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SPOTLIGHT beams illuminate the dark sky on Sunday evening in Toril Proper, as part of the We Light As One campaign, which honors the frontliners who are in the trenches of the COVID-19 battle. BING GONZALES

Talomo, Buhangin top no. of positive cases TALOMO and Buhangin districts have the most number of positive COVID-19 cases in the city. According to the report, also revealed the barangays Bago Gallera Talomo had 27 cases while with positive COVID-19 Bajada Buhangin has 21 cases. The mortalities, active cases Barangay 76-A Poblacion, meanwhile, has and recoveries. Barangay 19-B nine cases. Rounding up T h e areas a r e t h e the list are Agdao (4), Toril following: (2), Bunawan, Calinan, and Angliongto Paquibato with one case Aquino each. Bacaca Mayor Sara Duterte Bago Aplaya

Barangay 11-B Buhangin Proper Cabantian ( / COVID / 15)

SPMC’s Dr. Vega:

“It looks like we have contained the contagion” D AVA O C I T Y (MindaNews) – The chief of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is confident that the

interventions introduced in Davao City to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) such as the

en h an ced co mmu n it y quarantine and social distancing are effective in containing the contagion. “It looks like we have

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contained the contagion with our interventions and hope it will remain that way for the next weeks,” (

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A SECURITY guard stands in front of the bank next to closed commercial businesses along Magallanes Street. Only essential companies are allowed to open during the Enhanced Community Quarantine, which lasts until April 19. BING GONZALES



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Mayor: BPO worker who died tested negative for COVID-19 BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

THE CALL center agent who died from suspected COVID-19 tested negative after two confirmatory tests. Mayor Sara Duterte condition worsened after developing respiratory g a v e t h e u p d a t e i n a short hospital stay and ailments. But the worker yesterday's Davao City unfortunately expired on had no exposure to any Disaster Radio. April 8. positive COVID-19 The BPO worker has T h e c u s t o m e r patients nor a history of been a valued member of representative already travel to Manila or abroad. a call center company for had a complicated health However, quarantine four years. The worker's h i s t o r y e v e n b e f o r e p r o t o c o l s w e r e s t i l l

implemented to nine individuals who were exposed to the BPO personnel. “We have implemented quarantine procedures to five of the BPO personnel’s workers who were exposed to him. Another four individuals were exposed

in its lodging facilities. A total of nine individuals are undergoing quarantine despite its negative result,” Duterte said in an earlier interview. “We have told them to have separate work areas, so (that) you are only exposed to a certain

number of people. If such happening will occur, then it will only be a few of them who will be exposed and will undergo quarantine,” she said. The mayor also extended her sympathies to the family of the BPO worker who passed away.

Six hurt as MILF infighting breaks out in Maguindanao

MAYOR Sara Duterte greets the street sweepers to thank them for their continued service. The photo is taken after the simple commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9. BING GONZALES


Man who sold refilled LPG canisters nabbed A 41-YEAR-OLD man was arrested for allegedly selling refilled LPG butane canisters in Purok Virgo, Barangay Alejandra Navarro (Lasang) last Wednesday. (

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Man who posed as soldier nabbed A MAN who posed as a member of the Philippine Army was nabbed in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur last Friday. ( / MAN WHO / 15)

Hagonoy poor family adopted by the PNP

AN INDIGENT family in Sitio Balagolan, Barangay Sinayawan, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur received food packs and grocery items from the municipal police station as part of the Kapwa ko, Sagot ko, Adopt a (

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NPA’s body recovered THE REMAINS of a suspected New People’s Army member was recovered on April 9 in Pantukan, Davao de Oro. 2Lt. Kim Carlos, the civil-military operations officer of the 71st Infantry Battalion, identified the slain rebel as Benjamin Olvis, the regional medical staff of the Southern (

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COTABATO CITY – Six civilians were hurt when a rifle grenade projectile landed on a house in Pagalungan, Maguindanao province on Sunday afternoon, officials said. Pagalungan Mayor Salik Mamasabulod said the explosion was an offshoot of a rido (family feud) involving Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members in Pagalungan and neighboring Pikit town in North Cotabato. Mamasabulod said the victims, all residents of Barangay Bagoinged, Pagalungan, were identified as Edris, 48, his wife Zahra,

47, and two children aged 11 and five, all surnamed Lumambas, and their relatives, Michael Kadil, and Nasrudin Biya, 36. In a radio interview, Mamasabulod also identified the parties in the rido triggered by a land dispute as MILF commanders Benjamin Mantul of Barangay Talitay, Pikit town, and Bhuto Sanday in Bagoinged, Pagalungan. “I have already sought the help of the military and the government-MILF ceasefire panel to settle the problem,” the mayor said. On Monday morning, ( / SIX / 15)

267 community quarantine violators sued by the police THE DAVAO City Police Office has filed 267 cases against violators of the community quarantine since March 20. Col. Kirby John Kraft, city police director, said that from March 20 to April 12, they arrested 389 curfew violators, 102 for liquor ban, 76 for mass gathering, with 567 total arrests for the community

quarantine. Also, they filed four cases against eight suspects after launching several operations against hoarding, overpricing, and profiteering. They also confiscated 800 liters of alcohol, 50 pieces of facial masks, 1,255 disinfectants/ liquid soaps. In two operations, they seized 60 pieces

of overpriced infrared thermometers and arrested seven suspects. Meanwhile, police also filed one case against an individual for spreading fake news on COVID-19. On Sunday, Egnacio Potot Abracia was arrested for allegedly selling overpriced surgical gloves and isopropyl alcohol ( / 267 / 15)

Compassion campaign pushed by COVID-19 regional task THE REGIONALTask Force COVID-19 issued Resolution No. 14, advocating for a Compassion Campaign for positive persons, their families, repatriated overseas Filipino workers, and frontliners.

