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Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Will Marinduque Become a Non Ideal Place for Retirement for Balikbayans?

Darkened Skies of Marinduque
Unless the electrical power shortage crisis is solved, it will very likely that Marinduque will not be able to attract or retain the Fil-Americans Balikbayans now spending from 4 to 6 months of their annual retirement years in Marinduque. In addition, it will be a high possibility that no new retirees will build retirement homes in the Island. If this happens, it will be the saddest and depressing development in the history of this beautiful island-I called My Island Paradise.

The last couple of years, I have seen more than a couple of Fil-Americans build retirement homes in Boac and Gasan. This excludes foreign nationals who are married to Filipino(a) citizens. Although these balikbayans spend only about 4 to 6 months of the year in Marinduque, just like us, our contribution to the local economy can not be taken for granted. As balikbayan retirees we hired caretakers, housekeepers, drivers, gardeners, cooks, laundry workers and spend our dollars for food, groceries gasoline and other living expenses. We patronized restaurants and contributes to our local church and charities. Some of us invest on local businesses that give employment to local residents. As balikbayans, all we are expecting in return is a reliable supply of electricity and other amenities conducive to our aging years.

I therefore expect, provincial officials to wake up, and solve the problem of the electrical power supply crises in the island as soon as possible. In the meantime, Macrine and I have decided that unless this crises is solved by the end of the year, we will be spending only 2 months of our annual snow bird lifestyle in Marinduque instead of our usual 4 to 5 months of stay next year. In addition, we will stop our drive to recruit other Fil-Americans balikbayans to build retirement homes in Marinduque.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You do not turn your back and quit on your paradise. You have worked so long and to promote the place. You should help and find a solution to the energy crisis instead of threatening to avoid the situation.

You are right, and the citizens of the island should petition the leaders such as the governor, mayors and congressmen to do something, and continuously bother them until it is solved. The people should take it in their hands to do something. You can use your blog as a tool to inform the people. Provide them with solutions, copy what is being done in nearby islands where power generation is sufficient. If Marelco management has to be fired, and so be it. Use cooperatives or let the people run the power company, there must be enough engineers in the island.

Marinduque Lover

David B Katague said...

Hi Marinduque Lover: I agree on your comment not to quit but help to find a solution to the problem. However, the problem has its roots so deep, it will take a miracle and the support of all Marinduquenos in all levels of society. Just in case you have not read the background behind this crises, several articles on the subject had been written by a blogger currently residing in Marinduque. If you are interested, let me know. By the way, how did you find this site? Again, thanks for your comment and feedback.

Anonymous said...

My mistake, I was not thinking right. Since there is no power most of the day or the week, the locals will be unable to read your blogs, therefore your blogs might be the wrong venue. I wonder if the people will be able to do a people power.

Filipinos are basically complacent, unless it is their lives that are threatened, they will just accept their fate. I don't know how else we could solve the power crisis in Marinduque.

Marinduque Lover

David B Katague said...

Hi Marinduque Lover, Most of the locals have no personal computers. They go to the computer cafe for their computer needs,unlike here in US. But there is no power most of the days, so you are correct about the uselessness of decimating information via my blog. Two years ago, the catholic church ( bishop of Boac) got involve with this problem. There was a public rally. A short term solution resulted. But for the long term solution, I do not have the foggest idea for a solution right now. Suggestion anyone?

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