IT LOOKS like City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. learned his lesson the hard way. After getting flak for that unfortunate incident when senior citizens trooped unannounced to the Cebu City Hall to supposedly get their financial aid and in the process broke protocols designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the distribution of the said assistance to the “seniors” at the Cebu Coliseum on June 11 was orderly. Casas posted fotos on the distribution accompanied by him presenting his sentiment on what happened before.
To be fair to Casas and the City Government, they were good this time around. I still have to hear their usual critics, including those from the camp of the political opposition, talk about what looked to me like an orderly distribution process. Their silence speaks volumes of their intentions. Of course, they are not expected to give praise because they are on the other side of the fence.
With the lessons learned, I think it is time to leave the incident of a few days ago behind. What is a concern now is the continued rise in the number of Covid 19 cases in Cebu City and the province. Dr. Jaime Bernadas of the Department of Health has assured the people that there is no spike in the number of Covid 19 cases here despite the easing of restrictions but that could not prevent the city from being put in enhanced community quarantine again.
Of course, the worries are not expected to ease until a cure and a vaccine are discovered against Covid 19. Unfortunately, the optimistic statements we heard from the international medical community have died down, meaning that there is not much of a movement from this aspect of the battle against the spread of the coronavirus.
Of course, our fight against the Covid 19 pandemic is much too dependent on international efforts considering our country’s lack of resources and technological knowhow. President Duterte attempted to spur our scientific community by dangling monetary rewards for the discovery of a cure but we have never been expected to rise above the scientific level we are in.
So we will have to continue to be careful especially because the virus is in our midst. There is no reason to be complacent yet. The easing of restrictions by the government is not because we have flattened the curve but because our economy could die if we prolong the imposition of those restrictions.
The danger that our hospitals would be overwhelmed by a surge in infections is still there. In our place in Barangay Sambag 2, for example, barangay officials are still valiantly fighting the spread of the virus. Of course, tempers at times flare in the fight, like what happened recently in Barangay Inayawan, where the relatives of my wife are. That should not be a reason, though, for government officials to get discouraged.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan recently admitted getting the coronavirus in his system. It just showed how difficult his once glamorous job has become during the pandemic. Sad but true.