ABOUT OUR TOWN : By Chi Padua
Recently I visited San Antonio and managed to meet with the 55 SASDCI scholars. They are
thankful for the monetary help extended to them. They were also thankful for the Silver Anniversary souvenir T-shirts.
On a different note, we noticed the state of the town plaza is getting depressing. While almost everytime
I am in town those "mini-rides" are parked in the middle of the plaza, the main problem is that the permit given to these
businesses encompass not only the amusement rides but also theie "peryahan" which is mainly a gambling operation. Young people
flock to the "peryahan" and one does not see the positive contribution provides to the community.
The perya being so close to two schools should draw concern from the parents and school administrators. So, maybe
the "perya" only operates at night. But surely our local government leaders have the time to look into alternate businesses
that bring not only income but also positive upshot to the kind of "amusement" provided to the people particularly to the
young citizens of our community.
This brings me to the core of concern brought to my attention by a local softball player. A few years ago, the
local government solicited funding from SASDCI for a "baseball backstop" to be erected in the town plaza. The project was
approved because we are aware of the benefits of sports like baseball. It was heartbreaking to learn that it has not been
used since because baseball no longer has space in the "crowded plaza.
On the left field, the Senoir Citizen Hall is likened to a private residence complete with concrete
water tank and concrete fence. Sports enthusiasts are now worried if there will ever be games in the designated ball
field as the Senior Citizen " private gardens" might continue to encroach into their space. It is believed that there
exists a local ordinance which provides that only recreational and sports-related facilities will be constructed within the
boundaries of the town plaza. Ano'ng nangyari?
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