Change and review
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..
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