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15 minutes before calling it a day at the office. And of course, 15 minutes before relaxing at the couch having the monopoly of the TV’s remote control.
But as we were preparing yesterday our things to head for the exit door and painted on our face are nothing but smiles after the Con-Ass forum, the Director of another office on the same building suddenly opened the door and told us the news.
“All classes are suspended. Classes will resume on June 29. One confirmed case of A(N1H1) in campus.”
Before we could even react, the bearer of this news already disappeared, I don’t because of fear or by sheer excitement to go home and take a vacation.
Then came the breakdown.
“Wow. Long vacation just after the opening of classes?! Superb!”
“How about our scheduled workshop on Thursday for the new module that we are to make for our students’ formation program?”
“Oh, we are scheduled to prepare all the stuffs for the institutional forum early next month. How about that one?”
“And how about the visit of our accreditors and guest next week?”
“How about our foreign visitors? Our preparations?”
It could have been fun having affording a long vacation, but we were confronted by the fact that we have so much things to do and lots of projects already scheduled. What to do with all these stuffs? Put them to the back seat for now I guess.
The A(N1H1) Tornado
One woman who works in the House of Representatives is the first Filipino victim to die of this disease. And the number of victims multiplies day by day, hitting the 500-mark today with the DOH expecting it to even hit the 7-digit number before the fury of virus slowly die down. When will it be? No one yet could tell.
Because of this, employees of the House or Representatives were sent home. No work. One branch of government is on a stand still.
A minor community outbreak is also already declared in Metro Manila, primarily concentrated on schools and universities. With cases sprouting here and there on different campus, classes are suspended, students sent home and workers ending up having an added vacation. Other schools even have to suspend their classes for another week even before starting it!
The Trouble With These Class Suspensions
Though I may be speaking for myself but I think I could also be echoing the sentiments of some teachers, some of our students and workers regarding these class suspensions.
Despite the suggestion of the Department of Health and the Commission on Higher Education not to suspend classes, they could still not stop the managements of schools to impose such preventive measure.
Class suspensions disrupt classes, scheduled activities, plans, and projects and workers ‘and students’ mindset. On the part of our school, we already moved for another week the start of our classes, from June 8 to June 15 because of A(N1H1) and now, another 3 days of now classes.
Though I am also quite fearful being infected by this disease and by the fact that you don’t know who is infected by the virus, I am also pissed off that with just one confirmed case in our school, everything would halt and stop.
As the economist Benjamin Diokno said, with all the class suspensions and some business closing shops, and of course the fear that this virus brings to the people, the economy will certainly feel the pinch. Money will not circulate, services will not be demanded and the economy will shrink.
Maybe, we are just panicking too much?
I guess I will just have to take this long vacation. Enjoy it? Hmmm…Shrug off the fear for this disease. And blog. Sounds better. Now, I am feeling much better.
What do you think guys? Will you also be pissed off with all these class suspensions in effect disrupting everything in your working calendar? Are we having so much unfounded fear against this virus?
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