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A POLICE officer assists those renewing their business permits who are inside the holding area at the Osmeña Park which is adjacent to the one-stop shop at the Sangguniang Panlungsod. BING GONZALES

Online platform • Online registration eyed for COVID-19 vaccination BY ANTONIO L. COLINA IV / MINDANEWS

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) – The City Government of Davao plans to establish an online platform for Dabawenyos who are willing to sign up for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program of the city, Mayor Sara Duterte said. During her program fers online registration to of transmission with ‘faceover Davao City Disaster face-to-face to avoid the to-face,’ which may cause Radio (DCDR 87.5) on risk of COVID-19 trans- the infections to spread Monday, Duterte said that mission. to other people. But, with the local government pre“There is a greater risk online? We can absolutely

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do that, so that we can get those who are interested to sign up, and to know how many doses we need to get,” she added. The mayor said the vaccination program is voluntary.

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She said the city awaits word on the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines for the city from the national government, so that the local government can estimate how much budget it will need to allocate to get

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its own supply. She said the local government targets to inoculate at least 1.2 million of the city’s 1.5 million population to achieve “herd immunity.” (

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MEMBERS of the Davao City Police Office Traffic Group apprehend erring drivers along Mcarthur highway in Matina as part of intensifying the implementation of speed limit.. BING GONZALES

5 countries included on travel restriction list

MANILA – China and four other countries have been included on the Philippines’ list of countries/jurisdictions covered by a temporary travel restriction to prevent the spread of a new variant of coronavirus, Malacañang said on Tuesday. In a regular virtual Pal- ject to the recommendation Hong Kong, Switzerland, ace press briefing, Presi- of the Inter-Agency Task France, Germany, Iceland, dential Spokesperson Harry Force for the Management of Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Roque said the Office of Emerging Infectious Disease Sweden, South Korea, South the Executive Secretary re- (IATF-EID). Africa, Canada, Spain, and leased the additional counRoque earlier announced Austria. tries that also include Paki- the temporary ban on the entry Roque said Filipinos stan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, of foreign travelers from the from the above countries can and Oman. United Kingdom, the United still come home but subject to He said prohibition on States, Portugal, India, Fin- the government’s strict quarentry of all foreigners will land, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, antine measures. take effect Jan. 13 at 12:01 Denmark, Ireland, Japan, AusThey will be required p.m. until Jan. 15, 2021 sub- tralia, Israel, The Netherlands,

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10 NPA supporters turned over to cops

THE Davao City Police Office received 10 former supporters of the New People's Army (NPA) with standing warrants of arrest who surrendered to the military. First Lt Gen Adrian

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Parents, teachers trained to protect children from online sexual abuse SAVE the Children Philippines has raised concern on the online activity dubbed as “Christmas sale” where students allegedly posted sensual photos and videos of themselves and of their younger siblings in social media in exchange for money to buy digital gadgets for use in their online classes. Atty. Alberto Muyot, chief executive officer of Save the Children Philippines, said the government needs to address the impact of COVID-19 on the livelihood of many families to help prevent the rise of sexual

abuse and exploitation of children and youth, and to intensify efforts to capture and prosecute online predators. “Online sexual abuse and exploitation violate children’s rights to protection, physical integrity, and human dignity,” said Muyot. He added that protecting children from online predators call for a unified action of parents, guardians and leaders of schools and communities to protect children and youth from online predators. The child rights organization, in partnership with the

Department of Education, has rolled out a Cybersafe training program for teachers and school personnel to ensure children are safe from online sexual abuse and exploitation. The Cybersafe training seeks to capacitate teachers, school personnel, and community leaders on children’s rights, online sexual abuse and exploitation, and how to access child protection services. Guidance counselors, principals, child protection representatives and DepEd regional staff in partner schools in Cagayan de Oro and

Iligan also participated in the Cybersafe training. The training is part of the activities of SaferKidsPH, a six-year initiative of the Australian government to reduce the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines. It is being implemented through the pioneering consortium of Save the Children Philippines, the Asia Foundation and UNICEF. According to SaferKidsPH, children and youth can stay safe in using digital plat-

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Gautane, Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the 27th Infantry battalion, said former rebel supporters turned themselves over as a result of the relentless information campaign of the unit

and the support of the of the Local Peace Committee of Paquibato District. The battalion and its mother unit, the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, turned

