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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, June 15, 2020
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Holidays on COVID days

Ninfa Leonardia

No flag ceremony at the Luneta on Independence Day? That was quite a shock I got last Saturday! Not even a simple one, with just a few masked officials in attendance? I do not know if the President is still in Davao, as he was reported to be earlier, but certainly officials of the Philippine Historical Commission, or other similar offices would have thought of it? I am sure most, if not all the provinces and cities and even the towns in the country had tried their best to observe it.

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Speaking of the President, I hope he is well, although the latest I saw of him, and that was yesterday, was on TV where he was shown speaking on different occasions, so I thought, all was well. But then I noted the taglines and saw that all those occasions had taken place in February 2020 yet! So what’s the score? Has our President returned to Malacañang, or is he still in his beloved Davao to recharge his batteries? Well, he deserves a rest, after coping with all those problems the country had to deal with recently. Let us all pray for his health and well being.

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One cannot blame his advisers who may have recommended the respite from the problems of state. Although President, he is only human like all of us and susceptible to human ailments, too. I wish, though, that we could hear statement or comments from him on some important issues like, for one, the ABS-CBN tiff with the National Telecommunication Commission. These day, especially with the COVID-19 threat and all those stranded and displaced overseas foreign workers who had opted to come home, we do have seemingly insurmountable problems.

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Indeed, we should protect our President from this raging pandemic because we need him more than ever. But it seems this virus is no respecter of rank or power, and among its latest victims, as reported, is the mayor of Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu. It does not help much to hear that China has developed a vaccine against the virus and the Philippines is one of the first, if not the first countries they will share it with. I hope, though, that they will try it on their own people first – for obvious reasons.

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By the way, the latest reports say that Cebu now has a big number of COVID cases, and maybe that is not surprising because it is a big city with many returning residents, or overseas Filipinos, which is the news I got yesterday that said it had 2,062! Let us pray for them and hope the proper medications will soon be available to save them. But another report that should make us apprehensive is that cases of dengue and leptospirosis have also been cropping up in some areas. Since the rainy season is on, children should be strictly prohibited from wading or playing in flooded areas. Remember that leptospirosis is spread by the urine of rats and mice in the dirty water.

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I hear that the proposed opening of classes is on August 24. Well that remains to be seen because we are still at the mercy of Madame COVID! But among those mourning the uncertainty of school opening are the business people dealing with school supplies and uniforms who have already acquired their stock in preparation for the start of classes! So far, about 10,000 students have reportedly enrolled, but as to whether they can go to school is still something in great doubt.

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By the way, what do parents, as well as teachers and the students themselves think about the proposed “online” method of classes? Some claim it will be impossible for those living in distant barangays and puroks where some families have no access to such facilities. Worse, if the parents are both working and the children are left on their own to “study” via online, do you think they can pay attention for long? The chances are that those knowledgeable will spend most of their time playing games on their computers.

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How strange it is that two of our most important holidays have fallen within these COVID-19 days. First, our Independence Day, June 12, which our city managed to observe, at least in simple rites, and then on June 18, we will celebrate our Charter Day! We do not know yet what our city has planned to mark it, but even if there are no formal ceremonies or festivities, let us just think that the day recalls the time when Bacolod was declared a Chartered City! Let us also recall how far our city has gone since that day, and give thanks for it.*

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