I was just driving by to my government consultancy when some traffic congestion greeted me in North Avenue. Nothing major (as you will see later) but slightly irritating.
The cause was these DPWH people blocking a lane because they were painting the street gutters with a checkered black-and-white design. Then the initials of the supposed “benefactor” of this project is boldly emblazoned on their blue shirts and the barriers they use for their “safety,” as if we owe her this superficial paint job that only Lord knows if somebody benefited from illegally. The traffic irritation merely put it over the top.
I don’t know why they even bother (unless somebody really benefits from it in a big way). It seems to be so futile to do this (it really has not additional safety advantage) again and again, only to have it faded and erased in time, like they way we paint our headstones, mausoleums and crypts during the November holidays. Everything is superficial, a cosmetic window dressing to mask what is really happening.
It really casts a reflection on how we are running (or is it ruining?) things now. It’s all cosmetic surgery, treating the superficial instead of what’s important. And the darn thing does not even look good.
Oh well! As they say, “Only in the Philippines…”