Mindanao Times, April 17, 2020

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Opinion: The vanishing railway dream

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FM pass schedule

A Task Force Davao personnel marks the food and medicine pass with a blue pen for the new color-coding scheme. The Davao City Police Office will start implementing a new schedule for FM passes starting on April 18, warning that violators will be arrested. BING GONZALES

• Authorities classify food and medicine passes into red and blue

Possible COVID-19 cases not cooperating in contact tracing CONTACT tracing has proven to be difficult as some COVID-19 patients are being uncooperative.

Dr. Lenny Joy Rivera, Department of Health XI assistant regional director, said in a virtual press con-

ference on Monday that some patients are still hesitant to reveal their (

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BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE DAVAO City Police Office will enforce a new schedule system for the food and medicine (FM) pass starting on April 18, as part of the stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that was extended to April 26. Col. Kirby John Kraft, DCPO director, said the FM pass holder with a control number starting with odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 ) will only be

allowed outside the house on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The FM pass holder whose control number starts with even numbers

(2,4,6, 8 and 0) will only be allowed outside of the residence on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. "With this system, we ( / FM / 5)

SPMC to experiment with plasma, 3 arrested for not hyperbaric therapies vs COVID-19 carrying FM passes BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

THE SOUTHERN Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is still awaiting the guideline on how to efficiently conduct a convalescent plasma therapy

as a potential treatment for COVID-19. Convalescent plasma therapy involves transfusing certain components from the blood of recovered

COVID-19 patients into infected people or those who are at high risk of getting the virus. In theory, the antibodies in the blood of the person who recovered

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from the disease will help kickstart a person’s immune system. SPMC chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega, on Monday’s (

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THREE individuals were arrested for not failing to show their food and medicine passes at the quarantine control checkpoint along Tigatto road fronting the Buhangin Public Market on Wednesday noon.

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The violators were identified as Neil Joey Cudera Navarez, 22, farmer, a resident of NHA Buhangin; Wyne Neri Sordillo, 30, single, a resident of Deca Homes Tigatto, Buhangin; (

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PUJ driver Christopher Betarmos, who is plying the Emily Homes–Ponciano route, counts the initial salary he received under the Department of Labor and Employment Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantage/Displaced workers program, during the payout held at the Davao City Recreation Center on Thursday. Davao City enrolled 3,000 PUJ drivers in the program. BING GONZALES

City, experts preparing stricter measures under extended ECQ City obtains names of 12 COVID-positive frontliners BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

CITY HALL has already obtained the list of names of the 12 employees of the Southern Medical Philippines Medical Center

(SPMC) who tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor Sara Duterte has requested from SPMC medical chief Dr. Leopol-

100 families get aid from Army BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

ONE-HUNDRED poor of relief goods, consisting families received relief of 15 kilos of rice, three goods from the 5th Civil- pieces of canned goods, Relations Group and pri- and two pieces of noodles vate sector as part of the for each family. "Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko" The relief goods were campaign for the current donated by Jeffrey Jess S. health crisis. Mataro and personnel of Capt Benedick Ca- 5th CRG intended for 100 gatin, commander of the poor families of different 51st Civil Relations Unit of puroks in Barangay Doña CRG, led the distribution ( / 100 FAMILIES / 14)

do Vega to share the contact details of the employees, including their home addresses and contact (

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NPAs murder Cafgu A CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) was murdered by alleged communist rebels in front of his family in Sitio Lamesa, Carromata, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur on Monday evening. He was identified as Wilson Behing, a CAA (

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BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

THE CITY government is currently completing a stricter guideline under the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), which will last until April 26. Mayor Sara Duterte Office (DCPO) on how to “If there will be addibared on Wednesday that tighten the ECQ, especially tional (guidelines), we will they plan on imposing even that we still see a large release it within the next more stringent security and number (of people) going two days so that it will be safety measures after not- outside and roaming around implemented by Saturday ing some lapses in the im- (the city). or Monday,” she said. plementation of the ECQ. The guideline will esDuterte was previously “We are still discussing sentially be the same, ex- irked by the number of this with the city director cept for some additional private vehicles she saw of the Davao City Police inputs. ( /CITY, EXPERTS / 14)

Davao to continue assistance for residents stranded in other areas BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

STRANDED Davaoeños can expect the continued help of the local government as the region-wide lockdown has been extended to April 26. Mayor Sara Duterte, in an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday, said that there are 206 Davaoeños around the country who sought their support. These in-

dividuals were recorded based on the information gathered from the official social media platforms of the Davao City Government. Duterte has announced the extension of the enhanced community quarantine and the region-wide lockdown to make sure that the region will be able to contain the virus.

The extension of the ECQ means the continued prohibition of the entry of land, sea and air travel in Davao Region. With this, the city government, as well as other governors in Davao Region, will continue to assist the affected residents. “We will continue to send them support for the (

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Covid-19 truce extension up to Malacañang, says military MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said the extension of the March 19 to April 15 unilateral ceasefire declared by President Rodrigo Duterte in wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak is up to Malacañang. The communist rebels ment about it," AFP spokesThe Communist Party reciprocated by declar- person, Marine Brig. Gen. of the Philippines-New Peoing their own version of a Edgard Arevalo said in a ple's Army (CPP-NPA) is ceasefire effective March media message. listed as a terrorist organi26 to April 15. The truce was declared zation by the United States, "The ceasefire dec- so that the government the European Union, the laration emanated from and the AFP can focus on United Kingdom, Australia, Malacañan. Let us await containing the spread of the Canada, New Zealand, and any guidance or announce- Covid-19. the Philippines. (PNA)

Sarangani runs 24/7 consultation ALABEL, Sarangani – To curb the influx of patients in the hospitals and healthcare centers in Sarangani, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) has launched “24/7 Sarangani Tele-Konsulta”, a virtual consultation that allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients. This is pursuant to the Provincial Executive Order No. 08 “Declaring General Community Quarantine and Strengthening Measures to Prevent and Further Spreading of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Province of Sarangani.” All province-run hospitals are directed to observe proper social distancing pro-

tocol at the workplace, particularly emergency room and out-patient units, to ensure the safety and protection of frontline workers. The service, in particular, will allow those who are ill to call and consult with medical personnel regarding their symptoms without having to check-in at a hospital. Of the six province-run hospitals in Sarangani, Dr. Cornelio Martinez Sr. Memorial Hospital in Kiamba was the first to operate the Tele-Konsulta service. Residents living there may ask for assistance through mobile numbers 0917-700-0697 or 0920-9586-009, and landline

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Mati gov’t starts telepsychology session THE CITY of Mati LGU thru weeks now. the City Health Office's Acute Eugene Syting, Nurse Psychiatric Care Unit (APCU) Program Coordinator of the has been holding weekly psy- CHO's Community Mental chiatric consultation since last Health Program, said the temonth thru teleconferencing. lepsych is a big help to their With the regional and patients especially during the provincial quarantine lock- lockdowns. downs in effect, patients sufThe City of Mati LGU fering from mental illness in thru Mayor Michelle Nakpil the City of Mati and other Rabat entered into a Memoneighboring towns are still randum of Understanding being treated by a psycholo- with the Southern Philippines gist based in the Southern Medical for the accommodaPhilippines Medical Center in tion of Mati's mental patients Davao City. in the SPMC's Institute of The session is made thru Psychiatry and Behavioral video teleconferencing every3:06:14Science. Ad (8x5.5in).pdf 1 1/29/2020 PM Wednesday for the past three The agreement gave rise

