Y-Speak: Legacy left behind

ACCRETION is the process of growth and increase typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter. This very word came to my mind as the speaker from the World Wildlife Fund made a clear point that we are all contributors of greenhouse gas to the planet as our ancestors before us.

Our contribution comes on a daily basis, gradual and momentary. We may not live long enough to feel the warming of the earth, but the future generation will feel it, our children.

During the in-depth forum, it was shown that in the ranking of countries which contributes greenhouse gases the most, Philippines is far low in the ladder. But as a small country, our participation would be appreciated. We are to be recipients of the sea level rise upon the melting of ice in Polar Regions whether we like it or not. No one will be exempted.

I realized that one percent of something every day is already big for the planet. Every move is significant on this planet where everyone is connected. We have to make the maximum effect to reduce carbon dioxide emission as we live, as long as it is possible. It is a gargantuan challenge.

I could say impact comes with great consistency and effort. And this kind of impact will not fade no matter what.

Last June 28, 2019, I was able to witness a retirement ceremony of two important people who made an impact to Davao City’s development throughout the years. The quality of their service over time inspired many people.

Engr. Joe Froilan Rigor, the head of the Plans and the Programs Division, and Mr. Denton Siapno, the head of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division, have retired from their posts to embrace other endeavors.

Engr. Rigor has stayed in the city government office for the 40 years, while Mr. Denton Siapno worked under the city government for 24 years. Their retirement saddened their fellow employees who saw them as their leader and a person they can rely on for technical wisdom and advice.

Engr. Rigor has been part of the undertaking of many city projects. On the other hand, Mr. Siapno’s responsibility towards the advanced GIS of the Davao City government serves as a tool for planning developments within the city. Such is a coveted technology that even other municipalities are trying to emulate.

As I said, accretion is the process of growth and increase typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter. These people over the years laid the layers of insights, input and wisdom, it is up to the existing contributors and to put another layer of effort and that will contribute to the next generation who will live in the city in the coming years. (Karina V. Cañedo/Contributor)


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