..MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) will meet with officials of local government units (LGUs) in November to establish parallel efforts in promoting road safety down to the barangay levels.
Transportation Assistant Secretary Dante Lantin said the LGUs should share the national government's support to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 to 2020.
DoTC, as the lead government agency implementing programs for the global road safety project, said it hopes to get LGU commitments in replicating the road safety programs of the national government in their respective cities and towns.
Lantin said the convention of LGUs on Road Safety in November will be the avenue for the national government to ''present a wish list of ordinances that all LGUs should have.''
''Two of the ordinances that we will ask LGUs to pass in their respective turfs is penalizing drunk driving and enforcing of the helmet law. We've learned that not all LGUs have these ordinances,'' he said.
The official said it is important for LGUs to initiate their own road-safety plans and replicate those implemented by the national government.
''The LGU is key to the success of the national government's programs of road safety,'' he added.
Last May 13, commuters and transport groups joined the DoTC in marking the first anniversary of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 to 2020.
Presidential Proclamation No. 159 declared 2011 as the start of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, enjoining the motoring public to support the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 to 2020.
The House of Representatives and the Senate passed separate resolutions to support the launching of Decade of Action for Road Safety in the Philippines last year.