Looking for someone to blame again? When will these morons realize that Covid is outsmarting science with its mutations? It's like the other moron the Chief Political Analyst who said that the government should accelerate vaccine purchases. The monies are there but the supply
isn't. As for the LGUs, why can Marikina make vaccination registration be so easy? I registered two days ago and yesterday I already got a call and an sms for a schedule today. They gave a list of requirements for each classification. Bring your own ballpen. I will know today if
the schedule is followed. They even ask the question what brand do you prefer and if that is not available would you want to wait or be vaccinated with what is available? The President has come out defending Heath Secretary Francisco Duque. I've had the opportunity to speak to
him on the phone for my previous principal. Duque is very courteous and isn't your typical demanding Cabinet official who thinks the world revolves around him. Even if you're a Cabinet Secretary, instituting bureaucratic reforms is a challenge because the bureaucracy is a
Godzilla for lack of a better adjective. Bureaucrats don't normally have a sense of urgency. The laws each department has to comply with which are all designed to prevent graft and corruption makes any process tedious. What would solve the problem is a whole-of-government
approach to reform the bureaucracy. Aside from the regulations, there is also politics involved. Government is one huge snakepit. A reformer wouldn't stand a chance because those who benefit from the bureaucratic maze would be opposed to any reform because the income generating
opportunities would be lost. The LGUs would be a good level to begin as in the case of Marikina. These all began with the Fernando administration. It is not only on the LGU but also the residents. If both cooperate then you will have good results. This is why I don't believe Isko
is qualified to become President. He doesn't have a singular achievement in his political career which defines him. If he had succeeded in finally making something out of tbe capital city then maybe. In three years most of his achievements are superficial. They're not out of
what one would expect from a competent Mayor. Nine years would've had him better prepared because he would be armed with enough experience. Instead of being plain critics, we should actually be pro-active by thinking of what we would do if we were in government. Solutions even if
proposals only are the better alternative to constantly carping about problems. It would be hard for a corrupt government official to defend himself when faced with the solution to the bureaucracy. This is true even for the President. This is why the 2022 election is crucial. The
pandemic has given government officials to bring out their best. If they haven't delivered it is on us voters to make the choice if they are to be kept on or is it time for a change. This is why we should be focused on what their platforms are moving forward. Covid will not end
anytime soon. Innovation and out-of-the-box solutions are needed for us to move forward. We cannot just sit and wait to die or survive. We have to soldier on with our lives while we still have it.

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