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City, Apo Agua to run after firms polluting Tamugan By ADAM B. MORRELL


he government of Davao City and the Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (AAII) have joined forces to protect the Tamugan River system from the encroachment of agricultural companies whose operation might compromise the quality of water that will be taken from the river and supplied to the Davao City Water District.

This was bared by Apo Agua general manager Cirilo “Ones” Almario during yesterday’s staging of the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM Annex. Almario appeared with Jovana Cresta Duhaylungsod, deputy spokesperson of the DCWD. Almario said that the construction of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP), costing P12.6 billion, by Apo Agua starting last February 14, will be completed in mid2021. By then, AAII will be ready to supply DCWD at least 300 million liters of potable water a day, Almario told reporters. Almario said AAII’s part of the bulk water project comprises the Tamugan River intake facilities that includes the weir, desander, surge tanks going to the water treatment plant near Barangay Gumalang, including 56 kilometers of large water pipes to carry the water supply to eight reservoirs of the water district, which is currently rehabilitating its reservoirs and building distribution lines to its consumers at the cost of P2 billion. Apo Agua began constructing access roads going to Tamugan River and the water treatment plant and related facilities at Barangay Gum-

AGRI TRADE FAIR. A flower farm worker frequently waters different varieties of cactus and other plants on display at a stall at the exhibit area of Farm and Garden Agri Trade Fair at SM City Davao to fight off

FRIVER, P11 the effect of warm weather on Monday. The fair is part of the 82nd Araw ng Davao celebration. Lean Daval Jr


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RULING PARTY. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) senatorial bets at the ruling party’s campaign sortie in Victorias City, Negros Occidental over the weekend. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No narco-pol report is due to war on drugs T

Sta Ana lighted Garden Park eyed as permanent attraction



he Duterte administration’s no-nonsense “war on drugs” could be one of the factors why there is no politician in the Davao Region engaged in illegal drug activities as claimed by Secretary Eduardo Ano of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in a well publicized text message to the government-run Philippine News Agency  last Sunday. This was the statement  DILG regional director for Davao Region Alex C. Roldan in interview with Edge Davao yesterday, March 11. “So far wala pa tay makita sa Davao Region. Although naa tay mga suspects pero dili pa nato ma establish. We are not denying the fact that there could be possibility na

naay involved,” the DILG regional director said. These politicians who have been under surveillance  and information validated, said Roldan, are former  politicians, incumbents and those  running in the 2019 midterm elections. “We are not just referring to politicians who are involved in selling illegal

drugs but also those who are protectors of illegal drug activities,” he added. Roldan also believes that this positive development could br one results of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign on illegal drugs. Meantime, Brig. Gen. Marcelo Morales, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-11, also said they have not received any information based on the DILG list but instead has received intelligence reports that former local politicians were involved in illegal drugs. Morales said he cannot divulge their names unless he receives the list from the Philippine Na-

tional Police and the DILG. “Our monitoring on illegal drug activities continues, especially on politicians,” Morales said, adding: “We don’t want a conflict between our list and the official list of the DILG.” The DILG secretary, however, earlier announced his office will release the list of so-called narco-politicians before the campaign period of local candidates on March 30. The narco list reportedly includes names of mayors, vice mayors, governors, vice governors and even congressman linked to the illegal drug trade. With reports from PNA

he City Tourism Operations Office is eyeing to make the Light Garden Park at the Santa Ana wharf here in Davao City, a permanent attraction. “We hope that it would be a permanent structure there because what we are going to do, is to put climbing plants like vines and ferns so that eventually the structures would resemble trees,” City Tourism Chief Generose Tecson said. The Sta. Ana Lighted Garden, which was launched last week of February and would end this March on the occasion of the 82nd Araw ng Dabaw, consists of a 30-meter lighted tunnel and several palmshaped lighted structures. There are food stalls and performing bands for the visiting public. The lighted garden park is open from Fridays to Sundays till March 31.

Tecson said the structure is also aimed as a destination for visitors coming for the Ironman race which will be held on March 20 in Davao City. The City Government has spruced up the once-derelict Sta Ana Wharf. Tecson said they would want to beautify the facility which is owned by the Philippine Ports Authority. “Until Sta. Ana wharf is transferred to the city government there is still not much we can do that is long-term, what we are doing now are short term improvements just to make sure the place is presentable to visitors and tourists,” Tecson said. The Sta. Wharf is the jump-off point for several motorboats and sea craft to the different island attractions of Samal Island. (PIA/ RG Alama)

of her term as Vice President. This statement was released after Robredo said honesty is a “huge factor” in determining one’s integrity. Mayor Sara was referring to the election protest filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. before the Supreme Court, accusing Robredo of cheating during the 2016 national elections. Robredo denied these accusations and asked the

court to deny Marcos’ appeal for the technical examination of voting records in three provinces in Mindanao where alleged massive cheating took place during the 2016 elections. “She is not called fake VP for no reason. She has tried to copy her late husband but has failed at every turn. She is facing an electoral protest for massive fraud during the 2016 elections. She has refused to answer allegations of her relationship with a mar-

Sta. Cruz town to close Mt. Apo trail due to El Niño Sara slams Leni: You can’t talk about honesty


he municipality of Sta. Cruz will implement a temporary closure of its trail to Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, starting April 1, 2019, due to the El Niño phenomenon, Sta. Cruz Tourism officer Julius Paner said on Sunday. Paner said in an interview on Sunday that there’s no definite date yet for the lifting of the closure order as the local government would have to depend on the advisory of

the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on the drought, which is expected to hit several provinces in Mindanao. The local government wants to implement the closure to prevent another forest fire on Mt. Apo and protect the climbers from the impact of El Niño, he said. Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak. MindaNews file photo by BOBBY TIM-

ONERA “We also have to look at the welfare of the climbers. We want to avoid cases of heat stroke,” he said, adding that climbers may not get water from the streams due to the drought. Paner said the Sta. Cruz allows climbers who have already booked to scale the Mt. Apo can do so until March 31, 2019. Mt. Apo Natural Park-Protected Area Man-



s Vice President Leni Robredo shaded Davao Mayor Sara Duterte’s senatorial slate in one of her campaigns for the opposition, the presidential daughter fired back with a piece of advice. “Leni Robredo should avoid commenting about honesty and integrity,” Duterte said in a statement sent by her city information aide, Jefry Tupas, on Saturday. Mayor Sara said Robredo’s honesty has been questioned since day one


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PRRD hastens distribution of gov’t lands to beneficiaries


ARAW NG DAVAO OFFERINGS. Krispy Kreme local relations officer- Mindanao Princess Payag introduces the company’s Araw ng Davao offerings during the Kapehan sa Davao at SM City Davao on Monday. Lean Daval Jr

AboitizPower posts 6% income growth to P21.7 billion in 2018


or 2018, AboitizPower recorded a net income of P21.7 billion, 6% higher than the P20.4 billion recorded in the previous year. Non-recurring losses of P2.1 billion were recognized, without which, core net income for 2018 was P23.8 billion, 2% higher YoY (year-on-year). AboitizPower recorded consolidated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of P51.5 billion for 2018, 8% higher compared to the P47.7 billion recorded in 2017. “We were able to sustain our growth with the entry of new capacities from our baseload power plant in Pagbilao, as well as

our hydro plant in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and our efforts to continuously improve the availability and reliability of our generation assets,” Emmanuel V. Rubio, AboitizPower Chief Operating Officer, said. Generation and Retail Electricity Supply AboitizPower’s generation and retail electricity supply business recorded a consolidated EBITDA of P43 billion in 2018, 8% higher than the P39.7 billion recorded in the previous year. Performance was primarily

