By Ismael Amigo | Published: November 19, 2020
As we write this, our kababayans in Cagayan and other parts of Luzon like Montalban, Rizal are crying for help.
Two days after Ulysses dumped overnight rains Wednesday and through the following day, many are still stranded with some of them, as chillingly published on social media, bunched on the roof of their houses.
First, it was Rolly, then Siony, and Quinta, which prompted the province of Batangas to declare a state of emergency. As if were not enough, the alphabet of destruction went on, and then came Ulysses.
Could “Uly” be the final blow for the infamous year of 2020?
We hope so.
As my little apo once said during his pedia checkup in Makati before: “Tama na po please…” “Enough already please.”
The populace is already on its breaking point not to mention the actual and mental effects of the COVID-19 health crisis.
It’s good to note the province may have already flattened the curve based on the latest report by the Provincial Health Department Office on COVID-19 cases.
On Saturday, the PHDO reported but 37 new COVID-19 cases in the whole province.
A month ago, that number only came from one municipality, or was it from Batangas City.
Presently, the province only has 707 active cases and counting down.
Another new development worth mentioning is the ongoing construction work on the public market of the City of Sto. Tomas.
It can be recalled that we first mentioned in this corner about the need for one rising city like STC of one spanking, modern public market.
Now, work has started.
A short talk with the foreman of the lucky contractor revealed that what they are digging inside the well-covered area beside the public market is already the super wide, 10-feet deep tub for STP or sewage treatment plant for the future Pamilihang Bayan ng STC.
However, specs of the future public market are not yet available but the workers hinted that by the looks of it, the new building would be a multi-storey edifice with dry goods section on the upper floors.
Our friend, OIC for STC’s public info Gerry Laresma. confided to us that Mayor Edna Sanchez made it a point that a new public market for her beloved Tomasinos is already built before she steps down as local chief executive in June 2022.