The program is designed to create awareness and help students (particularly in Universities and Colleges) elevate their basic understanding about road safety education.
Kris Lim, Head of PR and Marketing of Carmudi Philippines said that the CARS program is focused on 3 basic aspects that every students needs—right knowledge, right skills, and right attitude.
“These 3 components are very significant on what we will be teaching from the students. This is not a one-time seminar and workshop for schools, we are serious to continue and spread road safety awareness,” said Lim.
According to him, while waiting for the pending proposal to include road safety education as curriculum in schools and universities, they have started the program to provide a refresher course and additional knowledge to their target areas to beef up drivers at an early age.
Last 2014, Representatives from the Lower Congress filed house Bill 4160 (of Representatives Rufus and Maximo Rodriguez) to include road safety curriculum at the elementary and secondary learning institutions. On the other hand, Senate has received a similar proposal (Senate Bill 1231 filed by Senator Grace Poe) in November 2016.
Lim also shared insights about the stunning figures of road accidents in the country. He explained that there’s a huge number of the motoring public (composed of drivers, pedestrians and commuters) lack the basic understanding on road signs, markings, traffic rules and regulations, has seemingly insufficient skills on defensive driving road scenarios, as well as unruly behavior while on the road.”
Meanwhile, the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP)—a constant partner of Carmudi Philippines in their road safety efforts—took part in the inauguration of the CARS program. Carmudi forged partnership with AAP, that also led to assisting the club in the reproduction of copies of the RA 4136, which was also given to the participants.
Aside from AAP, Carmudi Philippines also invited Cebu Road Heroes (CRH) as road safety partner to present the latest road crash scenarios that is happening in their area. Prior to CARS, Carmudi Philippines has been advocating road safety education in the country.