THE Dabawenyos are convinced of the idea that Davao is safe from natural disasters and criminal activities. With its geographical setting above the globe's equator which brought a haven from typhoons and earthquakes, and the local government known for delivering strict rules and policies for peace and order, one could say Davao is truly noteworthy.
However, the events that transpired in some places in Davao over the weeks have become a warning that the safety the city had long held to be a fact will eventually vanish.
Bombing threats disturbed the city's peaceful streets. And now a threat from nature looms around.
With all these things happening around, is Davao still safe to live?
The answer is yes. A definite yes. If we are to ponder the condition of Davao with the other cities in our country, we could then see the difference of Davao in terms of safety and homeliness.
The flooding incidents that happened in the past weeks, affecting Bangkal, Matina Aplaya, and Matina Pangi had delivered a surfacing panic. But these events, compared to others, are only mild.
In Luzon and Visayas, most cities are always visited by at least 20 typhoons a year. The damages they attain from these events are highly difficult to retrieve. Many people die in these calamities. And over the years, there has never been any severe incident that occurred in our city.
Floods are normal problems every city in the world encounters. Even those which belong in the first-world like Japan, America, Italy and Russia, floods are not something to worry about.
We are the people of Davao. And we are known for our strong bond and connection in attaining peace and order.
The flood that disturbed most of us is minor from what is about to happen next. We don't know what is to come about in the next days, but our city government had already started projects which will help us to prevent and easily cure any happenings.
The City Government had already started projects pertaining to proper drainage. And roads of higher elevation are built. An emergency bus had already been introduced too.
All we need to do now is to work with the government. Let us be real Dabawenyos. Let us now be afraid for there is no perfect city. Davao may not be perfect. But it is something that we can be proud to call home. (Joshua Caesar Medroso)
Sunday Essays are articles written by students of Ateneo de Davao University for their advanced journalism class.