Articles worth reading
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

Año expects cases to decrease under MECQ 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año expressed confidence that the number of COVID-19 infections would decrease during the enforcement of the modified enhanced community quarantine in some areas, including Metro Manila. At the sidelines of an event...

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora

San Juan City to distribute another wave of food packs - MB

account_balanceSan Juan access_time5 days ago

San Juan City will be distributing another wave of food packs to its residents now that Mega Manila is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) again. Mayor Francis Zamora said they have started the repacking of relief goods for the 13th ...

Pasay restores curfew hours of 8pm to 5am

account_balancePasay access_time5 days ago

The Pasay City Council had passed an ordinance setting the curfew hours in the city back to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. after President Duterte once again placed Mega Manila under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) last Aug. 4.  According ...

Metro Opinion

Change and review

account_balanceMetro Opinion account_circleLeigh Bellosillo chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Remember when “change is coming” was president Barack Obama’s battle cry during his presidency? Here, in our corner of the world, the country, like so many other places, it took COVID-19 to lead us to change.

The more than 100 days of the lockdown has changed the course of our daily behavior. The little things we took for granted such as the freedom to go out of the house, socializing, having that afternoon coffee in an al fresco setting alone while people watching, the whimsical shopping, enjoying a bottle of beer or a shot of single malt with a friend or two talking about nothingness or planning if not pruning or revising the travel bucket list for the year as summer approaches, they’re just memories.
Mundane as they are, the virus awakened the ladies that the red shoes and designer bags, which they have been longing to own, have become insignificant.

In its stead is the rekindling the love for our family, reignited our relationship with the Almighty and reminded us the virtue of patience and forgiveness and more importantly reinvent ourselves by reversing adversity into opportunity as the lockdown became protracted after a month of ECQ as initially promised.

On the real terms, the prolonged ECQ, which gave birth to other types, the GCQ, MGCQ, LGCQ, has shore up the country’s foreign debt, sidelined the economic growth, dented the soaring of the stock market and increased the number of unemployed and the underemployed. 

In my going around town to fill you in on what’s happening, the latest buzz is some of the employers, instead of reducing the number of their employ, are paying half of what is due them. This is to keep their business afloat while others reasoned out that it’s due to ‘WFH” (work from home mode), wherein one does not need to spend gasoline, which by the way soared eight times this year to its highest price so far this year.

Most of us do a count down of the lockdown. Whiling away the time became Netflix or Vui addict, learning something new, honing hidden talents such as baking, cooking or gardening. Or became a potato couch, closely monitoring the developments here and abroad.

This hardened journalist flinched while watching the broadcast news updates on the sorry state of some of the overseas Filipino workers locked-up abroad due to COVID-19.

They’re left to fend for themselves by their employers, reportedly restoring to extremes like selling their organs, blood, or became scavengers. Although concerned authorities denied the mendicant condition of some, they’ve been videotaped scavenging rubbish bins.

There are those who are fortunate enough to come home but the handling was less to be desired, the agonizing situation of ILS (local stranded individuals) just to finally get some attention from concerned authorities. Some of them have fallen victims to rogue fellows, taking advantage of their situation. A verse in the Santana song goes: “you’ve got to change your evil ways.”

And, then, there was none. It wasn’t long time passing, was it? But, somewhere in between, maybe I’ve fallen into a long slumber that when I woke up, the Palace is already asking for another stimulus package, this time, worth P1.3 trillion.

I believed I failed to fill you in on where have all the billions of pesos gone? Even the lawmakers are asking. The buzz among the most affected CDE segment of our society sounds almost the same as all the others..


date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Pasig set to open molecular diagnostic laboratory 

account_balancePasig chrome_reader_mode3 days ago

Pasig City’s molecular diagnostic laboratory which is capable of detecting the SARS-CoV2 pathogen that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will soon be fully operational, according to Mayor Vico Sotto. In his official Facebook page, Sotto sa...

PhilHealth liquidates just 6.8% of Covid-19 payments

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode21 hours ago

State insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has liquidated only 6.8 percent or P1 billion of the P14.7 billion advance payments that it granted to hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation in violation of Commissio...

Muntinlupa imposes liquor ban 

account_balanceMuntinlupa chrome_reader_mode4 days ago

In a bid to slow down the transmission of Covid-19 in the city, Muntinlupa City will enforce a liquor ban during all levels of community quarantine and stricter home quarantine pass system. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-111 ...

DMCI Holdings, Inc.

DMCI posts lower earnings

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode21 hours ago

Engineering conglomerate DMCI Holdings, Inc. posted P1.4 billion in consolidated earnings in the second quarter, down by 62 percent from P3.7 billion in the same period last year.    This raised first-half net profit to PHP2.0 billion, a 69...

Malacanang keeps hands off Senate probe on PhilHealth 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

Malacañang on Sunday said it will leave to the Senate to make remarks on the decision of two top Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officials to skip the next Senate hearing into corruption allegations within the state insurer. In...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
×
Click on the article to continue reading
Makati announces community vaccination drive Russia announces Covid-19 vaccine approval NCR records fewer virus cases under MECQ Angkas to give free rides for Manila health workers PhilHealth liquidates just 6.8% of Covid-19 payments MECQ extension highly unlikely Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature