SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
Subject on road and traffic safety will soon be included in the curriculum of elementary and secondary schools.
Under House Bill 4160, authored by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party List, Abante Mindanao), a new subject called road courtesy, discipline and traffic safety education will be included in the school curriculum, which will be taught starting from Grade 1 level up to 4th year high school.
Rodriguez said the objective of the bill is to educate the students on the importance of road courtesy, discipline and obedience to traffic laws.
"There seems to be a growing number of traffic accidents in the country which can be attributed mainly to the sheer disregard of traffic laws or ignorance," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez cited a report of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004 stating that road traffic injuries accounted for 2.2% of total deaths, making it the 9th leading cause of death many parts of the world.
"WHO estimated that in 2030, road traffic injuries will increase to 3.5% making it the 5th leading cause of death only behind heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lower respiratory infections," Rodriguez said.
WHO reported last April 2011, that road traffic accidents deaths in the Philippines reached 8,175 or 1.94 percent of total deaths.
The new subject will include traffic signs and what they mean, rights and obligations of pedestrians, rights and obligations of drivers, rights and obligations of vehicle owners and public utility vehicles, Philippine laws on driving, fines and penalties, and a subject on Local Traffic Codes, among others.
The Department of Education (DepEd) in collaboration with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the Act.