Press Release
November 16, 2019


As the world remembers the victims and survivors of road crash on Nov. 17, Sen. Grace Poe said she is hopeful her bill on the commemoration would pass into law.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on the third Sunday of November.

"We hope we will have a law soon to institutionalize a Day of Remembrance and make it an opportunity to advocate for safer roads and road victims' rights," she said.

"Hindi dapat ibaon sa limot ang sinapit ng bawat biktima ng aksidente. Bigyan natin ng saysay ang kanilang alaala sa pamamagitan ng pagtitiyak ng mas ligtas na pagbiyahe sa araw-araw," Poe said.

Poe stressed the need to raise people's awareness on the causes, consequences and costs of road deaths and injuries, and for the strengthening of advocacy to prevent such traumatic incidents.

"There is a great need for public recognition of the loss and suffering of the road crash victims, so that government and the people can act urgently to avert another incident," Poe said.

Senate Bill No. 1122 calls for a National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors and their Families every third Sunday of November.

The day may be commemorated through various activities such as religious mass services, designation of public spaces as memorials, blood donation campaigns, and other means.

Poe sponsored the bill in plenary on Nov. 6 which was approved by the chamber on second reading on the same day. It was approved on third and final reading on Nov. 11.

Poe is also pushing for the creation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), through her Senate Bill No. 1077, which will investigate air, highway, railroad, pipeline and maritime accidents.

The NTSB will proactively conduct studies on making the transport sector as safe as possible.

The bill is currently being discussed in plenary.

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