Editorial: Praying for the best, prepared for the worst

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE year 2013 is gone, now we face another year. That shouldn’t be of much concern since we face a new year every year anyway. Except that we have seen how worse disasters are getting every year. This is the major cause of concern.

That doesn’t mean we will cower in fear every day of our lives.

Every single day is a chance to do something better and get something better. We just have to be prepared.

Preparing for the worst shouldn’t make us live in paranoia.

Rather, it should just move us as a community to finally sit down and discuss what has long been warned about climate change and the need for adaptation and mitigation.

It is not enough to just be prepared to search and rescue. That only means we are acting too late.

For governance, it’s no longer enough to let industries present a clean picture. Rather, authorities should do their own research to know what industry should finally have to be deemed as destructive. The science is already out there, and it is saying, low carbon is the only way forward.

Legislators and local executives need not seek out more scientific proofs from industry insiders to convince them otherwise since anyone from the inside is obviously mandated to defend whatever project an investor wants to bring in or continue to operate.

With regards corruption, it’s no longer enough to just glue ourselves on television to watch how our senators or congressmen grill other people to appear good onscreen. We have to make sure that corruption is drastically reduced, if not totally eradicated, and the corrupt will be punished.

This is not entertainment, folks, this is our country’s future. With more and more disasters coming our way, corrupt government officials have no right to stay on and suck up valuable funds and logistics and live in mansions while the masses suffer in temporary shelters.

Yes, 2013 is over and 2014 is here. Let this year be a year of action for the better because our actions will determine how we will fare in the coming years.

Our apathy has brought us to what 2013 had to offer. We knew there was corruption but we didn’t shout for an end; many of us even participated. We knew we were being denied access to information, but we left the protests and petitions to the militants. We knew congressmen and senators were on the take somewhere, but we simply sat down in front of our televisions and seethed in anger by ourselves. All these will never stop what we know is wrong.

But we have seen how we, as a people, can move as one to help our people out of what is yet the greatest disaster to hit earth. Reflect on that and realize that it is through our actions that we can put a stop to corruption, to government ineptitude, to political careers of those who only bungle their jobs. No promise can ever be fulfilled if we as a people do not demand that it be fulfilled. Much like the promise of daang matuwid that we were made to believe three years ago.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 01, 2014.


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