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Mt. Apo, Davao City and My Frustration About Land Use

My body has started to hate flying, especially during landing. This is after I was diagnosed with otitis media which swells up my sinuses, ear drum  and other mucus membranes in my respiratory tract during the sudden increase in air pressure.   It is weird because, I also feel the same as I ride a vehicle coming down a mountain.

After acquiring my Olympus E-PL 2, I have started to do some minor photography and this aerial shot of Mount Apo in Mindanao was one of those leisurely shots prior to landing to get my mind off my swollen ears.  The pilot made a good angle, but obviously, being on the foothills of a mountain, in this case a dormant volcano poses quite a risk.

We really could not impose structured land use and settlement planning given the rate of population growth and the greater autonomy of local governments. We can live our lives quietly and wait for disaster to happen just like what is happening now outside our gates.

Land use is supposed to be planned. I know based on the books I have read and my academic training, but there are other issues such as social justice and equitable distribution of resources.  It seems everyone has a right to own land, regardless whether that land is a volcano or other geological hazards that can threaten our safety.

I do not want to go into the reproductive health debate but where will we get land for the burgeoning population? Land is scarce and that has been proven by David Ricardo centuries ago, the entire world is mapped, there are no new frontiers to be discovered, what we need is conservation and I believe being conservative a virtuous principle, including transparency, accuracy, relevance, consistency and consistency.

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August 7, 2012 · 11:04 am

Dreams

I arrived this morning from Davao City delayed by more than two hours at 0230 in the morning after a five hour drive from Bukidnon Province. Fresh from the news,  China is claiming as part of its territory the Philippines and banana exports to China have been quite difficult. Maybe the Chinese market should require the carbon footprint of its banana imports.

Running late to our flight back to Manila, we have no other option but to eat at Jollibee and along the way was Jollibee Buhangin Davao.

One of my last projects in Jollibee was the EIA preparation of Jollibee Buhangin in Davao City in 2009. It did feel somewhat unreal (or maybe just the tiredness) that something I only saw in paper was operational and finally  I was the user of the facility, basically its customer. I still kept the EIA draft and its plans.  I can trace from these records where the waste water will flow and where it was sourced.  There might be some changes after three years in operation though given the dynamic nature of fast food stores.

On my way to Davao four days before, I happen to come across a former colleague from Jollibee who was supervising the construction of another store in a mall. I just reminded him to secure the ECC of the mall and if there is none, the corporate EIA preparation cycle sets in.

Preparing an ex-ante Environmental Impact Assessment is very simple, you just need to prepare a good report, given the scale of a project, a concise project description can suffice. However,  I never dreamed to perform something like that for the rest of my life, you can really outgrow something and now performing audits, I have seen the short-comings of proposed EIA reports against the needed environmental controls in an actual operation, there are times when it was overdone, but often it is under. Compliance however is a dynamic continuous process.

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