MMDA Proposes Road Safety Center Joint Project with AAP and Car Companies

The 86th General Membership Meeting (GMM) of the Automobile Association Philippines came alive last week when the guest speaker, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Officer-in-Charge Thomas Orbos, extemporaneously proposed developing a road safety center joint project with AAP.

After delivering his speech, Orbos said the car companies that participated in the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last March told him they are willing to fund a program to train new car owners on basic knowledge of traffic regulations and road safety with the help of AAP.

“We can form a technical working group with the car manufacturers that AAP can lead, and I can bring in the Land Transportation Office and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board,” Orbos claimed. “The MMDA has two hectares of undeveloped land near the Mall of Asia that is currently being used as a parking lot, and we can call it the road safety center.”

At the road safety center, drivers of public utility vehicles as well as private cars can learn safe driving habits, what road signs mean and the rights and responsibilities of drivers.

AAP President Gus Lagman welcomed the offer of Orbos and expressed the hope that follow-up coordination with the MMDA and interested car manufacturers will speed up the realization of a road safety center in Metro Manila. At present, AAP is developing a children’s traffic safety park in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone together with the Departments of Tourism, Public Works and Highways and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.


Influencing Public Policy for Safer Roads

Aside from continuously collaborating with the government’s land transportation agencies, AAP intends to work on public policies that will advance road safety in the country by “Coordinating with Legislators for Safer Motoring”—the theme of this year’s GMM.

Last year, the National Auto Club joined the technical working group drafting the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Speed Limiters Act of 2016 and new Anti-Carnapping Law.

During the last quarter of 2016, AAP drafted a Child Passenger Restraint Bill that it is currently working on with other road safety advocates prior to filing in Congress.

“We are becoming more proactive with our efforts in ensuring road safety in the Philippines and we hope that you continue to support us in this endeavor,” Lagman told the AAP members present.

Orbos also expressed his support for AAP’s theme, stressing that “more than the theme is the spirit behind your theme. We need to help each other out. This is what is being required of us today.”

Following the AAP president’s report, the canvassing of the ballots was completed with the incumbent trustees being proclaimed as AAP's 2017-2018 board members, with the inclusion of a new trustee, Augusto M. Cosio to replace Jacinto Mantaring, Jr., who passed away earlier this year.

AAP thanked Smart Driving Corporation, FPG Insurance Co., Inc., Camelion Graphics Ent. Corp., Allcard Plastics Philippines Inc. and Agua Vida for supporting this year’s GMM.