De­spite floods, Masan­toleños still flock to ceme­ter­ies

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MASANTOL - A day be­fore the All Saints’Day, ceme­ter­ies in this fourth dis­trict town were still sub­merged in at least an­kle-deep flood wa­ters.

Ac­cord­ing to Mayor Danilo Guintu, pump­ing out of wa­ter is not an op­tion al­ready as the ceme­ter­ies were left be­hind the road up­grad­ing projects im­ple­mented by the gov­ern­ment around its vicin­ity.

“Ali tana pwe­deng mamomba, ali ne pante ing se­menteryu am­pong dalan. Bala da­gat ne ing se­menteryu tamu (We can­not pump out the wa­ters any­more. Our ceme­ter­ies seem to have be­come ponds now due to the high el­e­va­tion of the main road),” he expl ai ned.

But the flood­wa­ters in ceme­ter­ies seem not to dampen the spir­its and faith of Masan­toleños as many are still seen clean­ing and vis­it­ing the tombs of their loved ones, Guintu said.

As early as last week, fam­i­lies were al­ready tak­ing turns in clean­ing the tombs and some were al­ready light­ing can­dles and bring­ing flow­ers, he added.

“Su­mangid ning kalbug, tu­luy pa rin ing se­l­e­brasyun mi kareng memayapa. Ing pa­man­gadi, pa­manyind­ing kandila am­pong pamiyabe deng pam­ilya

Hav­ing said this, I must cau­tion that mere in­vo­ca­tion of the prin­ci­ple that Fed­er­al­ism is that gov­ern­ment clos­est to the peo­ple is best was not a sub­sti­tute for com­pe­tence, in­tegrity and ded­i­ca­tion in pub­lic gov­er­nance. Tran­si­tion from Uni­tary sys­tem to Fed­er­al­ism is not easy. An an­cient doc­trine known as the Rule of Sub­sidiar­ity that which states that ev­ery gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity should be rel­e­gated to the low­est level of gov­ern­ment com­pe­tent to han­dle it. In­deed, the Lo­cal Au­ton­omy Act fa­thered by that quin­tes­sen­tial pub­lic ser­vant, for­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent Nene Pi­mentel, Jr., has al­ready started the ball rolling towards gen­uine Fed­er­al­ism. Fed­eral states will cer­tainly rise up to the oc­ca­sion when eman­ci­pated from bu­reau­cratic con­trol and di­rec­tion.

Fed­er­al­ism then is rightly con­ceived as be­ing the es­sen­tial first step towards what could be trans­formed into a long-term, con­scious plan to dis­en­gage the im­pe­rial cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Manila from un­war­ranted in­tru­sions into ar­eas more ap­pro­pri­ately left to Fed­eral states.

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