, injuries, and deaths resulting have been on the rise to-date and as of 2017, road crash incidents have already averaged to roughly 299 cases per day – a number that is just too high to ignore. Numerous road safety initiatives have been launched by different government agencies but it is believed that a good, solid foundation is what makes for a well-mannered motorist; passengers, and pedestrians, even.
Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Arnulfo Fabillar said, “(Road safety) is a collaboration, a cooperation among people. Everybody has a role to play. Simply following the rules is a start.”