Test case: Divisoria

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By Nef Luczon


Sunday, March 2, 2014

THE strict implementation on the anti-jay walking ordinance commenced last Saturday, March 1, starting off in the streets of Tirso Neri and R.N. Abejuela, which are commonly known as Divisoria.

It can be understandable why of all places, putting teeth into a law or ordinance as simple as the proper way of crossing the street should start in Divisoria, because this place has been the heart of the city and that it's become part of Cagayan de Oro's rich history.

The Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) and Task Force Hapsay Dalan (TFHD) must have thought of it that if you are able to implement it in Divisoria, more likely you can implement it anywhere in the city.


It's going to be rough, even in that small streets, they will get the ire of people because of the initial notion that they are being "caged" and even reason that they were unaware of it. But the law implementers like RTA and TFHD are not just facing the unruly citizens, but they are also testing the people's disciplines.

Of course, for so many years the previous administration falsely portray to be "masa" or in the service for the people by coddling them to their whims that later created a culture of spoiled brats. On the long process, the rule of law was ignored and self-discipline to be a law-abiding citizen was ruptured.

So when you re-introduce them laws or ordinances that were left idle, it will be normal for people to react - both positively and negatively. In the end, it's still about self-discipline.

However let's not also forget some possibilities on the lifespan on the implementation of law and order in the city, supposedly laws and ordinances are eternal unless it was repealed or revised, but because we are in a country called the Philippines, we tend to forget it and not follow it over time.


Through Sun.Star Davao editor-in-chief Stella A. Estremera, I was able to meet personally Kublai Millan, because before I've only heard his name and seen his artworks even I was still living in Davao then.

Thanks to an unexpected afternoon that lead to the acquisition of his three paintings.

Just yesterday, one was already sold and two are still waiting to be sold. Kublai agreed with Stella to sell his paintings at P40,000 each, but all the proceeds will go for the chemotherapy treatment of three-year-old Juna Anne "Puchi" Mascariñas, whose father Erwin, is a "kumpare" and works as a freelance photojournalist with Gracienette Castillo, Puchi's mother, who also works freelance jobs online.

Puchi was earlier diagnosed with leukemia that is why even if these three paintings are sold for a total of P120,000, they still need more than that amount since they are advised that Puchi should undergo chemotherapy for at least four years.

But three paintings could help a lot already, and we hope those who are an admirer and passionate about visual arts with some cash to spare will buy one of Kublai's paintings, besides that, you will be purchasing one of the promising visual artist in Mindanao and in the Philippines.

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com | nefoi.blogspot.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 03, 2014.


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