SSS scores 75% compliance rate vs delinquent employers


he state-run Social Security System (SSS) recorded more than 75 percent compliance rate from 115 delinquent employers a as result of the Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) Campaign in the regions in 2018. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said that 87 out of 115 pre-identified delinquent employers subjected to RACE Campaign have fulfilled their statutory obligations under the Social Security Act of 1997 on the back of an intensified collection and awareness campaign of the pension fund. “The number may seem small, but the impact of this campaign is directly linked to a 13.9 percent increase in collection of members’ contributions from P159 billion in 2017 to P180 billion as of December 2018. After visit-

ing 10 cities nationwide, we are glad that the RACE Campaign has fulfilled its purpose of raising our employer’s awareness on their responsibilities as business owners. Likewise, employees learned how to assert their right to social security after having conversations with them during the operations,” Dooc said. The RACE Campaign was first launched in 2017 wherein SSS visited Greenhills, San Juan, and Cubao, Quezon City. A year after, the campaign was brought to the regional level, particularly in the provinces of Batangas, Pangasinan, Palawan, and the cities of Davao, General Santos, Bacolod, Pagadian, Laoag, Naga and Butuan. During the operations, 72 out of 90 employers immediately complied after show cause orders


driven by the fresh contributions from Pagbilao Energy Corporation (PEC) and Hedcor Bukidnon, Inc. Capacity sold during the year was flat YoY, from 3,167 megawatts (MW) in 2017 to 3,152 MW in 2018. “With our increased economic stake in the GNPower Mariveles and Dinginin projects, we are confident that we will surpass our target of 4,000 MW net attributable capacity by 2020. These growth opportunities are all driven by our commitment to balance the needs of our customers in terms of the reliability, cost-efficiency, and environmental sustainability of the country’s power supply,” Rubio said.

Distribution For 2018, AboitizPower’s distribution business recorded consolidated EBITDA of P8.2 billion, 6% higher than the P7.8 billion recorded in 2017. The company saw energy sales increase to 5,540 gigawatt-hours (GWh), which was 5% higher than the 5,288 GWh recorded in 2017. This was the result of increased consumption levels across all customer segments. “Our distribution business also continues to expand as we deliver worldclass service to our close to one million customers within our growing franchise areas and emerging economic zones,” Rubio said.

resident Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, March 8, mandated the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to distribute government-owned lands, including the ones in the mountain areas to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). He made such an announcement during the ceremonial distribution of 3, 423 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to representatives of 2, 495 beneficiaries in Barangay Kauswagan in Sagay City. In his remarks, the Chief Executive stressed that he would hasten the allocation of lands in the remaining three years of his term. However, he would prioritize first the distribution of properties owned by the state. “I still have three more years. I will give everything to the people, especially lands owned by the government which are not being utilized. I already ordered [DAR Secretary John] Castriciones to give the land to the people,” the President said using a mix of Bisaya, Tagalog, and English languages. President Duterte said that the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) has been implemented since the administration of former President Corazon Aquino and he is simply enforcing the law. However, he acknowledged the challenges in distributing estates because some occupants do not want to let go of their lands and some espouse the communist rebels’ movement.

He once again told the public not to engage with the members of the New People’s Army because the government is striving to provide their needs. As for the NPAs, he renewed his call for them to return to the fold of the law. “I don’t want to kill the NPAs. I don’t even want to kill anybody, especially the Filipinos. Why can’t we have discussions instead?” the President added. “I told Agriculture Secretary [Manny Piñol] ‘Go to the mountains and [find out] what the people need the most.’ Most said, ‘Mayor, fertilizers.’ Others said, ‘Mayor, seedlings.’ Therefore, those are the needs that I will be pouring funds for,” he added. The President reiterated his firm commitment to alleviate the lives of the poor. “I want them to prosper, at least during my term,” he said. “I don’t tell promises that I cannot keep. Once I said it to the public, I will honor my words till I die. I will do it,” he added. President Duterte promised the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries who received their CLOAs during the ceremonial distribution that they would also receive fertilizers and support services. He also vowed to give each of them cellular phones so they could report their complaints if these promises are not fulfilled. According to DAR, 485 of the beneficiaries who received their land titles have already been provided with essen-


LOVE DAVAO. SM Supermalls group brand manager Aron Dalaza and marketing manager Pinky Hinong promote SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier’s Araw ng Davao activities dubbed Love Davao during the Kapehan sa Davao at the Annex of SM City Davao on Monday. Lean Daval Jr

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his year’s 82nd Araw ng Davao celebration led by no less than City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is inspired by the people of Davao themselves. No wonder Mayor Inday, who happens to be in the vortex of word wars occasioned by the ongoing midterm election campaign, said “Ang Araw ng Davao is Araw ng Dabawenyo”. The lady mayor’s take is an honest tribute to the hardworking , law-abiding, responsible and fun-loving citizens, whom she credits for making the city a better place to live and a safer, practical place to invest. Indeed, throughout the years, Davao City has grown to be the next business capital of the country. That’s why, today's supplement issue is about business developments in the city.

Former Consul General Berlian Napitupulu

Enhancing trade between partners By LADY LESLIE L. FRANCISCO


f there was one thing that got frustrated former Indonesian consul general Berlian Napitupulu during his two-year tenure in the city, it was the seeming lack of trade relations between the two countries.

In his interviews and appearances before several fora, Napitupulu would usually lament the lack of economic cooperation between his country and the Philippines. As his way of explaining, he said that many of the Indonesian products that are sold by Philippine stores do not reach the country directly: these are being sold to the country by a third country. “If we eliminate the third country, surely the price of that product would go down,” said Napitupulu who ended his tour of duty in the city early this year. Awareness campaign As his way of contrib-

uting to the enhancement of the trade relations between the countries, Napitupulu initiated the holding of trade fairs for Indonesian products in the city and some parts of Mindanao. He has also been promoting Mindanao to the business sector of his country. “I think the city government must pay me for advertising your city whenever I go home,” he joked. These trade fairs also brought into the city top company executives from Indonesia who wanted to look for opportunities outside their home countries. Several of these investors went to the

CONGEN with ROTARIANS. Outgoing Consul General Berlain Napitupulu is with President Ed Bullecer, other leaders and members of the Rotary Club of Davao who honored him during a club meeting before leaving Davao City for a new

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Davao City Investment Promotion Center as they wanted to be briefed on the attractive investment areas in the city. Connectivity But the biggest obstacle is that traveling between the city and other areas in Indonesia that are nearer is a challenge. To be able to reach Manado for example, one must travel first to the capitals of both countries first because of the absence of a direct service. There were attempts in the past to connect both areas by air route, but all these attempts were never successful because of the absence of traffic. Of late, said Eamarie M. Gilayo of the Mindanao

Development Authority, another Philippine-based airline is studying the route and is expected to make test flight within the first half of the year.

assignment in Korea. The consul general recalled how he struggled to promote trade and commerce between Indonesia and businessmen of Mindanao.

