WHY I LOVE THE (PINOY WATCH) DOG
By Atty. Alma Reyes
When PinoyWatchDog’s (PWD) Rene Villaroman came up with the idea of bringing back the Moon King, I felt elated. It was the first time that the idea was brought out but the thought of bringing it back on the pages of PinoyWatchDog was just irresistible. I couldn’t resist PWD because I will be writing and working alongside people I like and more importantly because I admire the spirit that the paper was founded. From the beginning, PWD was conceptualized and formed to deal with issues head on.
Fil-Am papers in all kinds of format come and go they seem to shy away from controversial issues and or issues that matter. Most of them just cut and paste from other papers and or just fill up their pages with the list of gala attendees or charitable functions. Only PWD managed to tackle controversial issues head on. In other words, PWD is coming to be known as the paper that has enough balls to “grab the bull by the horn”.
Of course, when a paper like that is brought into being, reactions are expected to be mixed. Those whose wrongdoings have been exposed hate it, those who have things to hide fear it but those who are looking for true issues, love it. From my end, I would like papers like PWD to remain in existence. It reminds us all of what a paper should be and what the media should be.
Anyway, to continue my story, my meeting with Rene ended up with the Moon King Continues to Shine Article. The article mentioned Baggao – my birth and childhood place. I found out that Baggao is in a predicament. They are about to lose their hospital.
Baggao is one of the towns of Cagayan Valley. It lies at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain. It has a population of about 73,000 and it is divided into 48 barangays. The town is divided into two portions known as upstream and downstream. In the past two decades mayors have been from the upstream. Being from the upstream, the mayors focused on developing their areas, leaving the downstream area behind. People from downstream just took it in stride until about two months ago when they found out that the local government unit will totally cease operations of the local hospital. The downstream hospital serves about 14 barangays and is the only hospital in the area. Closing it will deprive the people of much needed medical attention, including emergency attention.
I hail from the downstream of Baggao and I am one of those who wonder why operation of a hospital cannot be funded. I don’t really care whether it is the LGU or the national government that will fund its operations but there should be a place where the people can go and seek medical attention.
I have been keeping an eye on how the story will develop. I am one of those who to see how it will end. I will provide regular updates to those who may be interested through the pages of PWD. Another reason why I love it!