Visitors to our country will tell you that here in Manila we have crazy drivers. We like to justify ourselves by saying we are merely defensive drivers but, as a regular commuter who takes the jeep, the FX, a van, and a cab. Let me tell you … some of our PUV drivers are downright scary that I’ve found myself turning to prayer to keep me safe as I travel to and from work.
This is why it is necessary to teach road safety, not only to adults, but also to children. As early as 2007, Deped has been actively promoting road safety to our schools nationwide. Below is the latest (official) press release of DEPED, in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy and the Fundacion MAPFRE on education on road safety.
DepEd, Embassy of Spain, and Fundacion Mapfre Initiates Turnover of Road Safety Teaching Aids for Public Elementary Schools in PH
Soft copies of the program’s materials will be stored in the DepEd Portal to provide easier access for the teachers.
Ultimately, the goal is to reach out to 47,000 schools nationwide—both in the elementary and secondary levels. On top of raising awareness among the youth, DepEd, Mapfre, and the Spanish Embassy would like to extend road safety consciousness to adults as well, since they are the members of society who use the roads more often. DepEd recognizes that changes will come faster if adults lead by example. As a start, teachers must be able to learn from the program and share it with their students and families.
The Spanish Ministry of Education and Embassy have worked closely with DepEd on special programs, and are thus very supportive of the project. The collaborators would like to emphasize safety as a way of life. They believe that values and health education are as important as traffic and car safety principles.
Fundacion Mapfre, the corporate social responsibility arm of MAPFRE S.A., a leading Spanish insurance multinational company, operating in the Philippines through Mapfre Insular, has been working with the Department of Education since 2011, developing modules in two learning areas: Araling Panlipunan and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao. Since then, road safety has been taught in at least two thousand schools nationwide. Beginning this March 2015, teaching aids will be distributed and used in schools.
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MAPFRE Insular is a non-life insurance company offering general insurance for optimum financial protection and risk management. It provides insurance services on fire and allied lines, motor vehicle, personal accident, casualty, liability, engineering, marine cargo, surety, and micro insurance. Founded in 1934, MAPFRE Insular today ranks among the top five in the non-life insurance industry in terms of earned premiums, investment income, and net income.
MAPFRE Insular is a part of the MAPFRE Sociedad Anonima, the largest insurance conglomerate in Spain. It is also the leading non-life insurance company in Latin America and the 6th largest non-life insurer in Europe. MAPFRE S.A. operates mainly in Spain and in over 47 countries worldwide. It has more than 23 million customers, insured vehicles, and millions of insured homes.
While this program specifically announces road safety education for kids, I think that it just makes sense that we, adults, learn about them, too. After all, we are usually the people behind the wheel.