Fetalvero: Discipline is key

OUR government incurs unnecessary expenses due to our being undisciplined and being enablers to corrupt practices. As pyrotechnics and fireworks usher us to New Year 2020, I hope we resolve to be better citizens of this country.

As I was driving on my way home, I noticed a signage that says: “This is a disciplined zone.” Whoever thought of putting up that signage has some knowledge on the psyche of Filipinos. However, there are still those who prefer to ignore the message.

The local government spends middle road barriers to encourage pedestrians to cross only on the designated lanes. We all know the danger of jaywalking. There is really no need for our municipal officials to put up a middle road barrier if commuters and motorists as well as pedestrians were disciplined.

Littering has been a problem faced by local government units (LGUs). Each time citizens join town fiesta processions, the tons of trash they leave on thoroughfares are manifestations that we do not really care about the dictum: “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Our attitude toward good housekeeping prompts some business establishments not to provide soap or sanitizers in comfort rooms. Some of us steal the toiletries provided for sanitation hence this poor observance of good hygiene results to visits to government clinics.

Since it is Christmas break, people go to national parks to listen to some concert. While listening to the orchestra, Filipinos picnic. Let us have some respect to our national hero. Majority of park goers leave their trash strewn everywhere.

Demolition jobs entails the involvement of human resources so therefore, the corresponding agencies compensate those involved in the operations. Had the government addressed the problem of informal settlers, no demolition operations will have to be resorted to.

Sidewalk vending is already a way of living. However, businesses usurping the sidewalks are a pain in the neck to our LGUs that are compelled to conduct clearing operations. Government employees tasked to clear these sidewalks could have been utilized elsewhere like building inspections.

It might be important to note that whenever there is an earthquake, those reported damaged are school buildings, government owned hospitals and buildings. Repairs and reconstruction cost tax payers money. Will somebody in government monitor and regulate building contractors? They are just too many substandard workmanship in construction.


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