UP webinar drives up on road safety, traffic education

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports road traffic injuries as the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29. Approximately 1.3 million people die each year because of road traffic crashes.

Over half of all these road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Nearly 30% of all road crash deaths involve powered two- and three-wheeled vehicles. This type of accident is something that we should focus on, especially in a country where motorcycles and tricycles are the main modes of transportation.

With this, we ask, “How safe are motorcyclists in the Philippines?” 

This Friday, October 21, from 12nn to 2 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), National Telehealth Center (NTC), and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), invite you to join the fight against C.O.V.I.D—current COVID-19 problems, other outbreaks, viruses, infections, and disasters.

In this episode of the “Stop C.O.V.I.D. Deaths” webinar series, titled “NAGMOMOTOR: LIGTAS KA BA?”, experts will discuss Philippine traffic safety and WHO’s “Powered two- and three-wheeler safety: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners.”

Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UP-PGH, will also share local data on motorcycle crashes based on reports from Philippine hospitals. Dr. John Juliard L. Go, National Professional Officer of WHO-Philippines, will talk about the work of WHO in supporting countries in making roads safer. Mr. Antonio Pagulayan, Officer-in-Charge of the Traffic Education Division of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), will discuss challenges and solutions for road safety.

UP-PGH Coordination for Training, Dr. Dionne Sacdalan, will deliver the synthesis and closing remarks.

Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter account, TVUP’s YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

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