MMDA to open motorcycle training academy on Sept. 27

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 8) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will open its training facility for motorcycle riding on September 27.

The Motorcycle Riding Academy in Pasig City will offer free formal training on both theoretical and practical aspects of motorcycle riding, as well as basic emergency response training, said MMDA.

"The Academy aims to provide riders with basic training on handling motorcycles, road courtesy and discipline, and following traffic rules," the agency said in a statement on Friday.

Aside from the motorcycle basic riding course, the MMDA said earlier that there will also be lectures on motorcycle orientation, road traffic rules and regulations, and motorcycle safety laws.

Certificates will be given to all enrollees after the course is completed.

In 2018, the MMDA Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System reported that 38% or 224 of road crash fatalities were motorcycle riders. Fatalities increased to 253 in 2020, and to 295 in 2021.

A 2018 report by the World Health Organization showed the Philippines ranked 11th out of 175 countries in terms of the highest number of road traffic deaths.