THINK ON THESE by Henrylito D. Tacio

There are so many things going on in Davao City and in other parts of the country today, including a comfort room for those who are not identified as males or females and homework for children on weekends.  No, I won’t writing those because there are many other important issues to be written.  

In fact, there are too many that writing them in just one setting is not enough. The best thing I can do is to give some bits and pieces.  

One of the reasons why dengue-carrying mosquitoes have proliferate these days (thus causing deaths, especially among children) is the low population of frogs in canals, open areas and irrigations. The ponds, the waterways, and waterlogged areas – where mosquitoes abound – are now part of history; they have been built with edifices, condominiums and malls. 

Mosquitoes – locally called “lamok” – can live in vases, some remaining canals, discarded tires, and anything that has water in them. Frogs cease to exist because they have no home to stay and where the females could lay their eggs. The result: more mosquitoes.

During rainy season, population of mosquitoes continues to grow. But there are few frogs which could have eaten the mosquito larvae, called kiti-kiti. The balance of nature is impeded.   Limited frogs, more mosquitoes.  Your conclusion is as good as mine.

When I posted the above thought in my Facebook account, veteran journalist Serafin Ledesma, Jr. commented: “This (referring to frogs) and the dragon flies have disappeared, too.”

According to Science Times, “dragonflies are some of the best predators to keep mosquito populations low.  Not only do they scavenge the skies in adulthood, but they eat large numbers of mosquito larvae in their larval form – which happens in the water.”

Adult dragonflies – locally known as “alindanaw” – reportedly can eat up to 100, if not more, mosquitoes per day.

Most people in the lowlands don’t raise their concerns about the continuous deforestation in the uplands, except for those who work for some non-government organizations and a few media personalities. Lowlanders, it seems, don’t care at all.

Unknowingly, what they don’t know is that they are the people who suffer the most when it comes to flooding. Without forest cover, rainwater brings topsoil as it rushes towards the low-lying areas.  The result: floods become more disastrous.

It’s high time for the lowlanders to help those living in the uplands.  By raising their standard of living, they may stop cutting those trees (if there are still trees at all). 

The flooding that happened in Davao City and in other parts of the region recently won’t be last time.  It’s just a “dry run” of more disastrous floods in the future.

What triggered me to write this random thought is the post of Raymund Javellana, the man who raise The Ruins from oblivion.  In his social media account, he posted a comment from a psychologist regarding the state of the Philippines these days.  At the end of the comment, the author (whoever he or she is) asked those who read it and love this country to “try and circulate this so that many people can reflect on it.”

I am sharing it here (with a little editing).  Read it and ponder:

The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the nation. 

This can be demonstrated by countries like India and Egypt, which are more than 2000 years old and are still poor countries.  On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which 150 years back were insignificant, today are developed and rich countries.

The difference between the poor and rich nation does not also depend on the available natural resources. 

Japan has limited territory, 80% mountainous, unsuitable for agriculture or farming, but is the second in world’s economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Second example is Switzerland; it does not grow cacao but produces the best chocolates in the world. In her small territory, she rears animals and cultivates the land only for four months in a year, nevertheless manufactures the best milk products. A small country which is an image of security which has made it the strongest world bank.

Executives from rich countries who interact with their counterparts from poor countries show no significant intellectual differences.

The racial or color factors also do not evince importance: migrants heavy in laziness in their country of origin are forcefully productive in rich European countries.

What then is the difference?

The difference is the attitude of the people, molded for many years by education and culture.

When we analyze the conduct of the people from the rich and developed countries, it is observed that a majority abide by the following principles of life: 1) ethics, as basic principles; 2) integrity; 3) responsibility; 4) the respect for laws and regulations; 5) the respect from majority of citizens by right; 6) the love for work; 7) the effort to save and invest; 8) the will to be productive; and 9) punctuality.

In the poor countries, a small minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel towards us. We are poor because we lack attitude. We lack the will to follow and teach these principles of working of rich and developed societies.

We are in this state because we want to take advantage over everything and everyone.

We are in this state because when we see something done wrong, we just say, “Let it be.”  In fact, we should have a spirited memory and attitude. 

Only then, we will be able to change our present state.

If you do not share this message nothing is going to happen to you. Your prized animal is not going to die, you won’t be sacked from your job, you won’t be having bad luck for seven years, nor are you going to get sick.

I am doing it.  Hope you do, too! – ###