There’s a new boy in town. His name is Sagarr.
Sagarr, of course, is Task Force Sagarr, obviously named after City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria. Task Force Sagarr (which stands for Special Action Group Advocating for Rapid Reforms), is the superbody that, according to its ground commander, City Administrator William Ablong, will enforce laws and ordinances in the City with audacity, and to execute them with might, without fear or favor, to further its purpose and advance the interests of the city gentle people.
All that is rhetoric until today. The task force has just had its three-day seminar on how to go about its job. We hope to see the task force leap into action starting Monday, May 16.
What do we hope to see? We will see the City run after violators of ordinances.
Targets would be dealers of hot meat or ‘double-dead’ meat, chemically contaminated vegetables, owners of stray animals, those who smoke in public, litterers, dirty restaurants, students who cut classes, beggars, vagrants, prostitutes, owners of unlicensed massage parlors or KTV Bars, squatters, owners of idle lots, delinquent taxpayers, business operating without a business permit, illegal and sidewalk vendors, traffic rule violators, to include road hazards and obstruction, operators of boarding houses and lodging houses.
And that’s just naming a few.
This superbody is touted as the body that will make all things right in Dumaguete City.
But we’re particularly interested in the promise that it will enforce laws and ordinances without fear or favor. This could be a very delicate promise, considering that in the process of enforcing laws, the City will surely displease a lot of people who are on the wrong side of the law.
Task Force Sagarr, we wish you well. May you live up to what you were created to be.