Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian To Pasig's Vico Sotto: "Kopyahan na eto!"
As the fight against the spread of COVID-19 continues in the Philippines, local government units (LGUs) have rolled out different efforts to address problems their respective cities and municipalities are experiencing. Netizens have taken to social media to salute various city mayors for their immediate and effective responses to issues and concerns raised by their communities.
Among the mayors being commended for doing their job as public officials is Valenzuela City’s own Rex Gatchalian. One of the efforts Valenzuela City has taken in light of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is to distribute food vouchers to its residents which they can use to redeem food packs. They have also prepared isolation centers and modular tents for COVID-19 monitoring in the city, should they encounter COVID-19 positive residents.
Aside from these, the Valenzuela City mayor also mentioned on Twitter that he plans to create mobile palengke for the city, modeled after Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto’s initiative. A netizen had asked the mayor if Valenzuela could also have their own mobile palengkes, and in response, the mayor said, “Plano nga natin gayahin sila sa Pasig sa pamumuno ni mayor @VicoSotto. Kopyahan na eto!!! Wala naman tayo sa school e... in this case copying is allowed I think.”
Various netizens have agreed with the mayor’s sentiments in his tweet, saying that now is the best time to exercise team work and a healthy exchange of ideas among public officials, especially if it's for the benefit of their people.
Just a week prior, Pasig City also passed its Anti-Panic Buying And Anti-Hoarding Ordinance and credited Valenzuela City for providing the idea and framework.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.