Editorial: Let's do our share

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

DAVAO City will heat up once again with the week-long celebration of the 29th Kadayawan sa Dabaw.

Thousands of Dabawenyos and tourists alike are ecstatic over the festive vibe and colorful display of fruits, flowers, not to mention, the authentic traditional costumes of the city's 11 tribes (finally, including Iranon) happening only in August of each year.

But with threats of terrorism based on "raw information" making headlines recently, is it really safe to plunge in the festival heat?


Well, even after the news broke out, the streets of Davao, the malls, the markets, and other well-frequented spots were safe and silent as no terrorism threats can break.

But, this doesn't mean that we all have to commend our safety solely in the hands of the authorities; we, too, should also do our part in keeping peace and security.

And how are we supposed to that? Simple. Just follow the policies and cooperate.

Just a friendly reminder: no bringing of tumblers and backpacks and no parking policies in the downtown area. Also, smokers have to get their cigar fix in the right time and proper place if they are to join the festival.

Just follow all the "NOs" that authorities appeal for us to follow, and you will be safe. Also, authorities have been reminding festival-goers from time and again to report any suspicious-looking person for it takes a great deal of cooperation between civilians and authorities to thwart terror threats, if there's any.

Terrorism, after all, has been a problem not new to Davao. What's happening in other parts of Mindanao will always have a rippling effect to the city, all because we belong in the same island. The city has always been singled out in the travel advisories of US and Australia as unsafe for their people to go to.

For us, Dabawenyos, not a single advisory can bother us because we know our city well, we know how safe it is to traipse around its streets. We know it is safe because we can sleep well at night without having to fear for our lives.

Our police forces have their eyes trained on terrorism activities, just so peace and order is maintained.

Again, let's do our share in keeping the "safest city" branding for several more eons, so that we, and the next generations of Dabawenyos, can enjoy the best of life here with the abundance of natural resources, from islands to highlands.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 11, 2014.


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