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to the telepsychiatric facility inside the APCU building in Barangay Dahican this city. Syting said that since 2016, they have already catered to at least 140 Mati residents suffering from various mental illnesses. He said that under the new administration, they were provided with the equipment needed for teleconferencing thus the start of their telepsych. Dr. Reagan Joseph Villanueva, Medical Specialist II from the SPMC, is the one conducting the telepsych session with Mati patients on

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MANILA – The government has allowed foreign cruise ships carrying Filipino crew members to dock in Manila ports and be used as quarantine facility amid the government efforts to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a virtual presser on Thursday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said this was among the new guidelines approved by the Inter-Agency

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A POLICE personnel checks on a woman’s quarantine pass at the Cloverleaf Market in Balintawak, Quezon City. Authorities are implementing stricter rules to minimize further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). PNA photo

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Business group raises alert vs online scams BY NICOLE BURLAS

THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) has warned the public against investing in illegal online platforms especially many are taking advantage of the pandemic by rolling out supposed schemes that are just scams. “We have detected some online scams allegedly from banks and insurance companies as reported by some of our members, asking people to declare their bank account numbers and contact details or clicking on links that seem innocent. We would like to advise the public to be care-

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TUPAD released P6.4-M in Samal

Firm donates P5-M in GCs to project OVER and beyond its earlier donations, including the PhP 1 billion assistance to the national government’s COVID-19 response and relief efforts, NGCP is contributing another PhP 5 million as it turns over 10,000 supermarket gift certificates (

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THE ISLAND Garden City of Samal Satellite Office of the Department of Labor and Employment XI released P6.4 million for the first two batches of beneficiaries under Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers #Barangay Ko Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) Program. The agency announced that as of April 13, 1,627 workers from the informal sector were given wages after working for 10 days

Qualification for wage subsidy program bared MANILA – Workers of tax compliant-small businesses who will not receive salaries for at least two weeks because of the quarantine implemented to arrest further rise of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are qualified for the wage subsidy program. This was disclosed by Department of Finance (DOF) Assistant Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino II during the Laging Handa public briefing aired over state-owned PTV Thursday. Lambino said the workers who are qualified for

the wage subsidy are those who will not receive salaries for a minimum of two weeks because they were not able to work either as their companies have temporarily stopped operations, or have implemented skeletal force in line with the government’s Covid-19 response. He said small companies will now be burdened by lost opportunities to operate during the quarantine period, and will find it hard to pay their workers. The Department of Finance (DOF) earlier said they

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under the ]program. Among the 1,627 workers, 498 were from Batch 1 who were given P1.9 million while 1,129 were from Batch 2 with a total of P4.4 million worth of wages. DOLE XI Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante and DOLE XI TSSD OIC-Chief Paul V. Cruz appeared during the payout along with DOLE IGACOS Satellite Office Head Leo Ariel A. Pepino, (

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ful as these may enter your online bank accounts,” DCCCII said through a press release. John Carlo Tria, DCCCII president, said he hopes that the government can run after these entities that “are preying or taking advantage of our people.” In a previous report, the

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Some entities use tech to dupe the public: SEC THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public against illegal entities which use new technologies in luring investments. In an advisory, SEC advised people not to invest or stop investing in these entities and to exercise caution in dealing with individuals or groups involved. Among those that the agency identified were Delta Crypt Limited, INVEXPERT, and The Billion Coin (TBC). The agency said that these entities are not authorized to “solicit, accept, or take investments/placements from the public nor to issue investment contracts and other forms of securities,” as stated in the Section 3 of the Republic Act 8799 or the Securities Regulation Code (SRC).

It added that these groups are not authorized to solicit investments because they have not secured necessary registration and license to operate, according to Section 8 of SRC. The report said that TBC, a group operated by Kris Kringle, is not included in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ list of registered banks, exchanges or companies engaged in digital assets, as well as in the list of generally accepted virtual currencies as posted on the World Coin Index and Coin Market Cap websites. Delta Crypt, which poses as a private limited company registered in England and Wales, entices investors by offering investment plans promising 104-6000% after one to 90 days for a deposit

Rules on tax benefits of donation during pandemic period issued THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DOF) has issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 9-2020 on the tax benefits of donations made for the purpose of battling COVID-19 pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act." Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III explained that such tax benefits "recognize the far-reaching contributions of the private sector and other stakeholders in pursuit of the Duterte administration's overall efforts to fight the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as outlined in RA 11469 or the Bayanihan Act." RR 9-2020 provides that donations of cash, critical

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warned the public of some illegal entities that would try to coax the public in investing in their products even when they did not legal personalities in doing so. “These illegal entities and their agents or brokers

healthcare equipment, relief goods and the use of property for the purpose of fighting COVID-19 and made during the period of the declared state of emergency shall be exempt from donor’s tax and value-added tax (VAT), if applicable, and may be granted full deductibility against the gross income of the donor, subject to certain conditions and compliance with minimal supporting documents. Aside from donations made to the national government and accredited nonstock, non-profit organizations, the revenue regulations widened the coverage of the tax benefits to include donations to private hospitals; non-accredited non-stock

non-profit educational and/ or charitable, religious, cultural or social welfare institutions; nongovernment organizations (NGOs); trust or philanthropic organizations and/or research institutions; as well as local private corporations, civic organizations and/or international organizations that actually, directly and exclusively distribute and/ or transfer the donations and/or serve as conduit for accredited NGOs and/or the National Government or any non-profit entity created by any of its agencies, or to any political subdivision of the said government. For donations to the

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of $10 to $100,000. They also offer VIP plans where investors are promised a 500% to 3,000% return after five to 20 days for a minimum investment of $5,000 and a maximum of $50,000. The company allegedly “engages in the trading of cryptocurrency on the world’s largest trading platforms.” INVEXPERT also offers similar investment plans with returns from 104% extending to 3,000% in one to 30 days for a deposit of $500 to $100,000. In its website, it is said that the company is registered in the United Kingdom and it invests in startups in fast growing industries such as AI, Internet of Things, robotics, biotechnology, and financial technology. On the other hand, TBC

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Shell gives fuel discounts in Mindanao WITH the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases climbing over a hundred in Mindanao, Pilipinas Shell has expanded its efforts in the region to improve public transportation and aid frontliners in their fight against a potentially severe outbreak in Mindanao. “The health and safety of our people, our customers, and the community are most important to us, and we continue to monitor the situation closely so we can respond to the needs of our kababayans,” said Pilipinas Shell’s CEO and Country Chairman Cesar Romero. “As everyone plays their part in this fight against this pandemic, patuloy

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close contacts. She said truthful information will help speed up the process of locating and testing people who have been exposed to the positive COVID-19 patient. “Some of the contacts were really not cooperating. Some of them are not giving the exact details, even the patient itself is not providing their clients, if they are working before, they do not give the names of their clients with whom they have exposure to,” she said. Rivera said even if surveillance teams have tracked down suspected cases, people are not divulging any personal information. “We are calling them, but they do not divulge anything,” she said. “Even if we introduced ourselves as DOH some of them really are hesitant to give us the details.” She said DOH has yet to receive the guidelines coming from the InterAgency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) regarding the data-sharing of patient’s information. Earlier, the IATF decided to adopt the mandatory public disclosure of personal information of COVID-19 patients to boost the efforts of the government in contact trac-

ing. The IATF committed to keeping all information confidential as those are not for public consumption. “The mandatory disclosure of patient’s information will helpful,” she said. “With this, we can easily identify those who have been exposed to positive patients.” Currently, the surveillance team is calling relatives, friends, and other contacts who are also hesitant to go to the health centers and even disclose their names. Under the Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, unauthorized disclosure of private and confidential information pertaining to a patient’s medical condition or treatment, tampering of records or intentionally providing misinformation, non-operation of the disease surveillance and response systems, noncooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern, and noncooperation of the person or entities identified as having the notifiable disease, or affected by the health event of public concern is prohibited. By Samantha T. Burgos

