Watch and burn-A A +A
By Nef Luczon
Monday, September 23, 2013
AGAIN, at the height of the developments in the investigation and filing of charges of the people behind the pork barrel scam (and a lot more bombshells about to explode) and the standoff between the “Misuari faction” Moro National Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the need to be vigilant in our own homes here is essential.
So how is the city now? Or is it too soon to notice “dubiousness” since the new administration is still “new” and it still hasn’t even served its 100 days yet?
The last time I made a reality check, it turned out that vendors are less seen in the roadsides, but they come back on the streets every weekend nights. Maybe they still have that “Night Café” mentality which could be hard to change overnight.
There are still traffic jams, a sign of a progressing city they say. There are also drivers, the likes of those maneuvering public jeepneys, who think they are F1 racers who flirt with speed and death in not-so-wide roads. And speaking of roads and races, again, there are still those who drag race in Pelaez Rotunda and Bulua Terminal roads on late nights, some with modified engines that admittedly put internationally acclaimed Kawasaki and Yamaha racing motorcycles to shame.
It would be good for them to race in daylight with an identified racing circuit for them, but for them to do it in public areas where there are residences, it’s a disturbance.
Then here comes the mendicants – young and old – still begging for alms and mercy from people walking on the sidewalks, near schools and business establishments. They could be doing it individually or with their families.
In CM Recto, it has become festive, they come with improvised drums and set of songs and performances to please motorists and passengers every time the vehicles stop with the red light on.
It’s not that we don’t want to help them, but isn’t it nice to help them learn to find a living than just give them money. Like that classic saying between giving a person fish and teaching that same person how to catch fish so he will survive.
Another heartbreaking reality of some of the street urchins roaming the city is their addiction to solvents, or the “rugby” and “vulcaseal” that we are commonly acquainted to, it’s still a puzzle if whether we have grown tired of addressing these issues thus we have turned a blind eye on them.
Lastly, we should never forget this: that we are still waiting for those accountable to the losses of public money from the city hall, we have a new administration whose spending patterns should be watched; the culprits behind the Rosario Arcade bombing whom we thought the police and military are pursuing, and the illegal mining activities along Iponan River that still need close monitoring.
God Bless Cagayan de Oro, at least there’s the new Duaw Park to visit.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 23, 2013.