The regional task force is appealing to all Davao residents to extend their support and assistance. The resolution recommended the following: A. Check on elderly neighbors through text,

phone call or email, especially if they live alone; B. Reach out to people in self-isolation or home quarantine by sending funny memes, gifts, postcards, call or video chat with them to cheer them up and make them (

feel less alone and have social support; C. Offer to pick up and deliver their shopping treats or other things they might need while taking precautions to keep yourself safe; / COMPASSION / 15)

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Gov’t ramps up efforts to adapt to 'new normal'

MANILA – A ranking official said the government pushed for the extension of the enhanced community quarantine to strengthen efforts to halt the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and help the country adapt to the "new normal" social order. During a virtual press every city and municipal- pieces of KN95 face masks briefing on Sunday, Sec. ity nationwide to contain and another 75,000 pieces of Carlito Galvez Jr., National Covid-19. N88 face masks. Task Force (NTF) Covid-19 About PHP1.7 billion, These donations, he said, chief implementer and presi- he said, has already been will be distributed to hospitals dential adviser on the peace raised by the private sector nationwide. process, said among the gov- through “Project Ugnayan," Covid-19 testing, quarernment efforts being done which sought to help low- antine facilities include the full operation of income families affected by Galvez said the country the Ninoy Aquino Stadium as the Luzon-wide enhanced already has now 15 Covid-19 a quarantine facility on April community quarantine. testing facilities, which in13, which can accommodate The Federation of Indian clude St. Luke's Global in about 112 patients. Chambers of Commerce and Taguig City, V. Luna Hospital He added that there is Industry (FICCI) and the In- in Quezon City, The Medialso a need to construct vari- dian Community in the Phil- cal City, Makati Medical ous patient care centers in ippines also donated 75,000 Center, and the Molecular

Vessel ready to accept Covid-19 patients MANILA – Presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25) is now ready for use of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients, the Philippine Navy (PN) said on Sunday night. This after the ship has successfully undergone necessary works needed for its conversion as a floating quarantine facility, PN public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a statement. (

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Diagnostics Laboratory in Mandaluyong City. "These facilities will accelerate and expand the country's capacity to run Covid-19 testing and identify patients for immediate treatment," he said. The mass testing, he said, will help the government efficiently identify, isolate, and treat those patients who have tested positive for the disease as early as possible. He said there are 2,673 patient care facilities nationwide with a total bed capacity of 165,756 catering individuals with Covid-19 symptoms.

DA extends price control on agri products

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday extended the imposition of the suggested retail price (SRP) for basic agriculture and fishery products to protect consumers against price irregularities in local markets amid the ( / GOV'T / 5) enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. In a new administrative circular signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, a price freeze for rice and other agricultural commodities thanked Governor Dayangwill also be in effect in hirang for the assistance as Metro Manila. these doctors and nurses are Covered are the folAd (8x5.5in).pdf 1 1/29/2020 crucial to the operation of the3:06:14 PM lowing food items, with hospital. PR

DavOr provides accommodation to non-resident health workers GOVERNOR Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental has provided free accommodation to doctors and nurses who are currently assigned at the province’s biggest hospital – the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center. Since last week, a total of 10 doctors and 8 nurses who are not residents of the province have benefited from this free accommodation. While most of these doctors and nurses are from Davao City and other neighboring provinces, the free accommodation will help avoid travel while the province is under the strict implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). The healthcare workers are currently staying at the

newly renovated Provincial Government-run Sangguniang Panlalawigan Dormitel at the provincial government complex at Barangay Dahican in the City of Mati. Complete with basic amenities, the facility is deemed conducive where the doctors and nurses can rest comfortably after a hard day’s work at the medical facility. Along with the free accommodation, free food is also being afforded to the frontliners. Personnel from the Provincial Tourism Office are attending to the residents’ needs to ensure that their needs are attended. Incident Commander and Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 Action Officer, Dr. Reden Bersaldo who is also the Chief of Hospital


their respective SRP per kilogram (kg): Pork (pigue/ kasim) - P190; Chicken (whole, dressed) - P130; Sugar (brown) - P45; Sugar (refined) - P50; Bangus (cage-cultured) - P162; Tilapia (pond-cultured, freshchilled) - P120; Galunggong (imported) - P130; Garlic (imported) - P70;Garlic (local) - P120; andRed onion (imported) - P95. As for the price freeze, the covered agriculture and fishery products with their SRP per kg include: Imported rice: Special - P51, Premium - P42, Well-milled - P40, Regular - P39; Local rice: Special - P53; Premium ( / DA / 14)

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Farmer’s Market reopened after closure for violations

THE LAPAGAN Farmer’s Market inside the City Agriculture complex in Sitio Tagawisan has been reopened after several days of closure for various violations by the farmers. City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat ordered the closure of the Lapagan Market last Friday, April 10. Reasons for the closure include not following the social-distancing rule that was strictly mandated by

the DOH, vendors selling clothing and other nonbasic needs such as plastic wares and others. There are estimated 200+ vendors in Lapagan that was affected by the closure. During the closure, LGU and vendors agreed that all vegetables and other biodegradable commodities the day of the closure will be weighed in front of the vendors and will be bought by the LGU.



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The vendors are to be paid this week for their products bought by the LGU. As of this morning, April 13, 2020, vendors in Lapagan market is back in business. The City of Mati LGU hopes that the closure will serve as a lesson to all farmers and other Matinians to strictly follow the Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ) guidelines that’s being implemented. PR

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Damosa project highlights opportunities in agriculture BY CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

HOMEGROWN company Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) is tapping its mixed use project Agriya as a way to promote agriculture in this part of the country. The property develop- which allows visitors and ment arm of the Floirendo residents of the project to group, which is establish- know how good agricultural ing the 88-hectare project practices are being done. in Panabo City, the Davao The goal, he added, is del Norte urban center to highlight how significant adjacent to this city, as is the industry in relation to part of providing the pub- the economy, including its lic with the showcase to contribution to job generafarming, said Ricardo F. tion. In doing so, he added, Floirendo, DLI vice presi- the company is looking at dent, in an electronic mail. making the industry “sexy “By creating a com- again.” munity that revolves Last month, the comaround agriculture, we pany started to open the farm want to create awareness tourism component to the about the importance public, but has decided to of this industry,” said close it temporarily because Floirendo, pointing out of the coronavirus disease that the component of the pandemic. project, Naturetainment, The current situation, is a farm tourism project ( / DAMOSA / 14)


Tourism sector seen to lose P156.9-B due to pandemic THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has projected a loss of gross value added of P77.5 billion to P156.9 billion in the travel and tourism sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a report last March, the agency declared an equivalent of 0.4-0.8% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) projected loss for 2020 on the travel and tourism sector due to the

Oil prices to rise MANILA – Oil companies will increase the prices of diesel and gasoline this week. In separate advisories, Chevron (Caltex), Petro Gazz, Phoenix Petroleum, PTT Philippines, and Shell will hike diesel prices by PHP0.15 per liter and PHP0.55 per liter for gasoline prices. The oil price hike will take effect on Tuesday. On the other hand, (