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can minimize the number of persons outside of the residence, "Kraft said. "We will also be strict in filing cases against those who will violate this scheme." Meanwhile, all private vehicles are not allowed to travel on Sunday, the police said. For now, all FM passes could not be used on Sundays, except those who are buying medicines. The city police director also said that motorists can

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expect long queues at the quarantine control points as the law enforcers are directed to scrutinize all passing vehicles. The ECQ is supposed to end on April 19 but Mayor Sara Duterte said this has been extended to April 26 on the advice of the doctors. With the extended ECQ, the borders of the region will remain closed to air, sea, and land travel, except for vital cargo and

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virtual press conference, said the hospital has the capacity to perform the therapy. “We have the machine for it, we can do it in a blood bank facility wherein they separate the plasma from the blood of this convalescent patient and give this to patients,” he said. He also said that they have been discussing the plan since last week so that they can finalize the protocols of using the convalescent plasma. He said the head of the hematology department will soon be releasing the guidelines. In Metro Manila, some hospitals already conducted initial tests to prove whether or not the therapy works. Some COVID-19 survivors

have already donated blood plasma to certain hospitals in Manila. Currently, there is no vaccine and specific medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. But experts have pointed to the potential benefits of plasma—a blood fluid—from recovered COVID-19 patients who have developed antibodies against the virus to enable the body’s defenses to attack it. Convalescent plasma has also proven effective in small studies to treat infectious diseases including Ebola and SARS. Vega also added that they are also looking at the possibility of performing hyperbaric method to treat their patients.

emergencies. “(No one) can go inside the city, however, (anyone) can go out anytime,” she said. She said the extension was decided upon by officials of the region on Wednesday amid the three new positive cases in the city. The meeting was attended by governors and mayors of the other provinces and municipalities. On Wednesday also,

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the Department of Health (DOH) XI confirmed a new death due to COVID-19. “The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decided to extend the implementation of the ECQ for an additional seven days. So, it is half of the incubation period,” she said. She said based on the observations of government doctors, there is a fluctuation of COVID-19 incidents in the region.

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duration of the enhanced community quarantine,” the mayor said. The mayor did not divulge the details of the support to avoid misinformation and possible fraudulent acts from abusive people.

Stranded residents may reach out through Davao City Reports hotline numbers 0919 072 2222 and 0917 131 2333 or its official Facebook page or through the Davao City Disaster Radio Facebook Page.

“There are reports, especially anecdotal (reports) coming from a hospital in New York, wherein they’ have been using hyperbaric treatment for moderate and selected patients for COVID-19 positive (patients) and we are looking at the possibility of using hyperbaric medicine,” he said. Hyperbaric medicine is typically used to treat decompression sickness, a condition suffered by

divers with improper techniques. But it can also be used to hasten the healing process of gangrene and diabetic wounds, among others. “We can see whether these moderate patients no longer need intubation. The kind of challenges that we’re facing is we’re looking for modalities to make sure that we are able to serve our patients well,” he added.


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The vanishing railway dream

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HE enhanced community quarantine was extended to April 26 as announced by Mayor Sara Duterte Wednesday night over Davao City Disaster Radio, a week more from its supposed lifting on April 19. In addition to the curfew imposed from 6pm to 6am, the city will tighten its implementation of the stay at home regime, by further limiting the movement of people to markets and malls. EDITORIAL On the streets, police officers are flagging down motorists to check on their passes and their purpose for going out. There is no room for complacency if we are serious in putting a stop to COVID 19. Figures coming out are still a cause for concern, hence the extension and stricter implementation by the city. Last Wednesday, 3 new cases and one death were recorded by the Department of Health in the region. Yesterday, another measure was imposed, this time enforcing a system for the food and medicine pass beginning April 18. According to City Police Director Col. Kirby John Kraft, this will further trim down the number of people congregating in malls and markets. Social distancing, one of the mechanisms to combat the spread of the virus, becomes difficult to comply with. Correspondents:

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This entails more police enforcers checking pass holders of motorists on the major thoroughfare. FM pass holders with a control number starting with odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 ) will only be allowed outside the house on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while FM pass holders with control number starting with even numbers (2,4,6, 8 and 0) will only be allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The region remains on lockdown, with hopes that the next week will present better results in the fight against COVID 19. It has been repeatedly stressed that it takes all of us to stop the spread of this highly infectious virus. If we continue to defy the measures imposed, we will also continue the anxiety and misery brought about by this virus.

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SOMETIME back in 2015 then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was reported in the papers as impatiently asking funding agencies like the World Bank to foot the bills for the implementation of a railway transport system to address the burgeoning vehicular traffic in the city expected to come within the next five years. In 2016 the then mayor was catapulted to the Presidency of the Philippines. And true to his aspiration he included in his priority big-ticket projects in Mindanao a railway system that will connect the island’s main centers of economic development that include Davao, General Santos, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, and even Zamboanga City. In Davao City the railway system is touted as the ultimate solution to the worsening vehicular traffic. So when the former mayor assumed the Presidency his administration immediately rolled up its sleeves and started the works on the railway project with its Phase 1 covering the Davao Region. Planning and budgeting became the tune of the Department of Transportation (DOTR), the lead agency in the project implementation. Whether it was by design or not that the first phase be done in the Davao area starting from Tagum City down to Davao City up to Digos City in Davao del Sur, we’d rather leave it to the cynics. And we were elated that such a project is undertaken first in areas that include Davao City. Why, because we are one with the observation that indeed the traffic situation in the city could be worse in the timeframe projected by its former mayor and now President Duterte. Admittedly though, we are not in agreement with the idea of having such an infrastructure project as the city’s top priority for addressing its traffic problem. We also believe that while a railway system may be advantageous to the commuters, assuming that the fare rate would be much lower than the present rates of public utility jeeps and shuttle services, and passenger buses, it will also entail displacement of some people who are dependent on driving passenger vehicles for their livelihood. In other words, a railway system in place could impoverish certain sectors of the population not just in the city but in some other parts of Mindanao. Hence we have this feeling that the government must see to it that it can provide alternative livelihood means to those drivers who would suddenly lose their job, and to jeep and shuttle bus operators who would find their units running empty because the majority would now be taking the train. Yes, there may be many more people benefiting from a railway transport system. But we believe that it could be morally and ethically inappropriate that a system is put in place to the detriment of other sectors in society. We also believe that if we think of a five-year period as the time-table for Davao City’s traffic situation to get worse, a railway transport system may not be the top priority solution. What we think is best to the existing situation in Davao City is the opening of new diversion and peripheral roads; or even a coastal highway. The reported second diversion highway, the feasibility study of which is being bankrolled by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is one infrastructure project that is most beneficial to the city and its population. As planned that the said inland highway will traverse the areas from Bunawan, Mahayag, Cabantian, Tigatto, cross the Davao River and climb up the Magtuod hills to Matina Pangi, then to Catalunan Grande, cross the Talomo River and up again to Catalunan Pequeno exiting to Toril and then to Sta. Cross. This new highway will indeed relieve the city’s downtown area of a substantial number of large vehicles including those that are privately-owned. The outcome is definitely a downtown Davao with vehicles running smoothly and almost accident free. Why, it would just be a simple execution of policies regarding which vehicle goes to the city proper and which should not. The city can always adopt measures to ensure compliance by vehicle owners or drivers. (

