Marker to rise in honor of ‘killer highway’ victims
More News from Jeannette I. Andrade
A marker in honor of the people who perished on the so-called “killer highway” and their role in spurring the Quezon City government and the University of the Philippines (UP) into making road safety a priority will soon rise near the spot where multi-awarded veteran journalist Chit Estella-Simbulan lost her life.
The installation of the marker was approved in a resolution passed on third and final reading by Quezon City councilors during a regular session the other day.
It was first proposed in May, a year after Simbulan died when the taxi she was riding in was hit by a passenger bus near the UP-Ayala TechnoHub on Commonwealth Avenue.
According to its proponent, Councilor Ivy Xenia Lim-Lagman, the marker would serve as a testament to efforts by the local government and officials at UP, where Simbulan was a professor at the College of Mass Communication (CMC), to strengthen road safety in order to avoid tragic accidents.
“There is a need to honor the innocent lives which were lost along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, through a marker expressing the city’s advocacy to ensure the safety of motorists and the general riding public …” a portion of the resolution read.
Based on figures collected by the city government’s Department of Public Order and Safety and the Quezon City Police District’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, there were no deaths reported from the 216 vehicular mishaps which occurred on Commonwealth Avenue from January to August this year following steps taken by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the city government to make the major thoroughfare safe.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94