THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday relaunched its children’s road safety park in Malate, Manila.
The park intends to familiarize children with traffic rules and regulations through a compact, miniaturized area that has stoplights, pedestrian lanes and a footbridge. It was first opened in November of 2012.
“Itong Children’s Road Safety Park, hindi lamang lugar na naglalaro ang mga bata, ini-incorporate din natin iyong mandates ng MMDA para in the process, while they enjoy playing, natututo sila (This Children’s Road Safety
Park is not only a place where children can enjoy playing, we also incorporate the mandates of the MMDA so they can learn while they play),” Danilo Lim, MMDA chairman, said.
Its relaunch came with additional signages, Sesame Street murals and a three-pavilion structure designed to be utilized by children during the road safety lectures inside the park.
The 4,600-square-meter Children’s Road Safety Park also has miniature replicas of building establishments like a school, a hospital and a church — the first of its kind in the Philippines.
Lim said the MMDA is coordinating with the Department of Education to include road safety in the curriculum of schools to further promote awareness and knowledge among children on the matter.
Manny Vasquez, officer in charge of the park, said perking children’s interest proved to be a challenge.
“Dapat very simple, tapos ‘yung masaya. Sinasamahan namin ng mga kanta na alam nila. Kagaya ng ‘Twinkle Twinkle [Little Star]’ para maka-relate sila (It should be very simple and entertaining. We incorporate songs that the children know, songs like ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ for them to be able to relate),” he added.