Two events

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Monday, July 21, 2014

TWO eye-opening matters were reported in the front page of Sun.Star Cebui last weekend. It is interesting because both concerned the economic and social life of the people who reside in the cities and towns of Cebu.

This is not to mention the fact that, beyond the borders of this island, the total population really also forms part of the humanity that may have also been touched by what did happen.

The first was the report that the municipality of Cordova in the island of Mactan, which was heavily affected by the collision of two passenger ships that plied the route between Cebu and the ports of Luzon and Mindanao, is ready to go to court.


The two shipping lines whose ships had caused the oil spill in the surrounding sea have refused to pay and the Cordova town mayor said he may have to sue for damages.

Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said the Municipal Government will sue the two shipping lines for P85 million as compensation for fishermen and fish-vendors, while the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has asked the two companies that own the St. Thomas Aquinas and the Sulpicio Express 7 for P41.705 million damages.

Bunker fuel and oil spread for several days after the collision on August 16 last year, damaging marine life in the coastal barangays of Cordova and neighboring areas.

The mayor said that his town has not received anything from the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. and 2Go, which owns the St. Thomas Aquinas Ferry.

And the DENR, too, wasn’t any help.

On the other hand, the other happening that truly extends benefit to a sector of our citizenry that truly needs a helping hand, if only because this concerns the innocent children who did not ask in the first place to be born into our world, is the reported proposal of lawmakers, a mother and a son. The bill, which has been filed in the House of Representatives, proposes to extend help to single parents.

The bill wants to extend at least ten percent discount on children’s clothing and 15 percent to children of single parents. The mother-and-son lawmakers from Pampanga and Camarines Sur said that their proposed amendment to Republic Act 8972 would expand the present coverage and benefits given to single or unmarried parents, particularly to their children who are five years old or less.

The proposed bill also provides for the creation of an inter-agency coordinating and monitoring committee on the implementation of the law. The proponents are the former president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from Pampanga, and her son, Diosdado, who represents a district from Camarines Sur. The law, said Diosdado,should recognize the efforts and sacrifices one spends in rearing children.

These are two events in our contemporary socio-economic circumstances that somehow take cognizance of twin disparate incidents in our current existence.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 22, 2014.


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