One of the banner projects of the Regional Development Council (RDC) is the formulation of the Traffic Management Plan under its Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development (SCID). The plan aims to combat severe traffic problems in major road sections of Calabarzon. One of the key recommendations prepared by SCID is the inclusion of traffic rules and regulations in the basic education curriculum. In the recently concluded 2nd Quarter meeting of the Regional Committee on Quality Education for All, held on 4 April at the NEAP, Malvar, Batangas, part of the agenda was the proposal of the Infrastructure Committee on the integration of traffic rules and regulations in elementary and senior high school curriculum in Calabarzon.

Dr. Eugenia Gorgon, OIC Schools Division Superintendent of Calamba City, shared their experience in partnering with different industries to contextualize and localize a curriculum with the inclusion of mechatronics, the combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and information technology. She also presented suggestions on how to integrate traffic rules and regulations in the basic education curriculum. The incorporation of traffic management covering road safety for elementary and high school students is “possible and feasible” according to Dr. Gorgon, with inputs from traffic management experts and in consideration of the different rules and regulations on traffic and road safety.

The initiative is also aligned with House Bill No. 1614 entitled “An Act of Mandating the Department of Education to Include in the Curricula of Elementary and Senior High School a Subject on Road Safety and Traffic Education” which proposes for the education of children on the importance of road safety, proper use of roads, different laws on driving, and to ensure safe road travels.

Director Diosdado M. San Antonio of Department of Education (DepEd) Region IV-A approved the implementation of the initiative in the region. RDC Vice Chairperson, Dir. Luis Banua, pledged support through organizing meetings and workshops for the impact assessment to be conducted by DepEd.

Aprille Suyat, NEDA Region IV-A | Tuesday, April 18, 2017