The airline, however, is asking both countries to relax their regulations as part of their incentives to itself in sustaining the service. Also, another shipping company is reviving the sea linkage between the city and Bitung so that flow of cargoes will be better. The shipping route was first launched in April 2017 with no less than the top executives of both countries –President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in attendance. But one big problem of the shipping company then was that it was using a huge ship, a 500-TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) vessel that the revenue it generated was not even enough for its fuels. Gilayo said that the new company will use a 240-TEU vessel, just enough to carry cargoes from the end-points of the connectivity. The Indonesian government has also relaxed

restrictions on some Philippine products. In lieu of the restrictions, said Gilayo, it only wanted additional documentary requirements. Another good thing is that instead of just two countries, the vessel will travel to four points – Bitung in Indonesia, Labuan in Malaysia, Muara in Brunei, And the cities of Davao and General Santos in Mindanao.” “In short, the connectivity will involve the entire BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area),” said Gilayo. This connectivity is expected to result in enhanced trading not only between Indonesia and the Philippines but within the rest of the sub-region. By the time Napitupulu returns the city, if he has the intention of doing so, he will not lament but will be happy to know that the initiatives that he led during his stay here have borne fruit.

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Mainstreaming the Halal industry By LADY LESLIE L. FRANCISCO “We have local laws; n most tourist destinations in the what we need now world, among the come-ons are their is enhance our inforculinary industry.


In Asia, even non-Islamic countries like Thailand and Singapore have ventured into strengthening their Halal cuisine because of the sizable Muslim visitors who usually visit their respective destinations. Davao City, being the top destination in Mindanao, also wants to attract these Muslim travellers. It helps that Davao is in the country which is part of the sub-region with a huge Muslim population, the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Although the sub-region is set to turn 25 this month, the city has not been able to take advantage of its location in attracting Muslim visitors partly because its tourism industry has not embraced the Halal paradigm. For the uninitiated, Halal does not only pertain to food, but to the rest of the Muslims’ way of life. For example, since Muslims are required to clean themselves with water when they relieve themselves, comfort rooms are required to have bidets. Understanding

The big challenge facing the tourism industry in terms of Halal deficiency is that businesses do not understand that this does not only mean absence of pork in their food menu. “We need to educate them (businesses) so that they will be able to appreciate and eventually invest (in making their businesses Halal-compliant,” said Regina Rosa Tecson, city tourism operations officer. Although there has been a movement towards educating the businesses in this aspect, the steps have been wanting. There is a need to exert more efforts and involve the entire industry in pushing for Halal, said Marilou W. Ampuan, one of the few businesspeople who have been actively campaigning for Halal accreditation of businesses. For a business to get certified, it must be able to seek an accreditation from a recognized entity and comply with the requirements, said Ampuan, also a member of several business groups including the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Young Indonesian consular officials discussing the Halal Industry

mation campaign for the implementation of these laws,” she added as she pointed out that to fast-track the campaign, the national government, through the Department of Trade and Industry, must immediately come up with policies in promoting Halal. The locals first

But for restaurateur Wady Vapor, the problem is that even the locals have not appreciated the coming out of Halal-accredited businesses. For example, Vapor said, of those who go to his restaurant to dine, only 20% of them are Muslims. “Many of them eat at their homes even when they can afford to go and eat at Halal-accredited restaurants because they were not informed that there are restaurants that they can trust,” Vapor lamented. Said Ampuan: “It is all the more that we need to educate them because with them knowing about this, they will eventually become our main marketers to our tourists.” In marketing parlance, word-of-mouth is the best marketing tool.

Halal advocate Malou W. Ampuan




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n the wake of the tragic fate of an Ethiopian Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 bound for Kenya which crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 on board, should the aviation industry take a close scrutiny of the airworthiness of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes? On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after take-off. It ploughed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, some 60km (40 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capital. In October last year, the same aircraft model also crashed moments after takeoff. The Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air crashed shortly after takeoff in Jakarta killing 189 people on board. The twin crashes have forced some airline companies to freeze their Boeing 737 Max 8s. Chinese airlines have suspended all flights involving the same aircraft and Ethiopian Airlines have joined carriers in China and the Cayman Islands that have suspended the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets. China’s aviation regulator said on Monday it had ordered Chinese airlines to suspend their Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operations by 6 p.m. Caribbean airline Cayman Airways has grounded both of its new 737 MAX 8 jets until more information was received while Indonesia will continue to monitor its airlines operating the 737 MAX, which include Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia but it did not mention any plan to ground the planes. China, ridiculed for its cheap but poor quality products, came out with the


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first reaction in the aftermath of the crash and grounded the controversial jets. The civil aviation administration of China (CAAC) issued a notice on Monday at 9am local time ordering domestic airlines to suspend the commercial operation of the Boeing 737- Max 8 or Boeing 737-8 aircraft before 6pm. CAAC said it made the decision “in view of the fact that the two air crashes were newly delivered Boeing 737-8 aircraft” and had “certain similarities.” It has no plans of restoring flights of the aircraft until after contacting US aviation authorities. The grounding is part of China’s strict zero tolerance for safety hazards and strict control of safety risks. In the Philippines, the two flag carriers have announced they do not have the same aircraft model on its fleet. But an airline carrier that flies to Davao City, SilkAir, is reported to have the same model on its fleet. Singapore Airlines Ltd, whose regional arm SilkAir operates the 737 MAX, said it was monitoring the situation closely, but its planes continued to operate as scheduled. Whether there is reason to suspend flights of such jets to and from Davao City must be put in perspective. The two crashes may come a few months in between but in reality, these are actually few and far between considering the thousands and thousands of flights each day. Aviation accidents rarely happen but when they do, they are shocking to the senses.


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We need more SIN Taxes


part from raising needed revenues for the government, taxes are also an effective tool to curb certain behaviors deemed unproductive or unhealthy. A case in point are sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco products. In particular, Senate Bill (SB) No. 2197 filed by Senator Manny Pacquiao hopes to raise around P237 billion over a five-year period. Under the Pacquiao Bill, an ad valorem tax equivalent to 25 percent of the net retail price (excluding the VAT and excise tax) per proof and a specific tax of P40 per proof liter will be imposed on distilled spirits starting 2019. The specific tax


he pen,” according to Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, “is the tongue of the soul.” Man’s destiny is penned by his own thoughts, by how the human spirit straddles between purity and impurity, integrity and deception, honesty and lies, morality and sin. Much of our journey to life is pockmarked with difficulties, struggles and trials. These three have a kinship that only great men of courage and conviction can tell and relate. Success is often measured by how much you own. Yet it is often told that until you learn to appreciate what you have now, you will want to get more to satisfy you and enhance your life. Greed engulfs men and that creates enmity among themselves. Fear and dread are the twin negatives that challenge us enroute to our destination. These can pull us down and take us to a retreating escape, which, on reflection, earn us the ‘loser’

will increase by P5 per proof liter every year thereafter until 2022. Starting 2023, the specific tax will be increased by 10 percent every year. Pacquiao’s bill also proposes a tax on sparkling wines and champagne of P335 for those costing P500 or less per 750 ml bottle and P937 for those costing more than P500. Still wines and carbonated wines containing 14 percent alcohol or less will be taxed P40 per bottle, while those with more than 14 percent but not more than 25 percent alcohol by volume, will be taxed P80. The tax rates for wines will increase by 10 percent every year thereafter

label. People, ideally, must adapt to their surroundings. Or else, get out if you cannot stand the heat. Prudence is the better part of valor. Or is it really? Are you one among the many who believes that a person must first have money to get himself started and going? Many great stories about great men who rose from rags to riches will surely dispute this in your face. Abraham Lincoln did not have money. He lived in a log cabin, pursued a career in law, lost in several elections but persevered to win the most important elective position in the US: the presidency. Procrastination, I would bet, is the number one enemy we discover in our life. It kills initiative, creativity and enthusiasm. Procrastination is a Jekyll and Hyde sort of persona because it first assumes a delay, then slips into a coma and oblivion until everything you have planned to do is completely forgotten.

