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Our city is remiss!

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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q.) WHAT HAPPENS TO US IN THE PHYSICAL UPON OUR DEATH?

A.) “WHEN HIS BREATH DEPARTS, HE RETURNS TO THE EARTH; ON THAT VERY DAY HIS PLANS PERISH.” (PSALM146: 4). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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OUR CITY IS REMISS ON THIS SCORE

AMID many’ smusing as to why the hella lot of our local laborers are desperately seeking jobs outside their own city here, only dampens their spirit to know the fact that most of the hiring here for manual labors still relies from the outside, and disparagingly not from within our domain here.

You see all if not most of these menial and rudimentary helpers or workers employed by their contractors to do most of the dirty works in this herculean pipe-laying and road restoration project of the ZCWD? They all if not a huge majority of the bulk of its hired workers for this still ongoing project of our ZCWD in partnership with privately-owned firm Prime Water in a bid to improve the water servicing in ZC,still derives from Luzon and the Visayas. As to what about our local labor employment force here?

That’s the major question, now. This is the main reason why our seemingly unprotected labor force here in the city, opts trying to land a job rather outside ZC. And, among their repercussions just to cite you one or two cases, right now?  At-least two recent separate kidnapping incidents that happened in Lantawan, Basilan and in Patikul, Sulu have involved our own local construction workers. Three or was it four or five Zamboangueño laborers?, were beheaded by suspected Abu Sayyaf kidnappers last July in the hinterland of Basilan when their families failed to raise the ransom money demanded by their captors.And, right now in Sulu, four of our own local laborers hired by their employers from there, are facing execution, unless a ransom money amounting to three million pesos be met before an ultimatum or deadline would lapse anytime in a day or two, since they issued such a threat early this week. The Sulu kidnapping of these four lowly laborers from this city, occurred last July 15 when armed bandits suspected to be an Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom(KFR) group, barged into their dwellings while about to be resting that night at their construction site in Sulu’s far-flung village of Bangkal, Patikul town, and at gunpoint seized them.

I suppose there were many others in the past who hailed from our city as falling prey to these dreaded KFR bandits while trying to earn hard money outside their own turf, just to be able to eke out a living for their own families back home here.

My gosh! Another flop on our part. This is a gravely-overlooked wicked part that our top city officialdom should better look into. It only exposes our unconscionable weakness and ineptness to help mobilize and harness our own labor force right in our own community that we talk and boast a lot as having, right now, its one of the most unprecedented booming employment climate years, and yet, its diaspora is what sets it apart as the real truth behind it all.

WE can never deny the fact that our city has long been remiss on this aspect— less caring and merely turning deaf and mute on whatever earnest pleas or appeals for help from their hapless and poor families whose voices are basically all thrown and drained in the wilderness.

C di-iño gaha’ se mga familia aber? Bueno lang sos mira el ohos del aguha, pero cunel buli’ del atcha hinde’ sila ta puede mira, o baca’ tampa bulak lang. Ay ke maga hypocrite kta ki! (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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