Safety Advocate Alarmed by Rising Road Crashes

An advocate of road safety, representing a coalition of groups aiming for “zero road traffic crash injuries and deaths by 2020,” expressed alarm over frequent road crashes in Bacolod and entire Negros island.

BETTER, SAFER ROADS. PROJECT C.A.R.E.S.’ May Altarejos-Cueva (left) and KASANAG’s & CCW’s John Chiong discuss road safety advocacy amids frequent, rising road crashes in Negros.* (APT photo)

May Altarejos-Cueva, over-all chairman of PROJECT C.A.R.E.S, at the same time called on civil society groups like KASANAG, Inc. and Citizens Crime Watch (CCW), to help in the campaign to promote better and safer roads.

Cueva met Kasanag founder-president and at the same time CCW national vice president John Chiong at Kasanag office, to seek the help of both organizations “to ensure that that our city, provincial, regional and national roads will achieve the 3-star rating of road safety.”

She said frequent and rising road crash incidents in Negros alone have become “more than alarming”.

“It is time to involve more like-minded individuals and groups to actively promote road safety to achieve zero road crash deaths by having safer roads and safer road users,” she said.

Cuevas and Chiong are set to plan out their groups’ partnership and collaboration on road safety via PROJECT C.A.R.E.S. (Coalition of Advocates for Roads & Environment Safety) as well as with the Three Star Coalition.

The Three Star Coalition is a group of like-minded organizations that advocate for three star or better roads. It is a World Bank program that provides basic level of safety at a cost that makes sense, and cuts casualties by a third or more compared to 2-star roads and by well over half compared to 1 star roads, Cuevas said.

“The campaign for safer roads is a 24/7 effort that urges motorists, commuters and pedestrians alike not only to be safety conscious all the time but to help educate them on preventing road accidents, and for government to ensure the building of better and safer roads.* (APT)


‘I Get My (Shabu) Supply at Bacolod PNP Hq & BJMP Jail Vicinity’

“I always get my supply of (illegal drugs) either beside the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) or from the adjacent Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) vicinity.”

This was revealed, during an interview by DYEZ Aksyon Radyo Bacolod reporter Alvin Grava, by the companion of former Ilog Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member who was nabbed together with the councilor in a drug buy bust by Ilog policemen Sunday morning.

Reneil Cabison, 35 years old and resident of Barangay Tapi, Kabankalan, also revealed, during the interview, the name of the person from whom he always got his shabu supply for sale.

Aksyon Radyo and Negros Daily Bulletin are withholding, for now, the name of Cabison’s alleged supplier.

He said his supplier has “contacts inside BCPO and BJMP.”

Cabison was with former Ilog town councilor Paul Regalado, when policemen raided their “drug den” at Regalado’s house in Brgy. Delicioso, Ilog.

Recovered from them were suspected shabu and a gun, a list of their shabu sources, buyers, protectors, among others.

Cabison alleged in the same interview, that part of his income from shabu he uses to help Grade 1 to 6 school children by providing them notebooks. etc.

He said he also donatea to and helps schools and churches, using money from drug selling.

He and the former three-term councilor Regalado were reportedly found positive in drug tests at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Crime Laboratory.

Police authorities revealed to the media yesterday that they are looking deeper into the claim of Cabison that he was always getting his drug supplies just a very few meters from either BCPO or BJMP jail at Barangay Taculing, Bacolod.

Police operatives are also after those listed by Regalado and Cabison. * (Arman P. Toga)