The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA) gathered 500 riders in Mindanao for the organization’s first road safety summit, held at the TESDA-KorPhil Training Center, Tibungco in Davao City last October 19.
With the theme “Reinforcing Philippine Initiatives for Road Safety” the summit aimed to reduce the growing number of motorcycle-related accidents in the country by discussing national road safety plans.
“This marks the first-ever Road Safety Summit that MDPPA is spearheading and organizing. The road safety symposia we held or participated in the past years were organized by the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI). With this Summit, we hope to have an annual event mounted in different regions across the country so we can reach more motorcycle riders and even non-riders,” said Herminio Lomibao, Jr., MDPPA chairman for road safety committee.
MDPPA President Alfredo Lejano noted that on top of giving motorcycle riders a refresher on road safety tips, the Summit will enable relevant government organizations to discuss issues with riders. “This is an opportunity for these government units such as the LTO and DOTr to communicate their national road safety plans and address the rise of motorcycle-related road incidents in recent years,” he added.
With road safety having been MDPPA’s forefront advocacy since its founding, this Summit is just one of several road safety initiatives the organization conducts each year. According to Lejano, there have been several seminars for riders in Luzon and trainings for both riders and high school students in Visayas so far this year.
MDPPA joined forces with relevant government and non-government organizations such as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Traffic Management Office of Davao City, World Health Organization (WHO) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC). These organizations also signed a Road Safety Commitment during the Summit.