Editorial: Turning 81

IT'S the week after Araw ng Dabaw. We have witnessed how different the celebration has become as more and more visitors are coming in, every one curious how Davao celebrates and what makes Dabawenyos tick.

There is still a lot to be improved on. There are those who are returning to the old ways of throwing their garbage anywhere. This was apparent in the exterior walkway of a mall where a doughnut factory had some promo that gathered a crowd of people.

Although, it might help if malls place trash cans in strategic areas, especially for food cartons that are too big to carry around once the contents are consumed. A nice metal wire basket in the surrounding areas should be okay if security is of great concern.

Otherwise, the city and its people are well on their way to the 81st year and beyond.

In Peter Rogers' book "Resilience and the City: Change, (Dis)Order and Disaster" where he studies the changes to urban design and management of urban space amid the need for new security and disaster measures, he discusses what it is that makes a state mature, and we see a parallelism to what our city was and has become.

"Initially, the fragile 'cult of personality' may drive authority, but as more mature forms emerge the personal becomes less important than the position. Institutions such as the rule of law become 'perpetually lived' and limit the exercise of absolute power as de facto forms of authority; the resilience of the institution becomes a positive influence on the trajectory of change. The links between how beliefs, rules and norms are formalized into institutions of laws, ethics and behavioral standards are threads of the material and non-material forms of interplay creating more resilient institutions and organizations," the book reads.

We have seen such in our city and we are not trying to reach out to others to see how a city can become more resilient but remain people-centric.

"From these beginnings the potential for a broader view of interplay emerges. Environmental conditions, technological capabilities, power relations and institutions and organizations interplay to create social order," the book continues.

The city may be young compared to many other cities in the country, but we have seen how our city has become a strong economy and community from the constant security threats that it has faced through the past five decades of its 80 years, and even during World War II in the 1940s when it saw its lush economy that had the full participation of Japanese migrants left in rubbles, its friendship with the Japanese put to a test.

But that's all in the past and the city has come out the better from all these. Let us always march in stride with the development of the city and our people to ensure that Davao City will remain to have a strong community spirit even when its landscape and economy will be forever changed from hereon.