Table Talk: Cong. Beng’s baywalk in Cawa-Cawa PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 November 2011 15:08

BY Mike S Apostol

House Representative and deputy speaker Maria Isabel Climaco-Salazar’s baywalk project in RT Lim Blvd. (formerly Cawa-Cawa) is getting to be popular nowadays as more and more people are using it for their early morning walk.  We could see young and old people exercising at the baywalk even at past 8 AM when the sun is already high because the sea breeze is better to inhale at that time. I for one love to do brisk walking not too early in the morning to catch the early rays of the sun. It is invigorating.  Cong. Climaco-Salazar must continue making the baywalk longer,  it is good for the city.
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In the evening up to the wee hours of the morning, the baywalk is a favorite hang-out of lovers and other nighttime thrill seekers. On both sides of the baywalk, there are vendors selling beer and barbeque and many of the customers bring their barbeque and other snacks at the baywalk and after eating they leave and throw their garbage at the baywalk and not on the many garbage bins. Every morning heaps of garbage are scattered at the baywalk making the whole place look like a wet market with all those “cellophane” in the walking area. Cigarette butts are everywhere. Every morning we pity the utility man from the city government, because it takes him hours to clean the place. What is surprising is, the place is full of garbage but the garbage bins are empty.
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The City Environment Office must do something to stop litterbugs in that area or assign more policemen at the boulevard and enforce the Anti-Littering Ordinance before it is too late when people will be accustomed to the bad habit like what they do in their homes and neighborhood.
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Why not open a police outpost at the boulevard? Perhaps this is not a bad idea for as long as the policemen assigned at the area are sincere and not “bantay salakay”. This is seemingly happening in many of the city’s barangays, because there is anarchy in many of our barangays. Violations of almost all ordinances are happening right in front of the eyes of some policemen. It is a pity that City Police Director Sr. Supt. De Ocampo is doing his best to rid the city of many law violators but some policemen who are still new in the service are observed to be lax. Instead of watching for violators, their eyes are glued to their cellphones texting. How fast they have learned the bad habbit.
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Scoop: Is it true that many are at the baywalk every morning for free because the city’s only athletic field has increased its entrance fees?  Perhaps the city government should re-direct its objectives and not abuse its corporate powers to levy taxes as provided for by the Local Government Code. Fiscal Autonomy must not prejudice the inherent rights and privileges of the taxpayers, it is a constitutional guarantee. We agree people using public facilities must also pay for some reasons but increasing the fees at the whim of a city legislator without public consultation is tyrannical and usurpation of function.