Thursday, May 10, 2012

ADVOCACY: Let's Unite and Run for OneA Run for Road Safety

May 13 is an important date for runners, the family of the late professor-journalist Chit Simbulan, and those who advocate road safety.

Listening to the speakers that night made reminisce of my younger brother who also got into accident last year. He was riding his motorcycle along  Marcos Highway and he accidentally tapped into this man's car and the driver got angry angry and sideswipe him, not knowing his gonna bump in the car ahead of him. My brother along with his bike was thrown away. The driver did not even bother to take care of the damages. The accident made my brother stay in the hospital for 2 months. God is good he is still alive but had to put steel on his legs just so he can walk again.

I attended this run's presscon because I want to support its advocacy for ROAD SAFETY. We as responsible citizens should also be aware on how to use our roads properly. And how as drivers and road users should always be responsible while we are on the road.

The run's advocacy made realize that proper awareness should also be disseminated to road users like pedestrians and vehicle users. 

Through my little space here in the blogosphere I want to share to my readers that I also support this advocacy and benefits and knowledge that they will gain from joining the run.

One person who will not miss the event is Alvin Carranza, the founder of MacGraphics Carranz and team manager of Pilipinas Teen Azkals.

Aside from owning OneA Events Place, the run’s starting point, road safety—he says— has been one of his advocacies.

He tells the bloggers on May 10 at the CafĂ© Lupe,If we’re aware of what the government agencies, including U.N., has been doing, we’ll remember that each time we drive, we have to be more careful.”

The recent statistics released by the World Bank last month states, “Currently, 1.3 million people are killed on the world’s roads each year and 90 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with an economic cost that can exceed total overseas aid flowing in.”

Carranza adds, “Sa Pilipinas, hindi pa kasama yung sa probinsiya, nasa top 5 tayo sa may pinakamaraming road injuries. Gaya ng sinabi ni Professor Roland Simbulan, the husband of Ms. Chit, ang road safety should be everyone’s concern.”

Present at the bloggers’ night are Chito Manuel of Philippine Football Federation, Atoy Sta. Cruz of Motorcyle Philippines Federation, and Prof. Roland Simbulan, the husband of Chit.

The run, which will be held this Sunday, at 5:00 a.m., also commemorates the declaration of U.N.’s Decade of Action for Road Safety last year.

Those who want to register, please contact Vicky 0917 9841063 or text these numbers 09224194879 and 09175599019.

There will be an onsite registration as well.

Several government agencies joined forces to organize this run: Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Office (LTO); Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Automobile Association of the Philippines, and Motorcycle Philippines Federation.

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