Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) leads another round of “Teen Smart” road safety workshops for senior high school students.
Honda has been conducting seminar-workshops on road safety for teens for years now. This leg of the program kicked off in March 2019 in partnership with the Sta. Rosa Department of Education, Sta. Rosa local government, fellow Honda companies, Honda Philippines, Inc. and the Honda Safety Driving Center.
Earlier in 2004, Teen Smart’s forerunner, the YES Move or Youth for Environment and Safety Movement, with the Land Transportation Office, also promoted road safety through seminar workshops and fun competition. Honda sustained the activity by integrating it with a broader national program in 2017, the One Honda Road Safety (1HRS) that aims to realize Road Safety for Our Family. Honda takes to heart the impact of its initiatives to the youth, and so the format gets some fine tuning from time to time to be more interactive and interesting to young audiences, and at the same time relevant, updated with changes in laws pertaining to road safety. Reaching many schools even beyond Sta. Rosa, thousands of young adults have already participated in the Teen Smart Program.
This program is in line with Honda’s commitment of “Safety for Everyone” and aims to strengthen the youth’s awareness on road safety and deepen their sense of responsibility as drivers—as they near licensing age—and as pedestrians and passengers as well. Developing a “Road Safety Mindset” helps the youth understand human-vehicle-environment relationships further in order to empower them to promote safer roads.
The latest run of the Teen Smart program was opened through a virtual signing of Memorandum of Understanding held on November 12, 2021 among the program partners Department of Education Sta. Rosa City represented by Ms. Manuela S. Tolentino, CESO V, Schools Division Superintendent, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. by Ms. Vicenta Balarbar, General Manager for Business Services, Honda Philippines, Inc. by Mr. Gerry Datario, General Manager for Business Administration.
The “Teen Smart” sessions will be delivered by Honda Safety Driving Center, the first and only world class training facility in the Philippines for driving and riding.
Online learning sessions will be from November 2021 until May 2022, targeting public schools in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. With the integration of road safety in the senior high school curriculum, the partnership also contributes to making quality education accessible to all.