Luczon: Basyang on the roll

Nef Luczon

SUNDAY had a pleasant morning. It was calm, and it guaranteed peace and quiet for those who wish to be re-energized for another manic Monday. But Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) has already warned the public of a tropical depression coming, which is expected to hit Mindanao.

The agency named it as “Basyang,” and as of this writing it is expected to follow the course similar to “Vinta” last December that has caused flooding anew in Cagayan de Oro and Lanao del Norte. It is possible that come February 14, as some people made this as a de-facto holiday for “Valentine’s Day,” that it is going to be greeted with rain. And pray tell there will be no flooding.

So as early as Saturday and Sunday, local disaster risk reduction management councils up to the regional centers, have geared up to meet possible challenges that they may get once it has reached within their areas of responsibility. May the recent “Vinta” disaster will give DRRM officers especially in Lanao del Norte to raise the bar of their operations.

Although weather specialists in Pagasa said that “Basyang’s” wind strength and rain volume may be lesser compared than “Vinta,” disaster preparedness should be remained a top priority given with top vigilance.

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A study published in a Melbourne Institute Worker Paper series revealed that a full-time work or eight hours every five to six days in a week may not be productive anymore for workers age 40 above.

The results of the study may have cause a great implication to the labor industry and businesses in general.

In the study, it claimed that people aged 40 above can perform best if they work three days per week or 25 hours hours a week, but it starts to slow down when it reaches a 55 hours per week.

One of the three authors of the study was Colin McKenzie, professor at Keio University, said that although work is a “double-edged sword” that stimulates brain activity, working more than 40 hours in a week may result in fatigue and stress of workers, and this can have a detrimental impact on cognitive functions.

At 72 years old, President Rodrigo Duterte had his controversies and gaffes before the public as the media feast on his unfiltered expressions of expletives and controversial statements. Critics attributed this as a result of his intake on sedative drug fentanyl, as he himself confessed it in one of the press conferences in the previous years.

If we apply this study, in the government service, perhaps government workers and officials can be more efficient. Duterte may work Mondays through Wednesdays, and Thursdays through Saturdays he will delegate the task to Vice President Leni Robredo, and such move may foster political unity rather than plotting to dethrone each other. Only that, when one works three days per week only, they should be paid for only three days as well.

(Nefluczon@gmail.com)