By KATHLEEN T. OKUBO
This is infectious, I am a fan of the Cordillerans’ “Kiangan Joke”.
The Lagawe mayor’s action of curtailing the “freedom of spit” in the municipal hall (on the least), is commendable. Especially in this country of people who still have the penchant of spitting out almost anywhere or anytime.
Several people, like smokers and cud makers, have acquired the habit to chew, (menmomoma) aside from tobaccco, the betel nut mix. Some have even concocted their own recipe of their favorite “chew”. But like most cigarette smokers before the anti-littering and anti-smoking law, the ‘agmommoma’ (one who chews moma – betel nut mix) has to learn and discipline oneself on the proper disposal of the waste generated from the moma chewing habit – including the shocking color it leaves for it also connotes, “dirty!”.
The local Department of Health office could help support the mayor’s well meant move. They can credibly point out that the “spit”, per se, is a reliable vehicle for the spread of harmful germs and bacteria especially the disease carrying ones. And, especially today where Nature or the environment is so depleted, that it no longer can naturally process as quickly as needed the disinfecting of harmful organisms that specifically prey on humans and animals.
So can the “clean and green” movement whose observation focus is better honed than the ordinary citizen for the cleanliness and orderliness of the town’s thoroughfares and structures. Though the betel nut chew (moma) cud is biodegradable, besides already in a pre digested state, it is yuck to the aesthetics of today’s social sensibilities besides it being the unsanitary and maybe infectious spit.
Also, the municipal halls’ and other public conveyances’ janitors will be grateful and happy for the mayor’s move for they no longer have to scrub away the attempts of the moma chewing artists to paint the public walls, floors and posts with images in shocking unsanitary red! Like they did the old Dangwa buses. As in jest have been accused of doing many years ago.
If one carries a libotan (a belt basket for the ingredients of a moma,) there should also be (a bekla) the same kind of baskette for a spittoon.
It is well, to the good of the wider community to support this humble but far reaching move of the apo, Mayor Cabigat. Matagutago taunamin.
When there is a peace talk, that means there are two parties involved in the talk. The two opposing sides who want to end that they are opposing one another, otherwise peace will not be the agenda for the call to talk. So both sides would draw a common definition of the ‘peace talk’.
The Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines are back to the negotiating table for the attainment of “a just and lasting peace”, and “the holding of peace negotiations must be in accordance with mutually acceptable principles of national sovereignty, democracy and social justice.”
These two panels are discussing about issues that involve the Filipino population where millions of us are counted in. It is also the peace of the people in Baguio, Benguet, Cordillera, etc. that is being negotiated here.The issue of peace is for everybody who cares about living in a community, that is secure economically, culturally and politically.
This peace negotiation is therefore also “an invitation for all stakeholders for peace to get involved in solving our country’s economic, political, cultural and moral crisis. It is an invitation that as Filipinos we cannot refuse.” # nordis.net