Lacson: Time is gold


I REMEMBER an epic incident where my younger sister and I had to wait for something. As the impatient person that she is, she began whining about how much longer we had to hold on, which made me tell her: "Patience is a virtue."

In a hasty and shocking counter, she said: "But time is gold."

Indeed. That made me speechless, and I rested my case.

I bet hundreds of motorists plying the major roads in this city and adjacent municipality like me exactly feel the same way whenever we are stuck in traffic and left hopeless to suffer the drag every single day. Our time is so precious that we do not deserve to be tortured while we are stuck along with piles of other vehicles. Whether it is in the morning on our way to work or in the afternoon as we head back home, we feel the injustice of having to waste our time and energy in the middle of the never-ending traffic jam. We need our precious time to spend it with our family or to rest after a long day of toil in the workplace.

How long do we have to suffer? We all want to ask this from our authorities. Amid this pandemic, the burden of being stuck in the traffic at any given time of the day adds to the many worries that we are already experiencing at the moment. I just don't know if our leaders even know the suffering that the ordinary people, their constituents are going through every day. At least three hours every day are spent on the road because of the traffic jam as a result of a major bridge repair and improvement.

Just imagine what many other things a person could have done in those three hours! It could have been spent to teach or guide your kids on their learning modules. It could have been spent to prepare a delicious dinner for the family. It could have been spent simply to rest and relax after working hard for the day. Time is indeed gold. It is so precious that people should start thinking about how this traffic problem should be immediately resolved.

We need our precious time to be productive not only for ourselves but for our family as well. We need our precious time to rejuvenate ourselves and make our bodies stronger to fight off harmful viruses from attacking us as we go out of our homes every day. We need our precious time because we deserve to enjoy an orderly and safe environment in our community because this is where our taxes go after all.

End the traffic fiasco right now.


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