Social ‘menstrual’ cycle-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Sunday, September 8, 2013
SO MUCH have happened in the Philippine capital for months already that all of us, including the regions, are also glued to the events since everything that they are talking about involve our money that’s obligatory given to the government in the name of taxes. Then lest we forget, we still have to be vigilant nonetheless to the affairs of our own homes – like the city and provincial governments.
Like last week, some vendors have put up tents to display their merchandises at Rotunda in Rodelsa Circle. Vehicles seldom pass by this street at daylight unless it is nighttime where motorcycle enthusiasts gather for a drag race, of which I thought was prohibited by the city council of the previous administration since it disturbs the nearby residents in slumber.
Back to the vendors, we were told that they are allowed by the City Government to sell there all day, and asked whether there are vendors too who used to sell during the Night Market in Divisoria, they only said that there are just few of them. By the looks of it, the area can be a temporary place, for how long? It remains unclear (maybe for the whole three-year term of the mayor?).
Another challenge for these vendors is getting customers to often visit there, so that the probability of generating profits is high. But considering it’s still new, it will be a tough one because people need to recognize their presence in that once uninhabited street. Otherwise, if this will continue, they might fold-up soon or transfer to a location where there is a big number of human traffic – that means the sidewalks and streets – of which we also know too well by now that we need to organize it and keep it clean.
We don’t want to happen that again are we? That is why I am personally appealing to everyone to at least give them a visit and you might find some good things in cheaper prices to buy there especially those who are working and receive their monthly salaries.
Yet again, reality is syncing in and it is just unfortunate that most of us couldn’t afford much to buy fancy stuff other than the basic needs and bills to pay because we have limited income; this is true to the working and middle class.
Then we are hounded to that complex cycle where prices are high and incomes are low, and we are redirected again to the fact that aside from being taxed by our every move, there is actually few left to bring home.
Someone I know who is working in an office as a staff, who earns a decent amount that is chained every payday to buying only groceries enough to survive the first 15 days of the month, on top of being taxed, and then paying the remaining amount of his income to debts. But will he still have the time to go to the vendors in Rotunda to help their little economy? Wishful thinking.
So when someone was responsible for using tax money in lavishness and greed, definitely the working and middle class will be very much upset.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 09, 2013.