Sunday Essays: City of no fireworks

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

OUR very own Mayor Duterte is now becoming a major national topic as he continues doing remarkable actions in the Philippine politician timeline. People around the country are now starting to love his strong demeanor as a mayor. More so, under his leadership, Davao remains on top above all other cities in the country.

Several years ago, he set up the Central 911, making Davao the only city in the country with available emergency calls intended for emergency circumstances without dial rates.

Also in August this year, Davao was ranked 4th as the safest city in the entire world, having a safety index of 86.73 according to Numbeo.com.

Truly Davao has held its high rankings under Duterte’s leadership.

And now that Christmas season is coming, we are reminded of how strict the laws in Davao are. One of which started more than a decade ago. We have the No-Fireworks law during Christmas and New Year.

With all the events that emerged in the past months—the disclosure of the PDAF scam and the dispute of the people against robbers in the government, the Bohol earthquake that destroyed centuries old churches, and the Yolanda attack that rang distress calls all over the world — will Christmas still be the same for us?

For us, Dabawenyos, yes.

First, we’ve been spared from nature’s wrath, so far, and amid the major shakeups in the national scene, our mayor remains focused on our city.

Plus, there will still be no firecrackers. That is one reality that makes us unique too.

Last year, the number of firecracker victims rose to about almost 200 in Manila only, and it is expected to rise this year. That matter is not a huge issue for us Dabawenyos, as the law says loud-but-safe celebration of the holidays.

According to Rappler.com, Davao City might be considered a model as the Department of Health plans to implement the firecracker ban throughout the country if the number of victims continues to rise.

This may be quite a different way for us to celebrate the holiday season, making noise using only improvised torotots and thumping of kalderos. But in this way we remain safe from harm as what our mayor envisions for us.

May this still be a quiet Christmas but we can still have our own ways of making this celebration remarkable. Just as long as we live the true meaning of Christmas, there is nothing that makes this event unlikable. (Joshua Caesar Medroso)

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