Last February, Senator Koko Pimentel filed a bill that will serve as a remembrance for the millions killed in road traffic accidents. That was Senate Bill 2156, also known as the “National Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims In The Philippines”.
Now, Congress has filed a similar bill. Dubbed House Bill 9069, it is also called the “National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors, and their Bereaved Families”. HB 9069 was authored by Christina Fariñas and Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas.
In a statement by the Congress of the Philippines, the Fariñas siblings cited that the number of road crash deaths have been increasing in the Philippines since 2006, despite the country’s goal to halve them by 2020. The Fariñas family themselves experience the loss of not one but two family members due to a road accident. The first was Rudy Fariñas’ son, Rodolfo Jr. in a motorcycle crash, and the second was his nephew and then Vice Mayor of Laoag, Michael Fariñas in a rollover accident.
If the bill becomes a law, it will allow cities and municipalities to designate a public space that shall serve as a memorial tribute for road crash victims, survivors, and their families. Along with this, the Department of Transport (DOTr) will have to make annual activities to continuously push for road safety in the country.