Disasters always bring the best and worst out of people. It’s become more apparent when everyone’s compassion and cooperation is needed. Now more than ever, in the middle of a pandemic, it’s crucial to remember this.
When the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country continues to rise despite government intervention, the President placed Metro Manila under community quarantine, restricting travel and movement, and involving all law enforcement agencies to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas. Few days after, he then expanded the lockdown by placing the entire main Luzon island under “enhanced community quarantine” in a drastic bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Grossly under-prepared for COVID-19, affected Filipinos can’t help but panic despite the government’s call to follow “in case of doubt, stay at home” mindset; with some of the people complaining that government has failed to protect its citizens by not responding in a timely and adequate manner. And as The Administration scrambles to play catch up, we see many government officials and LGU leaders scrambling day to day to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the highly infectious disease.
Yet goodness goes viral as there are still a lot of great things that have happened since all these started.
We started to see other leaders stand out on terms of decisiveness and initiative to come up with solutions. City mayors of Manila, Pasig, Marikina and Valenzuela have immediately stepped up in providing for their constituents’ needs. Instantly, we get to see the true leaders who should continue to lead the country in the coming years.
Interestingly, the Ayalas and the MVP Group were one of the first private companies to show compassion towards Filipinos shortly after all these started. Previously branded as no-good “oligarchs”, yet they were among the first business conglomerates to help their employees. The Gokongweis, the Sy family, financial institutions as Metrobank, BPI, BDO, Meralco, Maynilad — all contributed as well to helping out institutions in this time of crisis. Soon after, other businesses started to show compassion and decisive action in helping out. Coca-Cola, Jollibee, Filinvest, San Miguel, the Razons, Aboitizes, Tans — all showed solidarity with every Filipino in this uncertain times. The response is, indeed, admirable and a striking demonstration of the strength and generosity of the human spirit.
All these things made us all realize that the power to make a difference is really up to us. We can call out failed leadership and criticize their shortcomings, but it has always been up to us to improve things in our country. Let us try hard not blame and point finger, instead let us all focus on what we can contribute in our own capacity to help in this difficult time. Let’s forget the political, economic, racial and social negativity that some people try to spawn from this health crisis.