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GSC negotiating with vax suppliers GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) – The city government has started negotiations with possible suppliers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines in preparation for the rollout of its own vaccination program. City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said Tuesday the talks are being facilitated by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), which has taken the lead in assisting cities in the acquisition of the vaccines. He said the local government is currently studying several COVID-19 vaccine

brands, especially in terms of availability, effectiveness and the logistical aspect. “We are still in the preparation stage. Based on our initial discussions with some manufacturers, they are looking at the second quarter for the vaccines to become available,” he said in an interview over local television show “Morning Hataw.” The mayor said among the main considerations in the vaccine selection process is the cold storage requirement, especially for the Pfizer shot

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More Filipinos educated on intellectual property MANILA – The year 2020 ended with more Filipinos made better informed and educated about intellectual property (IP) as the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) registered a record-high in attendees to its free learning workshops last year. The volume of particiThe majority or 50.7 made up 11.5 percent while pants in its weekly LEAP percent of last year’s partici- independent inventors, me(Learn, Be Empowered, pants were from the academe, dia, and other professionals Adopt, and Profit from IP) with close to 70 percent from cumulatively accounted for sessions in 2020 climbed faculty while the remaining 8.2 percent. 44 percent year-on-year to were students. “Economic uncertainties 1,696. This, despite three The business sector stemming from the pandemic months of inactivity due to trailed at 16.5 percent and last year may have motivated the lockdown beginning in government at 13.2 percent. more people to manage and proMarch 2020. Attendees from law firms ( / MORE FILIPINOS / 11)

More investments expected in PH: economist MANILA – Fitch Ratings’ affirmation of its ‘BBB’ investment grade rating with stable outlook for the Philippines’ is expected to attract more investments given the country’s improved fundamentals. In a reply to e-mailed questions from PNA, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation chief economist Michael Ricafort said the latest affirmation of the country’s credit rating defies “the adverse economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that led to downgrades in the outlook and credit ratings of other countries around the world.” This development, he said, “signal(s) resilience and would also encourage the entry of more foreign investments/FDIs (foreign direct investments), amid improved economic and credit fundamentals of the country, thereby increasing international investor confidence/sentiment on the country and generating more employment and other business/ economic activities in the country, as needed to help sustain economic recovery/rebound after the Covid-19 lockdowns.” “The improved economic and credit fundamentals of the Philippines in recent years, amid attractive demographics, with the 12th largest population in the world at about 110 million, would

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Tie-up with other countries to boost int’l travel: DOT

MANILA – Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the Philippines is willing to tie-up with neighboring countries to create “international travel bubbles” that would allow for international

CMS help business thrive during pandemic SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) serve as the lifeblood of the economy. Thus, support for these enterprises is essential to keep the economy going. One of these businesses is that of Alex Ong, who operates Transorient Container Terminal Services (TCTS), a customs bonded warehouse and trucking service. Essentially, TCTS acts as an extension of port storage services outside of the ports themselves. Knowing how valuable it is to ensure smooth and speedy operations, Alex applied for BDO Unibank’s Cash Management Services’ (CMS) suite of offerings, including SME Business Online Banking. This helped TCTS run smoothly and continue operations despite the disruptions caused by movement restrictions and social distancing regulations, resulting from the pandemic. Essential business partners Ong points out that during a crisis, like what happened when the pandemic hit and the government was forced to declare an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), it is vital for essential businesses to work together. In the case of TCTS, the help it got from BDO allowed the company to continue its operations. Ong said that he was very concerned about their messengers who still had to go to banks and other premises to collect or deliver checks so he

instructed his staff to shift to online transactions. His next dilemma was how to continue operating as close to normal as possible. According to Ong, BDO’s cash management services allowed him to resolve both the issue of safety and business continuity, as his company was able to make payments to shipping lines, port management companies, suppliers, and other billers using BDO's e-payment facility. "ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services, Inc.), the port operator made it mandatory for clients to pay online. So it's good that we already have the SME Business Online Banking facility of BDO," Ong explained. Soon, he hopes to activate the online collection facility so that TCTS would be able to collect payments online as well, from their consignees. Relying on CMS Cash Management Services involves managing the flow of funds in an organization or business. Every business has collection and payment needs which if not managed, may cause funds to be misplaced, lost, or untracked. A CMS provider becomes a key partner in terms of assistance in the management, tracking, and reporting of funds so he can focus on running the business. In the case of Alex Ong, it was easier for them to adapt to BDO’s cash management ser-

