FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation,and the world’s largest express transportation company, awarded the country’s top Young Road Safety Advocates in a ceremony on March 22.
The top Young Road Safety Advocates awarded were Ashley Crystal Dane Dumilon from Angeles City, Samantha Kate Salenga from Paranaque City, Jennalyn Mae Dalit from Quezon City, and Pauline Jen Aviquivil from Pasay City.
FedEx Express and Safe Kids Worldwide Philippines launched the Young Road Safety Advocates Program in 2014 to educate parents, teachers, and children about safe and responsible road-use behaviors. This is a peer-to-peer traffic safety education program that enlists fifth-grade students to mentor their fourth-grade peers about safety pedestrian behaviors. In 2015, the program reached 300 students from 25 schools in Pasay, Paranaque, Cebu, Quezon, and Angeles cities to become road safety educators.
“At FedEx, we are committed to help enhance road safety in the Philippines and kids’ safety is a top priority. The Young Road Safety Advocates Program further reinforces our support to making roads safe, particularly for children who are more vulnerable to traffic accidents,” said John Peterson, acting managing director, FedEx Express Philippines.
In 2004, FedEx and Safe Kids launched the Walk this Way program in the Philippines with the goal of decreasing road accidents that result in child fatalities. Since then, the program has reached more than 1.7 million students in 102 schools. The Walk this Way program initiatives include The Walking School Bus, Mobile Road Safety Park, Model School Zone Project, and the Young Road Safety Advocate.