PGRSP, DepEd, DOTC launch road safety instructional materials

Arsenio Isidro of Pilipinas Shell, Sheryl Santos of MDPPA, DOTC Assec. Dante Lantin and Ronald Suarez of Pilipinas Shell (rightmost) handed over to Pio del Pilar Elementary School Principal Dorian Ogan (second to the left) the Safe-T-Kids Flash Cards.

The Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership (PGRSP), in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and others launched the Safe-T-Kids Flash Cards Program on February 24, 2011 at the Pio del Pilar Elementary School in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The PGRSP is a non-profit, non-stock organization that seeks to promote road discipline among Filipino motorists. Composed of representatives from the public and private sectors, PGRSP is chaired by AAP president Augusto Lagman and has its secretariat at the AAP main office in Quezon City.

The Safe-T-Kids Flash Cards Program aims to educate children on road safety and instill in them the value of road discipline as early as 10-12 years of age or at Grade 5 level. At this age, children are usually left to walk to and from their schools unaccompanied by adults. Even though they are already able to determine the use of pedestrian lanes, judge safe gaps in traffic and assess a vehicle’s speed, lack of knowledge about road safety makes them the most vulnerable victims in road crashes.

Reports show that about 263 children are involved as casualties in road accidents every day. Road traffic injuries have become the second most common type of accident for children ages 5- 12. Alarmed by these statistics, PGRSP launched a national drive to reduce road casualties among children through the use of flash cards as instructional materials for Grade 5 students in public schools.

The flash cards depict different road safety scenarios to help students understand the road environment (vehicle sounds, road and traffic signs, behavior of road users), basic road traffic rules and regulations, and road user etiquette. The cards are designed with colorful images to catch the students’ attention, sustain their interest and promote active interaction within the classroom.

DOTC Assistant Secretary Dante Lantin together with PGRSP members and project sponsors handed over the Safe-T-Kids Flash Cards to the 10 selected pilot testing public elementary schools in District IV Manila last February 24. Prior to the launching, a workshop was conducted on July 17-18, 2010 for the Grade 5 teachers of Pio del Pilar Elementary School, Bacood Elementary School, Bagong Barangay Elementary School, Bagong Diwa Elementary School, Beata Elementary School, F. Amorsolo Elementary School, Geronimo Santiago Elementary School, J. Zamora Elementary School, Sta. Ana Elementary School and Tomas Earnshaw Elementary School.

DepEd plans to integrate Road Safety as a subject in the Grade 5 public school curriculum under “Edukasyong Pagpapakatao”. “We need to instill the essence of road safety in our kids”, Rogelio Doñez of DepEd, said.

The organizers and sponsors of the Flash Card Program: (From left to right) Rodney Bersamina and Sheryl Santos of MDPPA, Ronald Suarez and Arsenio Isidro of Pilipinas Shell, DOTC Assec. Dante Lantin, Pio del Pilar Elementary School Principal Dorian Ogan, and Nerissa Beltran and Dr. Rogelio Doñez of DepEd.

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