Editorial: Brightening up the day

IT WAS playful and fun, and something that truly lightened up the people's day, especially amid the heavy traffic that Valentine's Day brought.

We're talking about the #TrafficHugot that the City Traffic and Transport Management Office (CTTMO) initiated Wednesday for Valentine's, where traffic enforcers distributed hand-made paper hearts with "hugot lines" or slogans. Corny lines, definitely, the type of corny lines that can quickly light up one's day and can even make you laugh at the shallowness of it all and the wrong syntax.

The effort is much appreciated and it makes both motorists and traffic enforcers more human, with human interaction established with the handing out of the hugot lines and the smiles of the receiver.

To the CTTMO, we're sending your our whole-hearted appreciation and may you continue to strive more to alleviate the daily inconvenience of heavy traffic.

Measles outbreak

Measles, a child malaise that could have been prevented with immunization, is affecting a growing number of children in densely populated communities in Davao City.

We all know how the Dengvaxia fiasco by the past administration has scared a lot of mothers. We can understand them, too. But we should remind them that until the corruption-laced rushed-up mass immunization of Dengvaxia, the measles vaccine has been used for 50 years now and is regarded by the World Health Organization as safe, effective and inexpensive. Today's mothers with children affected by the measles were not born yet when the measles vaccine passed quality tests. Let us just stress this a bit to stop the further spread of the virus: This is not Dengvaxia.

"Reaching all children with two doses of measles vaccine, either alone, or in a measles-rubella (MR) or measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) combination, should be the standard for all national immunization programmes," the WHO said.

Let not the Dengvaxia fiasco kill more; it has already placed 800,000 children in peril. Submit your children to measles vaccine.