From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Swift Action at Savannah Subdivision in Iloilo
Woke up at 3:30 am this past Monday morning. Looked outside. Trash was strewn all around our garbage container again. Dogs. Only one visit from our garbage collectors last week. Pick up is scheduled for every other day. I had sent an email to Senator Manny Villar's office about our situation at Savannah Subdivision in Iloilo last month. It was déjà vu all over again.
I went outside and scooped up the crap and tossed it back into our trash can. Put some extra large chunks of concrete on top to secure the lid.
About 8 am one of our security guards was making his rounds on a bright yellow motorbike. I went out to chat with him and told him about our trash being dumped again by dogs.
I went back to my computer. Later that afternoon I heard the sound of our garbage truck rumbling down our subdivision streets in Savannah with horns honking. And following the truck was the security guard I had spoken to that morning! I was impressed. I went outside to thank him.
Tuesday morning at 5:00 am I'm sitting at my computer. I hear the extremely annoying yipping and yapping of small dogs coming across the street. When we first moved to Savannah last October, the same neighbor had a caged dog that also would continually bark and yelp. My asawa would always get upset at me when I yelled "SHUT UP AND FEED YOUR DOG!" out the window.
Hadn't heard any noise from the neighbor's canine for the past three months, and I was in no mood to put up with it again. After 15 minutes I BELLOWED "SHUT UP!" out my window. My asawa stormed out of the bedroom and angrily informed me that I waking up the neighbors. What? The neighbors already had to be awake after all that horrific hullabaloo from those demon dogs.
After listening to the commotion all day as I tried to concentrate and "work" on this website, I decide to visit our property management liaison, "Sir Roy," the next day to discuss the situation with him. But Roy had a day off so I make plans to return the next morning, Friday.
As I step outside the next day I spy our neighbor lady, "Gold," the owner of the hounds of hell, as she leaves for work.
- "I hear you have dogs again, " I say.
- "Yes, sir, we have two new pups," she replies.
- "What happened to your other dog? I haven't heard any barking for months," I inquire.
- "It ran away, sir." she responds.
- "The new dogs are extremely annoying, " I inform her, "my asawa is angry at me because I yelled at them yesterday. "
- "I am giving one of them to my office mate, sir," she states.
- "I hope you take the noisiest one," I tell her. "I'm on my way to the land management office right now to ask about the garbage not being picked up. I'm glad you're taking care of this, thank you."
- "OK, sir, I will take the one dog to my office mate, " she reiterated. I didn't ask her to get rid of any dogs, but I appreciate the fact that she was agreeable to appease her grumpy kano neighbor.
After a few minutes, Sir Roy checks in. We go to his office and I air my concerns about the continual problem with the dogs and the garbage.
Roy hands me a four page flyer that details a new garbage project that Savannah Subdivision in Iloilo is implementing next month. I was impressed! It's a recycling program that involves a Monday through Saturday pick-up of our trash at 7 am. Assigned "bio-men" on trikes will roam the subdivision and go house to house picking up the trash. I'll have more on that project in a future post.
I commend "Sir Roy" for this solution to the garbage problem and inform him I will write about it on my website. He also tells me that the landfill our garbage collectors use has been full due to recent flooding problems. That explains the lack of recent trash pick ups.
We discuss the problem with the stray dogs and the canines that pet owners in the subdivision let run loose. He assures me he is taking care of that.
While I'm there I ask him if we could get the street light across from our house fixed. It's been out for about three weeks. He fills out a work request form on the spot and tells me that someone should be out tomorrow. I thank him for his quick response.
I shake hands with "Sir Roy" and excuse myself. I go home and later that afternoon I hear a motorcycle outside. It's the maintenance crew to repair our street light! That was fast! They have to climb the tree to install the new bulb. The trio of workers chop down most of the tree that was obstructing the street light (see lead photo) and it's not long before the new light is installed and working. .
I"m impressed. I want to thank "Sir Roy" at GlobaLand Property Management in Iloilo for his prompt attention and for all of his help. He's really helping to make Savannah Subdivision one of the best places to live in Iloilo.