MY TWO CENTS’ John Carlo B. Tria effective 2020. For fermented liquors, the tax shall be P40 per liter, regardless of where they are sold or manufactured in 2019, and will increase by P5 per liter until 2022. The tax rates will then be increased by 10 percent

Life’s enemies

SPECKS OF LIFE Fred C. Lumba Literally, procrastination kills a person. It is the murderer of our dreams and goals. Procrastination is the anathema of everything a positive-thinking person stands for. Thus, a re-affirmation of our life’s objectives and goals is necessary to let them dwell in our subconscious mind. Making this an addicting habit repels the fear, the dread and the negatives that push us back. Therefore, as Whitney Huston sang, “find your strength in faith and in love.” Many people initially make a 180 degree turn and change. But change, I hasten to argue, must be transformational.

every year thereafter under the Pacquiao bill. Note that there are progressive increases in the taxes as the years come. This makes up for the possible reduction in drinkers and smokers, as the case may be. Theoretically, as sin taxes increases, more people will end up quitting the vice altogether, if not reducing their consumption. This hopes to reduce the excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks, particularly binge drinking that is a leading cause of vehicular crash accidents, and crimes such as domestic abuse. Drunkards can do the darndest things. In a statement, Finance Undersecretary

Karl Kendrick Chua said that along with the tax on cigarettes, increasing the excise tax levied on alcohol products will help close the P40 billion funding gap in the universal health care (UHC) program. In the same statement, Chua explained that inflation will be benign. “If inflation is, let’s say, 3.2 percent this year as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) projects, then the additional inflation will be 0.1, so 3.3 percent,” Chua said during a recent Senate hearing. Ironically, the taxes gained from such unhealthy habits will promote health! We wish the bill smooth sailng through congress.

A person does not change for the sake of change itself. A person changes for his own welfare and betterment. When one area of your life is out of synch, every area of your life becomes awry and a mess. Who were the celebrities and icons we know who tragically passed away because they could not handle the avalanche of change in their lives? Conversely, when every area of your life is attuned, your life improves positively. Every aspect of life becomes A-Okay. Some people don’t like competition. They make every effort to escape from it to avoid getting scathed. Life is a cycle of competition and one needs to prove his mettle, not only to survive, but to prevent the competition from overwhelming a person’s desire to succeed. Had then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shunned the highly-competitive Philippine-style politics, he probably would not

have been elected president.

He did not have the money to finance an expensive nation-wide campaign and did not also have a well-oiled and organized political machinery. Life’s enemies are always lurking somewhere, near your vicinity, near your neighborhood. Sometimes, if you allow them, they can live with you in your own household. CG Jung, a noted Swiss psychologist expounded in his essay The Transcendent Function the theory that “tension between consciousness and the unconscious can be governed, and hence, used to resolve itself and thus restore harmony between those two parts of the mind.” He said: “Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” (Email your feedback to fredlumba@yahoo. com.) Prov. 4:13: “Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.” GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES!



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COMPETITIVE EDGE JCI Duwaling and SM City Davao to collect eco bricks for Marilog learning center


s one of the major cities in the Philippines, Davao is prone to Urban area such as solid waste management. In fact, the Philippines is the third highest polluter of our oceans, and despite efforts to segregate, Davao city is fast becoming one of the contributors to this problem. In an effort to help the local government to deal with the solid waste management problem, JCI Duwaling has partnered with The Plastic Solution to implement it within the Davao Community. JCI Duwaling has started a movement of repurposing plastic bottles by stuffing the bottles with non-biodegradable wastes such as plastics, straws, cigarette butts, sachets, food wrappers and the like. For hard plastics like egg containers, disposable spoon, fork and container, it can be cut down into smaller pieces to fit in the bottle. These stuffed bottles will become simple, alternative fillers in constructing walls and fences for classrooms, houses, benches, library and etc. It will be an environmental movement to clean and take care of the environment in easy and accessible ways, through small actionable steps, while helping a

community in need. JCI has already proposed a construction of a prototype house, using the stuffed and repurposed plastic bottles, to be located in Marilog. As a chapter who advocates welfare of the children and women, it is the goal of the project to create a learning center that will serve as a day care center and reading nook for the children who has no access to good books and parents who wants to start a reading habit to their children. The said structure will roughly need 81,000 ecobricks to be built. This year SM City has agreed to partner with JCI Duwaling in this endeavor. On March 9, 2019, at 9:00AM, JCI Duwaling will conduct an Ecobrick Stuffing workshop at the mall’s open parking. Schools and Ecobricks advocates are invited to volunteer and participate to this event and can drop off their finished products at the parking area every Saturday. These will be collected by our partners and members to be brought at Marilog for a Phase by Phase development of the learning center. This initiative will end on March 30 forming part of the Earth Hour.

Maco wins LGU Night: Las Fiestas de Oro at the 12th Bulawan Festival


ompostela Valley Province – Municipal local government units from different sectors of the province compete at the 12th Bulawan Festival for LGU Night: Las Fiestas de Oro on March 3, 2019. In light of the event, spectators are able to see the different performances as they learn more about the history and traditions through the representation of the festivals they hold in their respective area. They were able to showcase their presentations at the said event and many were able to The title of the story on Security Bank congratulating see their spectacular talEdge Davao on its 11th anniversary in the March ents and precisions in 10-11, 2019 edition of the paper should read their performances. The NOTICE OF AUCTION “Security Bank’s Salcedo congratulates Edge formal event started off Davao”, notPawnshop, “Secuty” asInc. misprinted. apologies. message from the The VGM will holdOura Public Auctionwith Salea to all NOTICE OF AUCTION LMP President Hon. Rounredeemed on the schedule berto M. Yugo Sr. followed The VGM Pawnshop, Inc.and willunrenewed hold a Publicitems Auction Salefollowing to all listed below at 9:00 O’clock in the morning. The Editors by the presentation of the unredeemed and unrenewed items on the following schedule board of judges, Mr. Richisted belowAng at 9:00 O’clock in the morning. VGM Pawnshop, Inc. magasubasta sa tanang prenda nga


ard Dian Vilar, Ms. Ma. Cynthia P. Aranas, and Ms. Dolores G. Curay. The contenders from Maco, who represented their municipality’s “Kaimonan Festival” were hailed the winners for the Las Fiestas de Oro, followed by the participants from Maragusan, who represented the “Pyagsawitan Festival”, and Montevista, representing the “Diwanag Festival”, winning 1st and 2nd runner up, respectively. Other festivals represented during the night were from other areas within Comval Province: Pantukan and the “Pasaka Festival”, Mawab and the “Pasandugan Festival”, Compostela and the “Buganihan Festival”, Mabini and the “Dapungan Festival”, Laak and the “Imunan Cum-Fruit Festival”, New Bataan and the

“Sal’Lupongan Festival”, and Nabunturan with the “Simballay Festival”. Provincial governor Hon. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy also gives his message as he showed appreciation for the representation of the different areas within the province and how it important it is to preserve their area’s culture and history. Guests included for the night were Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who gave out an enriching message for those in attendance during the event, and Filipino celebrity Bella Padilla, who also entertained everyone with a special performance number. The event is part of the weeklong celebration of the 12th Bulawan Festival and 21st Founding Anniversary of Compostela Valley that runs from March 3 to 8, 2019.

