Lazatin strengthens road safety for students

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. continues to provide mitigation measures in ensuring the safety of students from road-related accidents as he revitalized the city government’s Child Road Traffic Injury Prevention Program.

The city government is set to construct humps, install traffic signages, and provide pedestrian lanes in all the school zones in the city. 

This after Mayor Lazatin instructed Chief Adviser IC Calaguas to preside over a meeting on April 4, 2024 with Angeles City Traffic Development Officer Francis Pangilinan, City Engineer’s Officer-in-Charge Helen Ayro, and members of the Department of Education – Angeles City. 

Angeles City is one of the first local government units in the Philippines to enact the Road Safety Code with the help of ImagineLaw, and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The Road Safety Code appropriates budget for road safety programs and interventions to make Angeles City roads safe for all road users. 

According to Mayor Lazatin, the Road Safety Code makes Angeles City roads safe for all road users, especially the most vulnerable – children, cyclists, commuters, elderly, and differently-abled individuals.

“Patuloy po nating papanatilihin ang road safety sa ating siyudad sa pagpapagawa po natin ng mga humps, signages, at pedestrian lanes sa mga school zones dito sa Angeles,” Lazatin said. 

Meanwhile, ACTDO Chief Pangilinan agreed to Mayor Lazatin’s proposed engineering and institutional intervention to mitigate and limit road-related accidents in the city.

“Prayoridad po ng ating butihing Mayor ang child road safety dahil bago pa man po mapasa ang Road Safety Code ay inatasan na po niya ako na mag-deploy ng mga traffic enforcers sa mga school zones para mas maging ligtas ang pagtawid ng ating mga estudyante,” Pangilinan asserted. 

Furthermore, Pangilinan urged motorists and drivers to respect pedestrian lanes, and reminded them to slow down and watch for pedestrians.

“Nakikiusap po ako sa lahat ng mga motorist ana magdahan-dahan po sa mga pedestrian lanes po natin para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” Pangilinan added.