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Going around the metropolis has always been my favorite, to check on what’s happening. Somewhere in the Kapitolyo area, I noticed a long queue of people at ATMs and banks . It’s the same scene in the supermarkets around town. While there are oppositors, which is understable, everybody’s preparing for the hardiest lockdown this Friday. 

While cruising down the main thoroughfare in Pasig City southbound, I saw a convoy of VaxVan, six of them, inching its way to the traffic escorted by military authorities replete with high-powered ammunition.

No, it’s not an excessive show of force. Elsewhere outside of the metropolis, I was informed that a contingent of policemen or military men is stationed in every medical health office of a local government unit 24/7 to protect the valuable vaccine.

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Now, I can fully understand the rant of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin, Jr. when he tweeted about his missing allocation of Moderna vaccine. “I was promised 30,000 Moderna for my people and the diplomatic corps. My people who are frontliners. I don’t know where the “f**k that went but words cannot express my embarrassment and anger. No one endangers my people. No one!” It was retweeted 156 times, 73 quote tweets and received 1,923 likes.

I am not a soothsayer. But, in my last piece I was correct in filling you in that we’re going back to square one. All indications point to us going back to the hard lockdown, close to 17 months after the World Health Organization admitted that pandemic is here.

At the moment, health officials are worried that Delta variant is spreading its poisonous tentacles all over. The number of people infected is on the rise. Fear grips us as we fight against this unseen enemy.

It is for the purpose of curbing the community spread that the government in close cooperation with the private sector is intensifying its vaccination program. At the moment, COVID-vaccine is a precious commodity.

The lockdown was announced a week ago but it appears like the authorities are not ready, particularly on the distribution of financial assistance to affected areas and will only be given to 80 percent of the populace.  

Declaring an ECQ is unpleasant because of its trickle down effects – loss of income on both the owners and the workers due to temporary closures of businesses, particularly micro-small enterprises.  

I feel the anxiety of the workforce in the service industry because restaurants and other related businesses will be temporarily closed. It is estimated that the domestic economy will be losing a whopping P105 billion weekly or roughly P210 billion covering the duration of the ECQ.

As a natural course of reaction, we fret, upset because movement is limited. The psychological impact likewise sets in. This should not be disregarded. The mind works in different dimensions due to the loss of income and there are several mouths to feed.

I hope this will not happen but such could lead to an increase in criminal activities, petty as some may be. I witnessed this petty crime last year, causing management to forewarn condo dwellers to be more careful while walking along a quiet street or alley. You may never know who's behind you and what action he would take.

Right, we’re back. It felt like a de javu. I hope, however, the authorities have learned some lessons from last year on how to do things properly and effectively this time around. 


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