Senator seeks probe of Tanay bus accident

February 21 2017 9:48 PM

A senator has asked the Senate to investigate the vehicular accident in Tanay, Rizal on Monday, February 20, that resulted to the death of 15 people, mostly college students.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, chairman of the committee on education filed Senate Resolution no. 297, on Tuesday, February 21, seeking for a probe on the accident.

“Gusto nating alamin ang nangyari at pangalawa, kung anong reporma ang kailangang gawin upang mas maging ligtas ang out-of-school activities sa ating mga kabataan,” Aquino said in statement.

(We would like to know what happened and, second, what reforms we need to do in order to make out-of-school activities for the youth much safer.)

The accident happened in Barangay Sampaloc on Monday when a bus lost it brakes then crashed to an electric post while en-route to an outing of students from Bestlink College in Novaliches, Quezon City for their National Service Training Program (NSTP).

Thirteen of the 15 fatalities were students, one was a teacher, and the bus driver.

Aquino said that representatives of the Department of Education (DepEd) would be invited as resource persons to discuss field trip regulations for elementary and high school students.

According to earlier reports, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Prospero de Vera III said the agency will conduct a parallel investigation to determine if the school violated any CHED regulations on fieldtrips.

He also said that CHED issued a moratorium on field trips and school tours for both public and private colleges and universities, the report added.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) already issued a suspension on Panda Coach Tours and Transport, Inc., operator of the bus, a report said.