CAGAYAN DE ORO

Uptown, traffic!

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OVER the years, we have witnessed the increasing number of business establishments and subdivisions in "Uptown" Cagayan de Oro. One of the factors that greatly contributed to the salability of the location is the worsening flood in downtown area especially after Typhoon Sendong hits the City. This upsurge in residency and business activities in the area, however, translates to vehicular and foot traffic. Ten years ago, traffic going to Uptown was a breeze. Even during rush hours, the stream of traffic was never been a concern.

Now, it has become a norm that heavy traffic is experienced whenever going to Uptown area on daily basis. At any given time, the traffic has gone from bad to worst. Especially during week days and peak hours, the bumper-to-bumper traffic flow will make any driver drowsy. Add to this mix the irresponsible drivers who do not give much respect to other motorists as they snake their way through heavy traffic.

Why is this happening? Perhaps anyone who traverses the Mastersons Avenue everyday will agree on me that the presence of traffic enforcers in this area is inconsistent. The illegally-parked vehicles on the side streets approaching the old Pryce Plaza has also been a contributor to the bottleneck. Road widening projects of the governments are intended for the motorists and not to serve as personal parking space of the privileged few.

The road reblocking projects that take forever to complete also added to the daily dilemma of the Uptown motorists. And these road constructions don't have ample warning signages and safety precautions. This is a perennial problem of every motorists whenever there are road constructions here in our city.

The local government particularly the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) are aware of these scheduled road constructions within the City. Please be consistent and proactive enough to strategically deploy your personnel in these areas to prevent heavy build-up of traffic. Pretty much, this will look better on your social media page. DPWH must call the attention of contractors who provides substandard safety and early warning signages in all road constructions. Let us not wait for another accident that can be easily prevented if only we are vigilant and religious in making certain that our roads are traffic-free and safe to travel at all times.

Fake news proliferation

Recently, I attended a seminar in Liceo de Cagayan University on how to spot fake news. In the advent of online trolls, people are prone to be deceived easily and be gullible in accepting fake news. Incidents like this are massive that the type of "tsismis" in the neighborhood is underrated and no longer the "in" thing. Instead, sharing and commenting on these trolls sites are more "in" during this times.

What are we going to do that we will be able to recognize the real news from the fake ones?

(Similar) Tips as mentioned during the seminar:

1. Vet the publisher's credibility.

Would the publishing site meet academic citation standards? Just because a site is popular among your friends does not mean its content is accurate. What is the domain name? Be wary of unusual top-level domain names, like ".com.co." Who is the author? Has he or she published anything else?

2. Pay attention to quality and timeliness.

Do you notice spelling errors [sic], lots of ALL CAPS, or dramatic punctuation?!?!?! If so, abort your reading mission. Reputable sources have high proofreading and grammatical standards. Is the story current or recycled? Make sure an older story isn't being taken out of context.

3. Check the sources and citations.

Even if the information was shared by a friend, be sure to follow the steps below to vet the publisher's credibility.

Who is (or is not) quoted, and what do they say? If you notice a glaring lack of quotes and contributing sources, particularly on a complex issue, then something is amiss. Credible journalism is fed by fact-gathering, so a lack of research likely means a lack of fact-based information.

4. Ask the pros.

Have you visited a fact-checking website? There are many good ones, like FactCheck.org, International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), PolitiFact.com, or Snopes.com. Do your own detective work and feel more confident in being able to identify fact vs. fiction.

(Ref: https://www.summer.harvard.edu/inside-summer/4-tips-spotting-fake-news-story)


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