MMDA to create mobile road safety park for children
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it is planning to create a mobile version of its existing Children’s Road Safety Park in Manila, which can be rolled out to the different local government units (LGUs) of the Metro.
“Umaasa tayo sa support ng mga kaibigan natin sa private sector, plano natin gumawa ng modular o mobile na ganito [road safety park] na pwedeng ilipat-lipat sa ibang lugar sa LGUs,” MMDA chairman Danilo Lim told reporters after the relaunching of the Children’s Road Safety Park in Malate, Manila on Friday.
[We are hoping to get support from our friends in the private sector. We are planning to create a modular or mobile road safety park for children so that we can bring it to the different local government units.]
A Children’s Road Safety Park educates children on traffic rules and regulations through miniature infrastructures such as pedestrian crossings, intersections and road signs.
Lim said the mobile park will not only teach children about road safety but will also educate them on disaster management.
“At sa plano natin hindi na lamang traffic, hindi lang safety roads sa traffic, kasama na natin yung public safety. Tulad sa lindol, ano ang dapat gawin?” he said.
[For our plans to create a mobile park, it will not only focus on road safety but also public safety. For example, it will teach children what to do during an earthquake.]
Earlier, the MMDA relaunched an “improved” Children’s Road Safety Park at Malate, Manila by adding more infrastructure and signages, Lim said.
Lim said children who will be attending the park should learn basic road safety tips such as following the stoplight, crossing pedestrian lanes and using the footbridge.
The park, which has a land area of 4,600 square meters, provides a venue for children to learn and observe traffic rules and regulations.
It is open from Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closed on Wednesdays to allow for maintenance and cleanup.
MMDA said only 15 persons below are allowed for walk-in. For those planning to visit the park with more than 15 persons going, a letter addressed to the MMDA Chairman must be submitted. /muf
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