Breath of fresh air, only good news about Davao-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
AFTER the conduct of the barangay elections, I am waiting with eagerness for the results of the elections. Remember, in my October 15 column, I described very clearly the steps each voter must follow to insure the success of the election to reform the governance system in our country. I was just one small voice.
I hope many citizens would try it. I will prove this with all the warnings of election officials to follow the rules of the Comelec commission as to keeping elections "apolitical" or non-partisan, the pasting of required poster sizes in designated places only, no use of government facilities in campaigning, the liquor ban, the gun ban.
I was impressed by the signing of involved persons in the covenant for peace for the duration of the election until the winning candidates are proclaimed and sworn into office. All these when successfully done will be the first GOOD NEWS of this column.
My article for October 22 was still bad news about my woes with the SSS as a senior citizen pensioner. It affected my health condition so I made a promise to myself to write about good news only for my readers starting today. This will be good for my heart and my readers as well. I was surprised when I gathered my news items from all possible sources, I ended up with these interesting, inspirational, and informative items. Next to the barangay news are the ones I will expound on here.
In a survey of Website Numbeo. Com safety index to rank 349 prominent cities in the world, Davao was in the top ten list. Davao City is Number 4 among the safest cities in the world.
This daily paper carried the news already but I am proud to reiterate it here. The safetyindex of Davao is 86.73, the crime index is 13.27.
Walking alone during daylight the crime index is 93.75; at night it is 76.69. The crime index on corruption and bribery is 31.67; on things stolen from a car, it is 29.69; with breaking in homes or stealing 26.66. Worries of subjects or persons targeted as to skin color, ethnic origin or religion is 16.67. The top ten safest cities are : 1. Abu Dhabi-UAE 90.47; 2. Luzario, Switzerland -90.16; 3. Marbelle, Spain- 88.78; 4. Davao; 5. Taipeh, Taiwan- 86.26; 6. Munich, Germany- 86.06 (my husband had his scholarship there for 3 years); 7. Quebec, Canada- 85.55;8. Hong Kong, Hong Kong - 85.51; 9. Seoul, South Korea-84.28; 10. Bern Switzerland-84.24. Other Philippine cities mentioned are Makati -81.75; Manila-64.54; and Cebu - 53.12.
What is remarkable and laudable here is Davao, a city in the troubled region of Southern Mindanao is no.4 in the top ten safest regions in the world. This is a feat which is hard to beat.
Next is a long list of the program of Mayor Duterte and his city administrator chief executive chosen from the city councilors. I am very sure that these two administrators with their proven style of leadership with an iron hand and meaning business all the time will be a success. The core of their brand of leadership is Discipline.
No one is above the law; if you commit an offense you will be apprehended, investigated and prosecuted as provided by the penal code. No smoking in public places and establishments had earned its international recognition as deserved. No spitting in public places for health and sanitation purposes. You cannot imagine spitting or coughing expels deadly microbes which may be blown by the wind when they dry up to innocent victims who may inhale them. No intake of alcoholic drinks especially when driving. This is drunken driving, a maniac on the road leading to serious accidents of innocent pedestrians. Worst is the driver under the influence of forbidden drugs. Davao is not yet totally free from this menace. Drug pushers and users are found in known drug dens in the city. Police chief Ronald de la Rosa was effective in the pursuit of these addicts. We hope the new police officer will do the same.
We also hear of carnapping incidents in the city, crimes committed by criminals riding in tandem in motorcycles, and "akyat bahay robbers", young snatchers roaming in the streets abound. Alerted police officers and law enforcers are highly visible. To enhance their effectiveness the city government had purchased a fleet of police cars to catch offenders.
City administrator Melchor Quitain had streamlined the bureaucracy in the city hall offices for applying concerning business permits and other concerns with his one step transactions system. This prevents the long lines of people crowding the corridors and lobbies. Each one is given a number. First come, first served system is followed. They are given seats so there is no boisterous crowding. Those waiting stay outside for their turn to get their numbers and their seats. Do you know that this will also prevent the corruption of under the table deals and bribery since they will not go to different offices any more.
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 29, 2013.