BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- An indigenous peoples' alliance said government should focus its attention on road safety and transport infrastructure to prevent accidents such that of the August 18 bus crash that claimed 41 on the spot and injured 8 others.
Eso-Nice, the local bus company that figured in a road crash in a north Philippine province, got a preventive suspension order from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
LTFRB issued a 30-day preventive suspension on 19 units of Eso-Nice while the investigation on the accident that killed 41 people is ongoing.
"The bus crash indicates a need to implement regular inspection of public transport vehicles and strict enforcement of transportation safety-related policies especially on buses to ensure the security of passengers. Operators and drivers must seriously consider vehicular conditions before any travel," said Windel Bolinget, chair of the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance (CPA) in a press statement.
CPA rallies the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera as it acts on various issues and events affecting the daily lives of village folks. Majority of the passengers who did not survive the road mishap are from Baguio City and Cordillera region.
"Much needs to be done with the present road system in order to ensure public transport safety," Bolinget said, adding that safety mechanisms be set up on the roads, especially on sharp curves. He said this is a wake-up call for everyone.
The nature of the Cordillera terrain and topography entails that government prioritize transport infrastructure, according to Bolinget.
While he recognized financial assistance from the provincial government of Benguet as promised by its governor Nestor Fongwan, Bolinget said efforts should be geared towards preventing such road tragedy.
Meanwhile, the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) will tackle the incident ad similar road accidents in its meeting early this week. Fongwan leads the said body. # Lyn V. Ramo