AAP gives helmets to kids in San Fernando, La Union Helmet Vaccine in Manila

AAP president Gus Lagman (third) presented City of San Fernando, La Union Mayor Pablo Ortega (fourth) with a tropical helmet during the Helmet for Kids ceremony. Also in the picture are (from left to right) PO2 Shiela Sibayan, AAP treasurer Jogy Mantaring and AAP vice president Johnny Angeles.

After the pilot distribution of 200 helmets to public schoolchildren in Manila last May 26, 2010, the AAP, in coordination with the local government and the Department of Education, gave another 200 helmets to schoolchildren of San Fernando City, La Union, who are being brought to and fro school astride a motorcycle. The children were chosen from various barrios in San Fernando: Bangbangolan, Baraos, Cadaclan, Dallangayan, Dalumpinas, Mameltac, Nagyubuyuban, Pao Com, Parparya, Puspus, Sevilla, Bungto, Masicong, Sagayad, Sibuan-Otong and Taquigan. The distribution was at the North Central School, San Fernando City, La Union last August 23.

 Brief history

Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI) co-founders, the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP Foundation) and the FIA Foundation, is working with the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to donate 1,000 helmets to primary school students in the Philippines. The first of its kind in the Philippines, this ceremony was organized in tandem with the ADB Transport Forum. The Forum also marks the official announcement of the ADB’s commitment to the GHVI, with the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Highlights at the May event in Manila included a helmet use training session with international film actress and Make Roads Safe Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh, a symbolic helmet handover ceremony, and a traffic-safety themed fashion show by the students.

About the Global Helmet Vaccine Initiative (GHVI)
GHVI aims to promote motorcycle helmet wearing across the developing world, working in partnership with the governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

Established by the AIP Foundation, the FIA Foundation and the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, and building the experience of a successful national helmet campaign in Vietnam, the GHVI works with pilot countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to encourage the policy changes and investment decisions that can lead to increased and sustainable motorcycle helmet wearing. Country-level Helmet Vaccine Coalitions were established in Cambodia, Vietnam, Senegal and Nicaragua as the target implementing countries for 2010.

Students from different school in La Union showed off their helmets.


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