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travel restrictions and ban brought by the said pandemic. International tourism contributed 1.5% to the country’s GDP as of 2018 according to the report. Korean tourists topped the number of arrivals in the country with 2 million arrivals or 24% of total foreign arrivals, followed by China with 1.8 million arrivals in 2019 thus accounting for 22% of total ( / TOURISM / 14)

Lenders warned: Implement moratorium or face penalties BY NICOLE BURLAS

FINANCING and lending companies that will violate the recent order to provide moratorium to their clients will have to face penalties based on the newly-crafted law, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned. In a press statement released last week, the SEC said that as per the Republic Act no. 11469 or The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, all banks, quasi-banks, financing companies, lending companies, and other

financial institutions, public and private are directed to implement a minimum of a 30-day grace period for the payment of all loans. The agency said the order provides relief to affected individuals brought by the disrupted work and businesses causing financial setbacks during the pandemic. Companies who refuse to follow the said order shall be penalized with two months imprisonment, a P10,000 to P1,000,000

fine, or both, upon discretion of the court. The public may file a complaint to SEC by filling in the complaint form available in the SEC website, and attach evidence of their complaint and a valid ID. Complaints may be sent via email to cgfd_ md@sec.gov.ph with a subject title: FULL N A M E _ C O M PA N Y COMPLAINED OF_SUB(

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Recovery roadmap submitted to gov’t MANILA – The country’s largest business group, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), has submitted to the government its recommendations to help the nation recover amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis. In a statement Monday, PCCI said it supports the national government’s decision to extend the enhanced ( / RECOVERY / 14)

Biz group extends support for Mindanao WITH more areas in the country now placed under enhanced community quarantine, the Aboitiz Group is ramping up its sustained efforts in helping our nation’s frontliners and all those affected during the ongoing health crisis. Home to several Aboitiz businesses, Davao and its communities are already receiving a much-needed helping hand, courtesy of the Aboitiz Group. On April 3, Friday, a joint initiative among AboitizPower units Davao Light, Hedcor,

and Therma South involved the delivery of a total of 17,665 canned goods and 162 sacks of rice to the Davao City local government unit. This includes an assortment of sardines, beef loaf, and corned beef. Hedcor also added 180 packs of noodles along with soap and disinfectants. Apo Agua Infrastructura is also slated to donate an additional array of canned goods and rice to the city. Hedcor and Therma South also dropped off a total of 2,249 canned goods, and 63 sacks of rice to the municipality of Sta. Cruz, ABOITIZPOWER generation units Hedcor and Therma South lend their assistance by donating assorted food items, sacks of rice, folding beds, soap, and disinfectants to the ( / BIZ / 14) local government units of the municipality of Sta. Cruz and the province of Davao del Sur.




Time to prepare our own ‘Bucket List’

Caring for each other THERE is a shard of hope that soon, if we all submit to efforts of the government to stop the spread of COVID 19, we will slowly start the path to recovery. Things may not be as it was before the virus hit us and it will take years to even get close enough to what we had in 2019 but we will recover, that is a certainty. Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, in his EDITORIAL Easter Message, said that amid all the pain and suffering, the beauty of the human spirit shines through.   We print excerpts of his Easter message. “Easter, that is, our joyful celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, is best understood by not forgetting Calvary, by not forgetting His death on the cross. He died for us when his hour had come; he faced death. He faced death consciously, willingly, with his heart filled with love for us, filled with the mercy of God for us. But then Jesus rose from the dead; he is victorious over death. His victory over death he shares with you and me. “Yes, no doubt, we are in a grim situation, but I see clear sparks of the spirit of Easter in the hearts of thousands in the midst of this pandemic. Indeed, it is so moving and so heartwarming to see individuals trying to save and protect the life of ailing patients, whose hearts are filled with selfless goodness for others, especially for the sick and the poor, individuals who have the courage to offer heroic service and sacrifice with the clear risk of losing their very own lives. Moreover, we see people of all walks of life, men and women, old and young, manifesting simple acts of appreciation and gratitude to all those who offer their lives so that others may live. Are these not concrete manifestations of the Easter spirit? Looking at all these, isn’t it that


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our hearts begin to fill up with hope? “Then I begin to believe that we, as Filipinos, together with all the peoples in the world, are bigger than the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Together, with hearts filled with goodness and love, filled with a deep sense of service and sacrifice, I begin to see the hope of Easter in us, and this hope is stronger when we, together, have hearts like that of Jesus in his sacrifice in Calvary. We see that, together, our life is more powerful than the menace of death that this pandemic brings: together, with hearts inspired by God’s grace, with hearts inspired by the love of the Blessed Virgin Mother, who stood at the foot of the cross in Calvary. Together, seeing the countless acts of sacrifice and service, acts of kindness and compassion, we begin to see that the spirit of Easter is still very much alive in our hearts.  “This is a spirit which is born out of faith and conviction that Jesus has defeated death and has risen back to life–for all of us. It is a spirit that springs forth from both convictions, the conviction that the Lord truly and deeply loves us and the conviction that we are a people capable of loving and caring for each other in the worst of times.”  

