Ark of hope

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014


WHY should we not, of course, support something like an “ark” to float when it is nourishing within its hold our means of survival in times of calamities?

The plan of the Provincial Board to form a consortium of private sector firms to develop a disaster preparedness program with local government units is decidedly a collective public project worth supporting by everyone so it would float. There is really no more worthy of our common concern than a pro-life project.

There was the interesting report in Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that the Provincial Board (PB) adopted a resolution authorizing our provincial governor to sign a memorandum of agreement with Smart Communications, Petron, Prudence Foundation, and Pru-Life to undertake with the PB a disaster preparedness program for the province.

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Smart Communications, through its Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CDNR), partnered with the Noah’s Ark to help communities prepare for disasters.

It seems that the common “Ark” project plans to provide disaster risk management training, workshops and drills for barangays that are vulnerable to calamities.

In matters of funds for the program, the project in Cebu is estimated to cost P2.7 million, including the training for the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and disaster management councils for high risk local government units.

Likewise, through the CNDR, Smart Communications will reportedly tap mobile applications to establish early warning systems during calamities.

On the other hand, I believe, too, that this organization, as envisioned by the joint partnership of the private and government sectors in our province, could extend its concern and coverage to the other social and economic problems of Cebu.

Such as, for instance, helping to look into the moral, emotional, and social problems of inhabitants in our rural communities, with the aim of preventing certain things to happen, like the one about a father killing his son and himself.

Note that similar incidents and other cases of self-immolation have become prevalent cases that our media--both print and broadcast--have been lately dishing out to our readers and audience.

It does seem really that our “civilization” is being torn apart by forces that have infiltrated our own social network and slowly eroding our inner nature without our sensing or feeling it.

It is as if we are being mesmerized by the grandeur of our modern way of life. The matter of present existence has become something that truly needs the ark of hope in our kind of civilization and that it be made to float with a collective hope that it does, and stay afloat with the hope that somehow our own way of life will prevail.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 05, 2014.

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