signature campaign launched – ABS CBN website
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Signature campaign to improve safety inside Ateneo launched
Parents of Ateneo de Manila Grade School (AGS) students launched a signature campaign Wednesday to back a petition for the safety of their children.
This is following an accident last week, where Grade 4 student Amiel Alcantara was pinned down by a van and died inside the AGS parking area.
The AGS said that the motivation of the petition is the parents’ deep desire “that what happened to Amiel should never happen again at the Ateneo campus.”
The petition is led by “Amiel’s Footprints”, a group of parents wanting to preserve the memory of Amiel who loves playing around Ateneo’s outdoors.
The parents wrote, “We can only imagine the many footprints Amiel must have made on the many outdoor places he has gone to, marking each one a happy moment in his young life.”
They are urging AGS Headmaster Father Kit Bautista, SJ, to do an exhaustive research on the school’s traffic management system.
When research is done, drastic and meaningful changes should be made to improve vehicular traffic management system and parking lots in the school.
In another letter, the parents provided a short background of the traffic situation inside Ateneo.
They said that based on the figures provided by the Ateneo de Manila administration, 5,000 vehicles enter and exit Ateneo daily.
A driver’s mafia, they said in the letter, blocks free parking space on campus. The drivers reserve it for their friends who are late in picking up other students.
The parents wrote that the school should prioritize having more parking space rather than “non-productive” spaces such as open fields and tents.
An area near one of Ateneo’s football fields could accommodate up to 150 vehicles. The open area near the Manila Observatory and Meralco’s Henry Lee Irwin Theater inside the campus could accommodate 300 vehicles.
“Let us not waste precious lives,” the parents wrote in the letter urging for immediate action.