Monday, October 25, 2021

Pangan: Longing

At Close Range

WE HAVE longed for relief from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sara Soliven de Guzman, a columnist at Philippine Star asks: Why are we allowing Covid-19 to rule our lives? Why do we continue to be intimidated by it?

Well, Ms. de Guzman must share the same sad sentiments many of us do have and endured for a long time.

Eminent author and columnist F. Sionil Jose adds: This resurgent virus (Delta) is far deadlier than the original virus from which it mutated. Despite the intense global precautions, it seems unstoppable. The government does not have the money to prevent hunger from destabilizing the country. The shortages will definitely bring riots, violence.

I quote from these two columnists because I believe we could learn from their writings.

Well, let us be resigned to the fact that this virus is here to stay at least for the next two years and probably more.

Some say let us just ignore it and who knows, it may just fade away like the common cold.

We've given it too much focus and attention and resources that it simply plays pampered in our midst!

Anyway, each one of us is asking: When will the pandemic end? There is no sure sensible answer to that. Tsk, tsk, tsk.


I know we are under the modified general community quarantine classification. I hope this copycat provincial official will not copy (again) the current quarantine classification of enhanced community quarantine of the National Capital Region (NCR). For in the past, he has always copied whatever NCR had. Can he not be, for once, original and authoritative?


At the suggestion of Police Lieutenant Dennis J. dela Cruz who is the Fiesta Communities Tabun Mabalacat City Homeowners Association Inc. president, I wrote him a letter signifying our intention to form a separate and distinct senior citizens group to "systematically receive any assistance or benefits from the government, local or national or from non-government entities and charitable groups and promote unity and camaraderie among seniors.

He promptly put his approval on the letter on August 7, 2021, and he said he will give copies of the letter to Tabun Barangay Chairman Danilo de Leon and other concerned government offices and individuals.


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