DOH, Move as One Coalition promote active transport to improve road safety

Press Release | 04 May 2021

Recognizing how the pandemic has limited the mobility of the population -- from the restrictions on who are allowed to go out to the implementation of public health standards in the transportation sector, the Department of Health (DOH) put active transport in the spotlight in celebration of the Road Safety Month and pushed for a safer road system for bikers, cyclists, pedestrians, and commuters.

In a Kapihan session that was held today, May 4, Dir. Beverly Lorraine Ho of the DOH-Health Promotion Bureau and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, and Mr. Robert Siy of the Move as One Coalition spoke about the tenets of Active Transport, and launched the theme of this year’s Road Safety Month: Safety First on the Road para sa Healthy Pilipinas!

“The benefits of promoting and effectively implementing Active Transport in our cities and communities contribute to our shared goal of ensuring better health for the Filipino people. However, mainstreaming active transport will require us to make roads safer - for pedestrians, commuters, and cyclists - who constitute the majority of road users.” Dir. Ho stated.

“When we protect the most vulnerable road users, other road users are protected as well. Road safety is a shared responsibility that lies with those who design, build, and manage roads, and those who drive the vehicles,” Dr. Siy underscored.

To guide local government units in building healthy and active transport environments, especially in the current pandemic, the DOH and Move as One Coalition encouraged LGUs to adopt the “Local Health System Health Promotion Playbook: Active Transport” launched last December 2020.

The Playbook was created by the DOH through the Health Promotion Bureau in cooperation with the Move as One Coalition and AltMobility PH. The Playbook provides LGUs with ready references from evidence briefs and template ordinances, to tools for monitoring and evaluation, in order to aid in their implementation of Active Transport.