This year’s festivity highlights the private-public partnership with big and reputable companies as well as officials supporting the event: Co-presenters  Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, Senior Board Member Arturo T. Uy, Congressman Maricar S. Zamora and Vice-Governor Manuel Zamora, Congressman Ruwel Peter S. Gonzaga, Apex Mining Company Inc., Torre Lorenzo Development Corp, MARINO Party List, HUGPONG NG PAGBABAGO, Dumper Party List and Beautederm. For Diamond Sponsorship: Krishael’s Events and Concept while for Gold Sponsorship, SUMIFRU Philippines, Phoenix Fuels Inc., Cong. Antonio Floirendo, Jr. and HEXAT Mining Co., Inc.  (Sean Seismundo, IDS Comval)

keeping women out of the top spots in large firms? “Primarily it’s because of the demands of the work, which may be creating this perception that it’s difficult for women to take on this responsibility,” said Maria Victoria Espano, chairperson and CEO of P&A Grant Thornton. As the first woman to be at the helm of one of the top 5 auditing and professional services firms in the country, Ms. Españo knows a woman’s struggle to blaze the trail. She joined P&A Grant Thornton as a tax manager more than 20 years ago at the height of the 1997 Asian financial crisis when Philippine companies scrambled to restructure debts and clean up their books to survive. While the demands of the role were huge, “I am blessed to have a very

supportive husband and three patient and appreciative children,” Ms. Españo said. This is why she strengthened policies at P&A Grant Thornton to open more opportunities for women to advance to leadership roles. “Given that you have a large percentage of women, how do you grow them so they can go up the executive ladder?” Ms. Españo said. Diversity and opportunity P&A Grant Thornton’s priority is to create and promote awareness on the importance of diversity. There is mounting evidence that more gender-balanced leadership teams lead to better business outcomes, including higher profitability. Women leaders at P&A Grant Thornton believe that diversity leads to balance, and balance makes for

smart business. Mai Sigue Bisar, Audit & Assurance partner and head of the Markets Group at P&A Grant Thornton, said women are also trapped in gender stereotypes that create a barrier for them to aspire for leadership roles, especially if they have to take care of their children and their families. “We have a lot of women at the entry level. But rather than move up the ranks in public accounting, they choose to go into another sector,” Ms. Bisnar explained. “There are expectations from them, mostly coming from the household, that may at certain times make them take a step back in their career.” These factors may still create a bias towards choosing men as leaders, and women are not always top of mind.

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alang last month, he said. The project’s detailed design, which was started in March 2018, will be finished this month. Almario said that concerned city government and national agency officials, particularly those involved in the Davao City Watershed Management Council (WMC) are coming up with an operational plan on how to enforce laws designed to protect the Tamugan-Panigan River system and other watershed areas from the onslaught

of potential polluters like banana plantations, poultry and livestock famers using harmful chemicals and throwing toxic wastes. Apo Agua is willing to help in the task although policing the protected areas in the city is the primary responsibility of the WMC as stipulated in an ordinance creating it and related national laws, Almario said. “The DCBWSP is a strategic infrastructure initiative that will shift the dependence of Davao City’s

main water supply from groundwater wells to the more sustainably-sourced surface water from the Tamugan River,” Almario said. Through this source, the project will access both the right quality and ample quantity of water in order to allow the DCWD to temporarily shut down many of its groundwater well sources.  This, in turn, will ensure the preservation of the city’s water table and save it from irreversible environmental degrada-

tion such as land subsidence and saltwater intrusion–both typical results of groundwater over-extraction. Upon operation of the largest private bulk water supply facility in the country, the project will provide the DCWD with over 300 million liters per day (mld) of safe water or a minimum total of 109 million and 500 thousand cubic liters per year. The contract indicated that each cubic liter is pegged at P12.50.

agement Board (MANPPAMB) passed a resolution on March 31, 2016, closing all six trails in Kidapawan, Makilala, and Magpet in North Cotabato, Digos, Sta. Cruz, and Bansalan in Davao del Sur, after it suffered from a massive fire that started from its peak and later spread to other

parts of the mountain, razing even some century-old trees. The supposed “indefinite closure” of Mt. Apo was lifted on April 12, 2017. In a March 8 Facebook post, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-SOCCSKSARGEN announced all the region’s

Mt. Apo trails in Kidapawan, Magpet, and Makilala have been closed for trekking, climbing, camping, and tree planting activities starting March 7 to prevent possible cases of forest fire. Paner said the Mt. Apo trail in Sta. Cruz would be opened for two days on April 13 and 14 for the Mt.

Apo Sky and Vertical Race that is expected to attract around 100 racers from different parts of the world, including American and European racers. Racers will scale the peak of Mt. Apo from the beach line of Sta. Cruz, he said. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office No. XI Balusong Ave., McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office No. XI Balusong Ave., McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office No. XI Balusong Ave., McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City



tial support services from their department, including credit facilitation and availment, capacity-development, trainings, provision of common service facilities, livelihood support, agri-extension services, PBD lawyering and market linkages, among others. The CLOAs that were distributed covered a total of 1, 609 hectares acquired land situated in eight cities and 11 municipalities here in Negros Occidental, one of the provinces in the Philippines covered with vast private agricultural lands. (PND)

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To help employees, not just women, balance their responsibilities at home and at work, P&A Grant Thornton’s policies include flexible work hours and work-at-home options. “We try to veer away from being ‘minute counters’. We focus on initiatives that will help our employees deliver and do their work anywhere,” said Atty. Lea Roque, head of the P&A Grant Thornton’s Tax Advisory & Compliance Division. “Women should create that space where they can be able to nurture themselves,” Ms. Españo said. “It’s good for them to understand what the gender barriers are and really ask themselves: ‘Is that really a barrier? Or is there something I can actually do to lift that barrier?’” For the women of P&A Grant Thornton, keeping an open mind, being passionate about learning, and “making it work” — whether in their family life or in their career — are surefire ways to get to the top, gender aside.

Petition for Extension of Validity of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate an AIRCONDITIONED TAXI Service.

Petition for Extension of Validity of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate an PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular Service.

Petition for Extension of Validity of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate an PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular Service.

ELLHEN M. FERRER, Petitioner.

LEO O. LUNA, Petitioner.


