The Philippine Land Transportation Office (LTO) received 54 child restraint system (CRS) units from public interest law organization ImagineLaw, in preparation for the implementation of Republic Act No. (R.A.) 11229 or the “Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act” this February 2021.
“This initiative is very timely because we are only a few weeks away from the implementation of R.A. 11229, the law which will require drivers of private vehicles to secure children 12 years old and below in CRS while traveling in motor vehicles,” said LTO Law Enforcement Service Deputy Director Roberto Valera during the ceremonial turnover of the CRS units.
Each LTO Regional Office will receive one set of CRS consisting of a rear-facing CRS, a forward-facing CRS, and a booster seat for use in capacity-building activities for LTO personnel. With this donation, LTO is set to undergo training for fitting station operators and fitters on the installation, use, maintenance, and inspection of CRS. LTO law enforcement officers (LEOs) will also participate in a training program to prepare them for enforcing RA 11229.
“Data shows that requiring the use of CRS in motor vehicles can reduce the number of road crash-related deaths and injuries of child passengers on Philippine roads. Through the support of the Global Road Safety Partnership, ImagineLaw continues to extend our help to LTO to make sure that R.A. 11229 will be enforced effectively and ultimately to make roads safer for children,” said Natasha Daphne Marcelo, Project Manager for the road safety project of ImagineLaw.
Recognizing the need to effectively implement the new law, LTO Law Enforcement Service Director Clarence Guinto in his closing remarks affirmed that everyone in LTO will be on-board in enforcing the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.
Last month, the LTO conducted an enforcement planning workshop to identify and align activities that will guide all LTO regional and district offices in the enforcement of the law.