Can’t thank you enough, Frontliners!


Gamson Jr Mawallil Quijano

Recently, during the current Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the story of “lugaw is essential” becomes viral on social media. Filipino netizens worldwide reacted in many different ways to this trending topic. For this reason, I am exhilarated to share my own story related to this matter. 

During the early stage of COVID-19 invasion, I was in Zamboanga City for my annual vacation as an OFW.

Honestly, then, I was so extremely anxious about the well-being of my family, especially my parents who are getting older. 

The regular news updates about the increasing numbers of people afflicted by COVID-19 makes me even more woeful, not for my self but for my family. 

But, I surrendered everything to Allāh, The Protector, The Bestower of Security. 

Thus, apart from Allāh, there are people who also have family just like many of us, but they choose to struggle and sacrifice extraordinarily in order for each and every one of us to be safeguarded and protected from being afflicted by the possible deadly effect of the COVID-19. 

Thus, I would like to take this opportunity to express my pride and joy to give salute, honor, sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of the people who have protected and safeguarded my family and loved ones in Zamboanga City from being afflicted by the possible deadly effect of the COVID-19. 

Thank you so much to all of you, especially to the staunch leadership of the mother and mayor of Zamboanga City, MARIA ISABELLE G. CLIMACO-SALAZAR, who serves as the captain of the ship. 

Likewise, to our beloved Governor of Sulu, Gov. ABDUSAKUR M. TAN, who has exhausted all the possible means in order to keep everyone especially my family there in Sulu safe and sound amidst the threat of COVID-19. 

I wholeheartedly understand that although many afflicted people opine that the government’s several measures related to COVID-19 seem exaggerated and are inflicted to harm, but in reality, it is us and our families who would benefit the most from it.

It must be noted well that the paramount objective of every government in imposing these measures is to protect and safeguard all of us from the detrimental effect brought by this enemy because our lives are precious and we deserve to live securely. 

To all the frontliners out-there who have been energetically active warriors in combating this unseen and agonizing enemy, THANK YOU SO MUCH for rendering invaluable services in so many ways just to protect and safeguard every precious soul of human lives during this most challenging health crisis.

May Allāh always keep US ALL including our beloved families, loved ones — so ever be protected and safeguarded by Him at all times from the harm of COVID-19 and any natural or man-made catastrophes wherever we may be. Aamin. GMQ

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