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Dumagueteños, speaking up works!

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They may be baby steps easily lost in the blur of taxpayers’ voices just being ignored all the time, but it does pay to say something.

Not just over coffee with friends and family.Or expressing frustration to total strangers riding in a pedicab with you — alhough these do give us temporary satisfaction at having vented. But speaking up where your voice is heard in a public sphere.

Submitting voices of concern to the local newspapers like this MetroPost works.  Local newspapers that have online editions, such that the concerns are read even by those who currently live outside Dumaguete, or outside the Philippines.

A few weeks ago [Nov. 12], I wrote about the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs being moved to barangay Talay without proper signages informing the public of the move.

This week I went back to the new OSCA site, and there is now a large sign pointing in the direction of the Dumaguete Evacuation Centre in Talay where the site is. You can see the sign from a distance. And the building has the same sign, plus a nicely printed OSCA sign posted on the gate .

We thank the politician who acted quickly, and made this happen! We need more of him.

I’ve also written about the mish-mash of vendor stalls that show up at the Pantawan during the Dumaguete fiesta, and which remains throughout the Advent.

The ukay-ukay, as we refer to it, is now set back closer to the open sea, unlike last year when it was practically on the edge of the boulevard.  Now they’re all covered in white tarp, not the garish blue and reddish orange tarps that were used last year.  And the garbage bins are now appropriately labelled.

Would all these have happened if no one had written calling attention to these things? Probably yes, on their own. But batting average tells me the opinion columns here in the MetroPost about social issues in the community do get to someone who can actually do something to fix the issue.

And last but not least, I was informed that the proposed illegal landfill project in the northern town of La Libertad will not proceed.

This is a big win, even if it’s just temporary; we will not let up placing focus on it.

So we see how every small little bit counts, and I hope these examples give more and more people the courage to speak up.

Although more and more I am also being cautioned these days to be careful, to watch my back.  Because people in power, typically the politicians, can make an individual, maybe two, suffer.

They will be hard pressed to rain retribution on a dozen.  So let’s get to a dozen. Even more.

For our children, gain courage to speak up, please!

 

Diana Banogon-Bugeya (She/Her)

DianaBugeya@gmail.com

 

 

 

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