THIS week, we are back to column writing once again. Thanks to SunStar Baguio publisher Peter Rey Bautista for the opportunity to share our thoughts on Baguio and Cordillera society and the country as a whole.
The internet and modern-day communication tools have made it convenient to share one’s thoughts with a light touch on computer screens. These have opened the floodgates of opinions on social media.
Anyone with a cell phone or computer/laptop is afforded the freedom to express oneself. These come in all forms like photos of amazing earth, sharing family success stories, travels and so forth including sadly, poignant and touching moments.
Add favorable and unpalatable or unsavory comments with the way present-day politicians run governments. And, sway and manipulate the mindset of social media enthusiasts to their respective agenda.
Gone are the days when one has to dial the old models of telephone apparatus; connecting long-distance parley via an operator who answers “one moment please” that takes the longest moment in time for an impatient guy like me.
Like the multitude of seniors, I learned with strain how to barely stay literate in the world of cyberspace.
And so here we come after almost two decades of absence from pounding and following the news beat in the practice of our trade and profession as a member of the fourth estate. I miss my former colleagues, like the elders of the Baguio Correspondents & Broadcasters Club who wrote “30” in their respective resume and moved their typewriters to the happy hunting grounds of Mount Pulag and the great beyond.
Yet it is heartening to rub elbows with the young generation of local media practitioners. Their pursuit and idealism to seek the truth and inform their respective publics are beyond question.
The past months have been depressing for all that with the Covid-19 hovering the air with its deadly spray drops. Home and self-quarantine was the best solution suggested by health and government authorities to protect oneself from the lethal virus. And road checkpoints had to be set up to prevent the free movement of positive infected people, and avert its further spread to the greater population.
World history would point to home and self-quarantine as the safest antidote to the spread of the deadly virus with no scientific cure. Indisputably millions perished in recorded incidents of pandemics among the gullible and naïve. Survivors comprised only those who distanced themselves from crowded communities suspected to be contaminated.
Certainly, mankind sought hundreds or thousands of home remedies. Just like in third world countries of today, the Philippines included, home remedies are concocted to stop and quell said viruses to save lives.
Ironically, notwithstanding government advice and direction, there are minority members of communities who tend to disobey protocols such as violation of curfew hours and checkpoint rules.
This has posed a great danger to the lives of frontliners the likes of policemen and other law enforcers, and medical personnel in health facilities. Quite a number have lost their lives trying to save lives.
In this connection, local government officials of Baguio City and the Cordilleras deserve worthy congratulations for strictly adopting protocols for the safety of their respective netizens. Job well done and keep it up.
Last week, we ended the series on the World War 2 Memoirs of my father, the late Ifugao Deputy Governor Luis I. Pawid. It was his wish to have his set of diaries printed for posterity and education of generations after him. For those who missed reading an episode or two or the entire series can look forward to reading the memoirs in a coffee table book. Abangan—HP