One of the deafening issues of this decade that is steadily building and strengthening a protest movement nationwide is the continued unabated raising of fuel oil prices. Peoples organizations, social or civic groups, small and medium scale entrepreneurs and a growing number of individuals continue to add their voice to the din of protests against the series of oil price hikes imposed on the Filipinos.
Along with this protest is the growing disillusion or loss of trust in our elected officials that has even coined the terms noynoy to refer to inaction and indifference, and noynoying that means to lay down in public fora in “indignation to the ways the current administration deals with the problems of the people”.
Also, with the recognition that as part of government mandate to protect the people from injustice and calamities;
And also, though to a degree lower than their masa or constituents, Baguio’s honorable dad’s may have also felt the effect of the expensive fuel bite on their official allowances so that they also offically threw in their support to the people’s movement against unjust increases on the oil prices in the country.
Over the week, the Baguio City council unanimously passed a resolution urging congress to legislate the scrapping of oil deregulation law (ODL) and the Value Added Tax (VAT) on the price of the fuel.
With educated knowledge that the scrapping of the ODL and the VAT on oil prices will give a direct and more immediate effect on the high prices and therefore allow immediate relief on the burden borne by the economically strapped Filipino population.
The decision and this collective action by the August body is greatly appreciated and especially if the honorable members of the City council would all make efforts to follow up its petition to Congress to support the bill filed in their halls to scrapped of the ODL and the VAT. Most of all the people of Baguio now know that their councilors really listen to them too.
When the dads listen to their constituents, bonds are strengthened and all will be well in the peoples’ front. # nordis.net