In its joint report on World Road Traffic Injury Prevention, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank Road recently emphasized the urgency and relevance of road transport safety, stating that an estimated 1.24 million people are being killed each year in road traffic crashes while injuring about 20 to 50 million more. The report also noted that unless properly addressed, road crashes could soon become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.
To address this concern, WHO has spearheaded a three-day workshop in collaboration with the Philippines’ Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to help reduce traffic fatalities and injuries from road crashes. The program also sought to engage legislators, members of the media as well as the private sector to rally behind the cause.
One of those who heeded the call to action is CEMEX Philippines. The cement expert recently demonstrated its support to WHO’s advocacy in road transport safety by participating in DOTC’s 2nd Transport Forum on Road Safety recently held at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City.
The forum’s objective is to promote road safety in the trucking industry and to influence the mindset of other industry stakeholders including truck operators, cargo owners, drivers, and other agencies that safety is the most crucial investment one can make.
The forum was also supported by the Cement Manufacturer's Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines, Federation of Philippine Industry (FPI), and other industry stakeholders.
Michael Martin Teotico, vice president for logistics of CEMEX Philippines, supported the event by sharing the company’s corporate social responsibility on safety education dubbed as “Listo Tayo.” This road safety program is specifically designed for school children. “Listo Tayo” has already been to 16 schools in the country and has benefitted almost 9000 students.
During the forum, Edmundo Trazo, CEMEX Philippines environment, health, and safety (EHS) manager, also shared the company's best practices on Contractor Safety Management with its important provisions on monitoring contractors’ performance and driving safety elements for drivers and managers.
Highlights of the forum included discussions on critical issues on driver behavior, road traffic enforcement, and vehicle safety features. CeMAP President Ernie Ordonez and DOTC Assistant Secretary Dante Lantin expressed their commitment to form a core group and come up with the required action items on the assigned focus areas.