By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma wants to include the road use, etiquette, and safety education in the curriculum of the Enhanced Basic Education or K to 12 program to promote the general welfare of drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Citing the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Cuaresma said that in 2018, a total of 434 Filipinos died and 19,374 were injured in the capital region due to road crashes. This means that 4 in every 100,000 Filipinos died while 193 people in every 100,000 were injured.
“Since the MMDA started collecting road crash data in 2005, the number of recorded road mishaps has almost doubled from 65,111,” she laments.
Cuaresma filed House Bill 8761 seeking to fill in the gaps of existing policies by mandating the integration of road use, etiquette and safety in the curriculum of basic education.
“It is intended to inculcate the value of human life and proper use of roads during the formative years in order to develop discipline and concern for others among our citizens. This in turn is envisioned to contribute in improving our traffic situation and lessen road accidents,” she said.
House Bill 8761 or the proposed Road Safety Education Act mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) to include in the appropriate subjects the basic traffic rules as defined by international treaty under the authority of the United Nations (UN), the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, existing local traffic laws, different rules of the road and driving etiquette which are the general practices and procedures that road users and pedestrians are required to follow.
The amount necessary to carry out the provisions of the proposed Act shall be included in the budget of concerned agencies in the General Appropriations Act of the year following its enactment into law and thereafter.
The DepEd, in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.