Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
One inspiring and delightful spectacle that grabs the commuters and pedestrians’ attention as they traverse either on foot, in public conveyances, or in their private vehicles, a sizable stretch of the Governor Camins Road in front of the Centro Pastoral Complex, is the floral attraction created by Hon. Council Rudy Bayot of District l, this City which could turn out again as the biggest talk of the town, crowd-drawer, and head turner since the “dead bodies dropping” shocker in front of City Hall many years ago virtually catapulting him to the shortlist of Newsmakers, a distinction that very few Filipinos have achieved. Others may call it pure political gimmickry, but this is irrefutably another spectacular achievement unprecedented and worthy of public admiration and commendation. The “folk hero” and popularly known as Tumaga’s
“Undertaker” did it again!
What makes this floral attraction highly remarkable is the fact that he accomplished it without substantial financial support sourced out of public funds. Perhaps the only expense incurred was for the gasoline used in hauling the seedlings or cuttings used in this floral project which should have been fully supported by the Local Government of this City as it provides the inhabitants a caressing feeling of delight, beauty, wonder, calmness, closeness, and harmony with nature. To me, this is really an outstanding achievement because it was done not during the prescribed 8-hour official time requirement for his monthly compensation and allowances, but before and after office hours, reportedly mostly before sunrise. This is clearly a concrete proof that a legislator can do many other things aside from crafting ordinances and resolutions if he has the initiative, resourcefulness, willingness, and genuine commitment to serve and sacrifice for the general welfare and progress of Zamboanga City without expecting additional psychological or material rewards.
The Honorable Councilor from Tumaga has also completely rendered null and void the argument that flowers do not grow very well in Zamboanga City. Such false argument was the primary justification why the Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously passed Resolution No. 760 changing the legendary and historical moniker, “City of Flowers” to the grossly irrelevant and inappropriate “ Asia’s Latin City.” Moreover, he has demonstrated actually, that a short lane of flowers planted at no expense on the part of the taxpayers, can be a more lovely and relaxing stimulus to the eyes of the inhabitants than a very sophisticated dancing fountain costing millions and millions of public funds. It can even become a more unforgettable tourist attraction.
Do you think that with the magical green thumb of Councilor Rudy Bayot, Zamboanga City would regain its lost fame and glory as the undisputed original “City of Flowers” in the Philippines without necessarily importing exotic specimens from far away land?
This is definitely something worth anticipating! After all the entire undertaking will not cost anything to the taxpayers for it will be done pro bono by our modern-day
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