/ 19 June 2021

TO INSTITUTE a national road safety education program, Bukidnon 3rd District Rep. Manuel Antonio Zubiri filed a measure that seeks to establish road safety curriculum, campaign and training.

House Bill 9360 or the proposed Road Safety Education Act aims to integrate basic road safety education in the elementary curriculum and driver’s education in junior and senior high school.

Zubiri said the bill will help ensure that Filipinos are primed to be responsible, vigilant pedestrians and drivers from a young age.

Under the measure, the Department of Education, in coordination with the Department of Transportation, University of the Philippines’ National Center for Transportation Studies and in consultation with road safety advocates and organizations, will develop a Basic Road Safety Curriculum conducive for elementary school students.

The lessons will include the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians and commuters, road awareness, road signage, and responsible commuting.

The DepEd shall also consult and coordinate with the DOTr, UP-NCTS and road safety advocates and organizations in the writing, printing, and publication of textbooks, manuals and other educational materials to be used in the Road Safety and Drivers’ Education subjects.

The bill also requires the DOTr, through the Land Transportation Office, to develop and conduct a Road Safety Training Program for Traffic Enforces to educate them on matters relating to road safety.