Case No. R11-EV-TX-2019-2-326 (2014-XI-00326)

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NOTICE OF HEARING Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of an AIRCONDITIONED TAXI service on the route: WITHIN DAVAO CITY AND FROM SAID PLACE TO ANY POINT IN REGION XI with the use of ONE (1) unit, which Certificate will expire on December 31, 2019. In the petition filed on February 22, 2019, petitioner requests authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same units previously authorized. NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on MARCH 27, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at this office at the above address. At least, TEN (10) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a newspaper of local circulation. Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time. This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence. Davao City, Philippines, February 27, 2019.

Atty. CATTLEYA B. ACAYLAR OIC-Regional Director

Petitioner, Ellhen M. Ferrer Counsel, Atty. Placido A. Garde

Case No. R11-EV-PJ-2019-2-185 (99-XI-00185)

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NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on MARCH 27, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at this office at the above address.

NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on APRIL 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at this office at the above address.

At least, TEN (10) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a newspaper of local circulation.

At least, TEN (10) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a newspaper of local circulation.

Davao City, Philippines, February 27, 2019. Atty. CATTLEYA B. ACAYLAR OIC-Regional Director

Petitioner, Leo O. Luna Counsel, Atty. Placido A. Garde

Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time. This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence. Davao City, Philippines, February 28, 2019.

Atty. CATTLEYA B. ACAYLAR OIC-Regional Director

Petitioner, Norell A. Salaysay Counsel, Atty. Placido A. Garde

when “they are themselves liars.” “They use inaccurate, misleading statements and even direct lies when they attack other candidates or President (Rodrigo) Duterte, and they know they are stretching the truth and yet they deny that they are lying,” the presidential daughter said. “That is the reason why they should not attack other candidates about honesty because they are themselves liars. And this is the truth”. (PNA)



EJF-REM CASE NO. 17, 167-19

AMBROSIO S. LOBRIGAS, married to ANICETA R. LOBRIGAS, Mortgagor/s. NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended filed by the above-mentioned mortgagee against AMBROSIO S. LOBRIGAS, JR., married to ANICETA R. LOBRIGAS, with postal address at PUROK 8, TUNGKALAN, TORIL, DAVAO CITY, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 28, 2019, amounted to ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED NINETY SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY NINE PESOS & 55/100 (Php=1,697,159.55), Philippine Currency, inclusive of interests and penalty charges, Attorney’s Fees and plus other legal expenses incident of foreclosure and sale; the undersigned Sheriff of the Regional Trial Court, Davao City, will sell at public auction on APRIL 4, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., or soon thereafter, at the main entrance of Hall of Justice, Ecoland, Davao City, to the highest bidder for CASH and/or MANAGER’S CHECK and in Philippine Currency, the following real property/ies mentioned and described below together will the improvements found thereon, to wit; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 146-2015006574


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Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a PUJ Dual Ordinary Regular service on the route: BANSALAN (DAVAO DEL SUR) – DAVAO CITY and for cargoes as dual service from said route to any point in Region XI with the use of ONE (1) unit, which Certificate will expire on March 2, 2019. In the petition filed on February 27, 2019, petitioner requests authority to extend the validity of said Certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same units previously authorized.

This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

ried man,” Mayor Sara said. “And if she insists in saying that you have to be honest to run for public office, then she must say goodbye to her dreams of becoming President,” she added. The opposition team has been doing the rounds in the country to campaign against Duterte’s candidates under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago. In her previous statements, she advised the opposition hopefuls not to attack other candidates

Case No. R11-EV-PJ-2019-2-243 (2013-XI-00243)

Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a PUJ Dual Ordinary Regular service on the route: PANABO CITY – DAVAO CITY and for cargoes as dual service from said route to any point in Region XI with the use of ONE (1) unit, which Certificate will expire on June 3, 2019. In the petition filed on February 26, 2019, petitioner requests authority to extend the validity of said Certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same units previously authorized.

Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time.


time and date.

All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated

In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on MAY 2, 2019 without further notice. Prospective buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title of the abovedescribed real property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Davao City, Philippines, MARCH 4, 2019. For ATTY. FRANCISCO M. CAMPANER – The OIC Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Prov’l Sheriff (sgd.) TERESITA M. CEBALLOS Sheriff IV

Mar. 12, 19 & 26, 2019



EJF-REM CASE NO. 17, 173-19


NIMFA M. JUMAMOY, represented by Atty-in-fact Analiza Jumamoy Davidson, Mortgagor/s.

NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended filed by the above-mentioned mortgagee against NIMFA M. JUMAMOY with given address at Blk.20, Lot 20, Lake Alonto St., Gulf View, Davao City represented by Atty-in-fact ANALIZA JUMAMOY DAVIDSON, a resident of Falcon St., St. Michael Village, Ma-a, Davao City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of January 28, 2018, amounts to ONE MILLION PESOS (Php 1,000,000.00), Philippine Currency, for the satisfaction of all outstanding obligation, including attorney’s fees and liquidated that may then be due and remaining unpaid, but in no case to be less than 25% or Two Thousand Five Hundred (2,500) whichever is higher; the undersigned Sheriff of the Regional Trial Court, Davao City, will sell at public auction on APRIL 4, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., or soon thereafter, at the main entrance of Hall of Justice, Ecoland, Davao City, to the highest bidder for CASH and/or MANAGER’S CHECK and in Philippine Currency, the following real property/ ies mentioned and described below together will the improvements found thereon, to wit; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-394582 “A parcel of land (Lot 20, Blk. 20 of the consolidation-subdivision plan Pcs-11-001793, xxx), situated in the Barangay of Bago Aplaya, Talomo, City of Davao, Island of Mindanao. xxx Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED TWENTY (120) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on MAY 2, 2019 without further notice. Prospective buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title of the above-described real property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Davao City, Philippines, April 4, 2019. For ATTY. FRANCISCO M. CAMPANER – The OIC Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Prov’l Sheriff (sgd.) IRVIN PAUL L. CUBELO Sheriff IV

Mar. 12, 19 & 26, 2019


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In the land of giants RICHARD EBONA


ichard started his career at Edge Davao in January 2009 as a freelance account executive for five months. It was but a temporary job as he was looking at working overseas after finishing a certificate course in caregiving. He later decided to give the job a go full-time and the rest, as they say, is history. It did not come easy for Richard as he found selling ad spaces not as easy as he thought it can be. He soon felt how it is to

The Marketing Team


arketing is all about building the right perception and sales is the grit behind this suave perception. Simply put, Marketing is an attitude, sales is a culture. While it is critical to have the determination and perseverance needed to sell, a culture that amplifies the values of the organization is what Edge Davao's marketing

philosophy is all about. Edge Davao's marketing team is composed of a mixture of the most experienced in the local industry and some determined upstarts. Mentored by perhaps the most accomplished marketing guru of Davao's newspaper and print business Olivia Velasco and steered by veteran Jocelyn Panes, the team prides itself of providing

the best packages for clients and delivering expectations. Edge Davao's Marketing team is composed of Jocelyn S. Panes - Director of Sales, Richard C. Ebona – Product Development Officer (Manila), Oreal L. Real – Marketing Assistant, Christie R. Samonte – Account Executive, and Mary Jane E. Caro – Account Executive.

