Editorial: Yellow submarine-A A +A
Friday, May 3, 2013
YELLOW Submarine” is a Beatles hit song written by lead singer Paul McCartney but voiced by the band’s drummer Ringo Starr.
No, the lyrics of the song are not a description of images from hallucination induced by drug use. McCartney intended it to be a children’s song, with such innocent lines like the one about a sailor who “told us of his of his life, in the land of submarines.”
The Philippines is not a land of submarines, its armed force doesn’t even own one.
Thus Cebuanos who are not into the sport of diving were surprised about the report that a yellow submarine rammed into a coral reef in the seas near Barangay Maribago in Mactan island. It looks like this yellow submarine is not one where a band would play trumpets for sheer fun.
The yellow submarine is owned by a firm called, not surprisingly, Cebu Yellow Submarine and has been used for undersea tours. The operation sounds novel in Cebu, which is not a “land of submarines.” But it is this very novelty that should have made the Lapu-Lapu City Government wary of how the tours were being conducted.
Had it not been for a concerned Japanese diver, identified as Satoshi Toyoda, who filmed the movement of the yellow submarine near the coral reef that has attracted a number divers for many years now, we would not have been alerted on the problems that submarine tours conjure.
Toyoda said he saw the yellow submarine hit the corals, but the management of Cebu Yellow Submarine claimed the sub didn’t. The footage of the video that Toyoda took was not conclusive on this matter, but what seems to have been established is that parts of the coral reef have been damaged.
That should prod the Lapu-Lapu City Government to find ways to prevent the destruction of this sea resource whether by a yellow submarine or by divers.
Unfortunately, this is a tricky proposition. The difficulty in pinpointing blame, for example, stems from the fact that it is difficult to secure coral reefs. How can government effectively monitor undersea tours, whether done by a submarine or by individual divers?
Hopefully, the investigation conducted on the yellow submarine incident would be honest enough as to conjure policies that would improve the city’s capability to protect its undersea resource.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 03, 2013.