Thursday July 19, 2018

Traffic rules curriculum eyed

DAVAO City Councilor Maria Belen Acosta, who chairs the committee on peace and public safety, said on Tuesday, June 19, that they will develop a curriculum to teach elementary and high school students about traffic rules and regulations in the city as well as public safety.

Acosta, during the Pulong-Pulong ni Pulong, cited yesterday that in July, they will convene with the stakeholders for a workshop on the creation of a module to be used for the teaching of the new curriculum.

“The idea is, habang bata pa ang mga estudenyante, alam na nila [ang mga traffic rules and regulation] para pagdating ng panahon pag sila ay drivers na, commuters or enforcers, alam nila even yong mg practical na bagay tulad ng paano mag apply ng driver’s license, paano mag renew,” the councilor said.

The workshop will be attended by agencies including the Department of Education, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Central 911, Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and other peacekeeping offices to share inputs for the creation of the curriculum.

They also wanted to incorporate public safety so the students would be knowledgeable enough on safety plans.

Acknowledging the fact that there is already an existing curriculum currently implemented in the senior high school, however, Acosta said they wanted a curriculum patterned after the landscape of the city.

She said that there are some cities and municipalities that have no offices like the Central 911 and the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) so they want it customized for better understanding of the students.

Acosta said they were done already with the first committee hearing where it was attended by the regional director of the Department of Education (Deped 11), the superintendent in Deped Davao City, and representative from the Land Transportation Office (LTO). They also had a guest from LTO and Deped in Bicol region who have already implemented such curriculum.

She also plans to propose an ordinance to spread awareness and practical knowledge for the students. This will also expand its coverage not only in public schools but also in private schools.

“For us we would like to have a sense of permanence because for as long as the ordinance is there, it would be implemented even there would be changes of personalities in the government,” she added.