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Tell me quando THE QUESTIONS on everyone's mind, how long is the stay-home order going to last? What lies ahead? When will things return back to normal? What will the new normal be like? All these indications of uncertainty hung like a gray cloud over our heads. Truth is, the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) perpetrated by the government as a means to slow down and eventually stop COVID-19, has brought to the surface many things that are far more valid than these raised questions. I used to carpet-bomb and flatly label as stupid all the irate reactions of some politicians, businessmen and ordinary people alike who have stood defiant against the implementations of the stay-home directive, and most recently, the ECQ. Now, after a month, with reports of violations left and right, I am totally convinced that I should have used napalm at first opportunity. This is not even after considering the spec needs and nuances of each sector. The limiting of personal, and day-to-day liberties simply pales in comparison to the consideration that it is for the good and survival of all, especially the ones we hold dear. There simply are no ifs and buts about it. One cannot just simply say that you are above or more important than somebody else. COVID-19 is the great leveller, and no one is immune. Especially at this time, everyone, including asymptomatic carriers cannot afford and choose to be aloof, so much as to think only of themselves, when in fact, anyone can be a prime cog and active participant in the pandemic's lethal trail of death. While it is tragic that people everywhere have lost jobs and livelihood, these will never be equitable with losing their lives for these pursuits. The call to 'stay home', two words that have never meant so much before, but now suddenly a battle cry during this life and death situation, is stupidly ignored just to favor personal and group interests and to further feed the entitled self. How does one explain it? How can this warped perspective still exist? Is this world that has become so used to so much comfort and convenience, not at all threatened by the possibility that everything could be taken away because of such a mindset? When taken in the context of national security, ECQ is still the most rational option lest our already limited medical capabilities become overrun if a large percentage of the population become infected by COVID-19. A legitimate post by medical front-liners says it all. What will happen to all of you when all of us are infected?" In spite of repeated pleas by concerned members of society, a small number still go about their selfish and non-empathic ways. The sad thing is, though they may be small in number, their capability to spread the virus makes "small" important. As long as they trudge along, flattening the curve will prove to be impossible. So, how long can the ECQ last? For as long as the threat of COVID-19 exists. For as long as these selfimportant individuals roam the streets.

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The Jesuit Letters On Epidemics And Tremors In Butuan (Part 2)

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews) – “The Great Flood. It was mankind coping with number of fatalities increased so much the pain and tragedy of loss. But it also that on Christmas Day [1883], there were drove people to reinforce their belief in a 45 burials while there were days when the Supreme Being who was all-powerful and GREG HONTIVEROS priest administered extreme unction to 30 all-knowing that could only beseeched by persons.... When finally the Te Deum could the prayer of man, and thus the inspired be intoned, the parish of Butuan had lost in an eyewink light of the prophets brought us the Bible. Oppenheimer 500 souls.” is a scientist on genetics, geology and archaeology who This was written by Fr. Pablo Pastells, the Jesuit tries to make sense on how people in ancient times coped superior of the Philippine province in the last decade of with tragedy. People wove poetry, music and art to try the 19th century and author of the three-volume “Mision to understand the inscrutable fate that befell on them. It de la Compania de Jesus en el Filipinas en siglo XIX” was for him as a scientist to tell us that the changes in (The Jesuit Missions in the Philippines in the 19th Cen- the earth over time validates much of what we in our tury). The preceding account was just one episode on the time could only comprehend in the parables of the past. anguish and terror of one town, a cri de couer that would Tragedy in our time should, with hope, provide us soon be blissfully forgotten by its residents, because more the moral transcendence to rise beyond our pain. would come in the future. (Greg Hontiveros of Butuan City is an independent As I write this, I remember the passages in the researcher on historical studies. Hontiveros has two book by Stephen Oppenheimer, “Eden in the East: The published books and a dozen papers published in the Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia,” where he wrote Journal of History and some university journals. His that the massive destruction of human civilization brought focus is on aspects of Mindanao history and culture. about by the end of the Ice Age [20,000 to 8,000 years This piece is an excerpt from his book, “Butuan of a Before the Present] grew into the stories and myths of the Thousand Years.”)

THE LESSONS OF HISTORY

Losses Too Much to Bear ABOUT 1,850,220 confirmed cases with has brought misfortune upon me" (Ruth 114,215 deaths worldwide are not just cold 1:20-21). The need to blame and be bitter statistics but speak of grave sufferings and against someone is a natural response of losses. As the numbers continue to climb, grief and loss, and God is the easiest one no one is left untouched with lockdowns, to blame perhaps because she had prayed stoppage of everything from air, sea, and hard during those times for a miracle to land travel, freedoms curtailed to the save her loved ones from death. In that minimum. This COVID-19 pandemic has bitter, depressed state, Naomi nursed her brought and continues to bring great grief sorrow and did not take any initiative. and even depression to many. Cremation Ruth, a stranger in Bethlehem, volunteered EVELYN PAJARON or interment with no family presence beto work in the harvest field and find food comes the norm for deaths, regardless of for them. the cause. My heart grieves too for every doctor, nurse Ruth's experience is another story, but her presence or frontliner who attended to infected patients due to was an important part of Naomi's recovery from grief. their call of duty and died, as I think of years of study When Ruth experienced God's guidance to a relative's and expertise down the drain. Our story today gives us field and was protected and provided well, it gave a glimpse of the grief and the process people go through Naomi a renewed hope. She began to give instructions in times like ours. to Ruth to secure the latter's future. The kind relative There was a famine in the land of Bethlehem, so the and landowner, Boaz, eventually married Ruth and gave family of Elimelek, Naomi and their two sons, Mahlon birth to a son. What this meant for Naomi is depicted and Kilion went to Moab to survive. However, Elimelek well in the passage: "The women said to Naomi: 'Praise died in Moab, leaving Naomi and her two sons. After be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a another ten years, Mahlon and Kilion who married Mo- guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout abite women, Orpah, and Ruth respectively, also died Israel. He will renew your life and sustain you in your with no explanation or reason given. No children came old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and from both couples, which meant that Elimelek's line is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.' was finished with no one to carry his name in the future, Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for and Elimelek's property back in Bethlehem would go him. The women living there said, 'Naomi has a son!' to his male relatives, leaving Naomi destitute. Naomi And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, heard that the famine had ended, so she decided to return the father of David" (Ruth 4:14-17). to Bethlehem bereft of a family as she persuaded her The women's statement that Naomi has a son is very daughters-in-law to return to their own families. She relatable for grandparents. I consider my grandchildren just wanted to be alone to nurse her grief, and for her as my very own and they give me a new lease on life, a daughters-in-law to have another opportunity to remarry reason to stay healthy and live longer to guide and see with their people. But Ruth, even with her loss of a them grow and have a bright future. husband, knew Naomi needed a companion, especially Death is certain and brings so much grief. There during such a time. might be blaming, anger, regrets, denial, despondency, Losing one's husband and two sons in a foreign depression. It is helpful to have someone who loves land is a heartbreaking traumatic experience. Naomi and understands to come alongside like Ruth did, givexperienced many losses: loss of husband and sons, ing time for grief to run its course. And in these times loss of property, loss of descendants, loss of hope for a of quarantine and isolation, God is still the one we can bright future! Naomi's despondent state was shown in turn to for strength. As Cassandra Brown who lost her her statement to the people in Bethlehem: "Don't call me husband and son within 3 days to COVID said of the Naomi [meaning "pleasantness"], call me Mara [mean- unimaginable pain: "My two men are gone. I am standing "bitter"], because the Almighty has made my life ing here in the strength of the Lord, not on strength of very bitter . . . the Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty my own."

