Dengue almost turning into epidemic in the city PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:42

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Zamboanga City residents must heed the warning of City Health Officer (CHO) Dr. Rodel Agbulos that cases of dengue fever in our local hospitals, fatal if not treated seriously, are reaching an alarming proportion dangerously almost to become an epidemic. The CHO mentioned barangays in the city proper where those patients sick with dengue fever came from.

You will note the list came from neighboring barangays within the city proper. Past warning from the CHO informed city proper residents to keep their surroundings clean and free of stagnant water where dengue mosquito breeds. Indeed, many shanties in almost all city barangays are noted to be dirty to be brutally frank, and worst, the residents from these dirty shanties are immune from dengue fever. Almost always, it is their neighbors with cleaner surroundings who are the victims, many times fatal. It should be made a crime and violators jailed, if a house is found to have a dirty surroundings because a city ordinance on anti-littering and proper disposal of garbage is not respected and obeyed by congenital litterbugs. Also, it is grossly unfair for neighbors who spend time and labor to clean their surroundings. There must be a law against those who do not want to clean their surroundings and yet be recipients of government assistance like the 4P’s. The DSWD tasked to implement this government’s 4P’s  program must from time to time inspect the homes of their recipients and help the City Government and CHO free the city from dengue.

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The other day, the group of Red Cross official and radioman Vic Liozo, and some young people and students volunteered to clean part of RT Lim Blvd (Cawa-Cawa) of debris and garbage thrown on the beach  from the sea. This is the spirit that can help the city rid itself of alarming epidemics and calamities. We hope other barangay officials will follow suit and clean their areas and not only wait for government assistance on the matter.

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It is inspiring to to know that Tetuan Barangay, one of the most hard hit barangay on dengue, on their own, Barangay Chairman Dalipe led his barangay officials clean canals and esteros and other garbages yesterday. Affected Tetuan residents should continue what their barangay officials have done yesterday. No amount of government help can eradicate and stop fatal dengue if residents themselves especially those already in the list of affected  will do nothing. Residents should not be “spoon-fed” by the government in almost everything. Residents must share in the fight against dengue in Zamboanga. Good work Barangay Chairman Dalipe.

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In another issue, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) must implement what LTO Manila is implementing now. No person is allowed to buy a vehicle if he does not have a parking space in his residence. Vehicles found to park along pedestrian lanes of city roads are towed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and brought for storage to far away provinces like Pampanga, Table Talk was informed. Pedestrian lanes are absolutely not for parking. Nobody for that matter is allowed to utilize a pedestrian lane for his personal purpose because pedestrian lanes are for the people and not for a single individual, given by the government in return for paying taxes.

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In Zamboanga City, city and barangay roads become narrower because it is made a parking space for vehicle owners who do not have parking spaces in their homes. Worst, even squatters who were able to purchase vehicles and are making city and barangay roads their private parking spaces, a gross violation of an existing Republic Act on traffic control and management. The City government must tow all these vehicles and store them at the new LTO leased lot at the Ecozone in Barangay San Ramon and make them pay fines and construct parking spaces in their residences. It is enough that they already “milked” the government in not paying their Income Tax, while the law abiding are shouldering the cost of their disobedience.  To abuse and appropriate a public property for their private garage is an act tantamount to anarchy and rebellion. This has to stop lest the law abiding will rebel and get their share of the bounty from their disobedience.

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Scoop: The poor man’s business of sidewalk vulcanizing shop must be controlled and strictly monitored by the city government. Table Talk was informed that some of this sidewalk vulcanizing shops are made as fences of stolen items and storage areas of stolen goods.  Aside from the fact that alleged suspected neighborhood thieves and unruly and of dubious character “sicad-sicad” drivers are sometimes seen in vulcanizing shops waiting and relaxing until the next crime is done. This must be closely monitored by the city government, before it becomes a “monster” that cannot be controlled. Agree or disagree.