Editorial: Quenching Baguio’s thirst-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
WE DECIDED to ground this Baguio Day edition on water – perhaps one of the most neglected, if not the most neglected, natural resources in the city.
Conserving our current supply, while looking for environmentally friendly and socially acceptable new water resources, are daunting tasks for any local government. These are also challenges posed to consumers in a rapidly changing and developing urban hub.
We gave particular emphasis on the Baguio Water District – an agency our readers have rarely seen in the headlines.
And with the changing of its guards, the door was opened to SunStar Baguio and we wish to extend our thanks to the man at the helm, Engr. Salvador Royeca, for recognizing the role of media in participatory governance and transparency.
To many, what he said is not new. Or maybe we asked the wrong questions. But what Royeca have said must be iterated. And the water story will not end here.
We would also like to thank Office of Civil Defense OIC regional director Andrew Alex Uy. He deserved his space. He is a man with a lot to say and even with the increase of those who are finally listening, there are still a lot more out there who need to pay attention.
Quenching Baguio’s thirst goes beyond what comes out of our faucets.
There is a thirst for solutions to problems.
Solutions to the age old problem of traffic.
Solutions to the need for a world-standard airport to help boost the tourism and business industries in the Summer Capital.
Solutions to the sad state of sports development in the city and the neglect of athletes who continue to bring honor to the country without much but a Council resolution thanking them.
Solutions to the citizenry’s ignorance of the need to equip ourselves against disasters.
But on the other hand, there is a thirst for rediscovering the best in Baguio.
Rediscovering the unsung heroes who quietly go on with their daily lives but whose acts of compassion and passion impact the city in ways no publication could ever put into words.
Rediscovering the creative blood which gives a distinct vibrancy to the city.
A conversation with an old friend and colleague put things in perspective. He said, “If we are still talking about the same problems today as we have ten years ago, then there’s something terribly wrong with media.”
Quenching our thirst for stories is already coupled with a thirst to stir the hornet’s nest and lead a transformation.
We embarked on this issue with the strong belief that our stories are negative only when told in malice.
But we tell Baguio’s stories only with a deep love and regard for the city which has embraced us completely.
It is with fervent hope next year’s Baguio Day edition be grounded on that transformation.
Be blessed, beautiful people of Baguio. Be blessed.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 31, 2013.