01 March 2017

The Air Force Safety Office (AFSO) conducted a one-day Lower Four Rank (AM-Sgt) Safety Meeting and Workshop for the 10 selected Airmen who were recommended as representatives from the different PAF Air Bases with strong desire to help, educate and influence their peers on February 20, 2016 at AFSO Conference Room, CJVAB in Pasay City.

Safety Specialist Sgt Ammon O Cotejo PAF gave an overview on recorded data and analysis for vehicular mishaps for CY 2015-2016. Moreover, TSg Cloyd Onuel V Bautista PAF talked about Safety Driving; satisfying Land Transportation Office’s requirement, proper driving attitude, rules of traffic, proper wearing of Personal Protective Equipment, techniques in driving in various road condition, and vehicle maintenance. After which, Maj Harold M Caranguian PAF discussed the safety instructions issued by AFSO; Motorcycle Mishaps Prevention Program and Vehicle Accident Prevention Program. His presentation was followed by a workshop, “Lessons Learned from my Personal Experiences and Best Practices at my Workplace”. At the end of the workshop, the participants were able to learn common mistakes committed during vehicular accidents, identified and recommended various strategies to assist in accident reduction and traffic improvement program in building a community of safe road users.

The one-day safety meeting and workshop was culminated by an inspiring message of the AFSO Director, Col Loreto B Pasamonte PAF (MNSA) to the selected Airmen. Col Pasamonte emphasized the right attitude and commitment towards safety. He posted a challenge to the participants as identified leaders in their ranks to influence their peers to be energetic safety advocates. He also expressed his gratitude to the resource speakers, participants and organizers for the successful conduct of the activity.

The activity was organized to mitigate the increasing trend of this at-risk group in vehicular mishaps, and provide opportunity for a peer-to-peer exchange of information of near miss and actual accidents that affected the lives of PAF personnel. Also, this activity is one of the components and elements of PAF Safety Management System particularly Safety Education and Training.