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OVER the last ten days or so we have to confine ourselves in the house in compliance with the mandate to avoid contacts with other people. This is part of the protocols adopted by the government to ensure that the spread of the deadly and now pandemic CoronaVirus Disease 2019 (CoViD 19) is prevented. As everyone is already aware by now, the pandemic has resulted in the death of over a hundred thousand already all over the world in just a matter of three months since it started in Wuhan, China. Because of the almost similar approaches adopted by governments all over to contain the spread of the deadly disease, all the more that death is affirmed as the most feared enemy of man. In fact death has so much morbidity that no one ordinary, or perhaps only a very limited few mortals would dare talk about it especially if it is their own. But it was also during this house self-incarceration that we had the opportunity to see a DVD movie that has given us a peak on the feeling of fear of death by two men who decided to handle their fast approaching demise in a rather positive manner. Yes, the not-so-old movie “Bucket List” leads us to think that instead of putting our fear of death in the steering wheel of the nearing end of our life’s journey we can use it instead as the time to do things that can become game changers to others’ lives and in the process allowing the fear of our nearing end more purposeful. The approaches that the two main characters in the movie, irascible billionaire (Jack Nicholson) and scholarly mechanic (Morgan Freeman) adopted in dealing with their lives’ fate reminded us of Jesus Christ himself; He who, in Mark 10.32-34, talked openly about his own death and the many things he intended to do before he was to face his Father in heaven. And in only the last Holy Week’s commemoration of Jesus’ sufferings and death He and his disciples were remembered to be on the road going up to Jerusalem. Jesus was going ahead of the disciples who were filled with alarm; the people who followed behind were afraid. Once again Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and spoke of the things that were going to happen to Him. “Listen,” He told them, “we are going up to Jerusalem where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn Him to death and then hand Him over to the gentiles, who will make fun of Him, spit on Him, whip Him, and kill Him; but three days later He will rise to life.” Yes, it is only Jesus, the Son of God who came to the world and became Man, who knew why he was sent here by His Father – to redeem the people from the wages of sin. He was beforehand destined to give his life so others may live blessed lives. Thus, if one knows exactly that he is here in this world for a noble purpose and that his death is the instrument to achieve such objective, then, he has no qualms talking about his death whenever and wherever it comes. That is why we have heroes in our country – they who lived ahead of us, and the modern and living ones. They knew that their advocacy, their services mean the betterment of the greater majority of our people. And some have given their lives so others may live to reap the fruit of the cause the former have chosen to devote their lives to. And they knew too well that pursuing their advocacy could even mean alienating them from the society they belong, even from the very people who stand to benefit from their sacrifices. These society and people are the very same sector that eventually pushed our heroes to perdition, discrimination and even to their death. Yes, look what is happening now to our front liners in the fight against the deadly CoViD 19? In the Philippines alone a substantial number of medical professionals have already died; nurses, hospital workers and even service providers to the hundreds of men and women suspected of having been infected by the virus, or have been hospitalized or have died because of the disease, are evaded much the same way as the CoViD plague itself. The men and women who have become judgmental to their fellowmen just because they feel the front liners would transmit to them the virus are now comparable to the mob during the charging, trial and rendering of judgment on Jesus all rolled into one in the court of Pontius Pilate. They wanted Him dead and so He was killed with Pilate washing his hands on His fate. Is it not similar to the fate of today’s modern heroes in the battle against the pandemic? Notwithstanding their risking their own lives so the Filipinos will survive the deadly CoVid 19 they are denied abode, though hesitantly, by the people in their own communities, even by some of their relatives. This practice was prevalent during Jesus’ time and is


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The day god and the music died AS THE OTHER baby boomers will tell you, nothing will compare to the celebration of holy week during our time in the 70s. From Holy Thursday until Black Saturday, everything turns bleak. All the regular programming of radio and television stations are put on hold, and purposely replaced with dull religious dramas which, in today's terms, mostly depict a blow-by-blow account of what had transpired thousands of years ago. Then these programs simultaneously climax on Good Friday, with the crucifixion of the Christ as the prime story arc from which all Catholics are supposed to reflect on until Easter morning. During all of our holy week years, reruns of old epic movies like Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments lorded it over cinema and, if we were lucky, also shown on TV. Meanwhile, radio dramas that almost always featured voice-overs by famous local stars, likewise dominated the AM-FM airwaves. With not much else to do, trying to guess the identity of the players in these radio dramas, had become a yearly house game for me during all those Holy Weeks. Back then, everyone, especially the young, was encouraged to be prayerful, to be reflective of transgressions and to therefore refrain from loud activities or music of any kind during those three days. The latter activities were greatly frowned upon by the older folks of each Christian household. They mainly presided over the holy week activities, encouraging (more like coercing) both children and teens to prayer, and then organizing family visits to the churches. For the young and boisterous that belonged to the boomer grouping, holy week might as well be hell week because of the cancellation of their many personal liberties. In our family's case, having a matriarchal but overlyconservative lola was a double whammy of sorts because it somehow meant the enforcement of old beliefs which, even under the standards of that time, still seemed very strange and irrational. For one, bathing was strictly forbidden on Good Friday. My late aunt, who at one time caught me with my hair still damp, warned me of the dire consequences because of my violation of the sacred practice. Second, if you happened to suffer a gash or a wound of any kind on the same day, the old folks say that it will take very long to heal. Lastly, at nighttime, children are not allowed to leave the house because satan and devils freely roam the earth, especially on good Friday (and the next day). Children often ask, why is that? Because God is dead. Then, a little at a time, changes in the observance of holy week occurred with each passing year. For one, the once-rigid radio and TV programming had been relaxed a bit. Musical programs were put back in the schedule, thus becoming welcome alternatives to the lusterless radio dramas. In the case of television, the entry of cartoons and musicals, became the fitting rivals the went against Charlton Heston and his two tablets. Later in the 80s, with the advent of Betamax, the floodgates had finally burst. Anybody could now tailor fit their holy week observance, ahem entertainment, any way they wanted. Also by this time, the boomers were much older now, and finally free, and off the clutches of the conservative home dictatorship. More important to note, they were now a part of the workforce, so that in short, their holy week hell days had unceremoniously been transferred to the next generation. As a postscript, with the coming of the internet a decade later, their "sufferings" had not been as long. The same goes with the gen Y and the Z, them millennials. With the unlimited games, movies, readings or hobbies to be had online nowadays, what hell are we talking about? Suffice to say, these whiners still complain at anything, not aware of their blessings. In the end, let us just leave it at this: everything might be relative, but our kind of hell was heller, if there is such a word.

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Paradigm lost AFTER the Corona Virus or CoVid 19, leaves someday, what do we need to do to regain our lives and to revive our economy - knowing that things will never be "NORMAL" again. The NEW NORMAL will require a new paradigm. In the next couple of columns, I have asked selected political and business leaders (some of whom are classmates, friends, and relatives) to share their opinions and suggestions on how we can revive our economy - under siege by this virus. The first contributor is Carlos "Charlie" Borromeo, my classmate at Ateneo de Manila College `65 - the class which includes D.O.F. Secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez and Sen. Dick Gordon. This is his piece on why staying at home could kill a country’s economy faster than COVID-19 can kill people. “Ever since the USA and the Philippines started taking action to reduce and stop the alarming spread of the Covid-19 virus I began to monitor on TV and social media the growing global efforts to combat this deadly scourge while under “shelter in place” in my home in San Francisco. “I watched global news as countries began prescribing wearing masks, washing hands, not touching one’s face, social distancing and the most emphasized of all was STAYING AT HOME which was enforced through varying degrees of lockdowns, reduced frequencies of public transportation (land, air and sea) and restrictions on public/social gatherings. “While Covid-19’s deadly virus was killing people in increasing numbers, the growing government restrictions on people’s ability to go about their daily livelihood and socialization routines were very quickly shutting down and bringing countries’ economies to a deadly standstill. All revenues, private and government, were taking an instant beating that affected a country’s ENTIRE population unlike Covid-19 which, although spreading exponentially, was taking a toll in relatively minuscule percentages of countries’ populations.