ALEX ONG, who owns Transorient Container Terminal Services (TCTS), said BDO’s cash management services allowed his company to continue its operations despite quarantines.

vices because they were already transacting online with the port management companies. TCTS is a good example of how openness to change, new technologies, and new processes can benefit a business. It also shows that having the right bank partner helped them thrive during a crisis.

travel and tourism amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement Tuesday, Puyat said these international travel bubbles would demand strict enforcement of health and safety protocols through the establish-

ment of proper infrastructure that is certified by both governments to ensure “symbiotic and harmonious results”. “Whenever feasible, the Philippines is willing to tie-up

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Telco gears up for better network GLOBE’S vigorous network builds and expansion initiatives paved the way for valued family traditions to continue during the holiday season despite the pandemic which curbed face-to-face interactions. Virtual get-togethers, online masses, concerts, distance learning, popular online sale events like 12.12 among others, were supported by Globe’s improved network infrastructure. Based on the company's internal data, internet traffic steadily increased from November until the end of the year with a significant spike on cus-

tomers’ usage during Christmas Day and New Year’s Day especially on Facebook Live and Video. Globe monitored mobile internet traffic and noted spikes during Christmas Day and New Year’s Day by at least 12% as compared to customers’ usage in the previous month. For the rest of 2020, popular virtual interactive apps like Zoom and Skype were consistently being used during weekdays, slightly dropping on weekends suggesting that more

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BOC intercepts package with live scorpions, tarantulas MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of NAIA on Monday reported the seizure of a package containing 28 endangered species of insects in Pasay City. In a statement, District ers individually housing the Collector Carmelita Talusan tarantulas and scorpions were said the species are com- found upon opening of the posed of 20 tarantula spi- package. ders and eight scorpions ilBoth tarantulas and scorlegally smuggled through pions were immediately transCentral Mail Exchange Center ferred and turned over to the (CMEC) on Jan. 6, 2021. Department of Environment Records show that the and Natural Resources Wildpackage came from Samut life Traffic Monitoring Unit Parakain, Thailand and was (DENR WTMU) for rehabilimisdeclared as “teaching tation and care. equipment” with no necesIllegal importation, colsary import permits. lection and trade of endanThe 28 plastic contain- gered wildlife are punishable

by imprisonment of six years and a fine of PHP200,000 under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act. On the other hand, under Section 1401 of the CMTA, unlawful importation of goods with appraised value of more than PHP250,000 including duties and taxes, is penalized by imprisonment of not less than 30 days and one day but not than six months, or fine of not less than HP25,000 but not more than PHP75,000. Talusan said that in compliance with the directive

of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero on intensified border protection, they continue to man the air cargo terminals and warehouses 24/7 to check on illicit goods and those which require necessary permits. She added that the Port is one with the DENR in upholding the conservation a n d p r o t e c t i o n o f w i l dlife and deterring wildlife smuggling. Last October, the BOC NAIA intercepted 119 tarantulas from Poland concealed in a pair of rubber shoes. (PNA)

Free ride on BEST Bus THE seven BEST Buses plying the streets of Davao City provide free ride for Dabawenyos. One just needs the GET-PASS app which is available for download in both Play Store and App Store. Access to a free ride service is simply done by tapping the QR code generated by the downloaded app on the scanner when getting on the bus. The BEST Bus is the first public transportation in Davao City that has a contact tracing capability using the GET-PASS

app and this is very helpful in the fight against Covid-19. Wearing a face mask and face shield is mandatory when riding the bus and partitions are also installed to ensure everyone's safety and to lessen the risk of exposure to other passengers. The buses are equipped with a GPS tracking system where one can monitor using the GET-PASS app. It provides access to information about the location of the buses and if they are already near the bus stops thereby can help

passengers better manage their time and expectation. The BEST Buses have the following routes: North Route will traverse from C. Bangoy Street to Rizal Street, Bolton Street, Magallanes Street, C.M. Recto, Acacia, Bajada, SM Lanang, Azuela Cove, R. Castillo, Carpenter, Sta. Ana Avenue, and back to C. Bangoy Street. Meanwhile, the South Route will traverse C. Bangoy Street to Palma Gil Street, Camus, Quirino, Bankerohan, Sandawa, Quim-

po Boulevard, Ecoland Drive, Times Beach, Ecowest, Quimpo, Sandawa, Bankerohan, Magallanes, Boulevard, R. Magsaysay and back to C. Bangoy Street. The buses are fully electric thus, provide zero emission and are very environment-friendly. They are also air conditioned and provide a comfortable travel around the downtown areas of Davao City. These modern buses are Senior Citizen and PWDfriendly as these have ramps and wheelchair slots.

