It is good to be back after a sick leave

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By Fe San Juan Hidalgo

Citizen Fe

Monday, March 3, 2014


I REALLY did not leave completely. I have been with my Sun.Star Davao daily on line. I kept up with the news and gave comments even through the Internet when our Mayor Rody Duterte was in the headline news with his appearance in the Senate verbally arguing with the DOJ and the rest of the assembly. Senator Villar even mis-addressed him as a senator. Some senators even saw the logic in his arguments about rice smuggling and the identities of the real "brains" of the crime happening in the port of Davao. Lately, the unique signature campaign for Duterte for President come election on 2016.

My leave of absence is due to the recurrence of my heart ailment, myocardial infarction where my weakened enlarged left ventricle caused weakening of legs and arm muscles since fresh blood cannot circulate sufficiently to these appendages. With enough rest, effective life-long medications and very good regular check-ups with my good Doctora Judy S. Gatmin-Yuzon, I am up and about but homebound most of the time with my only son architect, Francis and his family, Cecile and my granddaughter Noe.

I am back in my column “Citizen Fe” every Tuesday starting this March 4, the birthday of my only daughter, Hattie. You know the days, March 4 and 9, are significant to me. I got married quite late at 32 and waited five long years before I had children. My son was born 1966 and my daughter followed 1967 after barely a year. Francis celebrated his first birthday when my daughter, Hattie, was baptized. I was 37 years old that time and thought that I may not live to see my grandchildren. Now, at 83, I have a family of 11 members. My husband died 1999. Francis has one daughter and Hattie has four sons and one daughter.

Hey what am I doing? Remembering and recalling all these. Thanks for bearing with me. What brought me to resume my writing? Davao happenings are urging me to give my share of opinions essential for the information of our citizens. I am alarmed with the news on the incidence of cybersex in the city. Davao is recorded as a topnotcher in the incidence of fires in our country; carnapping is becoming rampant; drugs sold by pushers as seen in buy-busts events.

My dear Mayor Duterte, country famous crime buster nip all these at the buds. These criminals are daring you.

As an environmentalist, this caught my attention. On the problems of resources for energy, one concerned citizen released a full length account of harnessing the use of hydropower plants to provide energy. This has its own advantages and disadvantages. One is the use of non-green fuels that pollute the environment. Oil is imported from abroad. Biomass is a better choice since it is the recycling of waste matter where methane is generated. Biomass is too little to supply the enormous need for energy in our country. But for me, I, still, will fight for the harnessing of the energy from the sun. This is called solar energy. The Philippines is known as a country of forever summer, envied by countries with winter and killer snowstorms. The only issue on solar energy is the initial expensive process to harness it but then its supply is inexhaustible. People in government will hear nothing of solar energy because it will deprive them of their regular "kickback" on the importation oil. Oil is a major pollutant of our atmosphere resulting in climate change of global warming. Solar energy is not exhaustible, always available, non-polluting and can be stored in solar batteries for night time use. It can be used for domestic purposes, for transportation, for industry and commerce. My friend, Mr. Robert Lopez Puckett, pioneered on the use of solar energy. I remember a Science Fair I had in my school where I featured his solar energy uses in our daily lives in our houses. He even brought a solar-powered golf cart, which my students enjoyed driving it around the campus. German companies had provided solar energy in localities not reached by Meralco. That leads me to this distinct advantage. Imagine your household budget without the Meralco monthly bill.

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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