Editorial January 31, 2021
Still no strict enforcement of protocols
IS there a general compliance with the health and distancing protocol in Pangasinan as imposed by the national IATF?
NO. While most adults wear face masks, still many freely leave their noses and mouths exposed when huddling with friends, even in public. And face shields? These become mere props on people’s heads, serving as cool headbands and nothing else. Worse, children freely play out on the streets without face masks while their parents ignore them. Not many areas in pubic markets offer free and easy access to hand disinfectants or wash areas.
So who’s minding the compliance in our communities, in our commercial districts, markets, plazas, barangays? Who’s watching out for delinquent tricycle and jeepney drivers?
To this day, many note that there are still no regular marshals to strictly impose compliance and enforcement of the protocols – the only visible measures required of individuals to do for everyone’s protection.
As the regional IATF has suggested, communities should begin reporting and filing complaints vs. mayors and barangay chairpersons who by their policies and actions have shown little commitment to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
By acting proactively, residents save their families from imminent threats to their lives.
THE Tokyo Olympics continues to bug both our athletes and organizers. Will training be as fierce or there is need to relax? But the politically correct attitude is to train as if the Olympiad is a go. Training half-heartedly is defeatist. And with organizers insisting the Games will proceed as scheduled from July 23 to August 8 this year, there should be no room for worry. From Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga up to International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, their position has always been firm: no surrender and kill calls for its cancellation after the pandemic scrapped it in July 2020. Thus, kudos to our Tokyo-bound hopefuls: gymnast Carlos Yulo, pole-vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Irish Magno and Eumir Felix Marcial. They’ve been training without let-up in hopes of winning that first ever Olympic gold.
The country prays for their success—and the successful staging of the Games.
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