Poe wants road, public safety signs to follow int’l standards

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) -- Senator Grace Poe has filed a bill requiring government agencies and local government units to set up road and other public safety signs that follow international standards.

Poe pointed out that “faulty and questionable” signages have been reported throughout the years and continue to be threats to motorists and pedestrians.

Under Senate Bill No. 2293, or the Public Safety Signages Accountability Act, the Department of Public Works and Highways will take charge of public safety signs on national roads, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will oversee Metro Manila roads, while LGUs will manage local roads.

Despite restrictions in mobility, Poe said the MMDA recorded 65,032 road crashes that cost 337 lives in 2020.

“There are of course a multitude of factors that contribute to these statistics, but one identified factor is the faulty road signs installed throughout the streets and highways of the country,” read the bill.

The proposed measure also mandates the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau to update the geohazard map of the country and identify areas prone to floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and the like. The agency shall also coordinate with the DPWH and the MMDA in setting up necessary signs in the identified areas.

In case of an injury or death due to the absence of a proper safety signage in an area identified as potentially risky, concerned government officers may be suspended for one month and one day, or up to one year and one day. They can also be dismissed from service.