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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 5, 2017
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with Benjamin Calderon

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Benjamin Calderon


As each day awakens a New Year bearing opportunities and challenges smiles at us. Our attitude greatly determines what we look for in 2017 and how we move forward to achieving work or service to other objectives while knowing more in how to add more life to our years.

I agree with one who said that we have a choice in our greeting of the year's beginning by either saying, “Good God! A New Year” or “A New Year Good God” Which would you prefer?

On the local scene I look forward to the more effective and wider implementation of the muffler ordinance of Dumaguete City which has resulted in the apprehension and impounding of 119 noisy motorbikes. The new ordinance makes it a prima facie case if a motorbike is caught tampered and without silencers. Soon the people will be deputized to help arrest noisy motorbikes if only to restore the peace and tranquility, as well as, enforce discipline in our roads. I always shake my head when a noisy motorcycle passes as this is evidence of a driver who needs to be taught discipline.

I look forward to the expansion of the Land Transportation Office District Office in Bayawan City's caravan that resulted in the application for registration of 500 or more motorcycles in its area of coverage.

The “motorada” is the LTO-Bayawan District Office's initiative to encourage motorcycle owners in their area of responsibility to have their units registered. Last year, there were three instances when I wrote about the humiliating number of motorist who are temporarily stranded on both sides of a check point because of violations involving vehicle registration and/or driver's license. It was very humiliating because of the sheer number of affected vehicle and motorist that have yet to learn to comply with the related rules and regulations. We look forward to significant increase in vehicle owners' compliance with registration and license regulation.

I always look forward to the impact of our country's biggest 9.4-hectare mechanized nursery located in Ayungon costing around P68Million. It will primarily serve the national greening program with an estimated output of six million seedlings as one time. This should give one important push for our local agricultural sector's production.

Let us end with an anecdote that encourages us not to drink and drive, as well as, when not to give a lecture.

On New Year's Eve, Pedro was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park & walked home. As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman. “What are you doing out here at four o'clock in the morning?” asked the police officer. “I'm on my way to a lecture,” answered Pedro. “And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year's Eve?” enquired the policeman sarcastically. “I agree, but my wife will,” slurred Peter grimly.*

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