“The world was witnessing a situation where the cures were having effects that were quickly becoming worse and deadlier than the disease itself. The mantra of most countries as their effective solution to avoiding a small percentage of their country’s population getting Covid-19 virus was for everybody (with health frontliners and vital service workers getting exemptions) to STAY AT HOME. This “solution” actually became a bigger threat to the survival of a country’s people because it IMMEDIATELY crippled their ability to support themselves so they had to rely on their government to fund their day to day basic needs even though the government’s revenue streams had likewise started to suffer huge reductions. Under such an economic breakdown scenario any form of direct government assistance to its people cannot possibly be sustainable for any more than a few months at best. A few days ago I watched a social media video replay of President Duterte saying that his government was applying P270 billion of the savings of P300 billion accumulated during his first two years towards direct cash and food assistance to the poorest of the poor during the Covid-19 crisis. He also said that he realized the funds were good only for two months so he was directing DOF Secretary Sonny Dominguez to look for, borrowing if needed, more funds to support the poorest of the poor and to include the middle class if possible because they too have lost their income due to the STAY AT HOME period. The president also correctly stated that the government cannot just print money for this because a government can only print as much money as the country’s economic worth can support. He is of course correct, because the value of a country’s currency is only as strong as its economy. Thus when an economy grinds to a halt it can expect the value of its currency in circulation to diminish so that the money that people are holding will gradually buy them less goods. While there is a solution at hand for such a situation that ( / SENOR / 5)

Being a Filipina nurse Last Part IT’S not that difficult to be more understanding. If for its healthcare professionals will eventuwe nurses cannot answer to your minor requests ally end up jeopardizing the very people or needs right away, please don’t say we’re busy it aims to serve. This has been going on JOHANNA ZEHENDER, RN bitches and shame us on social media right away. for years already - even long before the Because, more often than not, we either have stat present administration. The result? Unsurgeries, emergency blood transfusions and patient crashes derstaffed hospitals all across the nation paint a grim picture (sometimes they come all at once!) to act upon. We are simply of the reign of COVID-19 over the country and its effects on humans working to save other humans. While we help patients the delivery of healthcare. heal, we get tired, hungry and we miss out on time with our It’s a shame most Filipinos had to wait for COVID-19 to loved ones but still, we get bashed and underappreciated. In finally understand and appreciate healthcare workers. Even the end, because of our low pay, most of us end up choosing to before COVID-19, we nurses were always underestimated and work abroad in countries with nursing shortages. For those of undervalued. With how things are going right now, especially us who choose to stay in the Philippines, some even quit and with incidents of discrimination towards healthcare workers, take on non-Nursing jobs - a pity for all those years working hate and ignorance make an even deadlier virus. At times, a on their BSN degrees and PRC cards which could’ve been nurse can’t help but wonder, "do our fellow-Filipinos, espeused to help more people in need! cially those who mistreat nurses and other healthcare workers, Filipino Nurses - Appreciated by Foreign Countries, truly deserve our help and sacrifices?" Undervalued In Our Own A Call to Rethink Nursing A few days ago, the Philippine Department of Health made We may not be on a literal battlefield but our bodies are a laughing stock of itself by offering a mere five hundred pesos endangered in hospitals, since we are always exposed to infecper day to every volunteer health worker - nurses included, in tious diseases and the effects of overwork. We may not have the ongoing war against COVID-19. They have since taken that the same opportunity to shape minds of young students in statement back and declared that they are now working on how the classroom setting but we help heal diseased bodies, uplift to adequately give compensation to volunteers. On the other broken spirits and educate people about good health. We nurses side of the world, states like New York and Arkansas in the are, have been and will always be in the frontlines promoting US are offering salary increases and additional benefits to both health, assessing, implementing care plans and basically makcurrent and incoming nurses dealing with COVID-19 cases. ing sure things are manageable under our watch. In Europe, Germany is now asking for Filipino nurses using Let all of this be more than enough for those in power and attractive work packages. The POEA's response? A temporary the general public to actually rethink Nursing and understand ban on the deployment of nurses to foreign countries. that we nurses deserve to receive what should have been due And here’s another thing: PhP 100, 000 for COVID-19 to us all these years. This cry for support means so much more positive healthcare frontliners and PhP 1,000,000 for the now, with the growing threat of COVID-19 everyday. families of those who’ve died fighting COVID-19 have (Johanna Zehender, is a graduate of the San Pedro Colbeen offered. These amounts only show we’re only worth lege of Davao. a Registered Nurse who writes to uplift nurses something when we ourselves become patients and end and fellow-healthcare workers everywhere. Despite leaving up dying. But no amount of money, no matter how big, hospital work temporarily, she remains a nurse at heart. When can ever bring back lives cut short by deaths that could’ve not writing, she enjoys making brush lettering pieces mostly been prevented with adequate protection, most particularly, with Karin Markers. You can see her work on Instagram under Personal Protective Equipment. the handle @liveandletliph which means "Live and let love I've always believed that a government that fails to care inspire positive happenings!".)


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Letty Singson Averion drives boredom away IN SUCH a limited space to perform our “field work” at home for over a month already, the challenge we face is not as easy as when there was no restriction for us during community quarantine. To make the situation more challenging, seniors like us who are usually busy attending board meetings, covering social events, and doing our regular shopping for groceries are now ordered to stay home. We are not complaining in this situation, as we understand that our frontliners are in a more delicate situation than we are. We just have to make ourselves occupied and useful to the community in spite of quarantine rules. With this, we saw our good friend Letty Singson-Averion posting on Facebook what she did to keep boredom away. Leticia Singson-Averion calls it the Covid 19 Challenge. She shows us her DIY projects, sewing dresses and scarves and honing her Japanese Ikebana flower arrangement skills, using materials she finds around her garden. She finished sewing a skirt out of two scarves and did some beadwork on a gown she bought in LA last July, in between watching Netflix and arranging flowers to while away the “seemingly endless hours”, Letty was a resident of Florida, USA before she decided to relocate in Davao City.


