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What's in it for us

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After a year and almost four months of house arrest, children aged five and above were allowed to go outdoors, dine al fresco, in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) as well as modified GCQ.

This good news riled up single mother Victoria. She made plans to finally have a quick weekend getaway with her 13-year old son, Kole, in not too far away place, Tagaytay. The mother and son look forward to their bonding time, outside of the confines of their abode.

However, all the painstaking preparations went to naught because nearly a week after the authorities rescinded the decision, again, prohibiting children below 18 years old to enjoy the outdoors. This is because of the climbing incidents of COVID-19 variants.

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Based on several mutations, we, practically, are near completing the Greek alphabet. Categorized into variants of concern are alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Epsilon, eta, iota, kappa, lambda, theta and zeta have been classified as variants of interest.

Whether it's a variant of concern or variant of interest, we’re facing an unknown enemy. Virulent as it is, we just have to be careful and I fully support the flip-flopping of the inter-agency task force on the pandemic.

Understandably the increased incidents of the Delta variant makes it to the front pages. Even in his State of the Nation (SONA) address Monday, President Duterte dangled the possibility of bringing back to the strictest lockdown the metropolis in order to curb the uphill climb.

Actually, it’s a three-way toss: the economy, politics and science/health.

Economic managers are entangled with the health and science officials with the former wanting to open more businesses to fuel economic activities and more spending.

On the other hand, health officials object in their desire to curtail the spread of the more deadly Delta variant. While politicians are in the middle, weighing the cost benefit analysis of going strict or letting-up.

Knowing that the vaccine is now the best weapon they have to attract the populace to choose them in the upcoming elections, politicians are, in not too subtle way, campaigning for more vaccination.

This situation is more apparent in the local political scene. From what I heard, some elected village officials, including those formers but have plans to seek reelection, are visible in vaccine centers.

For the sake of the future of the country, the more than 600 million voters should be more circumspect, widen their perspective, in choosing candidates who will lead us to a better tomorrow.

It’s high time to ask: what is it for us? Not momentarily, however, but for the long-term.


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