Cleaning up Bacolod

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

IT IS quite impressive that at last, the streets of Bacolod are being cleared after so long that nothing clear has been done about it. In the past, the area around that Vendors Plaza which was closed when the big shopping mall opened at the reclamation area looked like a giant garbage area. Until the end of the past administration, it remained like a trash. Many believed it was tolerated because it was a haven for voting power, an insurance agent said.

The other day I was surprised positively that the Vendors Plaza is being used and the parking area beside it is now super clean with those squatting sellers not on sight. Before that every time I fetch a visitor at Bredco Port, I avoid passing that Burgos Street because it is a big slap and shame for Bacolod City. Now the sight is lesser evil.

But it is a pity that the Gatuslao Extension bridge area is being taken advantage by illegal squatters and not by motorists which is what it was intended for, said a golfer who lives nearby at Calamba. The residents place their tables for coffee along the road. Their houses are just right in the cement road and it is dangerous for drivers to pass through. Today the road is not of good use, the resident angrily said.


Mayor Monico is doing his best to give a better face to Bacolod City. Residents should cooperate and understand the improvements being made by Monico. The clearing of vendors at the central market should be well appreciated by the public and it should not fall to criticism and must not be used by the opposition as a tool because that is bad for progress, said a car salesman during a beer drinking session.

What Monico is doing now has not been done in the past because politicians are afraid to hurt the residents with fear to lose votes and lose the seat of power and influence in local government, said a retired bank manager. The problem with society is political candidates are the abusive sector of society with their malicious act to buy out voters, he added.

It is funny to hear that government only acts when something unpleasant happens. When a truck falls, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board acts and performs its tasks. When someone gets killed, the police do their job of investigation. When a scam occurs, the senators try to listen to the story. But in totality nothing great is achieved after that.

Policemen should be in the streets, barangays, public places. There should be no room for them typing and putting records in order. These office works should be done by qualified civilians like those who graduate from criminology but do not pursue the police profession. It seems Philippine National Police personnel are lazy to stay on the road. They are just inside the police stations waiting for crimes to happen, said a retired salesman. Better remove those chess boards and television sets inside the precincts, he suggested.

The city police director should field personnel on February 14, Valentine’s Day evening because of the heavy vehicular load expected to happen. Aside from the heavy load, carnappers, “bukas kotse” gang and thieves are out on the streets and subdivisions. Police authorities must put this in mind that on busy days, crimes occur. Hope not we pray.

Here is our salute to Henry and Ninfa Espinosa for the honors that their daughter Henni achieved for her successes abroad as a broadcasting lady. Bacolod City is proud of her. Of course, everything starts with the parents who groomed her to be a figure abroad. Kudos to you three!

This column greets readers and friends like planters Noni Lovina, Bobby Tinsay, and Felipe Garcia; big bikers Lito Aves and Bingbong Escamilla; business whiz Cathy and Francis Cabuga; Ronnie Alvarez and Mau Perez of Bago City; and Philip and Tata Lacson.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 11, 2014.


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