She went to the PWC of Davao for her college course, where we became friends. She spends a lot of time traveling abroad and has been to Europe, Scandinavia, India and other places she chose to visit. She keeps busy managing her small hotel, Chateau del Mar, which she now converted into an apartelle or Apartment/Hotel for those interested to stay without the hassle of cleaning as she offers free services for laundry and housekeeping. Photo credits: Leticia S. Averion


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Bayanihan the

SM appliance center way T H E B AYA N I H A N S p i r i t was alive and well when SM Appliance Center and its brand p ar tner s r ecently brought positivity, hope and inspiration to the frontliners and patients of the hospitals in the Philippines with donations of electric fans, mosquito zappers, and washing machines. With summer days ahead electric fans from Imarflex, Asa- JESSE PIZARRO BOGA hi and 3D will bring cool comfort to frontliners and patients. These were donated to the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital’s (Tala Hospital), Philippine General Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Mary Chiles Hospital. SM Appliance Center also provided environmentally friendly mosquito zappers from Daimaru to keep hospitals safe and free from harmful insects and flies. Insect killers from Imarflex and 3D brands were also given for further protection and assistance. In order to help hospitals with their heavy wash load, SM Appliance Center partnered with Whirlpool to donate inverter front load washing machines.  The  MegaTransport Logistics Corporation delivered  these


THE BAYANIHAN spirit was alive and well when SM Appliance Center and Whirlpool donated washing machines to the Rizal Medical Center. These were delivered by MegaTransport Logistics Corporation.

COOL COMFORT. SM Appliance Center donated Asahi stand fans to the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital’s (Tala Hospital).

SM APPLIANCE Center and Whirlpool donated inverter front load washers to support health workers  with superior wash results to the San Juan De Dios Hospital.  

to the Rizal Medical Center, Las Piñas General Hospital, Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, San Juan De Dios Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila, San Lazaro Hospital, Mary Chiles Hospital and Jose Reyes Medical Center.   Tysons Global Exchange Inc. also joined in SM Appliance Center’s initiatives with donations of Speed Queen heavy duty washers for the Lung Center of the Philippines and Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center. For more updates on SM Appliance Center and its CSR initiatives, you may want to visit our SM Appliance Center website at HYPERLINK «http://www.smappliance.com” www.smappliance.com or like us at facebook. com/smappliance THE NATIONAL Kidney and Transplant Institute received additional assistance from SM Appliance Center with innovative mosquito zappers from Daimaru Neutron Industries Inc.

SM APPLIANCE Center’s donation of Imarflex insect killers to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center will help keep their rooms free from harmful insects.

THESE 3D Insect Killers received by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute from SM Appliance Center will help to  alleviate their situation within their COVID-19 complex tents.  It uses ultra-violet light tubes

to effectively kill flying insects anytime and anywhere.


All pawned items that expired during the month All pawned items that expired during the of JANUARY 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on month MAY, 14, 2015 notberenewed reor beforeof MARCH 2020ifwill sold to theorpublic deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be on MARCH 16, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop sold to the public on JULY 16, 2015 at 9:00 premises.

a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired Gipahibalo na prenda ang FIRST sa bulan sa ENEROang 2020.tanan Ang tanan ibaligya COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa 9:00 tanansa sa publiko karong MARSO 16, 2020 sa alas buntag. nga nag-expired sa bulan sa MAYO 2015.


Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong HULYO 16 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


#47 Lao St., Toril, Davao City Tel. No. 295-2460

All pawned items that expired during the month of FEBRUARY 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00am. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang DAVAO GEVIN PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nagexpired sa bulan sa PEBRERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES



CALINAN, Villafuerte (Main) APRIL 03, 2020


MINTAL, Sampaguita St.


APRIL 03, 2020

All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00am. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GOLDVALUE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag.

BRANCHES AUCTION DATE TEL. NOS. BAJADA MARCH 03, 2020 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL MARCH 24, 2020 301-4019 SAN PEDRO MARCH 6, 2020 227-6772 CABAGUIO MARCH 27, 2020 321-6223 TIBUNGCO MARCH 30, 2020 222-2494 (OPENING)



All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, must renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior to the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang NARDING PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES Lapu-lapu, Agdao Matina Crossing Tibungco

AUCTION DATE MARCH 10, 2020 MARCH 24, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020

TEL. NOS. (082) 222-3524 (082) 297-5786 (082) 296-4130

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) MARCH 16, 2020 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) MARCH 16, 2020 (084) 628-842

All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days before the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 A.M. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang DIAGOLD PAWNSHOP INC., magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa na nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang AL-JOS PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2019. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong PEBRERO 17, 2020 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


Agdao MARCH 12, 2020 (Toy Bldg., Lapu-lapu St.)


ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, CellPhones and Any Valuable Items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all kinds of jewelry

All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, must be renewed or redeemed on or before MARCH 07, 2020. If not redeemed or renewed, it will be sold to the public on MARCH 10, 2020 at our pawnshop premises from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

All pawned items that expired during the month of DECEMBER 2019, if not renewed or redeemed on or before FEBRUARY 15, 2020 will be sold to the public on FEBRUARY 17, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

Rosegold Pawnshop Lapu-lapu Street, Agdao Davao City Tel. No. (082) 225-3637

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre St., Davao City (Fronting Limso Hospital) Tel. No. (082) 222-2104

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre Street, Davao City (Beside NCCC Hardwaremaxx) Tel. No. (082) 295-6199

Rosegold Pawnshop KM6 Crossing Buhangin, Div. Road, Davao City Tel. No. (082) 241-2355

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All Jewelry and other articles pawned at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main, Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre, Rosegold Pawnshop Bolton, Rosegold Pawnshop, Agdao and Rosegold Pawnshop Buhangin from SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 to OCTOBER 15, 2019. If not redeemed or renewed on or before MARCH 13, 2020 will be sold to the Public Auction on MARCH 16, 2020 at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main from 9:00am to 6:00pm.


San Pedro street, Davao City (Fronting Queen Bank) Tel. No. (082) 222-1561 ; (082) 321-0128 Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, Cellphones and any valuable items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all Kinds of Jewelry


All jewelry and other articles pawned at Goldstandard Pawnshop San Pedro, Goldstandard Pawnshop Ilustre from SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 to OCTOBER 15, 2019 if not redeemed or renewed on MARCH 13, 2020 will be sold to the Public Auction on MARCH 16, 2020 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.


NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before MARCH 13, 2020 will be sold to the public on MARCH 17, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. Ginapahibalo ang tanan na ang METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong MARSO 17, 2020 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

2nd Level, Gaisano Mall of Davao, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 221-3355 • (082) 305-9496 2nd Level, SM Lanang Premier, J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City Tel. No.: (082) 295-1505 • (082) 321-0525 email: jrosejewels@yahoo.com • www.jrosejewels.ph


All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020, if not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises at 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag-expire sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES


General Lao, Toril


Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

17, 2020 17, 2020 13, 2020 10, 2020 26, 2020 17, 2020 19, 2020

TEL. NO. 291-2406 291-2952 241-0223 224-3138 216-3425 291-1349 327-2348

All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior to the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to the public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00A.M. BRANCHES




MARCH 17, 2020 297-8081 MARCH 17, 2020 235-3473 MARCH 17, 2020 327-8832


All pawned items that expire during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @9:00a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. magasubasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES




MARCH 16, 2020



MARCH 02, 2020


MARCH 13, 2020

All pawned items from SEPTEMBER 2019 – OCTOBER 2019



Davao Ros-Ver Pawnshop, Incorporated

DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC. NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expire during the month of JANUARY 2020 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa ENERO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag.





MARCH 10, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020

225-0033 241-1071

Ilustre St., Davao City Tel # 224-1204; 222-6086


The DAVAO ROS-VER PAWNSHOP, INC. and NEW PAG-ASA PAWNSHOP will be having its JOINT AUCTION on all unredeemed pawned items left during the month of November 2019. The said items will be sold to the public at the following VENUE AND DATE. Gipahibalo ang publiko na ang DAVAO ROS-VER PAWNSHOP, INC. og ang NEW PAG-ASA PAWNSHOP; magsubasta sa tanang prenda nga naremata atong Nobyembre 2019. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

DAVAO CITY Digos Rizal Digos Luna Digos Magsaysay Tagum Rizal Tagum Roxas Tagum Pioneer Tagum Public Market Tagum Quezon Santo Tomas Nabunturan Davao Branches Mati Burgos Kidapawan Panabo

Tel.#234-2268/cell#09078756193 ask for Ram and Jen between 8am-5pm


Along University Ave., Juna Subd Matina, Davao City CALL

(0932) 372 7799

Digos Magsaysay March 6, 2020 At 9:30am

Venue and Date

Tagum Pioneer – GRAND AUCTION March 6-7, 2020 At 9:30am Santo Tomas March 11, 2020 At 9:30am Nabunturan March 14, 2020 At 9:30am Ilustre – GRAND AUCTION March 19-21, 2020 At 9:30am Mati Burgos March 21, 2020 At 9:30am Kidapawan March 25,2020 At 9:30am Panabo – GRAND AUCTION March 30-31



COVID ... (from page 1)

SIX ... (from page 2)

Catalunan Grande Dumanlas Garcia Heights Daliao (Toril) Indangan Lizada (Toril) Pampanga Ma-a Matina Aplaya Matina Pangi Saloy Talomo Proper Agdao Proper The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Davao City remained at 74 when the Department of Health XI registered zero cases as of 5 p.m. of April 12. The total number of positive cases in the region was 90, according to the same data. Of the total, 50 have already

the Pagalungan town government has extended aid to the victims now undergoing treatment at a clinic in Pikit, North Cotabato.

recovered while 14 died, all in Davao City. Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Duterte said that the city is not only dealing with COVID-19, but also other potential health crises, as well. The health workers are already stretched thin with the fight against the coronavirus. However, there are recurring cases of rabies and polio, in addition to the threat of measles and polio. She reminded the public to watch out for stagnant water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. “We can expect a surge in dengue (cases) in May, June, and July,” she said.

SPMC’S ... (from page 1) Vega said as the graph of the number of COVID-19 positives vis-à-vis the total number of positives in the city shows the daily increase ranging from only two to four cases, with zero on some days. During the virtual press briefing on April 6, Vega said “I think it’s working. People are staying at home. This is the only solution. This is the only treatment. Stay home, social distancing.” Davao City was placed under community quarantine on March 15 and under enhanced community quarantine from April 5 to 19. In the same press briefing, Lenny Joy Rivera, assistant regional director of the Department of Health (DOH)-Davao, the interventions are undertaken are “probably working that’s the reason konti nadadagdag na case (few cases have been added).” “Hopefully the number of cases will really decline as days pass by and hopefully the transmission itself,” she said, adding that “if everybody will follow and cooperate with government, for sure marereduce natin ang transmission of the disease.” According to data from the DOH-Davao, the number of cases in Davao City was 65 on April 6, 71 on April 9 and 74 on April 12. No new COVID-19 positive was recorded on April 6 and April 12, according to the April 12 update of SPMC that Vega sent MindaNews. High recovery The recovery rate for COVID-19 patients admitted at the SPMC has been relatively high, with 39 of 71 cases as of April 9, accounting for 55% of the total, according to a Powerpoint presentation on “COVID-19 Cases, SPMC Statistics from March 28 to April 9, 2020,” a copy of which Vega gave MindaNews. Vega said there has been “good recovery for patients with mild and moderate

symptoms.” Of the 39 who recovered, 29 are male and 10 are female, their age range from four to 72. Two of those who recovered are children aged four and 15 who were infected by their mother whose history of exposure, Vega told MindaNews, was the New Davao Matina Gallera. The mother died but the children have been discharged from the hospital, Vega said. The cockpit was the venue of the “Araw ng Davao celebration six-cock derby” last month that became the epicenter for COVID-19 infection not only in Davao City but in Mindanao. The number of deaths in the city as of April 9 was 13. According to a press statement of the DOH-Davao Saturday night, six of these deaths had exposure in the Matina Gallera while one was infected by one who had exposure in the cockpit. Records show that COVID-19 patients who expired were older. The SPMC Powerpoint presentation also includes a map of Davao City’s administrative districts and the corresponding number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Talomo has most Talomo district has the highest number of COVID-19 positives with 27, followed by Buhangin with 21, Poblacion with 9, Agdao with four, Toril with two and one each for Bunawan, Paquibato and Calinan for a total of 66. Five others listed as part of the 71 cases as of April 9 are from outside Davao City – Pampanga, Matanao, Digos, Cagayan de Oro and Panabo. “That’s based on their address given on record upon admission,” Vega said. In terms of recoveries, Buhangin has the highest number with 15, followed by Talomo with 11, Poblacion 6, Agdao 2, and one each for Bunawan, Toril, and for those outside Davao City,

The MILF leadership in North Cotabato has already sent emissaries to prevent the MILF “infighting” from escalating. (PNA)

