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        For DOTr secretary Tugade, his road safety advocacy hits close to home

        “Hihintayin pa ba natin na mahal natin sa buhay ang maaksidente?”
        by John Paulo Aguilera May 24, 2021
        PHOTO: Department of Transportation Facebook

        The Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) road safety campaign is close to Secretary Arthur Tugade’s heart. His son, Marc Perry, succumbed from asthma years ago.

        Speaking during the recent Recognition of Road Safety Partners by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region 1, Tugade asked: “Hihintayin pa ba natin na mahal natin sa buhay ang maaksidente, masugatan o mamatay? Kailangan bang makurot tayo ng tadhana? Wag po. Pagkat masakit ang mawalan ng mahal sa buhay

        Meron ho akong anak na namatay. Ang sakit pong bitbitin. He was then 12 years old, he should have been 46. But up to now, the pain and the hurt of realizing that my loved one is lost is bothering me, has been haunting me.”

        According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 12,000 Filipinos die from road crashes annually. Data from the LTO shows that there were almost 1,500 accidents in Region 1 last year, with 3,700 individuals involved, and 177 of them killed.

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        Ayaw ko na unworthy ang mga sasakyan. Ayaw ko ang driver na walang disiplina. Ayaw ko ang mga pedestrian na hindi sumusunod sa batas. Pag dumating si kamatayan at mahal natin sa buhay ang tamaan, malulungkot at maghihinagpis tayo,” Tugade said. “Wag nating antayin yun. Tama na ang mga aksidente. Tama na yung patay. Tama na ang pag-violate sa rules and regulations. Safety is important. Safety is non-negotiable.”

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        He called for unity among local government units in promoting road safety initiatives like the United Nations #Love30 campaign, which limits speeds to 30kph where people walk, live, and play.” Tugade also reminded the public to observe health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

        Gamitin natin ang face mask. Gamitin natin ang face shield. Maintain natin yung social distancing. Wag tayo kumain, wag tayo magsalita, wag tayong makipag-usap habang nagbabiyahe tayo on public transportation.”

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