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PIA Camarines Sur joins roster of LTO’s STRUT champions

CAMARINES Sur’s Lizel Macatangay (3rd from left) poses with her trophy after the provincial office of the Philippine Information Agency was named as one of the STRUT champions. Photo also shows (l-r) LTO Bicol ARD Vincent Nato, LTO Asst. Secretary Edgar Galvante, Ms. Macatangay, and LTO Reg'l Director Atty. Noreen Bernadette San Luis-Lutey. Jam Madrid/PIA Camarines Sur

NAGA CITY---The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Sur Provincial Office was one of the recipients honored as ‘’STRUT Champion” by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Office Region V during the “Gabi ng Parangal” held Tuesday. May 7 at the Avenue Convention Center, here.

STRUT, which stands for Students Today, Road Users Tomorrow, started to hit the road in September 2014 under the dynamic leadership of LTO Regional Director Noreen San Luis-Lutey with the aim to improve road safety by instilling discipline and inculcating values to future road users, particularly the youth.

From rolling the campaign with the help of the media when it was officially launched more than 5 years ago, the STRUT campaign has secured its steady niche right in every classroom and schools all over the region when the Department of Education (DepEd) joined the advocacy. Soon, STRUT became part of the curriculum.

San Luis-Lutey thought that more partners would equate to a more effective implementation of the road safety advocacy and embarked on getting on board more partners who will ensure the realization of her vision to lower the percentage of road accidents and go back to the basic rules of road conduct and safety.

The Gabi ng Parangal served as a testimony of the strong partnership that LTO has forged with its various partners.

Joining the PIA Camarines Sur as STRUT Champions are: Department of Education (DepEd) – Region 5 for sharing their efforts and their expertise in the establishment and development of the STRUT program; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Region 5 for their assistance during the LTO Bicol campaign and promotion of the STRUT program to different groups and organizations and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) – Region 5 for being among the LTO’s partners in the promotion and the enforcement of land transportation rules and regulations.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) – Region 5 was also given the same award for being among the agency’s partners in different law enforcement activities and road safety education campaigns, Highway Patrol Group (HPG) – Region 5 for the different law enforcement activities and road safety education campaigns, STRADCOM Corporation for their relentless support in the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the STRUT Program.

LTO also tapped private establishments and individuals to ensure the success of its campaign; the Atlantic Bakery – Naga City for being among their primary sponsors that have contributed to the success of this event and Carlo Buenaflor - Chief Executive Officer of Bigg’s Inc., being one of LTO’s first partners during the early stages of STRUT and for their continued efforts to support the program and the office.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Sur was also recognized for aiding LTO in the promotion of the STRUT Program and its objectives, as well as for covering the different events and activities under the program.

Bicolano renowned writer, educator and author Carlos Arejola was also given a posthumous award for coining the word STRUT and was the brain of the said campaign. Arejola passed away in 2017 due to heart attack. His siblings, Cora and Atty. Alex Arejola received the award. LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur

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