FAMILY LIFE


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PRC Davao City Chapter doing its share

GIVING relief goods from Red Cross

RED CROSS staff prepares food to be distributed to their

PRC staff with CSSDO distributing food packs

ON ITS 73 rd Anniversary of service in Davao City, Philippine National Red Cross Davao City Chapter continues to serve and respond to communities that undergo hardship during emergencies, calamities and major health crises such as the Covid 19 Pandemic. Together with the rest of the community and volunteer groups who have organized themselves to show support in all forms – material, moral, financial, spiritual and humanitarian efforts, PRC Davao does its share in bringing hope and comfort, especially to frontliners. On April 15, 2020, in coordination with CSSDO, PRC Davao City Chapter distributed food packs to the following identified shelters: Co Su Gian Center for the elderly, Balay Dangupan, Lingap Center - for the mentally challenged in Tugbok. A total of one hundred seventy-nine persons were fed. PRC Davao City Chapter Chairman Eduardo Robillo, in his message said “Today, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) celebrates its 73rd Anniversary as the premier humanitarian organization in the country.” “Guided by our principles, we will continue to provide quality life-saving services to protect the life and dignity of the most vulnerable Filipinos in desperate situations especially at this time that we face the ominous threat of Covid-19.” “Because Red Cross is helping people, we would like to thank all our generous partners, sponsors and donors who have given cash and in-kind donations and enabled the Red Cross to fulfill its mission.” “We would like to make special mention of the following: Coca Cola Beverages Philippines, International Committee of the Red Cross, Philippine Spring Water Resources, Inc., PRC Davao del Sur Chapter, Mr. Eduardo Robillo, Derrick Tan, Ms. Xenia Pacumbaba, Harry Lopez, Atty. Jeffry Jefferson Coronel, Engr. Victor Navales, Domingo Uy, Arturo Milan, Juanito Loyola, George Campeon, Councilor Pilar Braga, Leticia Averion and Marilyn Roque”. “Again, thank you for all your support. Together for Humanity”. Photo Credits: PRC Davao City Chapter Marilyn C. Roque

recipients.

EDUARDO G. ROBILLO - Chairman, Board of Directors, Philippine Red Cross - Davao City Chapter


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BABY MACEDAMontemayor and Marga Montemayor-Nograles’ Kaayo Modern Mindanao

THROUGH the years, Davao City has, admirably, spearheaded cultural projects in her earnest effort to showcase the rich facets of our Filipino heritage for the benefit of Mindanaoans. The Philippine Women’s College of Davao headed by Emi Englis (Fine Arts & Fashion Design Department), the Davao Fashion Design Council led by Joji Batu, plus the pioneering efforts of veteran fashion designer Alfonso Guino-o, and the mother-and-daughter tandem of Hon. Consul of Hungary Baby Maceda-Montemayor and Marga Montemayor-Nograles of Kaayo fame, just to mention some, have always been supportive of the Davaoenos’ appreciation, love and respect for our cultural heritage. These artistic people always join hands to pay their sincere respect and pay tribute to Mindanao’s ancestral weavers --- their amazing skill, creativity, artistry and protean labour. They have always been the tireless front runners in promoting the beauty and fine craftsmanship of our traditional textiles through evolutionary couture. Indeed, these artistes explore the infinite possibilities in terms of aesthetics, silhouette, construction and fabrication to produce extraordinary new looks inspired as they are with Mindanao’s indigenous fabrics. All these people who patronize our traditional textiles help in offering sustainable livelihood to our tribal weavers, both old and young. This assures the preservation of our traditional weaving craft for future generations. HRH the Prince of Wales Charles Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor who happens to

be the President of The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London wrote, “For many years, I have encouraged the promotion and revitalization of the traditional arts. It seems to me that the wisdom and knowledge of humanity lies hidden therein, knowledge that can help to restore our world to wholeness and integrity….The textile arts from different indigenous communities in the Philippines are a testament to that knowledge and to the universal principles that bind Man and Nature with their divine Source. Many of the textiles in the collection of the Ayala Museum were created as part of ritual and ceremony and to enhance the character and virtue of those who wear them. They were made to please the gods.” Prince Charles’ letter is the foreword in the book, “Art and the Order of Nature: The Mercedes Zobel Collection of Indigenous Philippine Textiles” written by Dr. Patricia Araneta and Amihan Lim which was published by the Ayala Foundation, Inc. in 2014. The special book was published to accompany the exhibition “Art and the Order of Nature in Indigenous Philippine Textiles.” Take the case of the “tapa” or the beaten tree bark which tito Boy Guino-o used in the past in one of his terno designs. I would like to mention that the “tapa” is one of the earliest textiles used in the Philippines, a technology which the proto-Austronesians of 5000 plus years ago brought with them to the country. Antonio Pigafetta, who accompanied Ferdinand Magellan to the Philippines in the 17th century, described the native Cebuanos’ fashion as “cloth woven from tree bark to cover their privies.” Chinese traders and Spanish soldiers took note of how abundant the country’s tropical forests and vegetation had been to our early weavers. Cloth could be processed from the bark of trees; abaca was woven from banana plants; sago palm yielded a coarse sack cloth; and buri was a source of raffia cloth. The natives’ love for brilliant colors saw the widespread use of natural plant dyes such as blue dye from indigo plants; white dye from rice water; red from tree bark; yellow dye from ginger root; and black hues from burying fibers in mud. It was also recorded that our early pre colonial weavers used shells, mother-of-pearl discs, coins, glass beads obtained from Chinese traders, as well as embroidery to enhance their wardrobe, especially the ceremonial vestments. Yes, just take a look and compare with what our Davao fashion designers use as embellishments for their modern interpretation of Mindanaoan fashion in the present time. Indeed, our ancestral weaves or habi always have an exalted place in the life cycle activities of tribal villages. From peace pacts to betrothals, in BAGOBO Tagabawa Tangkulo re-interpreted into MANDAYA Women weavers and beaders from Brgy. Andap, New Bataan, various rites of passage, as proof of wealth and social contemporary fashion in an exhibition at the PWC Davao de Oro, assisted for product design and development by PWC fashion status, as an instrument of trade, woven clothing is Mindanao Folk Arts Museum featuring the works and alumna Che Aranjuez and PWC Artisanal Heritage Studies and Creative always a valued currency and a cultural icon. Indigenous fabrics also identified a tribe and the community collaborations of Master Beader Bae Enterprise Center its place of origin. Fabric designs indicate Arlyne Salazar the available plant dyes and fiber sources in the environment, the height of its women’s weaving ability; and the social and cultural realities they live with. The Bagobo, T’boli, B’laan, Kulaman, Subanun, Mandaya and Tagakaolo produced polished, tricolour abaca textiles in their respective areas which comprise what is otherwise known as the “ikat heartland” of Mindanao. According to anthropologist Dr. David Baradas, it is in these areas of Mindanao that people resisted Spanish colonization and as such, significant links with Southeast Asia remain discernible. These textile links are the most valid reflection of the traditions shared by Southeast Asians before the arrival of the European colonizers.” Our woven fabrics expressively speak of our history, and our country’s unique culNEW Materialism Research of PWC BFA Fashion Design ture and heritage. Ang mga ito ay sariling students Batch 2020. Fiber and leather developed from atin; kaya dapat nating alagaan at ingatan local materials like corn husk, banana fiber, saluyot, THE late PWC President Conrado L. Benitez II and Trustee Elizabeth S.P. Leitz at ipagmalaki sa buong mundo. romblon, rice stalk and even tuna skin.

conferred PWC recognition to Bae Arlyne Salazar.


