• By Junex Doronio
TRECE MARTIRES CITY — CAVITE GOVERNOR Jonvic Remulla has exhorted his province-mates not to lose hope amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his Facebook post, Remulla said that when an FB follower asked him if there is ever hope for the Philippines, the governor cited that when he was born in 1967 the average lifespan of the Filipinos was only 62 years old.
This year, he noted, the average lifespan is 71 years old.
“Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? As a country, we have made a difference of plus 9 years in life expectancy in the last 52 years. There are now advancements as well as better access to health care, an increase in per capita income and overall, better quality of life,” Remulla said.
He recalled that in the past, there were times that the residents in Imus had to endure three hours of blinking light bulbs.
“May panahon na ang ilaw sa Imus ay tatlong oras na kumukurap-kurap ang sinde. Marami ang nakikinuod lang sa bintana ng mga bahay na may TV sa labanang Crispa-Toyota; tsinelas nakatabi o nakasabit sa bintana,” Remulla fondly reminisced.
He added that before people had no choice but to consult quack doctors.
“May panahon na albularyo lamang ang puntahan ng mga may sakit. Kauting pahid ng dahon, kauting bulong at may pag-asa na gumaling. May panahon din na ang bukol o tumor sa katawan ay dulot ng pinutol na kahoy o marahil dahil sa galit ng nuno sa punso na hindi sinasadyang nadaanan ng walang pasintabi,” Remulla recalled, apparently noting the lack of modern medicine in the past.
The governor, however, pointed out that the province of Cavite has now progressed. Even in the combat against Covid-19, Remulla noted that of the 1,101 Covid-19 positive, 364 patients had recovered and there were only 55 who perished.
“The road to recovery is hopefully, near. The path to progress is not far, we just have to all work together. Anything is possible if we all work together. Tayong lahat, kapag nagkaisa, ang pag-asa ng bayan,” Remulla said. (MTVN)
On photo: Screen capture of Gov. Remulla’s Facebook page.