Please don’t throw trash dur­ing the Sinulog

The Freeman - - OPINION -

This week is Sinulog week and so many things have been changed pur­port­edly to make the Sinulog, live­lier, less of a has­sle, and safer for the devo­tees. This means there are no longer any street par­ties that once caused much trou­ble due to drunken rev­el­ers. All this is prepa­ra­tion for mak­ing the Sinulog fes­ti­val a mem­o­rable one, es­pe­cially for tourists who may want to re­visit Cebu in next year’s Sinulog.

One thing I learned after the trasla­cion of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo was that garbage col­lec­tors col­lected more than 40 tons of garbage. It just gives you an idea that the teach­ing “clean­li­ness is next to god­li­ness” has been lost in the hearts and minds of our peo­ple. We hope that this will not hap­pen in Cebu. I re­call that the day after the Sinulog fes­tiv­i­ties are over, our DPS come out in droves and clean up our streets in record time. But this is what we have learned in the past 39 years of hold­ing the Sinulog fes­tiv­i­ties. Let’s start now so that by next year as we cel­e­brate the 40th year of the Sinulog we can show some­thing to our peo­ple that we can be proud of.

It’s now 2019 and it is high time for us Ce­buanos to show to the en­tire Filipino na­tion that we can be­gin the change within our­selves by mak­ing a self-prom­ise not to throw trash in the streets dur­ing the pro­ces­sion of the Sto. Niño on Sat­ur­day and dur­ing the Sinulog grand pa­rade on Sun­day. We wanted a big change in this coun­try, which is why we elected Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo “Digong” Duterte, but he just can’t ef­fect this change if we our­selves do not show that we too can change our ways and at­ti­tude for the bet­ter.

So how about it? Can we make a prom­ise not to lit­ter our streets dur­ing the pro­ces­sion and dur­ing the grand pa­rade on Sun­day as a way of show­ing that we Ce­buanos can be­gin this change with the Sinulog fes­ti­val and give cre­dence to that very Chris­tian thought that clean­li­ness is next to god­li­ness? I’m mak­ing this ap­peal to all our peo­ple, mil­len­ni­als, and old folks like me in or­der to start our new year as a bet­ter na­tion. So how about it?

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I don’t call it pol­i­tics, but cer­tainly when the Provin­cial Capi­tol lost their P1.3-bil­lion Re­source Cen­ter, the ob­vi­ously vin­dic­tive Gover­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III did not re­new the con­tracts of some of their job or­der work­ers. While this was de­nied by PHRMO head Bonifer Na­corda, it is just too ob­vi­ous that this had some po­lit­i­cal reper­cus­sions. Oth­ers call it re­tal­i­a­tion un­less Da­vide can show proof that it is not. In my think­ing, it is not po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, but clearly re­tal­ia­tory.

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We learned of some good news for Cebu for 2019 when the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways-7 Re­gional Direc­tor Edgar Taba­con re­vealed that the bud­get for the Metro Cebu Ex­press­way (MCE) from Naga City to Danao City will cost some P18 bil­lion in the Gen­eral Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Act (GAA). But while this pro­ject is sup­posed to be a go, since this comes from the GAA, this fund is still await­ing ap­proval from the Se­nate. As you know the Se­nate is us­ing last year’s GAA funds, which does not in­clude the MCE. So it is time for us to pres­sure our se­na­tors to ap­prove the new 2019 na­tional bud­get.

Mean­while, I’m sad to in­form you that while the MCE fund is com­ing from the Duterte Ad­min­is­tra­tion, how­ever it still does not in­clude the projects that would help ease the traf­fic in Metro Cebu. I’m re­fer­ring to the par­al­lel road to Es­cario St. and I dare Re­gional Direc­tor Edgar Taba­con if he has an­other route in mind that would help ease the traf­fic woes of the Ce­buano mo­torists.

Then, as I’ve al­ready pointed out in pre­vi­ous col­umns, there is no fund­ing for an over­pass along H. Cortes Ave. and an­other one along the main Man­daue High­way, which are Man­daue City’s most traf­fic-prone av­enues. If you ask me DPWH of­fi­cials do not seem to have any cares if you folks who drive through these streets daily suf­fer from bad traf­fic be­cause of the ne­glect of DPWH of­fi­cials.

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