FRIDAY, APRIL31, 17, 2020 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2016

DAVAO GEVIN PAWNSHOP, INC. 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.

DAVAO FIRST COLOR

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

PAWNSHOP

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

Anino Bldg., Prk 28 Villafuerte Street, Calinan, Davao City

Tel. No. 295-0751

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

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

AUCTION DATE

TEL. NOS.

CALINAN, Villafuerte (Main) APRIL 03, 2020

295-0751

MINTAL, Sampaguita St.

233-0712

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)

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

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

9GEMS Pawnshop Inc. Egger Bldg., Matina Crossing Davao City Tel. No. (082) 285-7069

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE 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 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

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. 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.

AUCTION DATE TEL. NOS.

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

284-9017

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 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.

GOLDSTANDARD PAWNSHOP

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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

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.


FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020

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

PAWNS NOT REDEEMED/RENEWED WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS AFTER EXPIRY DATES WILL BE AUCTIONED ON MARCH 16, 2020 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE RESPECTIVE PAWNSHOPS WHERE THE ITEMS WERE PAWNED.

DAVAO GOLDWIN PAWNSHOP, INC 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

AUCTION DATE

General Lao, Toril

MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH

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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE 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

AUCTION DATE

TEL. NO.

C.M. RECTO (MAIN) LANANG BRANCH 1 SAN PEDRO

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

GABBY’S BRILLIANT PAWNSHOP INC. / GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. TEL NO.: 321-2185 / 234-4844

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

AUCTION DATE

TEL. NOS.

SAN PEDRO

MARCH 16, 2020

321-2185

ILUSTRE

MARCH 02, 2020

234-4844

MARCH 13, 2020

All pawned items from SEPTEMBER 2019 – OCTOBER 2019


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FRIDAY, APRIL31, 17, 2020 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2016

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.

BRANCHES

AUCTION DATE

TEL. NOS

SAN PEDRO BUHANGIN

MARCH 10, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020

225-0033 241-1071

Davao Ros-Ver Pawnshop, Incorporated Ilustre St., Davao City Tel # 224-1204; 222-6086

AUCTION SALE! 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

BILLBOARD FOR LEASE Strategic Location High -Traffic Visibility 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


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and Vemary Niez Alcoriza, 25, female, cashier, and a transient resident of Sta. Cruz, Buhangin. Maj. Estrello Ramiso, acting station commander of the Buhangin police, said the three were intercepted at the checkpoint The alleged violators were asked to show their FM passes by the authorities manning the checkpoint.

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Ramiso said they are strictly implementing the enhanced community quarantine, which prohibits people from going out except for essential activities. "This office will continue and apprehended all the violators of EO 23," he said. "This is how serious we deal with this, kindly stick with our ordinances." By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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on the roads despite the ECQ.

This prompted the mayor to announce that COVID-19 patients who are found to have violated the ECQ should not expect financial assistance from the city. The implementation of the ECQ will be extended for one more week until April 26. “[T]hat is one incubation period plus half incubation period. So our ECQ is one and a half incubation period,” she said. She said that there is a need to extend the enhanced community quarantine in Davao City and the entire Davao region based on the discussion and presentation of the Department of Health (DOH) during the meeting with the Davao Region COVID-19 Task Force. “[B]ased on the numbers presented by the doctors, the picture of the entire Davao region, they saw that there is a need to extend (ECQ) for us to lower (number of cases),” mayor Duterte said. She also noted that there is a fluctuation on the number

of positive cases in the region but this might be due to some changes in the classification of the DOH in identifying the possible suspects for COVID-19. “If you have a respiratory problem, you are automatically considered as a suspect and that is also the reason why there is an increase in the admission (of patients) in the hospital,” Duterte said. Duterte also said that it was agreed among the governors of Davao region that the extension of the ECQ implementation “will be the same” across local government units. The mayor also added that entry to the region will still not be allowed given the extension of the ECQ. “The doctor said not to allow entry via land, sea, and air here in Davao Region,” she said. The mayor said that those individuals residing in Davao region who are currently stranded in various places outside of the region will still be provided with assistance by their local government units.

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numbers. Duterte on Tuesday announced that she will commit her one-year salary amounting to P2.1 million to create a trust fund for medical frontliners who are infected with COVID-19. Each of them will be receiving P50,000 as financial assistance. “We already have the list of the 12 individuals here. And then we will reach out to them through their contact numbers, if not, through their addresses,” she said. “(SPMC) employees can mean contractual or job orders, or those who are hired but through an agency,” she added. The money will be deposited directly into their accounts. Meanwhile, the distribution of the grocery packs will continue even with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine. Duterte said on Wednesday that there will be no changes in the release of the relief goods. “We have already finished (first round) in the 182 barangays. We have prepared for three rounds of distribution for the beneficiaries,” she said. The mayor said the city government is now preparing for the second round of its distribution through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). Duterte bared that 428,571 grocery packs will be distributed to the beneficiaries. This number exceeded the

previously estimated 350,000 household recipients after including the additional figures from the barangays. “We have agreed together with the CSWDO that we will start again (second round of distribution) to those very first recipients who have already received the goods,” she said. Meanwhile, the mayor clarified that the goods coming from the City Agriculturist’s Office and the City Veterinary’s Office will prioritize those families that do not have the ration cards from the CSWDO. “Because if those who already have rations from the CSWDO will also be given rations from the City Veterinary’s and City Agriculture’s Office, they will already be receiving two (kinds of relief goods) and we will not be able to catch those who do not have ration cards,” she said. “The purpose of giving these chicken, fresh meat and vegetables (is) for the families in need but do not have ration cards,” Mayor Duterte added.

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Andrea, Asuncion, Davao del Norte in partnership with the 60th Infantry Battalion and barangay officials of Barangay Doña Andrea, headed by its chairman Al M. Sumalhag. "We estimate that the 15 kilos for each family can be consumed until the end of the month,” Cagatin said. "We consider those beneficiaries as belonging to the poorest of the poor. Meaning, they do not have other sources of income." The "Kapwa Ko, Sagot

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Ko" is a project of the Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the aim of helping families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The project aims to help poor families by providing for their basic needs until the enhanced community quarantine is lifted in the country. For those who wish to be part of the program and extend a donation please contact the 5th Civil Relations Group at 0917-895-0975.

