Lobaton: Let’s appreciate and remain conscious


WE SAW the results of the efforts of the city government of Bacolod in controlling the spread of the coronavirus. We observed the decline on the number of positive cases reported, which is way different from last month when local transmission was at its peak.

We cannot deny that the formula used by the city came in very effective to stop the spread of the Covid-19.

I believe that while we continue to fight this virus and remain hopeful that we should not be its future victim, it remains a real threat that when uncontrolled, it could slowly come to our vicinity sooner or later. This was confirmed when many prominent personalities in the city were infected and some even died.

It implies that when an area is saturated by the infections, nobody could be spared from becoming its victim. Rich or poor, young or old could be a possible victim.

That should make people think about the seriousness of this fight against Covid-19. We cannot underestimate its threat and its possible impact on an individual.

It reminds us to reflect on the recent breakthrough by the city government in leading this fight. I think we need to extend appreciation where it is due.

At times when we simply hear popular criticisms on the continuing efforts to fight the coronavirus, we should not forget that we’ve passed one toughest fight against its invasion.

This, however, should also remind us that the virus is still around. People should not lower their guard and at all times impose consciousness about the presence of infections.

Just over the weekend, I observed that normal activities had been restored. The beaches are filled with our people spending time with their family. The same with restaurants, bars and marketplaces, they all seemed to have gotten back to normality since the surge of infections last month.

This could be the same situation when we started to count only of a small number of positive cases in Bacolod.

My fear that while we have returned to our activities and personal interactions are quite inevitable, it could usher us back to the very situation that local cases will increase and contact tracing would be a problem.

I hope we can truly believe in the statements of those in our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that systems are in place to guarantee that we are safe. But in the meantime, while we are thankful to our officials and those who have worked hard to stop the transmission of the virus, people should always think they have a role to play. That role does not begin with a bunch of things to criticize against government but with asking ourselves if we have been conscious even at observing the local health protocols to help in this fight.

At least while the medicine and vaccine have not been settled for us, we have something of a contribution that will not burden our government in our continuing struggle to the Covid-19.

I thank my former college student and barangay chairman of Singcang, Rosinie Distrito, for coming up with a reminder on social media about this Covid-19 disease.

Rosinie experienced the hardships as he battled for survival against the disease. As a frontliner in his barangay, he was tested positive with his wife, Jade. His narrative makes an important reminder that we are still into it now and we should strive not to be infected.


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