Duterte signs law on day of remembrance for road crash victims

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2020 12:47 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2020 03:49 PM

A man walks past a taxi involved in an accident as emergency workers clear the wreckage in the 15-vehicle pile-up on July 25, 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law declaring the third Sunday of November every year as a day of remembrance for road crash victims and survivors.

Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11468 on Jan. 23, which sets a "National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors and their Families" to raise awareness on road safety.

Under the law, the government will put up a website or social media platform for road safety awareness as well as a database that honors road crash victims, survivors and their families.

"It is the policy of the national government to ensure the protection and safety of its people from any form of road hazards and to value human lives by way of remembering the victims of road crashes and recognizing the sufferings of their affected families and communities," the law, made public on Thursday, stated. 

Activities for the day of remembrance include commemorative ceremonies nationwide for road crash victims and survivors, and memorials and tributes in public spaces to commemorate lives lost and promote road safety.

The Department of Transportation is also tasked to lead conferences or consultations on how to improve trauma care and emotional support programs for road crash survivors and their families, and on how to improve legal response to road crash cases.

A national working committee headed by the transportation department will supervise the activities according to the law.