February 29, 2024

The Department of Transportation-Cordillera reminded drivers to be cautious and always check themselves before driving to ensure their safety and of their passengers.

DOTr Regional Law Enforcement Section Acting Chief Engr. Elmer Mendoza said based on reports from the Philippine National Police, the primary cause of road crash incidents in the region is attributed to the driver followed by mechanical defect.

 “Nasayaat latta nga ti driver ket ag-assess met laeng, i-check na met laeng ti bagi na nu isuna ket natalged nga ag-drive,” Mendoza said.

He reiterated drivers must ensure that they have good sleep, are not intoxicated, and are in good condition when driving.

Mendoza also reminded about the “Blow Bagets”, which stands for battery, light, oil, water, breaks, air, gas, engine, tire and tools, and self.

He added it is also important to always bring the necessary documents and driver’s license. 

The DOTR has implemented stricter requirements and more comprehensive examinations to assess the competency of drivers applying for license. It has also been actively conducting road safety campaigns and awareness programs to educate drivers about the importance of following traffic rules and regulations.  

Engr. Lalaine Sobremonte of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and DOTR-Cordillera said they observed the National Day of Remembrance on Nov. 19 by holding a program, a mass, a candlelight ceremony, and distributed information education materials.

Pursuant to Republic Act 11468, the third Sunday of November every year was declared as National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors, and Their Families. Aside from the commemorative ceremonies, the law also gives special recognition to public officers, volunteers, and those who are instrumental in saving lives or supporting road crash victims, survivors, and their families. – Debbie Gasingan