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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Benjamin Calderon

Is the training that makes people more willing to obey or more able to control themselves. When you have  discipline , you have self-control. A more disciplined citizenry for a more progressive community is an objective of Dumaguete City.

The training for better discipline starts with obeying existing local ordinances and national laws in the area of motor vehicle operation and parking. To date, unregulated and illegal parking along the national highway has been observed, in violation of Presidential Decree No. 17.

In response to the growing problem of illegal and inconsiderate parking, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo has scheduled on January 29-31, 2018 a three-day training-workshop for authorized traffic officers and Barangay tanods on effectively implementing the applicable law, rules and regulations. Then these officers are given the responsibility to teach and enforce discipline initially in designated discipline zones along the national highway.

With the support of the local police force and with our cooperation we look forward to Dumaguete's discipline zone road obstructions are removed to effect a free flow of traffic, but also to make sure the sidewalks will not be used as vulcanizing shops, display areas for tires, second-hand vehicles and motorcycles, and parking space.

The project is also to encourage residents living along the highway to maintain cleanliness in their perimeters. The need for more discipline and/or self-control is a challenge we shall always have in life. We can use the image of a stairs to illustrate the life's journey of becoming more disciplined as we mature.

Let us end with an anecdote that should help us promote more discipline in our lives.

A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with desk work. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest. He had no trouble with discipline that term.*

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