May 23, 2016
MMDA Chief Wants Mandatory Traffic Education in High School Curriculum
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos today proposed that traffic education, including road safety principles, should be included in the curriculum in all schools, particularly high schools.
During an interview with reporters at the sidelines of the First MMDA Road Safety Forum in Makati City, Carlos said it is high time to incorporate traffic education in school curriculum to arrest the alarming number of deaths due to road accidents globally.
“Alarming na rin. In fact, ang sabi ko nga magiging number 1 killer ang road accidents dito sa Pilipinas. At hindi ito Manila trend lang, hindi ito Philippine trend lang, but it’s a worldwide trend kaya nga marami nang mga organizations ngayon talagang nag aadvocate ng road safety,” the MMDA chief said.
“Kailangan siguro mag-insert na ng traffic education sa curriculum natin. Hindi para sa grade school kundi para sa high school. Kasi yun ang tamang age, ito ang panahon na gustong gusto nilang matutong mag-drive,” he added.
Carlos said that there had been efforts by the government to include traffic education in the curriculum in the past in grade school levels but did not prosper.
“Between the age of 14 to 16 (years old) yung mga level na yun dapat siguro tayo mayroon traffic education which should be mandatory. Hindi kung sino lang may gusto ng traffic education,” he said.
Carlos said both private and government entities advocating road safety had also formulated a module and presented to the Department of Education two administrations ago.
For the government’s efforts to push for road safety to be effective, Carlos said that there has to be strict enforcement of traffic rules and stringent compliance with administrative policies.
“Kailangan mas maging strict ang gobyerno. In fact, nasabi ko na minsan na i-review natin kung sino talagang karapat-dapat magkaroon ng lisensya at karapatan mag-drive sa ating mga lansangan kung ang mga lansangan natin ay nagiging killer na, dapat ito ay ating sugpuin,” he said.
He said that the whole-day road safety forum, organized by MMDA-Institute of Traffic Management, will focus on traffic education and training of enforcers.
“Itong forum na ito ay para enforcement lang… Iba naman ang ating dissemination na ating forum na ginagamit para sa ating mga road users and we’re trying to do this not only through the Institute of Traffic Management but also with our traffic education division as well,” Carlos said.