Dismayed in Moalboal

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Saturday, January 11, 2014


I CAME back to spend Christmas and New Year in my beloved town, Moalboal. What I saw dismayed me.

I had written to this paper two years ago about my observation of my town but I believe those fell on deaf ears or, if not, the local government officials are JUST numb to criticism from its citizenry.

The problem, I believe, does not lie on the mayor alone but rather on all elected officials, including the municipal councilors, and even the employees tasked to maintain an orderly and clean municipality.

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We arrived on a Sunday. Before going to the resorts, we decided to visit the public market. The sight that met us was disgusting.

Buses occupied both sides of the road in front of the old convent, blocking traffic on both directions.

They cannot park on the supposed passenger bus stops since these are occupied by tricycles and motorcycles disregarding the signage "Tricycles and Motorcycles NO PARKING."

There was a police outpost but only trisikad drivers were there. There was anarchy at the bus stop.

Inside the market, we could hardly move with vendors everywhere. I was told there was a market supervisor but I didn’t think he was doing his job.

Worse, the market stank with garbage, clogged drainage, urine and whatever came out of the outlet of an eatery's sink.

At the barangay hall of Poblacion East, we passed by a corner with a stinking pond of smelly water full of thrown plastic.

Looking closely, we found out that the drainage came from the market and was supposed to empty into the main drainage.

However, since this drainage was way below from the main drainage, it would take a miracle for waste water to pour into the main drainage.

This stinking mess is just a few meters from the barangay hall and the town's Municipal Health Center.

Yet Moalboal prides itself of being a tourist destination. In fact, majority of the people of the town rely heavily on tourists for their source of income.

Luckily for the group, when we arrived at Panagsama, we found (to our great relief) the place very clean and orderly. (Maybe the municipal officials should swap positions with officials of Brgy. Basdiot).

It seems that government officials of Moalboal are not functioning. But again, blame does not lie alone on them but also on the people who elected them.

Maybe the Provincial Government can lend its hand and assist the officials of Moalboal in straightening out the mess. Being a tourist town, the mess also reflects on the image of the whole province. --writer’s name withheld

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 12, 2014.

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