NPA'S ... (from page 2) Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC), who was reported wounded during the encounter last April 7. Carlos said they received a tip from a concerned citizen about a body that was discovered on the cliff in Sitio Ibuan, Barangay Tagdangua, Pantukan. Acting on the information, joint forces of the 71st IB and 1101st Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) of the police and barangay officials to check the information. The body was brought to Delta Company headquarters in Sitio Upper Lahi, Barnagay Magnaga, Pantukan. An alias Dodong,

a former rebel, positively identified Olvis. On the same day at 5:25 p.m., the body was turned over to the PNP Pantukan for proper disposition. The sister of Olvis said, “He served the movement for 30 years, why did they just abandon him?” Olvis was the second body recovered from the April 7 clash between the troops and the New People’s Army. The other one was recovered on the day of the encounter, and he was identified as Julius Aquiatan, 20, resident of Barangay Cadunan, Mabini, in Davao de Oro. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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MAN ... (from page 2)

He was identified as Philip James Lonio Remolador, married, vendor, and a resident of the area. Maj. Milgrace Driz, the head of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Davao City Field Unit (CIDG-DCFU), said they confiscated 50 cases or 1,200 pieces of canisters with a market value of P20,400 and the P1,000 boodle money from the suspect. "We have received information from a concerned citizen allegedly that they are operating for several months now and their supplies are from Tagum City and Panabo area," Driz said. The CIDG-Davao City Field Unit worked with the personnel of Bunawan Police Station for the entrapment operation. The suspect is detained by the Bunawan police.

MAN WHO ... (from page 2)

Police identified him as Chadee Elsa Palay, 32, electrician, and a resident of Purok 4, Barangay Kanapolo of Magsaysay. Maj. Eudisan Gultiano, the spokesperson of Police Regional Office XI, said Palay was flagged down at the checkpoint for COVID-19 in Barangay New Opon Compac. The suspect introduced himself as a confidential agent of the Special Operation Command (Socom) under the Philippine Army and likewise presented his identification card. But Socom is not a recognized division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, prompting his arrest. He is facing a case for usurpation of authority under Art. 177 of the Revised Penal Code. Maj. Jeffmar T. Tercero, chief of police of Magsaysay Municipal Police Station, reminded the public to adhere to the stay at home policy. “We are persistently performing our tasks with utmost one each in Matanao and Th e S P M C i s t h e responsibility and we insistently go after those who are not Digos in Davao del Sur, and main referral hospital for keeping the law,” he said. Pampanga. COVID-19. It has collapsed In terms of deaths, its other services except for Talomo accounted for five, the heart center, cancer center, 267 ... (from page 2) Buhangin three, Poblacion psychiatry center and birthing during an entrapment double the suggested retail two, Agdao two, and Toril facilities which are located in operation along Tulip Drive, price. one. other buildings, to give way near SM Ecoland. Also seized from him To sum up, MindaNews to COVID-19 patients in Confiscated from his were 16 boxes of surgical noted that out of 27 confirmed the main hospital. Vega said possession were 150 pieces gloves sold at P1,600 cases in Talomo district, 11 they have allocated 40 ICU of 100 ml unlabeled alcohol, each. By Rhoda Grace recovered while five died; in (intensive care unit) beds for sold for P60, which was B. Saron Buhangin, out of 21 cases, critical care and about 80 15 recovered and three died; beds those with moderate in the Poblacion, out of nine symptoms. COMPASSION ... (from page 2) cases, six recovered and two The city government D. Join the "Oplan Hatid" I. Report to proper died; in Agdao, out of four has provided isolation campaign by providing authorities the perpetrators cases, two recovered and facilities for persons under transportation to COVID-19 of discrimination, assault two died and in Toril, out of investigation with mild affected persons in your and violent acts against two cases, one recovered and symptoms. locality from their residence to COVID-19 positives, PUIs, one died. The state-run medical the hospital or to COVID-19 PUMs, returning OFWs, Bunawan’s lone case, center is also a sub-national isolation facilities and for health service workers, and recovered, as did the lone laboratory for COVID-19 health service workers from other frontliners, including cases from Pampanga, testing for Mindanao. their residence to hospitals other crimes and abuses to Matanao and Digos. The other hospital where they are working; women and children. T h e M a t a n a o a n d catering to COVID-19 cases E. Request or convince Whereas given the Digos cases shared history in the Davao region is the landlords against evicting aforementioned, there is of exposure at the six-cock Davao Regional Medical COVID-19 frontliners from an urgent need to institute derby of the New Davao Center (DRMC) in Tagum their living quarters; measures across Davao Matina Gallera last month, City, some 50 kilometers E . C o m b a t f a l s e region the passage of antiaccording to their local away. information online by reporting discrimination ordinances government units. The Department of to DOH hotline numbers and at the local level in order to Vega also said that 12 Health (DOH) regional office only get information from protect and impose stiffer SPMC employees are among reported as of 5 p.m. on April trusted sources like the World penalties against any act the 71 confirmed cases, 12 a total of 90 confirmed Health Organization (WHO) that promotes stigma, unfair accounting for 16.9% of the cases, 14 deaths and 50 and DOH; treatment and discrimination total as of April 9. recoveries. F. Provide relief goods against COVID-19 positive But in terms of percentage Out of the 90 COVID-19 and funds to financially patients, probable and of positive employees among positives, 74 are in Davao impacted families; suspected cases, returning all employees tested as of City, nine in Davao del Norte, G. Donate or conduct OFWs, health service April 6, 12 of 204 employees three in Davao Oriental, two in fundraising drive for the workers, and other frontliners. who tested positive accounted Davao del Sur, two in Davao much-needed medical The resolution was for 5.9% while those who de Oro and none in Davao and personal protective issued on April 8 and signed tested negative were 192 or Occidental. (Carolyn O. equipment, medical supplies, by Regional Development 94.1%. Arguillas / MindaNews) and food for health service Council chair and Davao workers and other frontliners; de Oro Governor Jayvee H. Express gratitude to Tyron Uy and Davao HAGONOY ... (from page 2) the health service workers Oriental Governor Nelson Family program. for their hard work by Dayanghirang, chair of the Maj. Eudisan Gultiano, the spokesperson of Police giving them inspiring words, Regional Peace and Order Regional Office XI, said the Hagonoy Municipal Police postcards, among other forms Council XI. By Rhoda Grace Station, under the supervision of Lt. Nilo Emborgo, adopted of encouragement; and B. Saron an indigent family with no permanent source of income. The family’s livelihood was severely affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine on COVID-19 by providing Emborgo said. The Adopt a Family campaign is an initiative of PNP them with food packs and grocery items. “We learned to give not because we have much but Director General Archie Gamboa to help those who are in because we know exactly how it feels to have nothing,” need during the quarantine period.

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