DO fosters road safety

By Karen Lou Deloso

CITY OF MATI, Davao Oriental – In an effort to preempt road accidents in the province .the provincial government in collaboration with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and other stakeholders inked a memorandum of agreement for the creation of the Road Safety Advocacy Program.

The agreement was jointly signed during the recent Provincial Development Council meeting on October 11 aimed at “Sustaining Public Order and Security”.

LTO 11 Director Gomer J. Dy said the component of the MOA involves trainings and seminars for upgrading drivers’ license and accredit drivers.

“We intend that no motor vehicles shall run the highways without a drive’s license issued by the LTO,” he said.

Meanwhile, wearing of the accessories such as helmets on motorcycle and seatbelts in vehicles will also be strictly imposed, Dy said.

The urgency of addressing the growing number of fatalities and injuries from road accidents was mentioned during the recent Provincial Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (PLECC) meeting.

In response, the province initiated aggressive measures to address this problem.

“Traffic safety and road safety is not only the concern of the LTO but a concern of all the people because it involves lives,” said Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon who spearheaded the MOA signing.

Malanyaon convened all concerned stakeholders with the thrust to minimize, if not eradicate road disasters which have already inflicted serious injuries and clamed many lives.

This MOA signing for road safety in Region 11 is said to be the first one in the entire country, Dy said.

“I am signing this MOA with the hope of increasing the awareness of traffic safety and also   decreasing the number of accidents especially motorcycle accidents ,”he added.

The MOA states , “in order to decrease the occurrence of traffic accidents, a strong collaboration  between all government agencies with the provincial government and all local government units is deemed necessary. To achieve this, conduct of massive traffic safety education will be  implemented and a traffic summit will be conducted to formulate inter-agency traffic management plan and road safety, as well as by using tri-media campaign”.

The creation of the program was also signaled by the United Nations declaring 2011-2020 as Decade of Action for road Safety aiming to stabilize and reduce traffic fatalities around the world. To support this global launch, the national government thru Proclamation 159 declared 2011 as the launching year for the Philippines decade of action for road safety.

Stakeholders will undertake different roles and responsibilities in this advocacy while coordinating with each other. Aside from the Provincial government, LTO 11, local government units, other partners include the Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office, and Department  of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Malanyaon, whose administration is an advocate for public safety and security, urged all government agencies to unite work together in order to create a secured and safe community for all.

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