MANILA, Philippines – Road crashes have been a leading cause of death, and could go up to third in the 2020 list, according to a Harvard study.

The Department of Health (DOH) responded to this development, mobilizing and training local government unit (LGU) safety managers, implementers, and policy makers in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) about road safety management.

DOH Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said that road safety is everybody’s concern and all stakeholders must organize a unified plan of action.

He directed the regional Violence and Injury Prevention Programme (VIPP) team on LGUs’ mobilization.

“Every accident is preventable if we only practice safety and adhere to moral and ethical principles. No person should die from road crashes or injuries,” he stressed.

The three-day training course was divided into two batches: the first on August 28 to 30; and the last batch on Sept. 4 to 6.

“Participants would be able to evaluate their role, including other stakeholders’, in road safety,” DOH Calabarzon VIPP Outcome Manager Paulina Calo said.

Calo explained that the training could help participants to assess different issues in transportation and road safety, and how these are linked to achieving good governance.

Participants are expected to initiate an information drive on the risk factors in road crashes and also develop a road safety action plan to help reduce road traffic deaths and injuries in their respective localities.
Topic such as the status of road safety, system approach, and current initiatives of the government are among the topics discussed in the training.

Philippine Statistics Authority data showed that a total of 11,360 road crash-related deaths were reported in 2017, with 7,194 deaths among the 20-29-year age group.

In Calabarzon, a data report from the Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation Program of the Land Transportation Office showed that around 65 road crash accidents occurred from January 1 to July 31, 2019. Quezon province has the highest number of deaths with 30; Batangas with 14; Rizal and Cavite with five each; and Laguna with two cases. There were also 357 injuries reported.

The top five causes of car crashes include overspeeding, overtaking, reckless driving, mechanical defect, and losing control of the vehicle.

Road safety traffic and management are methods and measures imposed to prevent road users from getting killed or seriously injured.

Road users include pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and passengers of both public and private transport. (with reports from PNA)

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