Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Briones: Moving forward

On the go

Don’t even think about it.

It shouldn’t even be mentioned in passing. Not even in jest. After all, we are in the middle of a pandemic and probably the worst financial crisis this island in the Pacific has ever seen as far as anyone can remember. I assure you, no one will find it funny.

Not the thousands if not hundreds of thousands who have lost their jobs, not only in Cebu City but also in the rest of the metro and the province as a result of the longest lockdown this world has even seen to try and contain Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019.

Some of them are only beginning to regain their footing, for heaven’s sake.

We’ve been maligned. Ridiculed. Called out for being “hard-headed” when our Covid cases shot up after our community quarantine status was downgraded back in June. By no less than the President himself.

Of course, no one has given Davao City, the President’s hometown, the same evil eye even though it has been in the top 10 cities with the most number of cases since the last quarter of 2020. Of course.

Granted, there had been setbacks.

Our health care system struggled in the beginning and nearly buckled from the weight of the growing number of patients.

It took “military” intervention to rein in the situation and put the city back to the road of recovery of sorts, just enough to give health authorities and local hospitals some breathing room to tweak their response to the disease.

In hindsight, it looked like things worked out for the best although it’s still too early to determine if the strict restrictions on movement were justified given the repercussions.

Mind you, this health crisis is far from over, even with talks of vaccines that may be a long time a-coming.

But I think, as a whole, Cebu City can give itself a pat on the back for a job well done, especially when the city’s Covid numbers started to drop.

There might have been premature celebrations, as members of the public who had been cooped up inside their homes for several months grabbed the first chance to be up and about.

And who could blame them? It was Christmas and the New Year and, now, the Sinulog.

So no one, especially not the City Government, should pretend to be alarmed by the current rise in Covid infections. I’m sure it had already taken that into account when it looked the other way while people tried to lead a semblance of normality in their lives.

The City shouldn’t have to take one step backward having taken two steps forward just because it’s Sinulog week.

We’ve arrived at the point where the only way to go is forward.


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