Unplanned street diggings must be made a “heinous crime” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:24

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 8:43, the Holy Bible).

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UNPLANNED STREET DIGGINGS MUST BE MADE A HEINOUS CRIME: It should be a crime, punishable with life imprisonment, too, for any government official, and the private businessmen conspiring or cooperating with them, to be allowing or undertaking road diggings either to install drainage pipes, water, telephone, or other underground connections in our roads, within one year from any previous diggings of the same roads for any project.

I mean, these diggings are already becoming endless and repetitive, causing frequent great discomfort, obstruction of the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and even the proliferation of diseases. What is incomprehensible about them is that, they are carried out almost in succession—sometimes, just a few weeks apart, clearly indicating either an anomalous lack of planning, or deliberate chop-chopping of projects, perhaps for bigger commissions?

In the case of Mapagkawanggawa Street, Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City where we hold our legal assistance work and spiritual enrichment pursuits, for example, the cement on the same whole stretch from Maguinhawa St. to Malingap St. had not even hardened yet from almost a month of diggings just last May 2017, and new diggings are being undertaken yet again this June.

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STREET DIGGINGS YIELD BENEFITS TO OFFICIALS? I mean, how is it possible that public work projects for any given city or municipality, whether by the local government unit or by the national agencies or by private companies whose line of business requires them to dig roads, are undertaken separately from one another?

It is clear that public work projects requiring road diggings are planned years or even months in advance, and so there is no excuse for officials of government not to plan for coordinated execution of these projects so that there will only be one digging or construction on any given road for any given year.

Either our officials are so dense or are truly intellectually-harebrained making them unable to realize the huge waste of these uncoordinated road diggings, or they are simply uncaring for the welfare of their constituents because, in reality, the diggings give them benefits which accrue only to their persons or families. Which is which, Quezon City Mayor Bistek Bautista?

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CHED SCRAPPED FILIPINO COURSES IN COLLEGE? Did you know that there is an order from the Commission on Higher Education during the time of former President Benigno Aquino III allowing the scrapping of Filipino and Panitikan as core courses from the curriculum for college in Philippine colleges and universities and other institutions of higher learning?

Well, there is a Facebook post by one Roberto Ampil reproducing Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 57, Series of 2017, and dated June 16, 2017, where CHED Chairman (still? I thought she was already replaced by one Jose David Lapuz?) Patricia Licuanan reminded colleges and universities of a Supreme Court order stopping CHED from enforcing its order scrapping Filipino and Panitikan as core courses for college students.

With due respect, the CHED order scrapping Filipino and Panitikan as core courses for college students is not just unpatriotic, but totally stupid, and does not take into account the fact that countries like Japan and China use their own languages as medium of instruction in their schools and yet manage to attain high literacy rates. No wonder our educational system is so skewered nowadays!

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