Saving the Bitan-ag Creek?

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Monday, February 10, 2014


HAD it not for the extensive training and preparation for news casting competitions with the students of which I was tasked to help and coach, I wouldn't have known that a multi-sector initiative was forged through a memorandum of agreement with an aim to rehabilitate the Bitan-ag Creek.

They call it as the "Adopt-Estero" Project, which was initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Bitan-ag Creek Alliance, and the Mindanao University of Science and Technology.

The agreement basically aims to clean the Bitan-ag Creek from pollution, which is ideally good. However the concern there is, it's "ideally good." We still have to witness that these agencies and institutions really have to act on it.

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It would have been also good that they also included the businessmen who owned big establishments and empires nearby the Bitan-ag Creek so that they could be also held liable for the pollution of the creek resulting to its lifeless form and flooding in the nearby community.

I do hope that this memorandum of agreement is not only good on how it was printed and signed on the papers, I'd like to see them do it, enforce it and not just as a publicity stunt or a prerequisite for a good standing in accreditation bodies.

Because beyond that agreement is the effects it will have in the community, more so to its residents, who are likely to be affected on the consequences of what Bitan-ag Creek can bring when it's polluted.

That's why if these agencies were indeed serious, they have to make it fast before another tropical storms and heavy rains will drown us again.

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When reports surfaced that one of the 17 killed in the bus accident in Bontoc, Mountain Province was Arvin Jimenez, popularly known as Tado, only a few have reacted of his demise and much fewer in the social media unlike the sympathy gathered for Vhong Navarro and those other celebrities killed or injured.

The mainstream media are quick to identify him just a "comedian," because he, after all, brought laughter to people on television.

But only a few really knows, at least in this younger generations, who Tado was and what he has done with respect to activism and his advocacies toward social changes, more than that, he had been in the lines of progressive ideologies and his critical thinking toward our society and politics.

Unlike other "celebrities" who in their minds are just vanity, fame, money and sex, Tado did not cease to be a man for others and still continued to maintain his socio-political views. In fact, he was one of the few artists who volunteered in Leyte and Samar provinces to render their talents with not a single talent fee just to be with Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

Let us remember Tado not just a mere "comedian," let us remember him as a person who really cared for our country by cleansing the cancer of our system which is the culture of corruption and injustice.

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com | nefoi.blogspot.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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