Comelec releases rules for Palawan plebiscite MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday released guidelines for the conduct of the plebiscite that will divide Palawan into three provinces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). According to Comelec Resolution No. 10687, only a maximum of five voters are allowed inside a voting center and must wear face masks and face shields. “The voters, who are properly wearing their face mask and shield, have sanitized both of their hands with alcohol at the installed sanitary in stations in the polling place, shall have the right to freely enter the polling place as soon as they arrive unless there are already five voters inside, in which case they shall wait outside the polling place, form a line in the order of their arrival, observe the one meter physical distancing, and wait for their turn to enter,” the Resolution read. “In all cases, there shall be a maximum of five voters inside the polling place, voting simultaneously,” it added. It said the number of voters voting simultaneously may

be reduced by the Plebiscite Committee (PlebComm) if the required physical distancing cannot be observed or when the number of people inside the polling place exceeds its 50 percent of its capacity. “The voters after having cast their votes shall immediately leave,” it added. Likewise, the Comelec will be establishing an Isolation Polling Place (IPP) where voters who register a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher will cast their votes. “Voters who upon temperature check at the entrance of the voting center, who registers a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher and who were not subsequently cleared by the Medical Personnel, and those who answered “Yes” to any of the questions contained in the Covid-19 Health Declaration Form, shall cast their votes in the IPP,” it said. The IPP has an ample space capable of accommodating, at least five voters, the PlebComm and watchers, who should observe one-meter physical distancing at any time, it said.


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Can lives make a difference? AS PEOPLE are wont to say, there are pet lovers and there are pet lovers, although I am not quite sure what they mean. What I know however is that we may have witnessed varying degrees at how this distinctive set of hoomans shows affection to other species other than our own kind, on a daily basis. I suspect that there must be a reason for this, but it really seems certain that with the way information is brought out to us these days, there seems to be a serious intent that we be made desensitized to all that is happening in the world. This is if you judge by our au naturale indifference or lack of empathy for what other people endure. However, this is a topic for another time. Truth be told, I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who love their pets unconditionally. I only have to look at members of my big family and close friends here and abroad. Actually, it is those who pretend to be pet lovers who really get to me. Now I can even relate with those who try so hard, but still have a lot to learn when it comes to caring for animals. I know that they have to do that because their friends or baes are into pets. The important thing is, at least, they are trying so hard and I feel sure that they will be successful later on. Then, there are those Correspondents:

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whom I strongly suspect look at pets because they need a security guard around the house. These are not, by a long shot, real pet friends, in fact they can even be cruel to them at times. Take the example of these people who live right next to us . Through the years, it has become quite common for them to let puppies play in the house. While they're cute and cuddly, that is. That may be a good thing in itself though, as it's really a way to teach their little tyke to grow up comfortably with pets. However, once their pups begin to grow and Layout Artists:

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eventually lose their cuteness, they are slowly relegated outside the house at first, then eventually out of the gate to fight it out with other dogs in the street for food later. In a way, this is like their own version of releasing them into the wild. I am sure that this alone is enough to rile up my animal-doting friends out there who are mom and dad to their pets. But, wait there's more! One day, I made it a point to talk to them by saying we have a problem. At present, they have two dogs of breed and a mongrel bitch with pups. While the pure breeds stay inside the house, the mongrel mom, along with her pups stay outside. Occasionally at night, it's either the cries of the pups or the incessant barking of the mom that fill up the quiet of the neighborhood sleeping time. Worst, the mom, because of her natural tendency to protect her young, venture out, and growl aggressively each day passersby who happen to walk near their gate. I told my neighbors that there might come a time when she might bite somebody, or worse a child. (Next day, I heard the wifey belting the mongrel as she was chained to the gate.) So far, there still has to be a significant change in the whole situation here, but sadly, I do not see it yet. One thing is certain, on my next conversation with them, I am going to suggest they get an aquarium instead. Unless they have that already.


