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JV Ejercito Slams LTO and DOTr Offcials for Lack of Info Drive for Child Safety Act

Former Senator JV Ejercito slammed the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) for lack of information drive of Child Safety in Motorcycle Vehicle Act.

Ejercito, the author of the said act was saddened by the criticisms from the Filipino car owners who have children below 12 years of age after the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act was announced to the public.

Ejercito Child Safety Act
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According to Ejercito, the residents has lack of information drive and information campaign to have full knowledge about the said act. He also called out the government agencies to take a hand to inform the residents about the law.

“Dapat sana ‘yung government agencies like PIA (Philippine Information Agency), agencies involved like DOTr (Department of Transportation), DOH (Department of Health) before, alam na nilang may napasang landmark law, they already have to prepare campaign information drive before the IRR is implemented, they have one year eh,” Ejercito said on Stand for Truth.

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On the public dismay, Ejercito said they could not be blamed for their furor due to their lack of knowledge about the new law, which was fully implemented on February 2.

“I think what caused the furor is that they think children basta 12 years old, no matter how big has to seat in car seats. That is not true. What is written in the law, that the use of child restraint systems or car seats is dependent on the size, the weight, and the height of the child. We only need car seats if the child is not big enough to use the seat belts,” Ejercito clarified.

The law author also called out the LTO official who was previously suggested in an interview that car owners should get a larger car if they have taller children. Ejercito slammed the office for his irresponsible response.

“As the principal sponsor and author of this measure, I’m quite sad because of how it has been ridiculed. Because of probably it stemmed also from the irresponsible statement of an LTO Director in an interview, saying in jest, that if a child is too big for a car seat, might as well buy a bigger car.”

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