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member rendering duty in Bitaugan Patrol Base, Barangay Bitaugan, when he was killed by five New People’s Army rebels, led by Arnel C. Banguis of Sentro De Gravidad 21, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC). Brig. Gen. Maurito L. Licudine, the commander of the 402nd Brigade, has slammed the murder in light of the ceasefire announced by Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria

Sison amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Behing was mercilessly killed in front of his own children,” he said. “He suffered gunshot wounds on his face and different parts of his body including hack wounds which led to his untimely death.” On March 19, 2020, two tribal members of San Miguel town in Surigao del Sur were also reportedly murdered by the rebels. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

A team from CHO readily visited him at his boarding house and decided to bring him to the APCU facility for treatment and monitoring. The patient said he was admitted to a mental hospital in Cebu before. Another patient was also able to escape from the facility Wednesday morning. The patient is said to be pyschotic. Syting said they need at least two personnel for every shifting plus addditional personnel that could handle patients who are violent at times. Mati's telepsych is the

first that's being maintained by a local government unit. Mati LGU aims to improve the facility soon so they could cater more patients most especially those who could not afford the private mental institutions. All of the facility’s stayin patients right now are rescued from the streets of Mati. They are nourished, treated and provided with the essential medications for them to become mentally-stable. All of the services are given by the City of Mati LGU free of charge be they residents of Mati or not. (CIO MATI)

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Wednesday. Aside from telepsych, the APCU also offer depot medication for their patients. They also supply tablets and other medications for their mental patients. For now, additional personnel is very much needed considering their growing number of patients in the facility. Just a few days ago, a resident from Maragusan who is working in Mati sought the help of the LGU as he suspect that he is again suffering from mental illness.

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Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). “Foreign cruise ships carrying Filipino crew shall be allowed to dock in ports in Manila and to be used as a quarantine facility for said Filipino crew members, subject to the guidelines to be issued by the member agencies of the Sub-Task Group for the Repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers pursuant to their respective mandates,” he said. Nograles, also IATF spokesperson, said the foreign crew onboard will be allowed to disembark in Manila to take outbound flights to their final destination abroad as previously allowed pursuant to IATF-EID Resolution No. 15 series of 2020.

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Foreign crew, however, will only be allowed to take outbound flights after they have completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon disembarkation. Nograles, meanwhile, announced that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has started using its two ships as quarantine facilities. He said the PCG kicked off the operations of the quarantine ships by welcoming 90 repatriated Filipino seafarers from South Korea, Indonesia, and Qatar last Tuesday. The seafarers, after being screened, were provided with individual room accommodations where they shall complete the 14-day quarantine. Those who already have hotel bookings prepared by

the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will remain in their respective hotels for their 14-day quarantine after undergoing medical profiling, he added. On Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said at least 13,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the impact of Covid-19 have been brought home to the Philippines. The number of Filipinos with Covid-19 abroad now totals 736. Of this number, 426 are undergoing treatment while 222 have recovered. There are 88 fatalities. As of April 15, there are 269 Filipino Covid-19 cases registered in the Asia Pacific region, 237 in Europe, 87 in Middle East/Africa, and 143 in the Americas. (PNA)

nal Revenue (BIR)-registered acknowledgment receipts. The BIR further requires that donations to non-accredited non-stock, non-profit organizations may avail of the tax benefits upon the submission by the donor of liquidation reports, sworn certification stating that the donation is made for COVID-19 response, and the BIRregistered acknowledgment receipt. The DOF and the BIR are

one with the nation in finding ways to promote and protect the interests of all Filipinos and address the serious threats to public health, safety and security in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. These agencies said the tax benefits for donations are the government's apt response to the support of kind-hearted and selfless individuals and entities who heed the call for “bayanihan” or sharing amid the global health crisis.

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national government and accredited non-stock, non-profit organizations that already exempt under the Tax Code, donors are required to each submit a deed of donation or certificate of donation, respectively. For donations made for local private corporations and international organizations, donors are required to present liquidation reports, certificates of donations, proofs of purchase, and Bureau of Inter-


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number (083) 893-4142. Maasim Municipal Hospital can be reached through 0906-453-6338 or 0961-314-5537 and landline number (083) 893-0062. Maitum Municipal Hospital’s number is 0946709-6618. Residents may contact Glan Medicare Community Hospital through mobile numbers 0951-535-7273 and 0975769-1711. Malungon Municipal Hospital can be reached through 0951-814-8697 and 0935-642-1539. The Capitol-based Sarangani Health Care Facility can be utilized by the residents living in Alabel and Malapatan towns and can be reached through the mobile numbers 0951-307-5985 and 0927380-3633. Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said residents may contact any of the aforementioned contact numbers for consultation. However, “mas mabuti pa din to contact the nearest facility sa kanila, kasi kapag kinakailangan na talagang actual na ma-check yung patient, it would just give more hassle and risk kung babyahe pa if they decided to contact Tele-Konsulta from other municipalities.” The PHO is also planning to establish one Facebook messenger account “na ang magma-manage is ang provincial health office.” “Kung may mga physical damages na kailangan tingnan, sooner they will just need to send a picture doon sa ating messenger. This can be done and this will help us maximize our technology through social media.” Dr. Alejandro emphasized “this Tele-Konsulta is very advantageous and even without a COVID-19 state of emergency, we will be sustaining this service in all our hospitals in the province.” Each hospital is operating the service by providing one mobile phone with permanent SIM cards for Globe and Smart, one separate landline and shifting staff designated for the Tele-Konsulta service operational 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Dr. Alejandro said “yung protocol natin ngayon na if there are medicines needed, kailangan lang papuntahin

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yung healthy member ng household and get the medicines from the pharmacy.” “But along the implementation” Alejandro clarified, “we are still looking up for partnership doon sa ating mga botika sa palengke para doon na lang din sila didiretso at kukuha kung saan mas malapit.» “Good thing din to if we have mga botika ng barangay in some clustered barangays in the province,» Alejandro added. The Sarangani 24/7 TeleKonsulta “is already a portion of what is being required in our Universal Health Care Act which focuses on the strengthening of the primary health care services.” The Sarangani 24/7 TeleKonsulta comes in the wake of the launch of the DOHCOVID hotlines partnered with Telimed Management Inc. and Medgate to provide free “TeleMedicine” consultations to patients who need COVID-19 medical advice and other non-COVID19 primary consultations. This service started on April 7 in the National Capital Region where residents can call the 24/7 TeleMedicine designated hotlines to consult with a doctor for COVID-19 medical advice and non-COVID19 health-related concerns free of charge. “However,” Alejandro added, “in our province, we are operating the Tele-Konsulta on our own, organic, unlike sa Luzon na operated via third party.” “We can do it on our own,” said Alejandro since “our hospitals are operating 24/7, might as well make it just like a call center for disease entities lang since 24/7 naman to na operational. Our hospitals should really have that as an additional service.” ���������������������� Morover, “in our province,” Alejandro added, “we will just have to polish the establishment of a system just like yung magiging pharmacy partners natin kasi kapag tatawag yung staff ng hospital natin, the patient’s relative may get the medicine and they will just have to provide yung mga reseta through text or messenger para hindi din sila sitahin nung PDEA.” (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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claims “TBCoin as a true and decentralized cryptocurrency that aims to revolutionize the global financial system in order to eradicate world poverty.” The value of TBCoin is based on the number of its users, holders, or investors, thus an “Abundance-based Cryptocurrency,” in contrast to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that strictly follow market-driven norms. The group claims that the value of TBCoin will never drop and shall be consistently growing by 1-5% daily until it reaches €1 billion per TBCoin. Its value is derived by multiplying the number of investors by €1. In the Philippines, the group offers investment packages ranging from P100 to P25,000 with a promise of a 100% return every 25 days

along with bonuses and leverages. People involved in those entities such as salesmen, brokers, dealers, or agents in selling or enticing people to invest may be held criminally liable under Section 28 of the SRC and penalized with a maximum of P5,000,000 and/or 21 years imprisonment, according to the Section 73 of the SRC. Aside from that, they may also be penalized with two months imprisonment and/or a maximum fine of P1,000,000 under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Those who have information on the activities or involved persons with the aforementioned entities are urged to contact the EIPD at (02) 8818-6047 or at epd@ sec.gov.ph. by Nicole Burlas

