Kudos to Cenro

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By Jun Ledesma


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

IT’S not all flack and vitriol that this corner is capable of. It is not good for the health and not a few journalists get shot at and are silenced forever. Philippines, as you see, has the notoriety of being the most dangerous spot in the world for journalists and justice can grind to a “slowmo” like a car waiting to be oiled.

But we are quite conservative when it comes to dishing out medals and adulations. This is something subjective and you can disagree with after all this is simply matter of what pleases the eye of the beholder. Nevertheless, I assure you mine is based on verifiable facts.

For example, how can one not agree if I say that despite the holiday events - Christmas and New Year - Davao City looks immaculately clean. Well, some incorrigible litterbugs are still at it but the absence of mounds of uncollected garbage that usually materialize during the yuletide season are conspicuously absent. I don’t know who now heads the City Environment and Natural Resources Office or Cenro. Gone are the days when the garbage receptacles have become eyesores, instead of being utilized for garbage collections. These days we see less of those dilapidated if not worn out bins. But even then we see the efficiency of Cenro-Davao City in cleaning up the mess, which previously was so difficult to manage.


I got the name now. Engr. Eliza Madrazo. She’s the new head of Cenro who is doing the Herculean task of keeping the city clean and beautiful. See how the otherwise drab city streets turn green. The wire mesh used in the mid-street to protect the ornamental plants that come in different hues also stopped jaywalkers from crossing just anywhere convenient for them to get quickly across.

If there is anything Cenro can improve in gathering garbage is to discipline its drivers to park their trucks properly by the road side to allow two-way traffic. Sometime they can create traffic mess and yet they are unmindful of the jam they create. They are not kings of the road, they are garbage collectors. It’s a small negative item I can see.

All told, if I were to rate Cenro Davao with Madrazo in the helm, in the scale of 1 to 10, I would give Madrazo and Cenro a grade of 9.5!

BTW, the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental will inaugurate on Wednesday, January 8, at 3 p.m., in a formal ceremony the opening of its museum called Subangan. One of the pet projects of Gov. Corazon Malanyaon, the museum, which is located in Mati City, will house artifacts that are uniquely of Davao Oriental. Historical accounts of the Davao region, and that includes Davao City, speak of the rich and kaleidoscopic past of Davao Oriental in which place foreign colonizers and traders set anchors. More of these in future columns.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 09, 2014.


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