Petron Lakbay Alalay, the county’s longest-running and most extensive motorist assistance program, has aligned its activities to strongly support the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, launched on 11 May 2011. The campaign was rolled out in the Philippines under the auspices of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership (PGRSP), and international agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
One of the key elements during the launch was the presentation of the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan (PRSAP), formulated by the DOTC in partnership with other government agencies and private sector representatives.
The global road safety advocacy includes a Road Safety Pledge that states: “ I support the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. As a road user, I pledge: Not to use my cell phone while driving; Not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs; To always use a seatbelt while driving; To maintain my car in good, roadworthy condition; Not to be goaded into road rage by aggressive drivers and motorcyclists; Not to throw garbage out of my car; To always observe and follow road laws, rules and regulations.”
Petron Lakbay Alalay, which was recently expanded from a Holy Week motorist emergency assistance activity into a full-blown summer road safety program, inherently supports the objectives of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. In particular, the free safety checks offered at participating Petron stations helps ensure that vehicles are well-maintained for worry-free travel. Petron also has a Mobile Lakbay Alalay project that sends road safety tips as well as car care and service reminders to registered mobile phone users.
Through its network of more than 1,700 service stations—the largest in the oil industry—Petron is in an excellent position to further promote the road safety advocacy in response to the worldwide call to action to prevent road accidents and save lives.