By Egay Uy
THE incoming Moreno Administration has been planning to launch Operation Hapsay Dalan on July 1, 2013 with three major areas of concentration for starters, namely: the Cogon market area, Carmen market area, and the Divisoria area, and their respective peripheries.
A public announcement has been distributed to concerned sidewalk vendors by support-volunteers of Operation Hapsay Dalan which has appealed to the public to cooperate in the observance of laws and rules that pertain to traffic and the use of appropriate spaces for pedestrians, e.g., the sidewalks and pedestrian lanes.
One message that the new administration has brought forward was: “Manghina-ut ang lokal nga kagamhanan nga unta dili na mo-abot sa punto nga mogamit pa ug kusog ug pwersa aron sa pagpatuman sa bala-od, ug kini makab-ot lamang pina-agi sa pagduyog sa kadaghanan. Ug manghina-ut kita nga sa ma-ong paagi mahimong Hapsay ang dagan sa trapiko og Hapsay ang pag-agi sa mga pedestrian ug pasahero sa mga kadalanan sa dakbayan.
I hope so, too, that Operation Hapsay Dalan will not get to a point where force has to be used in order to restore order in the streets.
As planned, operatives of the traffic office of the city will also be removing obstructions from roads, alleys and sidewalks such as unauthorized business signs, unauthorized “no parking” signs, unauthorized “reserved parking” signs, unauthorized barricades, and other similar obstructions.
Last Monday, I listened to the farewell speech of outgoing Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno at the capitol grounds during the flag raising ceremony of the provincial officials and employees.
One statement of Gov. Oca that was full of statesmanship was when he addressed the department heads of the provincial government. He said he was not tagging along any of the department heads because he wanted them to help the incoming governor in case their help will be needed. He then continued that in case their services will no longer be needed by the incoming governor, they can see him (Mayor Oscar Moreno) at City Hall.
This is in stark contrast to what is happening at City Hall. The Moreno transition team is having a hard time getting hold of documents, e.g., copies of contracts, lists of market stall awardees, memoranda, and the like, because those who are supposed to be in custody were reportedly under instructions not to release any document without the approval of the outgoing mayor.
Until the last minute, politics, I mean bad politics, may still be the name of the game for some.