According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the public need to have a better understanding on what are the real causes of traffic problems. While the government has not enough budget and restrained with limited budget, there is an immediate need to help evaluate the effectiveness of road safety interventions and improvements.
“The DOTr, led by Sec. Art Tugade, is strongly committed to address the country’s challenges in road safety and improve the country’s transportation. Accurate and reliable data on road crashes and multi-sectoral collaboration are crucial to achieve these goals,” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for Land Transport and Infrastructure, Mark de Leon.
Current road issues on road safety database
- Different agencies (local and national) handling traffic system management thus resulting with lack of coordination. There are different requirements with different templates resulting to inconsistent data.
- Limited government budget.
- There are only few researches made on road safety.
Last March 13, DOTr, The World Bank, OpenTraffic, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Health (DOH), and Grab Philippines launch the Road Safety Idea Hack in Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila to find ways and incubate technical program to address the country’s challenges in road safety and at the same time make road safety data publicly available.
DOTr launched a new platform called DRIVER (Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation & Reporting), a web-based & open source national system for geo-spatially recording & analyzing road crashes. This can be accessed via www.roadsafety.gov.ph.
Holly Krambeck, Senior Transportation Economist, World Bank, discussed the Open Transport partnership with Grab, a ridesharing platform in the country and is the first to collaborate with OpenTraffic and the government.
“Traffic in the Philippines is not great and the challenge to a modern day toolbox in collecting data is a struggle to keep the equipment functioning,” said Krambeck in front of the 214 people attending the summit which include Filipino developers, IT and digital media talents, and road safety enthusiasts in national road safety.
The Road Safety Idea hack welcomed people from diverse backgrounds, whether in app development, digital media, social science, data sciences, road safety advocacy, and all who are excited and interested to learn more about open data and road safety. Participants were invited to form teams to produce ideas, analyses, methodologies, digital media, advocacy campaigns, and app prototypes to improve road safety in the Philippines, using OpenTraffic data provided by Grab, road crash data aggregated by the DOTr, and other datasets, such as jeepney routes and school locations. Entries were judged according to expected impact, creativity, feasibility, and presentation. Winners were awarded during the awarding ceremony held on March 18, 2017.
“Through this initiative, we plan to tap the country’s ICT talents and road safety community to develop innovative solutions,” added AsSec. de Leon.
Grab is the leading sponsor of the Idea Hack alongside the World Bank, the Korea Green Growth Partnership, Globe, Petron, Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, Mapillary, Ateneo School of Government, Imagine Law, Vera Files, Azavea, Mapzen, Far Eastern University Institute of Technology, Inclusive Mobility, MapPH, MMDA, Netsquared Manila, OpenStreetMap Philippines, Open Knowlegde Philippines, Urban Land Institute, Youth Mappers, among others.
“The country is in for innovative event as people of different professions will be coming together to brainstorm for solutions to road safety problems. Technology and data are at the core of our business and something we’ve been sharing with the Philippine government since April 2016. Grab highly encourages everyone to participate to help make transportation safer for Filipinos,” Grab PH, Country head, Brian Cu said.
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