Canadian Minister asks PHL gov’t: What’s the update on Sendong?

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


“NOTHING is worse than a person who fills his stomach.

It should be enough for the son of Adam to have a few bites to satisfy his hunger. If he wishes more, it should be: One-third for his food, one-third for his liquids, and one-third for his breath.” Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah, on excessive eating and healthier diet by eating less meat and more greens.

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More than a handful of thanks should be given to former Cagayan de Oro City councilor, Dr. Celestino “Bob” Ocio III, and the rest of Kagay-anon Filipino Community in Vancouver, Canada for letting it known to the public that even after the onslaught of the tropical storm “Sendong” last December 2011, their concern in the future welfare of the city’s people keeps them on to the Philippine government for concrete actions, even if they have to ask Canada’s Minister of Parliament (MP) members to act on their requests.

This is when MP Don Davies of Vancouver Kingsway, for the second time, asked the Philippine government through President Benigno Aquino III himself to give full investigation results as well as to take actions in order for Cagayan de Oro to become safe from future devastations again.
This was what the letter of Davies dated July 5, that was addressed to the Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Leslie Gatan, as shared:

“His Excellency Leslie B. Gatan Philippines Ambassador to Canada
130 Albert St. Suite 900Ottawa ON K1P 5G4

Re: Flash Flood Disaster at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

Dear Ambassador Gatan,

I am writing further to my February 2012 letter to President Benigno Aquino III regarding the captioned flood disaster in 2011. I have enclosed a copy of my letter for your reference. I have not received a response from the President’s office.

This disaster continues to be a matter of great concern to many members of the Filipino community in my constituency of Vancouver Kingsway. The chief concerns are that a proper investigation into the loss of life be undertaken and that measures be implemented to mitigate a similar loss of life in future natural disasters.

It is believed that unsustainable logging and mining practices exacerbated the damage caused by the flooding. If this is correct, and if these practices are not altered, similar devastation will likely result from future events. I would appreciate an update on any actions taken, or planned, to prevent loss of life and property in future flood disasters in Cagayan de Oro and would be happy to pass on your response to members of the community in Vancouver.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Yours truly,

Don Davies, B.A., LL.B., M.P. Vancouver Kingsway
cc. Constituents”

It’s a little unfortunate, that those who are already afar and overseas, are instead the ones who are very much concerned in the situation of the city, while we who are standing in the soils of the city are indifferent and senseless to act until we are devoured by a calamity that can again open our eyes.
Now the majority of the people have put a new leader under new governance, let the people guide him and his officials to a better path and consistently watch him before he will be consumed again to the “dark side” just like the previous one – as what the Commission on Audit can tell.

(Read: nefoi.blogspot.com, Comment: nefluczon@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 10, 2013.

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