Bay walk at Cawa-Cawa almost done PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 August 2016 14:27

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

The over a kilometer of seaside baywalk from the City Library, fronting the Joaquin Enriquez Sports complex, which is undergoing a major renovation up to the area fronting the main gate of Pilar College, is now almost completed. This is a major accomplishment of Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco for restoring the tourist attraction of a beautiful  Cawa-Cawa Sunset view at plus the fact a secured and convenient area for brisk walking and sea breeze exercise. Starting at 4 a.m. the bay walk area is filled with health conscious city residents especially senior citizens doing their rounds and inhaling sea breeze. By 5 a.m. before sunrise, you have to squeeze your way in to  the free parking area for four wheeled vehicles. On the other end of the bay walk are, from Pilar College up to the PPA area is an over two kilometers stretch of public beach, also crowded with early beach swimmers. This is how Cawa-Cawa boulevard looks during weekdays and weekends.

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But very early in the morning, the bay walk area is dirty of all kinds of  garbage from food wrappers of fast food restaurants and empty egg shells of local delicacy “balut”. It is dirty, because at night, the well lighted bay walk area is a “night market” of food vendors and night habitues of couples, lovers and  “barkadas” taking dinner on the pavement of the sea wall while gazing at the stars or the moon. But sanitation on the bay walk is a problem of city garbage people even if garbage bins are strategically placed in the area. People still prefer to throw their waste right at  the walking area rather than at the painted garbage bins specially made for the bay walk.  By early morning, when the night market is closed for business, and early walkers start their exercise, they are met with all sorts of waste materials. It is expected to be clean by 7 A.M. when the city garbage collectors will do their rounds.

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There are policemen assigned to secure the area at night, probably it is best that it should be complemented by some employees from the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) formerly General Service Office (GSO), the city office tasked to handle garbage collection in the city. Perhaps, the City Anti-Littering Ordinance can be effectively implemented at the bay walk area, because it is a “show window” of Zamboanga City. Perhaps,  Mayor Climaco’s pet project of a bay walk for all citizens to enjoy in Zamboanga City will serve its purpose and not made a playground of ignorant litterbugs.

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At night, Table Talk was informed, that the bay walk is invaded by vandals and litterbugs city residents but who are from out of town and who don’t give a damn about the city’s cleanliness program. These are the people who should be apprehended for violating the Anti-Littering Ordinance. Who knows? they are also illegal drug users? This is one assignment for the City Police.

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Against all odds, the bay walkis one project of the city that should be treasured and kept clean by all Zamboanga City residents. It keeps us healthy  aside from the benefits it gives the city of Zamboanga in terms of attraction and personal pride of keeping intact  a part of the history of Zamboanga City, the old Cawa-Cawa Boulevard and the Caldera Bay. Keep it clean, for all citizens to appreciate.

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In our younger days, Cawa-Cawa was the only public beach in the city way ahead than all the beaches in the city. Cawa-Cawa was the night enjoyment of the city. Bar-B-Q restaurants with live bands were only found in Cawa-Cawa area and the whole stretch of Cawa-Cawa Bay up to the city proper, students, couples and lovers walk freely without fear of muggers. By morning, Cawa-Cawa is the only place to go beach swimming and buy cheap fresh fish from Badjao fishermen who display their catch at the pavements of the sea wall. It is part of the development of Zamboanga City and now the city government is reviving its glorious past. Destructive vandals and litterbugs should not be allowed to destroy the city government’s gain of reviving history of the city. At all cost, the bay walk and the Cawa-Cawa blvd. must be protected for posterity.

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Scoop: Retired senior citizens can always find peace and solace in Cawa-Cawa and the bay walk. Let us not lose it, the city of Zamboanga have been losing its shoreline areas to squatters from the city proper up to the West Coast. Cawa-Cawa blvd is the only area left for city residents to inhale fresh sea breeze and swim in the seas for free and see the beautiful sunset. If we will lose Cawa-Cawa Blvd to developers, we lost everything. Agree or disagree