IT IS the Araw ng Dabaw week and we expect a lot more activities to happen, a more congested traffic situation, and a lot more people coming in and out. That's what we get for having a Philippine President who comes from our city. So, let's expect these this week, plan your day so you don't get stuck somewhere in traffic jams.
On March 13, 3 p.m. is the Mutya ng Dabaw talent competition to be held at the Gaisano Mall of Davao, so expect the area to be congested during this time. With 15 candidates showing off their talents, then the outrush of foot and vehicle traffic just as regular traffic is peaking between 5 to 6 p.m. You know how jammed it can be at the junction of Quirino and J.P. Laurel Avenues, so just be prepared, better yet, don't pass that way.
The coronation night will be at the RMC FilOil Flying V Event Center that is along F. Torres Street towards the Father Selga area. Expect a build-up in the vicinity, including the area going out to San Rafael.
Of course, these are just predictions and may not hold true. Just expect more vehicle congestion than normal, and because you know that, don't lose your cool. It's not worth it, and it will not lessen the congestion any.
One other to watch out for is the unusual heat.
It is March, it is always hot in March. But we know that it is not just hot but scorching hot. March, too, is fire prevention month, and that should be warning enough.
The heat can easily fan flames and communities can easily be eaten up. Be extra careful.
We all know that those disposable butane cans are not supposed to be refilled, but since they still are refilled and they are a lot more cheaper than buying LPG by the tanks, then the least a household can do is take care that it is used properly, that it is not left unattended, and that they don't stock these in bulk at home.
Make sure that electrical wires have passed quality standards. Yes, there are cheap wires, and they are cheap because they are substandard. As each and every family who has lost a home to a fire knows, it's more expensive in the end.
Make sure that mobile phone chargers are unplugged when not in use, and that mobile phones that are being charged are not left plugged long after these are already full.
And yes, keep those matches, candles, and other inflammable stuff away from children.
Better safe than sorry is an adage that can never become passed.