THE WAY I SEE IT | Susan Amoroso
The New Year has come at last. It’s now 2021! The old adage that hope springs eternal is truer than ever. Much as we want, we could not forget covid 2020. The year of lockdowns and travel bans, face masks and face shields. We want to shoo away the covid pandemic with all the co-morbidities that go with it. We want to forget the covid deaths and non-covid deaths of family members, friends and colleagues, the depression, economic deflation, unemployment, suicides, murders and other crimes. We want to forget the ten months of pure uncertainty and the ongoing fight with an invisible enemy that invaded every aspect of our lives.
The fear of covid19 extended over and beyond. Our natural way of life was re-booted eerily. I could not imagine holding a Christmas party online. But it happened. Our sorority Christmas party was held via ZOOM. Many church goers waived the much-awaited Simbang Gabi. The government decided large family reunions and company parties should not be done at all if not online. Our big clannish family decided to forego the Christmas festivities this year. We missed the games and the dance and song presentations complete with costumes and props. We missed a lot, most of all, we missed each other. My paternal grandparents, Guillermo Amoroso and Rosario Descalzo had ten children, my father was the eldest. Six of the ten siblings got married, had children, who in turn begot children of their own. So you see, the Amoroso is a large clan. Each Christmas, the married sibling’s children and grandchildren are required to present a song and dance number each. This is much awaited by everybody. The year before covid, our food was catered, we rented a big event place and there was a live band. This year there was nothing of that sort.
They say everybody must brace for the 2021 great reset. Is there really such a thing? This I can say, the government needs to reassess how to rebound. As it is, one out of every five employable Filipino is out of work. This means 20 million of our people do not have enough food on the table. The government cannot force quarantines and business closures any longer. The economy has to open up. The vaccines are not the ultimate solution. What has been happening in the last ten months tells us that the cure is much worse than the disease. Hunger, unemployment, depression, social alienation are worse than being diagnosed with covid. Why? Because less than one percent of those infected with covid19 die. The recovery rate is more than 99 percent.
I am ranting again and asking the government to open up the economy, fast and in a large way. Enough of the lockdowns, travel bans, and business closures of the so-called non-essentials. The trillion budgets of this administration must be aligned to create jobs, livelihoods, ensure national food security and maintain peace and order. The private sector must not be hampered by inordinate and whimsical passing of executive orders and ordinances. The local government units and the Covid19 inter-agency task force (IATF) must now prioritize economic rebound over the overblown media hyped covid. How long will this administration be cowered by the global elite? Why do we have to buy pricey vaccines with only a 50 percent efficacy rate and no safety guarantee? Why do we need imported vaccines when the cure for covid is within our shores and within reach? Why don’t we produce our own anti-covid treatments and preventive therapy like the virgin coconut oil, lagundi and tawa-tawa? Why don’t we put enough funding for our own research and development? As always hope springs eternal. May 2021 bring us better tidings, more luck, good health and abundant blessings from God almighty, this we pray in Jesus name!