On 16 March 2020, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the entire Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine,” which is effectively a total lockdown, restricting the movement of the population with exceptions, in response to the growing pandemic of COVID-19 in the country. Additional lockdown restrictions mandated the temporary closure of non-essential shops and businesses. This quarantine came two days after the implementation of the community quarantine of Metro Manila.
This stunned everyone but for others a relief since to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission is to stay home, have a strong immune system and a healthy body.
Some are against it especially those who are earning daily and employees under the no work no pay status. But again, our health is our top priority. Let us give our Local Government Unit a chance to find a way to help those in need. Let us stop pointing fingers.
To those who are fortunate enough to be part of a company that is mindful of your well-being and the safety of your family, send your prayers as one way of thanking them.
We do the supermarket run for my senior parent since they are both high risk, we do not allow them to go out of the house. I only talk to them by our gate. I also run errands for my sister since she lives alone with her 4-year-old daughter.
I’ve been working for almost 4 years and I always feel tired because of all the workloads and constant deadlines. I do not have time to play with my kids since the first thing I do when I get home is to rest.
But in this trying times, I realized that we are given this chance to rest and to be with our family. I was given this precious moment to watch my kids play, teach them new things and talk more often to my siblings abroad.
This is a reset, to rediscover ourselves and reconnect to God, let us not waste it by complaining and disobeying the law. Let us listen silently to God’s message in all this chaos. Let us all be thankful for every day that we are waking up healthy. Let us pray for those still battling for their lives and pray for our front liners, they need it more than ever.
Together we can help fight this battle of the unknown, we may not be part of the battlefield but staying at home is a big help to stop the spread of CORONA VIRUS. This too shall pass.
By: Cheryl Tabaranza-Santos