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The MMDA will open a motorbike riding school.
In order to reduce the frequency of incidents involving motorcycles and make the roads safer, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking to establish a motorcycle riding academy in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Acting MMDA Chair Don Artes announced the formation of a technical working group for the development of a motorcycle safety training course module for both novice and seasoned riders in a statement on Monday.
The module, according to Artes, is intended to provide “proper training and basic knowledge” like general knowledge about motorcycles, information on various road safety laws and those related to operating motorcycles, essential driving skills for avoiding hazardous situations, and an understanding of risk awareness and risk-taking.
The academy would also train motorbike riders in the fundamentals of emergency response, he added.
He said that the academy would offer free formal instruction to the general public on both the theoretical and practical facets of motorcycle riding.
A certificate will be issued to a participant once the training program is finished.
“We intend to further promote road safety through this motorcycle riding academy, particularly to our motorcyclists who are very much at risk of road incidents,” he stated.
The vacant Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) site at the intersection of Julia Vargas Avenue and Meralco Avenue in Pasig City is where the academy’s projected location will be.
“A Memorandum of Agreement for the Utilization of the Property” will be signed by the MMDA and GSIS, he added.
By the first quarter of 2023, the academy is anticipated to be operational.
In order to promote the motorcycle riding academy, “The MMDA will also cooperate with concerned Metro Manila local government entities and other stakeholders,” he stated.
He claimed that the MMDA Traffic Summit 2022, where the necessity of motorcycle riders’ capacity building was brought up during multi-stakeholder talks, gave rise to the idea for the school.
The Philippines was placed 11th out of 175 nations in the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with a recorded 10,012 road traffic deaths, of which 4.7 percent were drivers or passengers of two- or three-wheel vehicles.
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