Deserving to be called Orgullo de Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:50

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

Sunday morning (April 29) to early Monday morning was a span of time of about 24 hours. During this time there were 6 power outages, which were not very long in duration, about 5 minutes or so, except for the last one on Monday which lasted for about 2 hours, from 2:30 to 4:30.

You might say that I should not complain since the outages were not the prolonged brownouts of past years. That may be so but in the past we had a shortage of supply. We are not in that situation now but why do the outages continue? And the outages of 5 to 10 minutes were not confined to the two most recent outages last Sunday and Monday. It happens almost all the time in our area.

This past week Internet access was also off at our house for about 24 hours. And not because we did not pay our bill.

What with these situations and our present exasperating traffic condition we can’t help wondering what is happening to our city, Orgullo de Mindanao.

Someone who writes for this paper always uses the phrase “highly urbanized” whenever Zamboanga City is mentioned in his pieces. I have no idea what the metrics are to classify a city as “highly urbanized” but with the situation we have almost every day as far as our public utilities are concerned we can’t help but wonder if our city can correctly be considered as “highly urbanized”.

When I read the phrase “highly urbanized” I think of other cities I have been to which exemplify to me what the phrase means. Places like Singapore, Tokyo, London or Los Angeles. Or even Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, a country often thought of as lagging behind other countries in our part of the world. I have been to Phnom Penh several times over the course of 10 years and I experienced a brownout only once during those times. I may not have taken safe drinking water from the tap but water always came out when the tap was turned. I can’t say that I have the same experience in my house. I have not gone back to PP since 2013 and I can’t help wondering if that city is now at the same point as ZC or has gone forward even more.

It has been said that people don’t rise to low expectations. Should we perhaps make known to the utilities companies that provide us light and power and Internet that we expect better service from them than what we are getting now? Perhaps we should demand that services improve or we stop singing that Zamboanga is the “Orgullo de Mindanao”.