Community is considered the bedrock of any society– the foundation, and the provider of resources, values, and other important things that make up a society. Each one of us belong in a certain community, where we share the same values and eventually form a fellowship. This place becomes an avenue of kinship, solidarity, and unity.
However, and more often that not, some community tends to neglect their social responsibility. While some of it may not be their sole faults, the residents still have the obligations to take care their own and ensure its safety. With the leadership of some people, the community should develop based on how they need, depending on what they have and do not have– what they can and what they cannot.
As a partial fulfilment to my NSTP Course, I took a long walk around Barangay San Agustin, Novaliches, Quezon City. I opened my eyes to, if not fully atleast try to understand the stories and situation of the community. Upon entering the streets, the garbages and wastes welcomed me. It is evident that the barangay residents have minimal knowledge about proper waste disposals.
Aside from having no proper waste disposals, you can also see other garbages peeking through the drainages. This blocked drainage system can damage the community in the long run and may open them or make them prone to floods.
I continued walking and smelled something with a foul odour. I followed the kids going to a certain street and there I saw where the odour’s coming from– it is from the community’s local river. Like what happened to most of the rivers in the country, especially those located in the city, it is flooded with wastes and piled-up garbages were dumped on its stream. It is quite alarming since this can bring diseases, considering that many children are playing near the stream. It can also be a problem during calamities since it could create flood.
But in terms of safety, the barangay is actually developed since there are light posts in every streets. I heard from the residents that there were cases of snatching before which lessened when the street lights were installed. These contributed a lot to the community’s safety.
I also visited San Agustin’s Barangay Hall. However, I wasn’t able to talk with the barangay officials so I just interviewed one of its personnels. He works under Mr. Eduardo Año, Barangay Secretary. He acts under the environment committee so he has shared some of the proposals for the community. According to him, a clean-up drive project was proposed by committee chair on environment last January 2019. Weekly cleanup was done and people were taught of segregation of their wastes. He also added, “Marunong naman sila kaso di alam kung saan.” He pertained to how the residents have an idea of how to dispose their wastes but there are no disposal sites assigned so some decided to just scatter it around the streets. Solid waste management was their prime concern, according to him, which I also saw after having the community walk.
With that, I have realized how there are different types of community with different kinds of residents. In the case of Barangay San Agustin, there may be problems that circulate within the community but it is nice how the barangay has initiatives to address the concerns, such as by giving out or proposing project plans. It is then that we must understand to engage ourselves with different community-based projects since our participation will always be essential and it will contribute to the whole development of the community.