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The most welcome move WE strongly welcome the report that finally, after talking much earlier about it, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has finally confirmed that she is now working with Astra-Seneca for the city-initiated purchase of its vaccine against the dreaded Corona Virus Disease (CoViD 19). This the mayor did even as the senators were still debating and urging the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to allow all the local governments who have the means to buy directly the vaccines for their constituents. Davao City though, through Mayor Sara, already tinkered with the idea much earlier. However, it seems lost in the consciousness of the leadership possibly because the rise of the city as a top contributor to the country’s new infected individuals might have overwhelmed her thoughts. Good thing that First District councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta picked up from where the mayor may have left unknowingly. She took up the idea in the City Council whose members were just too willing to fast track the realization of the mayor’s plan. So, last Friday, in a special session, the Council passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to negotiate for the purchase of the CoViD vaccine. And since only Astra-Seneca responded to the invitation of the Council to shed light on their product among the vaccine manufacturers, the mayor is now talking with the said vaccine manufacturer for the city’s purchase. In a radio interview, the mayor was ecstatic in informing the public that the first delivery of the vaccines could be done by Astra-Seneca during this first quarter. And soon after the delivery of the remaining requirements will be complied within the rest of the year.

And even as she mentioned in the interview that she may look for other sources of vaccines, she assured that there is no worry as to the funds needed to buy the same. After all, she said that the Council has given her leeway to look or increase the volume of the vaccines depending on the needs of the population on the city. And she has the flexibility to spend money since the budget has “no limit”. Wow! That indeed is good news to the people of Davao City. And we are fortunate that the city is so blessed with so much financial resources that based on the mayor’s assurance that we have an “unlimited budget,” this CoViD 19 problem that is bothering to the extreme our city will finally be over. We can only hope that the bureaucratic red tape that may be created as a result of the nationally-crafted regu-

lation on the vaccine acquisition will not derail the city’s desire to have its people inoculated much earlier. But apparently, the red tape is already rearing its ugly head. And the Senate, the institution that helped make the basis of the national regulations, is leading the way in making the red tape work. Yes, the Senate whose members appear to be more knowing in the procurement and logistics processes is questioning every way adopted by those charged in undertaking the vaccine purchase as if its members are not aware they are instrumental in the various governmental regulations mandated by the laws they have created in Congress supposedly for the purpose of safeguarding the people’s money. Based on yesterday’s proceedings which we closely followed over television, any discerning viewer can read between the lines that the senators have their individual bet of the vaccine brand to be purchased. Of course they will be quick to deny such assumption but it’s just too obvious not to be noticed. And the senators are asking why other countries in Asia similarly economically situated as the Philippines have already acquired their vaccines? Clearly the investigation they are conducting is providing the answer. Well, the problem in the Philippines when responding to calamities like the CoViD 19 pandemic, there are just too many suspicious among us, that it seems no more Filipinos can be trusted with the people’s money. They may be correct in some ways. But the situation demands for fast action, and we think that it is imperative that we just have to believe there are still few good men among us. If we do not as the investigation of the Senate seems to imply, then we might end up suffering the dire consequences.

God Wants Marawi Back (Part2) (THIS piece, written by Suhaini Nasher D. Pagadilan, won first place in the Essay-Writing Contest sponsored by the Office of Provincial Board Member Jeff Adiong in June 2020, on the theme “Hope Amidst All: Ramadhan in the time of pandemic; Eid’l Fitr on the siege’s anniversary.” Pagadilan passed away on January 2, 2021 at the age of 33). Ramadhan came in our most unprepared form, similar to how unprepared many of us were from three years ago. This time, however, the unpreparedness was not due to being internally displaced but because of the growing fears of a corona virus that affected the entire globe. We were mandated to stay in our homes which logically limited our preparations. We bought supplies in panic because of scarcity and soaring prices. We all have to conform and obey to tight protocols. We have to strictly observe social distancing when out in the streets. We have to reach our havens before curfews are off. All summed up to our new normal. As a trade-off, we were able to come together as families in almost all of our dealings. We prayed together in our homes. We shared meals and found greater comfort with each other’s presence. We built better vigilance and gained greater rapport. We cascaded messages of facts and hope together from all media platforms available. We learned and re-learned necessities together. We were there for each other, every step of the way. We made sure that all of us will be safe and sound. We were united. We were one. We were home to and for each other. And the universe conspired. Then arrived Eid’l Fit’r and brought us back to that fateful

