Photo credit: Vera Files (taken from the official Vera Files official Facebook page)
Ma. Daniella Borrero
VERA Files, a nonstock, nonprofit independent media organization, partnered with the World Health Organization to host a Forum on Media and Road Safety on November 28, 2017 at the EDSA Shangri-La, Manila.
The event discussed the various road safety programs, policies and legislations; as well as the enforcement of road safety and action plan in our country.
Senator JV Ejercito emphasized during his opening remarks speech that the issue of road safety is both a transportation and public health issue. As the current Chairperson of Health and Demography and Vice Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, he believes that Filipinos should make a conscious effort in the promotion of nationwide road safety.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) show that the number of deaths due to road accidents have been increasing since 2006. From a total of 6,869 road crash deaths tallied in 2006, the fatalities increased to 10,012 in 2015.
Based on the distribution of road crash deaths tallied by region from 2006 to 2015, Luzon constantly has the highest share of road crash deaths even when fatalities from NCR were separated.
“Keeping Our Roads Safe: A Guide for Journalists in the Philippines”, a guidebook for Filipino journalists to be used as a tool to be able to coer road safety and other transport-related stories more effectively. It also gives the reader a perspective on the current road safety situation, alongside the various road safety laws present in the country. The guidebook is dedicated to professor Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan, a journalism professor and VERA Files trustee who was killed in a car crash last May 2011.
More from News
This report from CNN uses data to highlight the widening gender gap in India. India's preference for sons over daughters has …