It has been 28 days since Typhoon Odette (Rai) unleashed its force in Cebu around 9 p.m. on December 16, 2021, destroying homes, establishments and agriculture. Worse, lives have been lost.
Most households in Metro Cebu and the southern part of Cebu, where the eye of the storm has passed, celebrated Christmas and New Years in complete darkness and without clean water. Nonetheless, as Christians we celebrated Christmas and the New Year with the joy of always being there, minus the usual fanfare though.
The Visayan Electric Company which serves the areas of Metro Cebu and the Cebu Electric Cooperative (Cebeco) which distributes electricity to towns and cities outside of Metro Cebu rushed in and enlisted the help of other power companies. to immediately restore power to hospitals and essential facilities.
Fortunately, most areas of Metro Cebu are already lit after Typhoon Odette left us with untold worries and the water in the Metro Cebu Water District is now flowing in most parts of the city. But PLDT has yet to restore Internet lines to some of its subscribers, even after power has been restored to the areas it served.
What is troubling, however, is the claim by some, as Bobby Nalzaro wrote in his column for this article, that corruption has occurred during the restoration of power lines in some high-end subdivisions. .
Corruption takes place between two people, the corrupt and the corrupt. As they say, “it takes two to tango”. This is nothing new, however. No malicious intent, but it usually happens when those with the resources and who cannot endure the days in the dark and in a hot environment would like their electrical connection restored immediately.
In all fairness, especially to the linemen in different parts of the country who have helped Visayan Electric and Cebeco restore power despite the inclement weather, I don’t think the initiative came from their side. The question of corruption can be true or false, but as the saying goes, “when there is smoke, there is fire”. But let’s just consider what these linemen got as a holiday gift. MDR!
However, I would like this discourse on corruption not to take place among the linemen of the telecommunications companies who are doing their part to restore the Internet connection of their subscribers. It has been almost a month since Typhoon Odette left, but our internet connection has yet to be reestablished even after I made several requests to the top guns in the PLDT. I sincerely thanked these agents for their immediate response to my request. But in the end, nothing has happened yet as of this writing. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been working from home most of the time.
The Internet connection of my neighbors, who are served by the competitor of PLDT, was restored a few days after the streets were cleared and the power was restored. I wonder if PLDT, as a consuelo of its subscribers, would waive the charges for the duration during which the Internet lines of its subscribers are not yet restored. Imagine that in good times, these carriers cut your subscription immediately if you don’t pay by the due date. This is how strict these operators are in collecting monthly subscription fees.
Either way, I sincerely hope that PLDT’s linemen are fair in reestablishing their subscribers’ connections to avoid suspicion of corruption.