Editorial: Celebrate... for generations to come

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Friday, March 14, 2014

ARAW ng Dabaw is tomorrow, Sunday, but parties are all over today. It's a time for celebration, and yes, the Big Davao Sale.

Davao is now officially 77 years old. Relatively old in human years, but young in city years.

This bodes well for our city, especially because our city has been getting its share of interest in the past several years; with investors and those looking for better opportunities always giving the city a look-see and including this in their priority lists.


This is where we, the Dabawenyos, have to push both government and private sector to always prepare for.

It is not enough to welcome just about every investor or new migrant who comes to town. We have to consider the carrying capacity of our infrastructures, facilities, and services, but most importantly our land and its resources. We just have to have an entity that monitors all these for easy reference and just keeping track of whether we are already headed toward the mistakes that highly urbanized cities have all made or are we doing enough to sustain a growth that balances both growth and protection of the environment.

No doubt, what Davao needs is a long-term development plan that considers a rampage of people, businesses, and structures arriving at rates that's higher than the national norm.

People are always looking for better prospects and the sheen and draw of Metro Manila is no longer there, what with the monstrous traffic and never-ending lines at the rail transits making life very difficult for those who live there. Cebu, it's a beautiful place, metropolitan too, except that it's an island and can only offer so much space and drinking water.

Then there's Davao right smack in the southeastern coastline of the island of Mindanao, boasting of having one of the best ever water; with residents proudly declaring they drink straight from their faucets - at least those who are served by the southern source of water. We can't say the same of the water from the northern areas.

Still, this seemingly trivial reality is a luxury to many of our other counterparts in similarly huge cities. You can't drink water straight from the tap in Cebu, much less in Manila.

But all these are exhaustible. We can only draw something that we replenish.

Thus, this weekend, as we once again see the crowd on the streets, party places and malls, let us as one city stop and ponder - what can we all do to ensure that all this abundance we are experiencing now will be enjoyed by the next generations as well? Then, let's sit down, talk, and act.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 15, 2014.


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