Tourism, road safety programs pact signed
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Tourism, road safety programs pact signed

Nov 26, 2021, 5:45 AM
James Veloso

James Veloso

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The partnership is expected to further intensify MPT South’s social advocacy programs such as Drayberks and Bayani Ka, which are both road safety education programs.

TOLL road operator Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Interior and Local Government – Calabarzon (DILG IV-A) to embark on road safety education campaigns and tourism promotion for the region.

MPT South spokesperson and Assistant Vice President for Communications and Stakeholder Management Arlette Capistrano and DILG Calabarzon Regional Director Ariel Iglesia participated in the virtual event Friday (November 26).

MPT South and DILG IV-A agreed to jointly pool knowledge and expertise on various facets of local governance and social development, utilizing the Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC) facility, a dynamic, interactive, and virtual program that will serve as a center of learning for innovation and knowledge sharing on local government, and as a complement strategy in the development of local government unit (LGU) capacities.

The partnership is expected to further intensify MPT South’s social advocacy programs such as Drayberks and Bayani Ka, which are both road safety education programs.

“Drayberks” came from the root words 'Drayber' and 'Barkada', gathers motorists who regularly use the MPT South's expressways: the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX); CAVITEX C5 Link; and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), and shows them how they can take advantage of its safety features and play a part in keeping the expressway safe.

Bayani Ka (which means Bayani ng Kalsada), is designed to enjoin individuals in maintaining a safe expressway by simply abiding by the rules of the Limited Access Facility (R.A. 2000).

MPT South will also collaborate with DILG IV-A in promoting sites, taste, and other offerings of the beautiful tourist destinations in Calabarzon through its tourism page Biyaheng South, which is active on both Facebook and TikTok social media platforms.

"We are honored to partner with DILG IV-A on our social development projects for road safety and tourism promotion for the region. With this partnership, and now that the government loosens travel restrictions, we aim to help with the economic recovery of the region by boosting socio-economic activities through tourism,” Capistrano said during the event.

Iglesia, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude to MPT South’s collaboration with the agency on social development projects in the Calabarzon region.

“The department, through the Local Governance Resource Center has always banked on partnerships with agencies and organizations to deliver our mandate of guiding and empowering LGUs in effective program implementation and local governance,” he said.

MPT South currently operates two toll roads in Calabarzon: the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).

MPTC also holds concession rights for the CAVITEX-C5 Link Road, the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the NLEX Connector Road, and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu.

Tags: #tollroads, #MetroPacificTollways, #DepartmentofInteriorandLocalGovernment, #socialadvocacy, #roadsafety, #tourism


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