CIFAL Philippines Raises Awareness about Road Safety amongst College Students in the Philippines

Students during Teen Smart Workshop exercise 22 February 2018, Quezon City, the Philippines - The International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders in the Philippines (CIFAL Philippines) and the University of the Philippines (UP), in cooperation with the Honda Safety Driving Center organized a practical workshop on motorcycle road safety for students of the New Era University in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The event was held on 22 February 2018 and is part of the Students on Safety Campus Tour, which is a one-year initiative of CIFAL Philippines in collaboration with Honda Philippines to raise awareness among youth about road safety risks and to prepare them to become responsible drivers.

Students during Teen Smart WorkshopThe workshop titled “Teen SMART” was attended by 125 students and is part of an overall programme to equip young people with knowledge of road signs, traffic rules, and a sensible driving attitude. Examples of irresponsible driving were presented to encourage the participants to always practice safe and defensive driving.

Another 152 students participated in a simultaneous test drive session, aimed at teaching youth the correct techniques in riding a motorcycle. The test drive emphasized the need for proper safety precautions for motorcycle-riding, especially the use of helmets.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged 15-29 worldwide. According to the Health Department from the Philippines, 65 percent of road crash victims are motorcycle riders. CIFAL Philippines and Honda Philippines are particularly focusing on implementing educational campaigns targeting youth and motorcyclists in the Philippines.

Photo 1: Students during exercise

Photo 2: Students during Teen Smart Workshop