Two Weeks More
Whoever wants negativity? Naturally, no one! It’s just that you, me and the entire humanity in this unpleasant, unhealthy condition caused by the virus has to accept the current situation and more importantly, contribute our share in reducing the increasing positive trend.
Yes, we have to no matter how little. It all begins in baby steps. We have one more week to go before the prime resident In the Palace by the river and his retinue of advisers review the situation on the ground, and decide whether to prolong the MECQ or revert back to a stricter ECQ to reduce the climb in the number of positive cases.
As the title of this column says “Fill Me In,” I will Fill You In as best as I can on what I believe will happen based on two possibilities presented on the table. Any decision by the chief Palace occupant by the river will be based on the underlying principles of shielding us from the virus and keeping the economy float. The decision-makers have to weigh-in how to avoid the further crippling of the domestic economy that plunged into deep technical recession for the first time in 29 years on one hand. On the other hand is the health consideration.
As evidenced by the recent developments, the government cannot afford to close down completely the economic activities by reverting back to ECQ. Everything is back into a standstill to pull down the numbers. Although, everyone will be hurting, even, if some essential establishments will be opened for business, momentum of the spread could be reduced significantly
There are several issues that have to be addressed. First, the government must get their acts together. Presidential adviser for Go Negosyo Joey Concepcion says there’s already donor community fatigue among the private sector while Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez assured the government has the capacity to “carry out the difficult balancing act” of saving lives and stepping up to the challenge of mitigating the damages inflicted by the virus.
On the observation of Concepcion, it’s debatable! Just in time, yesterday, I received an email from San Miguel Corportation assuring that it has not waivered in its commitment to lend a helping hand, specifically for the frontliners, since the pandemic erupted.
This should highlighted, specifically at this time when the medical practitioners sought a 14-day period respite from their hospital responsibilities. “The sense of gratitude we have for the sacrifices and heroism of our medical front liners remains as deep and strong as it has ever been. They are our modern-day heroes. We’ve continued this program because we want to at least provide them some measure of relief and show them our support. We will continue to help them any way we can,“ San Miguel President Ramon S. Ang said.
So, where is this Concepcion observation coming from? What is the basis?
Exactly, both the private sector and the government must work together, hand-in-hand for us to pull through these trying times. If there’s a clash with either group going their separate ways, then, we, ordinary individuals, the recipient of their consolidated decision, will face with even more clouded, entangled, shrouded life ahead.
Though, for now, what is definite, according to passersby the river is that we’re in for another two weeks.
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