Customers and debtors drastically affected by the COVID-19 disaster ought to urgently name on authorities to take away the burden of paying their water and energy payments incurred below the quarantine by realigning the nationwide finances allocations to pay for these as a substitute.
Water and energy firms, then again, ought to appreciably scale back the charges to be paid after the quarantine, when most of us senior residents, individuals with disabilities, solo dad and mom, wage earners, freelancers, small/middle-income earners, and different taxpayers would nonetheless be reeling from the consequences of the pandemic.
Banks, in the meantime, ought to (a) cease amortization funds for bank cards, housing, automobile, and different loans falling below the interval of the quarantine; and (b) decrease rates of interest to be utilized when bank card holders shall have regained sufficient functionality to pay, given an inexpensive time after this era.
Simply as authorities had allotted budgets for meals distribution and social amelioration (which sadly didn’t attain an excellent section of the needy), it might additional categorical and extra effectively exhibit its real concern for the folks if it would use taxpayer cash, as contained within the nationwide finances, to cowl bills for such equally essential requirements as water and electrical energy, maybe much more so than strong meals.
Keep in mind the poor mom, who, having acquired no help in any respect and with nothing else to feed her kids, excruciatingly cried out on nationwide tv: “Tubig na lang po ang aking naibibigay sa mga anak kong nagugutom (Water is all I can give my hungry children).”
Solely authorities and massive enterprise, such because the banks and water and energy firms, can absolutely ease the large burden on the nation’s residents. It will probably not damage authorities with all its sources, a lot of it from taxpayer cash, whereas large enterprise might give extra, because it advantages drastically from Mom Nature’s sources meant for us all, like water and daylight, and all of her wealth, together with human sources.
In the meantime, because the in poor health results of world warming and local weather change intensify, we ask authorities, the water and energy firms, and banks to noticeably perform ecological methods to guard and never displace communities, as they supply enough water, energy, monetary and different providers.
For water firms: Replenish reservoirs equivalent to by group and countryside planting and reforestation, rain harvesting, small water-impounding dams and the like.
For energy firms: Significantly and aggressively fast-track the nationwide implementation of renewable sources of vitality, equivalent to solar energy in each home, institution, and group. For banks: Cease loan amortization funds falling below the quarantine, and later, after an inexpensive interval from the quarantine’s lifting, scale back rates of interest.
Customers have all the time paid for water and energy providers pegged at charges not in accord with the truth that residents have the fitting as human beings, and never merely as purchasers of personal companies, to enough and clear water, in addition to a unbroken provide of vitality and energy.
Bank card, housing, autos, and different loan funds have saved banks in brisk enterprise. Enterprise is dependent upon the shoppers’ buying energy, capability to pay taxes, and their total situation of fine well being to allow them to work and earn revenue to have some financial savings, deposit these within the banks, or be certified to use for loans — whereas the banks make investments their purchasers’ hard-earned deposits or funds on worthwhile ventures, and even grant behest loans to at least one or two or just a few, maybe with the blessings of the powers-that-be.
Enterprise would finest thrive in an ecologically sound atmosphere, with a sustainable and sturdy economic system, and with readiness at drastically minimizing disasters or one other plague. The Filipino folks now badly want authorities’s and massive enterprise’ real concern and compassion for us all.
We attraction to the President, the remainder of the manager department of presidency, all progressive and anxious lawmakers, and massive enterprise to heed this name.
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Joey C. Papa ([email protected]) is president of Bangon Kalikasan Motion/Ecology Facilities.
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