I was just lying down at my bed doing nothing but cherishing the cold feeling that the bedsheet provides for me, one lazy Thursday morning. August 9. My mind-tacked schedule of activities says that I am supposed to take two long exams in Humanities II and Comm III this afternoon. But those are out of the line now, at least temporarily. Thanks to the news flash last night, which announced the suspension of classes today – including college students (luckily for UP too). Now we’re indulging ourselves the gift of a two-day school break. (Well not really, because there are still a lot to study about, but the extra time may come in handy.)
But really, should I be thankful?
I and my male blockmates have recently talked about the suspension of classes because of rainy days. We just ended up arguing about the situation (but soon got it over with). Let’s just accept the fact that we’re already in college and could only hope for a ‘miraculous’ typhoon to hit the country. That ‘miraculous’ is in fact, disastrous in nature. We were thinking that classes of us college students would be suspended if and only if the storm signal hits the mark. Hitting the mark means more casualties. We don’t want that to happen, of course. I suppose you still remember Milenyo, and how it hit the country ‘by a storm.’
To my surprise, our wish was granted. As I read the numerous text messages in my phone inbox, they were all telling only one thing: ‘classes were suspended for the day, because of the typhoon.’ blah blah. And then they did suspend it again today. There is a slight problem, though. Look at the ‘stormy’ weather outside. Ironically, when the weather is ‘nice,’ there are classes going on. What did the people in the government do? They neglected it.
Forgive me for the language, but I think what the government considered an impressive decision last night, is actually stupid. Yes, they may have also suspended classes yesterday morning for a reason. The problem was that they announced it too late. Most of the city people were already on their way to school and work until they heard the breaking news. That’s a critical problem, as time is important for everyone. Now it’s too late to go back. People were already stranded inside work and school establishments, waiting for the rain to stop. Unfortunately, it did not.
Many were fuming and blamed the government for the last minute announcement.
[This is not the first time that it happened, mind you.]
I hope they [the government] will learn their lesson soon. That is to always tell the right announcements at the right time.