Editorial: Beyond just keeping our city clean

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

YESTERDAY being a holiday, travel was easy. The city was quiet, but most noticeable was… the clean streets.

It is during days like these that we ponder on how our shared pride of place has moved us to ensure that we don’t throw garbage anywhere.

Yes, there may be areas where garbage are still scattered around, but not in the volume that we see them in all other highly urbanized cities.


As a people who take so much pride in how peaceful and clean our city is, should always remember that this is not only because we have a mayor who is very popular and highly respected by the majority. It is because we, the people, chose to follow what has been decreed.

We keep that up, and we don’t even need to have a tough-talking mayor in our midst. But only if we choose to continue on our law-abiding ways. The greater challenge is to up the ante and not just limit ourselves to obeying the laws that ban all because we are afraid that we will get it from him who was once called The Punisher. Rather, let this coming together of shared beliefs and demeanor bring us to the point where we will also dispel corrupt ways that we have long regarded as run of the mill or standard operating procedure, when dealing with government.

There is more to good citizenship than just throwing your trash in the bin. The more noble act will be to abide by the highest standard of governance and demand that as well from all those tasked to serve the public.

Getting there will not be as difficult as we think if we continue with how we take on our role as law-abiding citizens. After all, the laws not only say that we manage our solid wastes or smoke only in designated smoking areas or stop buying and serving alcoholic beverages by 1 a.m., above all, the law frowns on those who commit nefarious ways to enrich oneself – whether it be from the citizen side or the public servant side.

We have made headways in keeping our city clean, thus despite the shabby state of many of our streets and sidewalks, the general cleanliness tends to overshadow the blight. We have toned down our penchant to disturb our neighbors into the wee hours with our off-tune top of the lung and volume singing. We have controlled where and when we smoke and drink, and we have not allowed our superstitious beliefs make us light up firecrackers and pose harm on ourselves and those around us. Let’s push this up a level higher and aspire for good citizenship that requires uprightness in all our dealings with our fellowmen. Yes, Mister and Misis and Miss government Employee and Official, you are as much a citizen of this city as we all are. Let’s all clean up our acts and not just our trash.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 18, 2014.


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