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Freeing the roadways

BUSINESS AFTER BUSINESS - Romelinda Garces - The Freeman

With the activation of the economy, I know that we have to be more vigilant about protecting ourselves against COVID.  Knowing that being complacent about the disease in this time where no one has yet any form of permanent protection may bring positive cases again to the fore. I pray not, for we all acknowledge that the ailing economy needs urgent resuscitation.

I am very grateful to our local government and business leaders who continue to forge for advocacies that spur economic activities. Loss of jobs due to many business closures have taken us aback as we can see more and more people opting to face the pandemic with a stint in enterprise. Of course we know that not all are going to be able to sustain this effort, but I continue to hope that their ventures may tide them over to the next job that may come after this pandemic.

So roads are now filled with vehicles of all forms. And I wish that those who take bicycles would really have lanes for themselves. Even if they have to pass inner roads to decongest the highways, and avoid accidents. 

The recent succession of road mishaps that caused some to lose their lives indicates how unprepared our roadways are for the extreme sizes of vehicles that ply the routes. Our roads are too small for bus turnarounds, and our streets are too crowded for bikes let alone the flurry of motorcycles that I believe increased in number since the restrictions and protocols in shared rides.

And there’s more, the unpredictable checkpoints…well, which may be necessary to check on unregistered vehicles and possible law breakers, but an encumbrance if it is made for covid checks since honestly, all they do is just ask you to open your window, and show your IDs and that’s it. Well, at least for some check point areas this does happen. But for others, all you see are tents that stay in the middle of the road, dusty and unsightly, totally unmanned unless the next whim to check comes. Sorry but that’s how it gets to me. Plus, some of the portalets look like germ bins at the side of the roads. Again, sorry if my opinion does not sync with those who believe these things are necessary. 

Now, when I say unpredictable checkpoints its because some of the check point areas are manned today and none tomorrow. The sudden checks of police for drug enforcement and license registrations for me are better. The system is clear. But the tents that stay at the roads or the sidewalks that eat on the already congested roads are not helping.  Most are unmanned so what are those items doing there?

I do hope we can fix these.  Please.

Meanwhile, be alert as you drive since some of these things just loom in darkness at night. Stay safe and God bless you everyone!

rgarces@smg.sanmiguel.com.ph

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