The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association partners anew with the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) for the 2013 Motorcycle Caravan for Road Safety (formerly Asian Highway 26 Motorcycle Caravan) with the objectives of promoting network link and cooperation of motorcycle riders across the country in a concerted effort of advocating road safety; and in pursuit of the “Helmet On, Headlight On” (H20) Program by involving the local government units on increasing the awareness and understanding on the advantages of always switching headlight on and the proper wearing of standard protective helmets while riding on a motorcycle. Together with all partners, this is DOTC’s response to the United Nations’ resolution declaring 2010 to 2020 as “Decade of Action for Road Safety.
The caravan is composed of select twenty five motorcycle riders from MDPPA members’ riders clubs and three riders from the Office of Quezon Gov. Suarez, who have been proclaimed Ambassadors of Road Safety by DOTC Assistance Secretary Dante Lantin and MDPPA’s President Alfredo O. Lejano during the Caravan launch at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on October 25. As ambassadors, the riders carry with them the big responsibility of being role models on the road to effectively spread the message.
With MDPPA-members’ clubs riders leading the pack, hundreds of motorcycle riders from various provinces are expected to join the Caravan along the way as it passes through the route from Laoag City where the Caravan kicked off on October 27 to Bacolod City for the culminating event on November 17 for the observance of the World Day of Remembrance for road crashes victims.
Motorcycle Caravan Core Riders (List of names Below)
Daily itinerary include courtesy calls on local government officials in every stop and motorcade around the place before proceeding to their final destination for the day. Performance of the Caravan jingle promoting H20 by the riders caps every courtesy call.
Motorcycles rank second among the vehicles with the highest involvement in traffic incidents. LTO records show that of the 7.3 million registered motor vehicles last year, 4.1 million are motorcycles or more than 50% of road users are motorcycle riders, enough reason why they are the most vulnerable to accidents today.
With this event, MDPPA looks forward to encourage riders to be more responsible by developing within themselves the culture of road safety. And working together with the LGUs nationwide in raising the level of awareness of motorcycle riders in the country, we can attain our goal of reducing road accidents.
Other major partners for this event are the Department of Tourism, Land Transportation Office, Motorcycle Dealers Association of the Philippines, Motortrade, Philippine Red Cross and Petron Corporation.