The vicious cycle-A A +A
I have issues
Saturday, October 12, 2013
SO WE’VE hit the administration for its seemingly temporary bravado in implementing the “RULES,” we’ve criticized them for their lack of consistency, and it’s almost visibly slowing down operation called HAPSAY.
But I think it’s time we hit on the equal culprits to this lack of completion of the clean-up the streets program, the people, who have just tried to find a way to break laws in this city. I can’t but help ask myself if we are what we say we are that we intend to be citizens, or just simply outlaws, last time I checked citizens corresponded to being law abiding, to know that no ordinance has allowed for the return of vendors on the streets in Divisoria, this wasn’t supposed to be time bound, it wasn’t a 9am to 9pm kind of thing, this was a duty bound rule, a rule that in theory should have been complied with.
But let’s face it, this conversation will never be easy, if we are to simply interpret the situation as people intending to break rules, they have reasons of course, and most of which could be deemed as legitimate, it is livelihood, they are just earning for a living. If we were to deal with this without any compassion, or understanding, then we’d be no better butchers than to just simply ignore these concerns. I think the quest for sustenance is an inherent right, one which the city administration is required to balance, not simply ignore, but this goes without saying that such a right should be abused, we know that there have been efforts to create for more legal spaces to conduct business, but until that time I think vendors should at least comply, part of the nature of our rules, and why it earns respect is if it is treated with respect. Non-compliance does not serve others right; non-compliance is a spit to the face to the people who have complied. Poverty is not an excuse to break ordinances, it should never be.
What the vendors of interest must do right now, is to put pressure on the city government, it cannot effectively do this if it continues to break ordinances, an administration cannot deal with demands to a group who for all better terms does not comply with legitimate requirements from its government. By making sure that the Hapsay operation does not only rely on the deterrent value. Part of it should also be assisted by valued compliance from its patrons. And this includes people who consume products, from provens to baluts, we are part of the cycle that encourages this. And because of that we can also be a solution. To only support those who do business in an orderly manner, the endless cat and mouse affair for enforcing Hapsay will continue on to be just that, a cat and mouse chase, a vicious cycle that won’t end until someone else changes, I sincerely hope that’s us, because for all the herculean effort we expect from this admin, we should require ourselves the same kind of change.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 12, 2013.