Wednesday, 14 March 2012
iRAP Award for Philippines
The Philippines has been awarded the 2011 International Road Assessment Programme Award for the country's work in assessing and safety-rating more than 3000 kilometres of road, 12% of the national network carrying 30% of traffic. The Award was presented by iRAP's Asia/Pacific Director Greg Smith (seen here at far right launching the project last year) in Bangkok on 8th March at the Global Road Safety Partnership's annual 'Asia Seminar'. The Philippines iRAP project, which is led by the government with support from the Automobile Association of the Philippines, recieved high level backing when the country's President, Benigno Aquino, participated in the launch. Recommendations from the survey, which was financed with a grant from the Global Road Safety Facility, prioritise the building of footpaths and safe crossing points to protect pedestrians. A second phase of the project is now underway with support from AusAID, the Australian overseas aid agency. Core funding for iRAP's operations is provided by the FIA Foundation, in part through a grant to the Road Safety Fund.