The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) showed its support to the road safety initiatives of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) by providing tools to further strengthen the overall traffic know-how of the country’s highway vanguards.
On May 3, 2016, AAP president and Road Safety Committee Chairman Gus Lagman, Vice-President and Advocacies Committee Chairman Johnny Angeles, and Advocacies Executive Assistant Cynthia Reyes were at the PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with then PNP-HPG Director Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao.
Under the MoU signed by Lagman and Gunnacao, AAP turned over training and reference materials such as copies of the Land Transportation Code (Republic Act No. 4136), pamphlets, manuals and videos on road safety and motor vehicle maintenance and AAP’s book on the history of Philippine motor sports. AAP also donated a driving simulator.
Also under the MoU, any member from the board of trustees, officers and employees of AAP will be allowed to access or enter the PNP-HPG library to witness or participate in the instructional activities organized.
During the simple ceremony, Lagman welcomed the new partnership. He said that by providing HPG with the means to expand what they already know about road safety, traffic regulations and motoring in general, AAP hopes that the department can help reduce the number of road crashes.
Lagman pointed out that of the three million road deaths recorded worldwide every year, some 10,000 occur in the Philippines. “It’s like two Yolanda super typhoons happening here annually and yet people still don’t seem to care,” he lamented.
Gunnacao in turn relayed the message of former PNP chief Ricardo Marquez stating that, “He really intended to be in partnership with NGOs [non-government organizations] that are akin to road safety.”
He also personally thanked AAP for its generosity, saying that prior to the MoU, PNP-HPG did not have a lot of reference materials on hand. They had to make requests for road safety seminars that took time to schedule and organize.
“Those donated materials are available at our library so visit every once in a while. We as HPG, should master the law,” Gunnacao told the PNP-HPG officers present.
Meanwhile, at the 61st PNP-HPG Anniversary held two days later on May 5, Gunnacao along with guest of honor Marquez presented Lagman with the Director HPG Award citing AAP’s “invaluable support which immensely contributed towards ensuring the safety and security of all motorists and road users.”