Cambodia taps Pacquiao to help in traffic management
Published December 16, 2016, 12:05 AM
by Genalyn D. Kabiling
Phnom Penh – Philippine boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao has been tapped to help the Cambodian government in raising public awareness on traffic management and safety.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen made the “personal request” to Pacquiao in the ASEAN country’s bid to reduce road traffic injuries in the country.
Pacquiao, widely popular among Cambodian boxing fans, is part of the President’s official delegation in his two-day state visit to Cambodia. He was among those present in the President’s expanded bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister and his Cabinet ministers at the Peace Palace here.
“Part of the discussion is the personal request of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen for Senator Manny Pacquiao to assist to the traffic information drive in Cambodia,” a statement from the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) read.
The PCO did not provide other details about Pacquiao’s role in the traffic information campaign here.
Road safety has become a public issue in Cambodia amid concerns of rising traffic accidents. Many drivers in Cambodia reportedly violate traffic laws while drunk driving is supposedly common.
Meantime, President Duterte and his Cambodian counterpart also discussed measures to enhance diplomatic, economic, and security relations between the two countries during their closed-door meeting at the Peace Palace.
The two leaders have agreed to increase trade volume between the Philippines and Cambodia, including the holding of a trade fair between the two countries.
Also discussed were technology transfer from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to improve rice seeds as well as the construction of 100 percentFilipino-owned rice warehouses in Cambodia.
The two nations also agreed to increase tourism exchange “with attention on direct flight from Manila to Siem Reap to increase tourism on both sides,” according to the PCO.
The two leaders also affirmed to intensify cooperation in fighting cross border crimes, including drug trafficking.
They also discussed “60 Philippine education scholarships for Cambodians, particularly in science and engineering courses, and defense cooperation.”