Editorial: Underground cables and mass transits

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the Japan International Cooperation Agency has proposed an underground public transport facility.

Davao City Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III recently said that electric and telecommunications companies in the city are amenable to set up a few underground cables instead of the unsightly overhead wires.

These are announcements that bring a glimmer of good news; a glimpse of a future that will be at least properly arranged if not better.

It’s these little things that somehow put our anxieties to rest, the realization that indeed there are those who see the growing chaos and are considering solutions.

The underground cable may sound trivial to some, but just imagine the lush green branches of roadside streets that will be allowed to grow instead of being chopped off simply because the trees are getting entangled in those wires. That situation alone, where a living thing has to make way for our conveniences should have long been frowned at. But then, we do love our conveniences, so what’s a tree or two chopped down forever?

Taking an objective look at how traffic is now slowing down, and not just because of the 30kph speed limit, but because streets are getting more congested every year, also gives us an idea that there is not much space to spare. We even have the carbon-emission reducing bicycle ordinance, and yet this cannot be implemented on the ground because there is nothing to cycle on between the carriageway that are now filled with motor vehicles and the sidewalks. There is barely even space for sidewalks, much less bike lanes.

But we all know this situation cannot be allowed to continue far into the future. We need more trees than ever, we need to reduce as much carbon emission as we can, and yes, we need to bring in mass transit to take care of the commuter traffic.

It’s good that these ideas are now slowly being set in place. We can do with a little bit more speed though. Mother earth and the growing population cannot wait for long.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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