What’s next to clear­ing and clean­ing?

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

IT IS highly com­mend­able to re­claim gov­ern­ment spa­ces used by in­di­vid­u­als for pri­vate gain for years, per­haps for gen­er­a­tions.

Now the gov­ern­ment has more as­sets to put to right use for the great­est good.

Or so I hope de­spite my doubts that the bot­tom of the eco­nomic pyra­mid would even­tu­ally not ben­e­fit from these public as­sets given the gen­er­ally anti poor bias of those in con­trol of power.

This is why it is im­por­tant for the peo­ple to know es­pe­cially those af­fected by clear­ing and clean­ing op­er­a­tions what’s the gov­ern­ment de­vel­op­ment plan for these re­claimed public as­sets, and what more can it do, to im­prove the qual­ity of life of the ma­jor­ity poor in this coun­try.

Clear­ing and clean­ing op­er­a­tions is good, but con­vert­ing the out­puts to ex­pand and im­prove public ser­vices for great­est good is cer­tainly bet­ter.

Un­less the gov­ern­ment flows back to its peo­ple their fat salaries and free­bies, notwith­stand­ing bil­lions in public money that go il­le­gally to some pri­vate pockets and dummy ac­counts, the clear­ing ac­tions and dozens prom­ises would only be con­strued as hol­low ex­hi­bi­tion of their power and ego rather than sin­cer­ity and integrity.

For one, re­claimed public spa­ces could ease traf­fic which would de­crease time and op­por­tu­nity losses for gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sector.

Some spa­ces could be con­verted into gov­ern­ment owned and man­aged park­ing spa­ces and func­tion cen­ters to raise rev­enues. Oth­ers can be given to or­ga­nized ur­ban as­so­ci­a­tions and home­own­ers for in­come gen­er­at­ing projects, in­clud­ing ur­ban food gar­dens and botan­i­cal parks.

In this way, peo­ple can be en­cour­aged to make use of cer­tain public spa­ces for their ad­di­tional in­comes, but of course with gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial, tech­ni­cal and le­gal sup­port.

While this in progress, the DILG can push LGUS to en­force laws like on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, wa­ter and power util­ity ser­vices, and no less the so­cial­ized hous­ing un­der the amended RA 10884 or the Bal­anced Hous­ing Pro­gram which have de­prived the gov­ern­ment and the poor of the com­pli­ance obli­ga­tions by com­pa­nies, de­vel­op­ers and other pri­vate sector en­ti­ties.

These com­pa­nies have not ren­dered their dues to the LGUS not that they didn’t want to but be­cause cor­rupt

LGU ex­ec­u­tives have strike un­der the ta­ble deals with them in­stead of en­forc­ing com­pli­ance which could have brought bil­lions in op­por­tu­ni­ties for the marginal­ized sec­tors not us­ing gov­ern­ment funds, but the in­vest­ment funds of these cor­po­rate pow­ers.

There are more that could be done, or should have been done, had there been right ori­en­ta­tion and po­lit­i­cal will, to turn this gov­ern­ment into a real power of change, not as in­stru­ment of the greedy rul­ing elites and their global cor­po­rate bosses.

I’m glad to men­tion in this re­gard that there’s a pro­fes­sional con­sul­tancy firm in Bacolod that en­gages in these sub­jects and con­cerns. It could be in­ter­est­ing for

LGUS and even pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions to seek their ad­vice.*

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