MAYOR Isko Moreno said lifting the liquor ban is the least of his priorities once Manila enters the general community quarantine phase come June 1.
Moreno said his foremost concern is how to address the problems that may arise as the general public begins moving around gradually, with regard to the possibility of COVID being spread and the capacity to address the growing number of such cases.
“Andyan lang naman ang alak at hindi naman ito ‘basic necessity’ na tipong hindi mabubuhay ang isang tao kung wala ito,” Moreno stressed.
The mayor said he sees the need to educate the public about the value of money nowadays and how to set their priorities straight, if the recent developments have not taught them that yet.
“Mas mahalagang gastusin ang konting pera sa mas importanteng bagay. COVID teaches us lessons bukod sa health issue, like preparing ourselves economically by means of saving whether in good times or challenging times like what we have now,” he said.
Moreno added: “Gusto ko maging masinop tayo sa pera. Kung me maitutulong ako para maimpluwensiyahan sila sa pagpapahalaga sa kinita nila, gagawin ko. The opportunity to limit vices is the very reason to save for the worse.”
The mayor said the more important lesson that everyone should learn based on what we all experienced during the quarantine is that we can live without vices and should instead learn to save for the future and more important things.
“Walang negosyo o trabaho. Dumating man ang tag-ulan, pag pumasok ka sa silong, me makakain ka, me naitabi, me naimbak. Pwede naman (alak) pero now, hindi ito mahalaga. What is urgent is to continue disciplining and protecting yourselves and buy things na makaka-protect sa sarili mo habang ikaw ay nagtatrabaho,” Moreno said.
He called on the residents to follow the principle of ‘delayed gratification’ wherein they save for the ‘rainy days’ and reward themselves later.
The city government, he said, is busy putting up more quarantine facilities in preparation for a possible spike in the number of COVID cases owing to the tendency of the public to be complacent once the GCQ is in place.