Product Development Officer (Manila)

receive one rejection after another. But Richard is a student of perseverance. He worked his way through the business and slowly gained a steady supply of clientele. When Edge Davao saw the need to make its presence felt in the nation's capital where the advertising money is found, Richard responded to the challenge. In Manila, Richard was up against the so-called giants in the media business. Ever the survivor, he

learned the ropes in dealing with ad agencies armed with courage and the determination to survive and succeed in the concrete battlefield of the metropolis. "I realized that living here alone in Manila is not easy and you have to adjust to the time for travel in order for you to avoid the traffic. You really have to plan your itineray at night on where are you going the next day," Richard said.

The biggest challenge for him was selling the paper to the agencies who were not familiar then of Davao's newspapers. As soon as he introduced them to Edge Davao, Richard said the agencies liked the content, format and print quality. Two years removed from Davao City and now at home with Manila's rat race, Richard is set to conquer more armed with a positive outlook and a big fighting heart.


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Opposition Senate slate has 'no moral ascendancy': Sara


residential daughter and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Z. Duterte has described the opposition Otso Diretso's senatorial candidates as “lacking in moral ascendancy“ since all of them are not truthful. During the Hugpong ng Pagbabago's (HNP) campaign at the iconic “Kalan Banga” landmark plaza here Saturday, Mayor Sara, who is HNP's campaign manager, said Otso Diretso's senatorial slate is resorting to "tricks and lies and inaccurate statements about their attacks and stand on social issues." “Of course, Diyos ko, kung pwede lang kasi talaga sana, bagal kasi ng internet sa Pilipinas, i-play yung buong recording nung mga sinasabi nila (Oh my God, if we could only, owing to the slow internet in the Philippines, play the entire recording of what they have been saying all along). They’re all tricks and lies and inaccurate statements about their attacks, their stand on social issues. Nobody can claim here na malinis sila (that they are clean), not even the Vice President (Leni Robredo),” Mayor Sara said. She said no election candidate in the upcoming mid-term polls would qual-

ify if the issue of honesty is raised. "I said ang honesty, sila mismo (they themselves) are liars. On stage, they give untrue and inaccurate statements, so bakit nila ginagawang issue (so why are they raising the issue (on honesty)?” she said. “Wala talagang honest sa lahat ng mga kandidato (No one is really honest among all the candidates),” she added. She said that public office is a public trust and every public official and employee ought to be models of good moral character. “Kung honesty ang pinagbasehan natin, eh 'di  disqualified  tayong lahat (if honesty is our basis, then all of us are disqualified),” she said. She also disclosed that she had meetings with the HNP senatorial slate, including Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, on recurring issues, such as the real status of the governor's school records and degrees. “Wala akong nakikitang pagkakaapekto sa kampanya (I did not see any effect on the campaign) with regard to the school record of Governor Imee Marcos,” she added. She also clarified that

her statement on VP Leni on the majority of the people’s allegation that Robredo is a fake Vice President still remains based on the people’s judgment even as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) action on the electoral protest is in progress and that “she may or may not get away with it.” “I said then when I enumerated what most people thought of calling her a fake VP because of her character and on the electoral protests based on massive fraud against her,” she said. “Alam ninyo, kung pwede lang magprotesta si President Duterte (You know, if President Duterte could also protest) for the votes that he lost because of cheating, ang inestimate namin ay (our estimate would be) from two to three million votes that were shaved off from the votes of President Duterte,” she said. She estimated that President Duterte’s real votes range from 17 million to 19 million, and not 16 million. “Tinitingnan natin ang mga boto sa mga senators nila Mar Roxas, makikita kung saan ang nakaboto (We are probing into the votes for the senators like Mar Roxas, where we could trace where the votes are

coming from),” she said. “President Duterte lost the votes because these were transferred to other candidates.” On the opposition bets' challenge to administration candidates for a debate, Mayor Sara said she would engage them in a debate. However, she said “the problem really is that they are disorganized, they are depressing, they are sad.” "I am not the secretary of that blackhole. At jinunk ng Comelec ang petition (The Comelec has already junked their petition),” she said. “They cannot even properly request a debate with Comelec. Wala akong problema sa organization ng debate noong sa simula pa lang (I have no problem with the staging of the debate from the start),” she said. Comelec has thumbed down the opposition’s petition last Friday for reasons of time constraints and logistics problem. Mayor Sara also lauded former Special Assistant to the President and senatorial bet Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and all HNP candidates, who have shown improvements in their rankings. (PNA)


were posted in their business establishments due to non-registration of business to SSS, non-reporting of employees, non-production of employee records, and non-remittance of SSS contributions. As of December 2018, the SSS collected P2.31 million from 45 employers who were inspected during the RACE operations. Prior to the conduct of RACE Campaign in Dagupan, Puerto Princesa, General Santos, and Pagadian City, 13 employers had already settled their outstanding obligations resulting to an additional collection worth P2.35 million. “Instead of being reprimanded on the spot by receiving show cause orders, these employers visited the nearest SSS branches one day before the operation to settle their obligations. We appreciate their gesture and we hope that all employers will remain consistent in fulfilling their obligations not only to SSS but also to their employees,” added Dooc. SSS also recorded an increase in employer registration in areas where the RACE Campaign was conducted. “In Puerto Princesa, we recorded a double-digit increase in employer registration from 8,039 registered employers in 2017


to 8,966 in 2018. Likewise, employee registration also increased in Butuan with more than 6,000 registered employers or 8.40 percent increase, in Laoag with more 5,500 employers or 8.79 percent increase, in Lipa with over 7,000 employers or 6.22 percent increase, and in Dagupan with more than 10,000 employers or 6.10 percent increase,” Dooc explained. “As we recognize the impact of RACE Campaign in employers’ compliance, SSS will continue to conduct this activity in the National Capital Region and other provinces nationwide. So, I would like to call on our delinquent employers to please settle their statutory obligations to SSS before we personally visit their establishments,” Dooc concluded.   He added that those who failed to comply with the show cause orders were referred to the Legal Office of SSS for filing of case due to violation of the SS Law.  Aside from conducting the RACE Campaign, the SSS is also implementing its own version of Oplan Tokhang by serving warrants of arrest to erring employers who are either, convicted for violation of the SS Law or has not appeared before the courts for their arraignment. (SSS)


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Ancajas plans to move up to bantamweight O ne more title defense and it will be a different division for Dabawenyo IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas. The Panabo City 'Pretty Boy' will defend his title against Japan’s Ryuichi Funai in Stockton, California, on May 4 which could be his last fight in the 115-pound division as he plans to move up to bantamweight before the year ends. Philboxing reported on its website on Monday that Ancajas, 27, is now in deep training at the Survival Camp in Magallanes, Cavite, with five sparmates alternating to keep him sharp. So far, he’s up to six rounds of sparring and trainer Joven Jimenez said he’ll slowly work to hit peak condition three weeks before the bout. A plan to train in Las Vegas for a month could be scuttled and instead, Jimenez may bring Ancajas for isolation at the Marine base in Ternate. Featherweight Alan Alberca, 22, superbantamweight Ernesto Saulong, 29, superlightweight Daniel Lim, 19, flyweight John Mark Alimane, 24 and flyweight Miller Alapormina, 21, alternate in giving Ancajas different perspectives in training as sparmates. Because of protracted negotiations for his next fight, Ancajas has held back in sparring more than six rounds

since starting camp over a month back. But now that the date is set, Jimenez has laid out a timetable to bring Ancajas to top condition. At the moment, he weighs 134 pounds and under the strict supervision of nutritionist Jeaneth Aro, will scale down gradually to 115. “No problem with weight,” said Jimenez in Pilipino. For the past 1 1/ 2 months, Ancajas has been running up and down Nasugbu’s mountainous terrain once every two weeks. “We’re working on building stamina,” said Jimenez. “In sparring, we want Jerwin to throw more combinations, to be more aggressive, more active, to do volume punching. We don’t want him waiting for opponents to initiate. We want him to move in, charge and attack. It will be a different Jerwin in the fight against Funai.” Jimenez said Ancajas hoped to face WBC superflyweight ruler Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a unification showdown but the Thai opted to fight former WBA/WBO flyweight titlist Juan Francisco Estrada on April 26 instead. “We’re moving forward,” said Jimenez. “Rungvisai would rather fight Estrada so this could be Jerwin’s last fight as a superflyweight. He might go up to bantamweight after Funai.”

