/ 24 October 2020

MUNTINLUPA City Rep. Rufino Biazon wants the proper use of roads taught in elementary and high school to inculcate the value of  road safety among the young.

Biazon filed House Bill 39 or the proposed Proper Road Use Education Act to make roads safer and minimize losses incurred from accidents.

“Precious resources are wasted due to the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila and other major urban centers,” Biazon said in his explanatory note.

He cited a study conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency that projected losses due to traffic congestion in the Philippines at P6 billion daily by 2030.

“The dearth of infrastructures, lack of, or inefficient mass transport system and unregulated sale of motor vehicles have been pinpointed as the main culprits of our traffic woes. While this may be true, the lack of discipline in our roads has also contributed to our hellish road situation,” Biazon said.

The lawmaker stressed that his bill seeks to instill road discipline at an early age.

The measure mandates the Department of Education with the assistance of the Department of Transportation to develop a proper road use education program for public elementary and secondary schools.

“It is hoped that through this  measure, we will be able to inculcate in our people at the stage where we are still molding their characters, that they should not only be concerned with themselves when using the roads,” Biazon said.