- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the postponement of the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act
- Senator Bong Go announced that the President agrees that now is not the right time to implement the measure
- According to Go, it would be better if the government focuses on information campaigns on the law
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go disclosed that President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed on the postponement of the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.
In a Laging Handa briefing, Go said Duterte admitted that now is not the right time to implement the measure as the country faces the challenges of the pandemic. “Siya mismo ayaw rin niyang i-implement ito. Sabi niya not this time,” Go, Duterte’s former longtime aide, said.
Duterte’s decision to suspend the implementation of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, came after he said he recognizes that the Filipinos are already suffering and the purchase of the car seats will be another burden to motorists to endure.
“Hindi pa po napapanahon na i-implement iyang batas na ito. Nagkakahirap-hirap na nga po iyong Pilipino, huwag na nating pahirapan pa,” Go added.
The senator explained that it would be better if the government would focus on information dissemination and let the public understand the advantages of implementing the measure.
“Darating din ang panahon na mai-implement ito dahil batas na po ito. Importante po ‘yung information campaign: ano ho ba ito, bakit ba ipinasa ito at ano ho bang mabuting idudulot nito,” he said.
The full implementation of RA 11229 was supposed to take effect on February 2 but was deferred due to the complaints of the motorists. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) earlier announced that it will begin with the “soft enforcement” of the act and will not impose fines or apprehend anyone. The agency explained that the “soft enforcement” will focus only on information and education campaigns about the law and give warnings to motorists.