If you live or been in the Philippines, you know well enough that it will be raining really hard this time of the year and workers and students will be waiting for admin leave and class cancellation announcements. There may not be a typhoon but low pressure area normally brings continuous rain. Include the problem with the city’s drainage system, there’s bound to be a flood and traffic will get worse. With that said, it follows that there won’t be much public transportation to accommodate commuters because some drivers would refuse to get their jeepneys out. If you’re thinking of getting a cab, I suggest you prepare to pay almost twice as much as the normal fare.
So last Friday, people have been commenting on the timing of the cancellation. A lot have said that the announcement is already too late because classes have ended (I guess the public is forgetting about us who have evening and weekend schedules) places are already flooded and everyone is already walking because of the lack of transportation (my house is 30 minutes away from the city considering normal conditions). Some are really angry because the water has almost reached their houses and blah, blah, blah. Some said that people are just overreacting because years ago, the quadrangle’s already flooded but still classes resumed. Some claimed they’re just worried about their child’s welfare which is understandable. Some are starting to become weather analysts, too.
Few of the comments sounded wrong at least for me. Like, are parents from 10 years ago don’t care about their children’s welfare so they let us walk through flood and wait for an hour or so for the jeepney? For kids including high school students, as far as I know, the parent’s has the discretion not to send their child to school if the streets are no longer passable (which varies depending on where you live and where the school is at).
Now let’s go back when the City Government was announcing ahead of time. Do they receive complaints? No. But they are mocked. Do people stay home? Not really. When it's raining but there's no typhoon, I can say at least 90% of people I know, even high school students, are updating their facebook statuses with pictures of them at the mall. Shopping, eating, watching a movie, running errands, etc.
I just hope people would stop the facebook drama "Ano kami isda?" (What are we, fish?) when classes and work aren't cancelled. It's your obligation to watch out for your own welfare and you don't need the government's announcement for you to figure that out.
I might get awful reactions on this one but I’m just stating my observations.