Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Dear Cebu City Mayor, Hon. Michael Rama

Please have the city's drainage system fixed. I was getting ready to go out of the house this afternoon, dressed, made-up, and well-heeled, when heavy rains suddenly poured. I am going downtown and will have to walk a few blocks to get to my destination: a bank and a school. But I know that the streets connecting, and surrounding these places easily get flooded (knee-high even) and would be unnavigable. So I had to take off my high heels and opt for a pair of sandals I own that is the most "flood-appropriate." I am confident I would have looked more chica had I worn that pair of high heels, but I had to be lesser chica because the city's drainage system are not fixed.

The rain, and flooded streets, damage shoes. And, to us, women, shoes are precious. We would hate anyone who causes damage to our shoes. We cannot stop the rains, but we can stop the flooding of the streets -- with improved and proper drainage. (Of course, there are other ways to stop the flood, but I'm only asking for one thing).

If I am concerned over my shoes, my chicaness, and flooded streets; these are insignificant compared to the concerns of many others. Jeepneys and utility vehicles get damaged because they have no choice but to go sulong into the water to earn a living. The flower shop owners had to redo their flower arrangements. Stocks/goods get wet/damaged/washed away. People have to stop walking and waste their precious time, just to wait for the waters to subside.

So, dear Mr. Mayor, please have the city's drainage system fixed.