CDO… the cleanest city in the 80s

“In the 80s, CDO was recognized as the cleanest city.” These are the words of Raul B. Ilogon who owns the featured photo of this article. He posted this picture in Kagay-an Kaniadto Facebook page.

Having been born in 1984, I still got the chance to witness how clean and peaceful CDO back then. Flooding and clogged drainage systems were not a problem.

Today, Cagayan de Oro is undeniably one of the most progressive cities in the country. Business establishments have been sprouting like mushrooms. Fastfood chains are found almost every corner. More opportunities have resulted to more urban dwellers. Sadly, they have also created tonnes of wastes and packaging.

Look at Bitan-ag Creek especially after a heavy downpour of rain. It is a creek of overwhelming rubbish. It is a reflection of the sad reality that many Kagay-anons have become apathetic without realizing that their negligence is becoming more costly… too costly for the city to bear.

Cagayan de Oro… the cleanest city… a thing in the past.