Fetalvero: Neighborhood woes, wins

Two Empty bottles

LAST June, I personally handed a copy of our petition/letter to Liloan Vice Mayor Thelma Jordan. The said letter was addressed to the Eastland Estate Homeowners Association. The subject of the complaint gives reference to the noisy dogs in the subdivision and irresponsible pet owners who let their dogs loose and allowed them to roam the streets without a leash.

The vice mayor referred me to the Department of Agriculture (DA) that supervises the dog pound. However, the DA is not holding office in Liloan because of the health crisis. In the subdivision’s Deeds of Restrictions entered into by the buyer and seller, a provision allows homeowners to own only three pets of any kind.

Online learning requires that the neighborhood is quiet. If you have a neighbor with nine to 11 pets, how will a child concentrate amid the barking of dogs? The disturbance is not conducive to learning. We therefore appeal to our local government units (LGU) to consider our case an emergency. Under the Animal Rights Law, dogs are not allowed to go out of the owner’s premises unless the dogs are on a leash and supervised by their owner. The LGUs are tasked to implement the law.

In other news, the Municipality of Liloan has been consistent in sending its mobile market in subdivisions. Residents enjoy the respite from the long lines in mall supermarkets. A staff member from the municipal hall handed me a news bulletin which highlighted the accomplishments of the local government. In its headline: “Top Model Town.” I felt like a proud constituent of the top Philippine model municipality in the entire nation. Wow! So it is possible, given the pandemic challenge, to be able to achieve such and be able to defeat 33 other municipalities in the country.

Among the accomplishments which Mayor Cristina Frasco was enthusiastic to report was the scholarship program that benefited some 4,691 deserving students.

For 30 years, mountain barangay residents have not enjoyed the water service from the Metropolitan Cebu Water District. In a surprise inspection, the mayor found out that of the 17 wells, four were no longer serviceable. Disgusted with the service of the water concessionaire, Mayor Frasco reportedly said: “It is unbearable and unjust to see people suffer from the scarcity of something so basic and fundamental as water. We must hold to account those who have known about the impending water crisis but have done so little to avert it, while profiting greatly in the process.”


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