NBTC FINALS. Davao City Tournament Commissioner Coach Noli Ayo (fourth from left, front) sends off the Ateneo de Davao University who will compete in the upcoming SM NBTC National Finals starting on March 13. NBTC Davao photo

ARAW NG DAVAO CAGEFEST. Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) 11 regional director and Presidential Adviser for Sports Glenn Escandor (right) with SBP 11 liaison officer Ronel Leuterio (center) and former DLSU assistant coach

Miggy Solitaria (left) during the media briefing of the 2019 Araw ng Davao Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center's The Lobby Cafe. Koii Canarias

GRAND RETURN Ex-Blue Knight Escandor joins DLSU Green Archers for‘Araw’hoops



ormer Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights forward Francis "Ef" Escandor is set to make a grand return to Davao's hoops scene as he dons the fabled green kit of the De La Salle University. The 6-2 Escandor made it to the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers' squad in the upcoming 82nd Araw ng Davao Invitational Basketball Tournament on March 18 to 21 at the Davao City Recreation Center formerly Almendras Gym. Escandor's stint was confirmed by his former coach Miggy Solitaria on Monday in a media brief-

ing at the Arcadia Lifestyle Active Lifestyle Center. The son of Presidential Adviser for Sports and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Davao Region director Glenn Escandor will be among the youngest rookies to play for the 9-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champions. The Green Archers lead the 'Big Four' cast that includes the University of the East Red Warriors (UAAP), National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, and the University of Cebu (UC) from

the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) backyard. "Ef's presence will inspire basketball aspirants of Davao City to chase their dreams," Solitaria, a former assistant with the DLSU coaching staff, said. Before he moved to the De La Salle University Zobel in 2017, Ef was the Blue Knight's main man and helped ADDU win the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Regional title over then three-peat titlist Assumption College of Davao Warriors. He was also part of the 2016-2017 Blue Knights

'big three' together with Ion Angeles and Axel Doromal. Meantime, SBP executive program director Ronel Leuterio said the schedules will be announced as soon as the teams arrive in Davao City. He also invited everyone to watch the tournament presented by Matina Enclaves and The Royal Mandaya Hotel in partnership with the City Government of Davao. It will be open free to the public on a first come, first serve basis. The gates are open at 3:30 pm while the games begin at 5:00 pm.

Fr.Romy. In one occasion I told coach Boy Sarabia, sports director of the University of Mindanao and a sports for peace partner when the movement was founded by Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, that we should visit Jolo because compadre Cholo Elegino, coach of the Ateneo de Davao Blue Knights, is the only one visiting Fr.Romy and coach the basketball team of Notre Dame. Pare Cholo, coach Boy, University of Immaculate Conception sports director Bing Grandeza and I would always stick together during the city, regional and national PRISAA games for reasons I don’t know. Wala lang, basta mag sige rag uban. “Suroy sad ta didto coach Boy,” I told him, who at that time was busy in coordination work for the University of Mindanao Track Oval. Our busy

schedules at that time would not just allow it and probably because “someone” was just whispering to my ear not to go to Jolo. You see friends, we believe that sports is a way for Mindanaoans to promote dialogue, harmony and understanding. Gubot baya kayo ta diri. Samok. Ga sigeg away sa Mindanao. Labad. Then PSC chairman Butch thought of utilizing sports as a vehicle to promote peace. Unfortunately, things beyond our control just happen like the twin-bombings in Jolo. For sure, those attackers were not members of the sports community. Kung naa man sila sa sports, they don’t understand the reason why we are in sports. Sports is about friendship and love for one another. Sports is about building a healthy and vibrant society. Sports is about healing. Yes, sports is about peace. Yes, chairman Ramirez and his team are continually working on the Children’s Games, which is ac-

tually the main beneficiary of the sports for peace movement. Sports is all about the children that they will be able to enjoy sports in a peaceful environment. But there’s so much trouble in the world. Paita. And so, this sports for peace movement must continue for years to come even beyond Mayor President Digong’s term. We should never give up. And prayerfully one day, even before they think of hurting one human being, they would think first and realize that those who will be hurt are members of the sports community or have children or grandchildren who participate in the Children’s Games and they would say to themselves “dili na lang ko manakit ug tawo ani, kay ma undang ang sports, ma samok”. Unta ang pangisip sa tanan ingon ana noh? Let to continue to pray and work on our dream of a peaceful Mindanao. And hopefully, the beauty of sports development can make us all men and women of peace.

Keep the sports for peace movement alive 32 squads vie for title in NBTC tournament


or the 12th year, the Chooks-to-Go SM NBTC will be showcasing the future of Philippine basketball as its national tournament kicks-off on Monday, March 18, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Thirty-two high school teams from all over the country will compete in the tournament, which features a win or go home format this year. The top athletes will also play in the All-Star Game. "We thank all of our sponsors in making this year's national finals one of the grandest events in Philippine sport," said NBTC program director Eric Altamirano. Defending champion Nazareth School of National University (NU) will once again be the team to watch in a pool which will also see the likes of Kai Sotto and Ateneo de Manila University, and reigning NCAA champion Mapua University. Fil-American Jalen Green, the top recruit in the US class of 2020, will also be back to

suit up for Team Fil-Am USA. "Siguro maging part lang ng NBTC is a big honor for us. We've been part of the top 32, its very different from the UAAP. Siyempre kami kung ano dumating na challenge yun ang haharapin namin," said NU head coach Goldwin Monteverde. "Siyempre 'yung mga foreign teams na papasok, with Jalen Green, malakas sila, then of course 'yung from UAAP schools and NCAA." Seeing the passion of Altamirano and his family in developing talents at the grassroot level, BAVI president Ronald Mascariñas never thought twice in joining the cause. "Seeing the comprehensive grassroots program, it's really overwhelming. But I sensed the passion of Coach Eric," said Mascariñas. "Somebody has to take care of the grassroots development program for the country, and Coach Eric has been doing that."

CLEAN SLATE Moses Billacura


ather Romeo Saniel, our co-worker in the Sports for Peace Mindanao Movement, posted on FB about the 40 days of the victims of the twin bombings in Jolo. It’s really heart-breaking to remember what happened at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last January that killed 24 and injured 112 churchgoers. Some of them were close friends of


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