OUR MARAWI SUHAINI NASHER D. PAGADILAN day that changed our lives forever. But what were we reminded of? Perhaps neither the horrors nor the countless plights almost all sectors have to take. Not the fact that action plans were not as clear and concrete as they should be. Not even the many fund drives initiated by various collectives to ease up the glaring needs of many. These are things we are gravely tired of already. Eid’l Fit’r reminded that we have another home to rebuild together, the same way we were able to rebuild our own homes and families while we went through all the limitations God has set for us through the pandemic. Ramadhan became so much more meaningful this year because it became our sole opportunity to renew not just our faiths but our zest to continue the fight we started three years ago. We were retooled with commitment and re-equipped with vibrant inspirations to move forward and win. The message is coming together and making it together all for the love of our home, Marawi. Now is the time to act better and wiser. It is the end for all the doubts and fears that blocked the horizon from us for three straight years. It may be the end if we will keep turning a blind eye to the apparent remains of apathy and lack of resolve. It will be the end if we will not muster the stronger beginnings Marawi deserves from all of us. You choose. Choose what matters most, not only to you

but to every single exhausted spirit who yearns for a home to come back to. God wanted this epiphany to take place amongst us. It is not anymore the hope of yearning but the hope that is living. We are the hope God wanted us to be and God wanted us to have. God wanted Marawi to be our home again. God wants Marawi back. This message of hope is clear. It is you and I. It is we. It is us together. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Suhaini Nasher D. Pagadilan finished Communication Studies at the Mindanao State University in Marawi in 2009. He was a member, mentor, and coach of the MSU Marawi Debate Varsity where he was able to train a lot of his students and colleagues well enough to win local, regional, and national competitions. Pagadilan was a Senior High School Instructor at Ibn Siena Integrated School in Marawi City where he started a debate society with only six debaters to encourage his students to actively participate in class. That debate society eventually expanded to become the Ibn Siena Academic and Altruistic Collective (ISAAC) to include training in arts, quizzing, debating, public speaking, among others. ISAAC also helped tutor students in Math and other subjects. He passed away on January 2, 2021 at age 33 but his short life made such a big impact on his students, colleagues, and friends whose heartfelt tributes to him speak of Pagadilan’s dedication to mentor young debaters, students, and Meranaw youths by being their worst critic and their best friend at the same time).

Stabbing the Heart of Democracy NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews) -- January 6, 2021 goes down history as another day of infamy in America and it could be the worse than any in American history, because no less than its very own President, a guy named Donald Trump, incited and directed the insane assault of the Capitol, the official seat of American democracy. While the treacherous bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 destroyed many lives and crippled its defense system and war machines, it did not threaten American democracy. While the terroristic bombing of the twin towers in September 11, 2001, traumatized the nation, it did not shake American democracy. The two past events did not paralyze but instead strengthened America and apparently its democracy. The murderous attack on the Capitol where all the representatives of the US were convened to flip another page of the nation’s democratic history was no less than an attempt to destroy the very institutions that makes America, for many, the torch bearer of freedom and democracy in the world. To repeat,

TURNING POINT WILLIAM R. ADAN it was tragically and ironically instigated by the President of the US himself. Thankfully, the Trump madness was foiled. Unfortunately, nothing is over yet. The burning issue is what to do with the mentally unstable President and his cabal who stormed the Capitol and those inside who responded to his war cry to overturn the electoral votes and ambush the Joe Biden win. The cabal outside and the cabal inside the Capitol and their prime mover are, by definition, all guilty of insurrection. How would the different agencies of the current government that have oversight of such kind of serious offense respond to it? And how quickly to avoid further damage? And how would the Biden administration, which is to come

in a matter of a few days, heal the division of the people – the gaping wound of the nation sadistically inflicted by the narcissistic and power-obsessed Trump? For now, considering Trump’s psychotic mind, which is in a war mode, it can’t be helped if many around the world are getting jittery over the possibility that he might launch a nuclear missile towards any of his favorite enemy simply to spite everyone or the world at large, now that he is becoming a pariah. What is burning in the US might yet conflagrate into a global inferno. One never knows. Not just the US but the whole world is gripped with so much uncertainty. Only one is clearly certain at the moment: the need to throw soonest possible the mad Donald into a cage to spare everyone from harm. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.)


