AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
Germany, the number one country in Europe, has demonstrated once more why it has become so progressive. In a news item recently, the Berlin public transport company said they have placed an order for 90 electric buses to add to their big number of EV buses which happens to be one of the biggest in the world.
Such great news for one of the greatest cities in the world. Having one of the cleanest airs in the world, it is nice to hear that more citizens of Berlin shall breathe a little bit of fresh air without the noxious exhaust of diesel engines.
What a refreshing piece of information for a city which only some 36 or 37 years ago was still wallowing under the aegis of a communist regime. True, when I first arrived in Germany on a January my first impression was that I arrived in a very progressive city.
That was Frankfurt, our very first and I had very the same impression throughout my stay in Germany except for one city — the city of Berlin a few months after the wall fell down. You could still see the demarcation line between East and West Berlin. The west could easily be distinguished from the east. The buildings on one were in vibrant colors while those on the other side were like old stones. Well, in those days there were no warnings yet about our air and the way we breathe.
How about the Philippines? Well in those times we had those tricycles and those jeepneys. Those tricycles with those flashy ribbons and small cramped up space where you have to stoop so low in order to fit in.
And those jeepneys with all those technicolor paints equipped with run down spare tire and space that is good only for seven but they insist that it is good for eight.
Well, it was more than three decades ago and we continue to smell the noxious odor of those diesel run buses. And we still try to squeeze ourselves into those small tricycles whose drivers don’t consider you anything but paying customers.
When are we going to learn? Maybe it would be better to walk a little bit like a five or ten minute distance to the office or to the school we are enrolled in.
But then again we barely have sidewalks where we can walk freely and without any hindrance. Maybe there is something wrong with our educational system. Whatever it is I hope it works.