April 15, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – With the increasing number of accidents and crimes on roads, an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently sought for the inclusion of road safety in basic education curriculum.
In a one-page letter sent to the Department of Education (DepEd), LTFRB board member Ariel Inton Jr. appealed to DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro to include in the curriculum for the primary and secondary education “the principles of road safety courtesy and to reintroduce to the minds of the youth the importance of road safety.”
Inton believed that it would be better to start kids young on road safety knowledge.
“I am writing to share with you my thoughts and my suggestions which I take from dealing with the traffic problems and crimes in our roads and how I believe the DepEd can help solve these problems in the long run,” he said.
“I believe that unless we inculcate in the minds of our future generation that our over-all attitude as motorists and pedestrians is critical in solving and preventing crimes on the road, we will suffer from these persistently,” he added.
Citing reports, Inton said there are thousands of traffic violations happening daily.
“And these violations contribute significantly to accidents, traffic congestions and even crimes, which have negative impact to our economy,” he noted.
Once it includes road safety in the curriculum of elementary and secondary learning institutions, Inton said the DepEd could be an integral part in solving the problems in the transport sector.
“I have faith that with proper education we may decrease this alarming concern,” he concluded.
In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that road traffic accidents deaths in the Philippines reached 10,379.
It noted that half of those killed on the roads are pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.
The WHO added that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide among youth aged 15 to 29 years old. -AIB