You just had to laugh. It sounded like an advertisement for hemorrhoid cream or constipation medicine. Believe it or not, over the past two weeks, we have rushed to get relief goods to Northern Cebu and HAVE HAD TO SCHEDULE TRIPS AROUND TRUCK BANS IN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOONS! How frigging $#%!&%!! stupid is that? It means staff leave at 1 am, 4am or at the latest 6am to beat truck bans in several towns (different times in effect in neighboring towns) on the way out, and avoid late afternoons on the way back to the city. It means rented trucks cost us over PHP10,000 per trip, it means wasted hours waiting roadside for crew, it means added cost for feeding crew, and it means a whole lot of idiotic bureaucratic frustration that makes you want to find a local official and strangle them with your bare hands. Yes, a simple decree that trucks carrying relief goods to Northern Cebu are EXEMPT from the truck ban would have helped immensely. But that is too easy and too simple for the simpletons who put these rules in place. TANGA is truly such a descriptive word. These people and municipalities that enforced this are TANGA, TANGA, TANGA and TANGA-SQUARED. IDIOT works just as well for me.
At no point CAN YOU JUSTIFY THAT A MINOR INCONVENIENCE added by having say 50-70 trucks HEADED OUT of the city during rush hour when most folks are heading in, is not worth it when you are bringing food up North to hundreds of thousands of people in need. But just to calm down and find the humor in all of this, our aggressive dump truck driver took matters into his own hands and wrote a ballpen sign which he taped to his windshield, hoping to scare off traffic aides. It simply stated… “RELIEF GOOD… DO NOT DELAY” The Teen left if up all day, resisting the urge to correct it. It’s like all those signs at places even like S&R that say “CLOSE” at the cash register for hotdogs, when they mean “CLOSED”. Or another frequent sign advising you that there is only space for designers in parking lots when they say “COSTUMER PARKING ONLY”… :)
My apologies for the relative “silence” for the past day or two, we are very busy, and I hope to put together an update of dump truck trips 3,4 & 5 to Bantayan Island, Tabuelan and Daanbantayan over the weekend. Again, my sincerest thanks to all of you for your offers to help, your donations and your support.
Photo taken by the Teen.