Amidst a backdrop of towering hot logs confiscated in the highlands of the province of Davao del Norte, Mayor Uy beamed his smile that made those chinito eyes more radiant. On that day, the provincial office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office turned over 105 confiscated hot logs to the city. Under Executive Order No. 23 of President Benigno S. Aquino III, all confiscated hot logs under the total log ban should be donated to the Department of Education which will utilize these logs in making chairs, makeshift classrooms and tables. In the case of DepEd Tagum headed by its able chief, Schools Division Superintendent Nenita E. Lumaad, it had sought the assistance of the Local Government of Tagum in fabricating it into armchairs which were distributed to the schools in the bustling city. This is another brainchild of the City Mayor that never failed to amaze visiting officials from the different parts of the country who visited the city. I dared to ask Miss Marcia G. Isip of PENRO why of all the LGUs in the province, Tagum was the sole recipient of these hot logs. She flashed a smile and was quick in her reply: “We made an assessment and it turned out that Tagum City is the perfect LGU to make use of these logs." In the months that follow, more and more hot logs we're turned over to the city government. That's class.
While I can't understand why the DENR is so good in showing its force only in confiscating hot logs rather than sending big fishes in illegal logging behind bars, I still extol them for pioneering on a green mission, a thing that is boldly supported by the City Government of Tagum. Roam around the city and you will see many projects anchored on greening the environment. Two weeks ago, I had the privilege in being tapped as one of the technical writers to prepare the bid document of Tagum City to this year's Galing Pook Awards. We submitted last Monday our official entry to the said award and you can browse it as follows:
The City Government's actions proved to be proactive, rather than reactionary. That's class. I can no longer think of how to end this blog post until I thought of the day when I read a piece that to me is the greatest piece ever written by my favorite opinion columnist. I had it written it in my planner because I liked it very much. Today, while writing this piece, I opened my planner and still amazed with what Conrado de Quiros wrote on his There's the Rub column in Philippine Daily Inquirer:
Class follows class, whether that class is rich or poor. And class is not how pricey your suit or gown is, it is how priceless your sense or sensibility is. The heart of class, as of art, is simplicity. It may well prove to be the heart of governance as well. Many spend their lives saying, “I feel for you,” and never show it. Others spend their lives showing, “I feel for you,” and never say it.Mayor Uy prefers the latter. That is class.