Restoring normalcy

April 24, 2020

THE people can understand that the government cannot just lift the crippling enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon at this time because that would create more problems.

Many quarters agree that an extended ECQ would be bad for the economy as a whole, thus we share the view of others that there’s now a need to halt the spread of COVID-19.

“Kaya nakakatakot na alisin na ang ECQ dahil parami pa rin ang dinadapuan ng nakakamatay na sakit nito na nananalasa sa buong mundo,” said a former passenger bus driver.

But House Majority Leader Martin G. Romualdez of Leyte, a lawyer and banker by profession, is confident that life “returning to normalcy” in Luzon is attainable sooner than later.

Of course, this will depend on the support and cooperation of the Filipino people on President Duterte’s efforts to defeat the corona virus, which originated from Wuhan City in China.

Romualdez is husband of Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and chairman of the powerful House committee on rules.

Although no one knows exactly how long it will take to get life to normal again, the House of Representatives under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is committed to solve the crisis soon.

In fact, members of the House Defeat COVID-19 Committee (DCC) and the economic stimulus and health clusters are expected to come up with measures aimed at addressing the health emergency.

Through hard work, perseverance and cooperation, we can work our way back to stability even as we plan the future according to the lessons we have learned during this most challenging time.

And we share the view of Romualdez, president of the influential Philippine Constitution Association, that what’s important is for the government to restore normalcy to the people’s daily lives.

That’s why the government, through Congress and other concerned offices and agencies, deserves the support of the public as it pursues and orchestrates the fight against the deadly COVID-19.