RAIN fell in our place late afternoon yesterday, the first time in a few weeks. “Cuaresma,” or at least what I thought the word meant when I was a child, came rather early this year. It’s not often that a dry spell would come as early as February, although the Catholic world celebrated Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day, February 14. By the way, I used to associate the word “cuaresma” to exceedingly hot days.
“Cuaresma” is, of course, the Spanish for Lent and comes from the Latin Quadragesima, which refers to the length of the Lenten season, which is 40 days. But when I was a kid I would often hear my grandmother Nanay Bunding complain about hot days as, like “cuaresma.” Then again, Holy Week has always been hot in the Philippines because this run smack into summer.
Summer in the Philippines usually comes in late March to May. But the rainfall got fewer as early as in February, although the weather bureau Pagasa said it might officially declare the onset of summer during the Holy Week yet. This is not surprising because Pagasa needs enough data to make the declaration. And didn’t it rain yesterday?
The other Sunday, I was almost felled by dehydration. I did an errand under the heat of the morning sun before preparing to go to mass with my family. I could sense something was amiss when I felt nauseous. I thought I would collapse in the middle of the mass had not, by instinct, I asked my son to buy me a bottle of cold mineral water.
I didn’t want to vomit so I drank the water sip by sip. I could feel the heat in my body lower and the nauseous feeling subside. But I still didn’t feel well even when we were inside a cold mall.
My advice: beware of the heat and drink as many glasses of water as you can.
I don’t know the outcome of the implementation by the Mandaue City Government of its ordinance against the wearing by motorcycle drivers of full-face helmet, bonnets and masks. Mayor Luigi Quisumbing has decided to implement the measure despite the criticisms mostly from motorcycle drivers.
I would give the City Government high marks for intention. Finding ways to enhance law enforcement efforts is laudable considering that other local government units are not even thinking about being creative on this regard. But if you ask me, this measure’s intention falls short of its desired effect because of the lack of deep study.
A measure like this one that inconveniences many people should have been backed with a good dose of research. The most obnoxious crime committed by men riding motorcycles is murder. The most recent example is the killing of lawyer Jonnah John Ungab. This means there are enough samples on this for a deeper study.
How many of these killings have been solved? How was the solution reached? Of those solved, how many of the gunmen were not wearing full-face helmets, bonnets or masks? What led to the identification of the gunmen, witnesses or CCTV footages? How many incidents of killings done by motorcycle-riding gunmen happened in Mandaue?
My point is that making conclusions and crafting ordinance using “oido” or mere hunch is wrong. Government can definitely do better.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on March 12, 2018.
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