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will extend the wage subsidy to 3.4 million workers of small businesses but the priority will be given to those who are employed by companies that pay their obligations to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Social Security System (SSS). Under this program, the government is allocating PHP51 billion as wage subsidy. Lambino said owners of small businesses will also get some support from the government through, among others, the grace period for payment of loans and rents. He said the government is prepared to implement its Covid-19 response, citing they have prepared a program that will be implemented until May, way later than the initial deadline of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for Luzon of April 12. Lambino said the government is still ahead of the “curve” even if the ECQ in Luzon alone was extended to April 30. “The Duterte administration planned for a longer (support program than that of the ECQ) so that we can adequately prepare,” he added. During the same briefing, BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa said the wage subsidy program is meant for employees of small companies that have paid their withholding taxes for the last

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three years. He said tax exemptions are also given to companies that have donated or will donate for programs under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. These donations include personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies needed for the fight against the global pandemic. He said the government has also shortened the process of bringing out from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) warehouses imported items that will be donated to health workers and this importation will also not be slapped with taxes. Aside from these exemptions, Guballa said the Bureau has also extended the filing of the income tax return (ITR) from April 15 to May 15, then further to May 30, on account of the extension of the ECQ period. BIR has also issued Revenue Regulation No. 10-2020 that lists the extension of deadline for the payments and submission of necessarily documents and taxes, such as the value added tax (VAT) refund, sworn statement on manufacturer’s or importer’s volume of sales of each particular brand of alcohol, tobacco products, and sweetened beverage products, and registration of computerized books of accounts and other accounting records in electronic format. (PNA)

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and Samal PESO Manager Florencio Thaddeus T. Valera. The TUPAD #BKBK is a program for the underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beneficiaries under the program will be tasked to disinfect the houses and immediate vicinity of their houses for 10 days. They are paid based on

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highest minimum wage in the region, they will also be enrolled in group microinsurance, and they undergo basic orientation on safety and health through brochures. At present, provincial LGUs in Davao Region are still implementing the TUPAD #BKBK Program in their respective provinces, according to DOLE XI Labor Communications Officer Eduardo Monreal. by Nicole Burlas

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ninyong kasama ang Shell sa bawat biyahe ng buhay.” Free fuel has been provided to two partner hospitals, Davao Doctors Hospital in Davao and Polymedic Plaza in Cagayan de Oro. After identifying a mobility challenge in the area, Pilipinas Shell offered the fuel subsidy to its partners in order to aid the transportation of frontliners, the mobilization of ambulances, and other ongoing relief efforts. As of the moment, there are also 61 Shell retail gas stations in Mindanao who are offering discounts on gasoline and diesel products not only for frontliners, but for everyone making their journey on the road. Shell’s gas stations have also starting donating water and food packs to nearby hospitals and frontliners from their Select convenience stores. One site in Davao has even set itself up as a donation hub where people can leave donations such as PPEs and food packs to be picked up by the Davao Task Force and

delivered to hospitals. Other stations have also started making face shields for frontliners and have donated them to Socomedics Hospital in Koronadal City as well as various checkpoints throughout Iligan City. In an effort to help decongest traffic in supermarkets, Select stores have updated their product offerings to provide basic needs to the public so they can continue to purchase crucial supplies while still maintaining appropriate social distancing. Various retailer partners have also stepped up to provide additional support by offering free coffee, face masks, and snacks at their stations. For 106 years, Shell as remained committed to be the country’s partner in nationbuilding. During this trying time, the company has made the Philippines’ mobility, health and safety, and energy security its top priorities. It aims to help the nation weather today’s COVID-19 situation so it can be ready to progress again tomorrow.

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One such measure is by providing lateral roads from the new diversion highway leading to such important destinations as the F. Bangoy International Airport, the Sasa seaport and other nearby facilities as the TEFASCO sea terminal, the Sumifru port, and even the ageing Sta. Ana wharf. Once the project is accomplished many cargo trucks including long body trailers going either to the north or south portion of the city will be diminished from the downtown roads. Add to the figure the number of small, privately-owned cars and motorbikes that will take advantage of the easy drive and you can see a traffic-free Davao City. Unfortunately, President Duterte is now about to complete his fourth year in office. And as he was projecting, Davao City’s traffic is getting worse by the year since he completed his term as city mayor. And his desired railway transport system? Well, funds are committed even as the amount needed for the first phase of the project is reported to be already available. But sadly, bureaucratic red tapes and some scheming genius in the administration are getting on the way right on the Phase 1 implementation of the railway project. Thus, four years into the Duterte administration the lead agency implementer is still fixing the railway route and even facing suits from influential land owners whose properties are affected by the project and the lack of foresight by its planners. It’s a good thing that the lesser-hyped infrastructure projects of the government like the coastal highway, the new diversion road and other connector and relief roads in the hinterlands are moving quietly but consistently. In fact, the coastal road could be in service sooner, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). In other words, it could be a blessing in disguise that the railway project intended to solve the traffic problem of Davao City was caught in “heavy traffic” of bureaucracy and ineptness of some people in the Duterte administration, and even by some local government officials. But we are also happy that the Duterte presidency has shown interest on a new diversion highway and the coastal road. To us these could be the more ideal and even lasting and less costly solutions to Davao City’s traffic problem that is getting monstrous by the year. But there is one thing we are afraid of. That is, that a railway system in Mindanao would not anymore be realized in the Duterte era. Or, it would not even come at all. What with the devastation of the country’s economy brought about by the CoViD 19 pandemic!

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are attempting to capitalize on the current climate surrounding the virus outbreak as this provides them an opportunity to prey on people when they are most susceptible,” said SEC Davao Extension Office officer in charge Katrina Jamilla Ponco-Estares in a previous statement. The agency also warned

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the public about the circulating text scam using the name of President Rodrigo Duterte and telling the recipient that they won in an electronic raffle. Both SEC and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas have confirmed that the alleged electronic raffle is illegal and must not be patronized.

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to Project Ugnayan, the collaborative initiative between the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) and top business groups, companies, and institutions. "NGCP made a pledge to continue finding opportunities beyond our previous aids to help combat the effects of COVID-19 in our country, and we are staying true to that promise. This contribution to Project Ugnayan will hopefully sustain more families severely affected during this period,” stated the company. Project Ugnayan aims to support families affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the imposition of the extended Enhanced Community Quarantine by providing supermarket gift certificates to over 1,500,000 economically displaced families in Metro Manila. The project has also tapped Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan, which will

conduct the door to door distribution of the gift certificates, to comply with the social distancing guidelines imposed by the Department of Health (DOH). The project, which began last March, is set to end by April 30. NGCP’s earlier donations include the PhP 1 billion donation of medical equipment (ventilators, video laryngoscopes, full face shields) and grocery packs to identified hospitals and cities and municipalities across the country; personal protective equipment (PPE), meals, and other equipment for medical frontliners, and the Meals on Wheels program for indigent communities. NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.


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