MMDA prepares for safe return of children to school in August

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has begun preparations to ensure that students will be safe when returning to school in August.

All public schools are expected to resume 100 percent face to face classes in August, when the next school year begins.

Victor Nuñez, head of the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office – Enforcement, said the agency would see to the protection of children traveling to school.

The MMDA would also coordinate with stakeholders for the implementation of road safety measures, said Nuñez.

“We will have a meeting with the school administrators, Parent-Teacher Associations, and local traffic bureaus in the National Capital Region to discuss road safety checks in school zones,” he said.

Road safety is a shared responsibility, he stressed.

“We will ensure that enforcement of traffic laws, in constant coordination with the Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, are in place to keep tabs on motorists to protect the safety of vulnerable road users,” he added.

Pedestrian lanes within the vicinity of schools in Metro Manila are currently being repainted, he said.

The MMDA also has a Children’s Road Safety Park in Adriatico, Manila that seeks to help children have a deeper understanding of road safety and traffic discipline, he added.

DOTr Undersecretary Mark Steven Pastor said it was important to raise the awareness of all road users and to implement road safety interventions.

“Our primary advocacy is to strictly enforce existing road safety laws. Children go out of their houses and take public transportation to go to school. Hence, we have to protect them as we embark on the full implementation of face-to-face classes,” Pastor said.