Poe lauds signing of law commemorating road crash victims

Published January 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Sen. Grace Poe lauded on Thursday the signing of the law declaring the third Sunday of the November the National Day of Remembrance for road crash victims, survivors, and their families.

Sen. Grace Poe (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Grace Poe
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We are thankful that we now have a law to remember the road crash victims,” Poe said in a statement issued following Malacañang’s announcement that President Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) No. 11468 last Jan. 23.

Poe, chair of the committee on public services and sponsor of the measure in the Senate, said the day of remembrance would be a way “of serving justice to the victims of accidents and their families who are left behind.”

She also expressed hope that this would also prompt actions to ensure road safety in the country.

Aside from designating a national day of remembrance, RA 11468 also mandates the Department of Transportation (DOTr), in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to hold commemorative ceremonies in cities, municipalities, and provinces for road crash victims and survivors.

Blood donations campaigns and the recognition of public officers, private stakeholders, volunteers, and organizations who are instrumental in saving or supporting road crash victims, as well as public awareness campaigns should also be conducted.

The DOTr, in coordination with the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Justice, and other concerned agencies shall also conduct conferences and consultations focusing on: (1) how to improve the trauma care system and emotional support programs given to victims, survivors, and their families; (2) how to improve the legal response, including resolution of pending cases and investigations and immediate compensation of victims and/or their families: and (3) how to improve the road safety situation by addressing the key risk factors to prevent the occurrence of similar road crash incidents.

The law will be effective 15 days after it is published in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.