Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CAMPI reps win PH's first road safety driving competition

CAMPI reps win PH's first road safety driving competition

TAGUIG, Philippines—A team of two representatives from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) bested 9 other mixed teams from the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), Autohub, Kotse.com, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Nissan Motor Philippines, Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Safety Organization of the Philippines  (SOPI), and Smart Driving School at the Drive City kick-off last July 15.
Photo courtesy of GMCI

“It's a huge recognition for a safety consultant like me,” says Ronald Canicosa, who won first place along with Albert Concepcion, also from CAMPI. The pair won the top spot after their driving and navigation skills rated best in the country's first ever live-traffic driving competition based on safety.

Organized by Total (Philippines) Corporation as part of its campaign to promote road safety, Drive City took drivers through a technical route across Metro Manila, where they were given tasks that challenged their road safety skills.  . Unlike usual driving competitions that places emphasis on speed, Drive City focuses on strategy, driving style, and safety.

“Safety is a commitment here at Total and in the country, road safety is, sadly, taken for granted. This is why Drive City aims to promote greater awareness on the importance of road safety and ultimately, strengthen our community of safe road users,” says Malou Espina, Total (Philippines) Corporation Manager for Corporate Communications.

In the Philippines, statistics from the MMDA and the PNP-HPG reveal that a total of 1,833 persons were killed, while almost 29,000 people were injured in the 85,820 road accidents recorded in 2011. In relation to this, road accidents have also been ranked by the Department of Health (DoH) as the fourth top cause of death in the country, next to heart disease, leukemia, and cancer.[1]

Following the success of Drive City's initial leg with government agencies and industry partners, Total is set to bring the revolutionary competition to the general public. Driving like a pro means driving safely,” says Espina. “So we encourage every Filipino driver—both private and public—to bring their A-Game on the road and conquer the streets of Metro Manila…one traffic sign at a time.

Drive City is supported by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI) and sponsored by Autohub, SMART Driving School, Nissan Motors Philippines, Inc. with its online media partner, Kotse.Com.


Total (Philippines) Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total SA France, the world’s fifth largest integrated oil and gas company, with activities in more than 130 countries (www.total.com).  In the country, Total operates a network of 176 service stations nationwide. Drive City, a program of Total (Philippines) Corporation, is a test of road IQ, strategy and driving skills. To know more about it, visit <www.totaldrivecity.com>.

[1]              ADB warns of rising road accidents,” Business World, April 10, 2012 (http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Motoring&title=ADB-warns-of-rising-road-accidents&id=49704

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