Quality of Life in the Pandemic Times

Life today is filled with so much struggle and discomfort. We must adapt instead of complain because the situation calls for a change in lifestyle and perspective. We have no choice if we want to survive and fight to live for another day.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a huge challenge in the protection and preservation of human lives. The country’s public health and economic sector bear the brunt of the virus’ impact, taking away the livelihood and lives of many Filipinos. 

As of this writing, about 1300 Filipinos have succumbed to death due to the virus. Even with the lifting of lockdowns to allow the economy to partially reopen, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that more than 2.5 million workers have lost their jobs due to the closure of businesses. To date, DOLE disclosed that over 2,000 companies have permanently closed, turned to redundancy, or retrenchment. DOLE further projects that about 10 million workers will likely lose their jobs by the end of 2020. Without jobs and a vaccine or cure to the virus, quality of life is severely compromised and endangered.

Due to immense pressure from the business community, the government was forced to reopen the economy while reminding the public to follow health protocols such as wearing of masks, physical distancing etc. As a result of a partially re-opened economy, there has been a significant rise in infections recently. To further compound the problem, the busiest train line Metro Rail Transit 3 suspended its operations following numerous reported positive cases of COVID-19. It is very unlikely that the government will revert to implementing strict quarantine measures due to the prodding of its economic managers. A reopened economy presents greater risk to the health and safety of the public as people resume work and as gatherings become unavoidable, albeit small.

Quality of life today is compromised by this deadly virus. Individual movements are restricted except for essential activities such as going to groceries and buying necessities. Families are unable to physically meet due to mass gathering restrictions. Businesses are forced to close without customers/clients. Collectively, our social lives have been dramatically interrupted and altered.

The sad part about everything is that we are talking of casualties in terms of numbers whereas the priority should be ensuring the dignity, nobility and sanctity of each human life. In reality, this virus cannot be stopped from claiming the lives of a certain percentage of our population until such time a vaccine is publicly rolled out. 

Today, the longing for a quality life is secondary to survival. Some people depend on government dole outs to feed their hungry stomachs. Others rely on private support through the generosity of some companies and non-government organizations for food and medical assistance. Forced by circumstances either due to permanent or temporary job loss, a select few have ventured into online businesses to make ends meet.

Life today is filled with so much struggle and discomfort. We must adapt instead of complain because the situation calls for a change in lifestyle and perspective. We have no choice if we want to survive and fight to live for another day.

In these times, survival over quality is the name of the game.

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About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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