The National Youth Commission (NYC) with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) lead the observance of the National Children’s Month (NCM) in November pursuant to Republic Act 10661, otherwise known as “National Children’s Month Act”.
This years’ observance, with the theme “Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata!” highlights children’s rights to education and encourages stakeholders to advocate for inclusive and equitable life-long learning opportunities for all children.
As one of the major NCM activities, the POST A STICKER ON CHILD SAFETY campaign reminds drivers of public utility vehicles to be extra cautious when driving, especially when children cross pedestrian lanes or are onboard as passengers.
Based on data from the Department of Public Works and Highways – Traffic Accident Recording and Analysis System, 1,513 people died in 2013 due to road accidents. The World Health Organization, however, has put the Philippine estimate much higher at 10,379 fatalities.
While the Philippines has laws regulating speed limit, mandating the use of motorcycle helmets and seatbelts, and prohibiting drunk driving, these laws have not been sufficiently implemented.
The message indicated in the NCM sticker, “BATAS TRAPIKO’Y SUNDIN; KALIGTASAN NG MGA BATA ISIPIN!” reminds drivers of all vehicles to be extra cautious when driving to ensure the safety and protection of children.
The Post a Sticker on Child Safety Program will be held on 24 November 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30PM at Robinsons Novaliches.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Elino Bardillon
Head, Public Affairs and Information Office
7811039 loc 1005/1006