IT does not help any when I hear and see the commercial of Secretary Jericho Petilla telling me to just put my fan setting to 1 and my air conditioner to 24 degrees so I can save on my electric bill. After all, I know fully well that this is not the case in government offices whose electric bills I pay thru my taxes. Besides, how can I find any comfort if my fan is set at its lowest amidst the intense heat and aircon at 24 degrees? People work so they can afford comfortable lives which seems like anathema to this government sans the basic services required of a government to provide its people. Case in point is the constant breakdown of the MRT. Last I heard its maintenance contract has been bidded out and awarded and subdivided to several parts to cover specific areas. I am not sure if this is tantamount to splitting of contracts. I am not aware how much the contract is to begin with but hopefully with this new tact, good service, which is badly needed and the least expected by our kababayans, will finally be delivered. Same goes for the PNR trains. Now that the rainy season is here, expect the usual floods that plague our streets to the despair of our riding public which includes our students. Despite millions of pesos poured into and spent on flood control and declogging, the sordid situation remains. So jeepneys and buses are replaced by bancas especially in those areas where garbage piles left uncollected block the cities’ waterways.
Is there no end to this? Is it time to give up on this country and on this government that had so much promise in the beginning? People are on survival mode if not apathetic to their situation. Probably the reason why more and more people are planning to migrate and more and more of our workers leave as OFWs. It seems the only people who care about who is at the helm of government are the businessmen who need to establish networks for business to run “smoothly” and the supporters of politicians who are the first to enjoy the spoils. Our elections are a sham. The Comelec has failed miserably to uphold the real winners so why even bother to vote. But the day we all give up the fight for what we deserve from a government is the day we kiss the future of our children goodbye.
Back to the subject of electricity, I hope Secretary Petilla invites us to his office or his home so we can check where his thermostat settings are. I am sure we mere mortals are the only ones who feel hostaged by Meralco’s outrageous rates.
God is Great!