WEDNESDAY,AUGUST JANUARY 2021 WEDNESDAY, 31,13, 2016

All thatthat expired during the month Allpawned pawneditems items expired during the of OCTOBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on month of MAY, 2015 if not renewed or reor before DEC. 15, 2020 will be sold to the public on deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be DEC. 16, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

sold to the public on JULY 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at our pawnshop premises. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang FIRST COLOR

PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired Gipahibalo ang tanan FIRST sa bulan sa OKTUBRE 2020. na Angang tanan prenda COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa ibaligya sa publiko karong DISYEMBRE 16,tanan 2020 nga sa bulan sa MAYO 2015. sa alasnag-expired 9:00 sa buntag.

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

DAVAO FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP

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

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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE A L L PAW N E D I T E M S EXPIRED ON NOVEMBER AND GADGETS THAT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER WILL BE DISPLAYED IN A PUBLIC AUCTION ON JANUARY 19 AT 9:00AM.

All pawned items that expired during the month of NOVEMBER 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 NOBYEMBRE 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 JANUARY 05, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL JANUARY 02, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO JANUARY 12, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO JANUARY 27, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO JANUARY 29, 2021 222-2494

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All pawned items that expired during the month of NOVEMBER 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 NOBYEMBRE 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 JAN. 08, 2021 JAN. 20, 2021 JAN. 15, 2021

TEL. NOS. (082) 327-2104 (082) 297-5786 (082) 296-4130

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) JAN. 21, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) JAN. 21, 2021 (084) 628-842

ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Email us @ rosegoldpawnshop@gmail.com 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 JULY 16, 2020 to AUGUST 15, 2020. If not redeemed or renewed on or before JANUARY 15, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on JANUARY 18, 2021 at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Toy Bldg., Lapu-lapu St., Agdao, Davao City

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the month of JUNE and JULY 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.

All pawned items that expired during the month of SEPTEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before NOVEMBER 15, 2020 will be sold to the public on NOVEMBER 16, 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 SETYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong NOBYEMBRE 16, 2020 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang DIAGOLD PAWNSHOP INC., magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan HUNYO ug HULYO 2020. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa na nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. EXPIRY DATES

AUCTION DATES

JUNE 2020

FEBRUARY 11, 2021

JULY 2020

FEBRUARY 11, 2021

GOLDSTANDARD PAWNSHOP

San Pedro street, Davao City (Fronting Queen Bank) Tel. No. (082) 222-1561 ; (082) 321-0128 Email: goldstandardpawnshopofdavao@gmail.com

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 JULY 16, 2020 TO AUGUST 15, 2020 if not redeemed or renewed on JANUARY 15, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on JANUARY 18, 2021 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of November 2020 (Regular Items) and December 2020 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES: San Pedro (Main) Agdao Toril Bolton Digos City

AUTION DATE JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021 JANUARY 15, 2021

Tel. No. 327-8832 327-6275 327-8503 392-3022 333-9945


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the months of NOVEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before the scheduled dates of auction below will be sold to the public on the following dates as stated below. Ginapahibalo ang tanan na ang METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE 2020, kung dili malukat, ibaligya sa publiko niining mga musunod na mga adlaw. EXPIRY DATES NOVEMBER 2020

AUCTION DATES JANUARY 14, 2021

EURO CIRCLE PAWNSHOP SAN PEDRO ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-0521

EURO MAIN PAWNSHOP ILUSTRE ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-7511 MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTAL - TEL. NO.: 306-0665

EURO STAR PAWNSHOP ILUSTRE ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-0667

EURO SUN PAWNSHOP ILUSTRE ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-3321

Roque Bldg., Matina Crossing, Davao City Tel. # 234-6367

PAWNS NOT REDEEMED/RENEWED WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS AFTER EXPIRY D AT E S W I L L B E A U C T I O N E D O N DECEMBER 16, 2020 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE RESPECTIVE PAWNSHOPS WHERE THE ITEMS WERE PAWNED.

All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of NOVEMBER 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. magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expire sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE 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

JANUARY. JANUARY. JANUARY. JANUARY. JANUARY. JANUARY. JANUARY.

Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

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

15, 2021 15, 2021 13, 2021 05, 2021 28, 2021 15, 2021 19, 2021

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 Months of November 2020 (Regular Items) and December 2020 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES:

AUTION DATE

Tel. No.

C.M. Recto (Main)

January 15, 2021

297-8081

Lanang

January 15, 2021

235-3473

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 OCTOBER 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 OKTUBRE 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

JANUARY 16, 2021

321-2185

ILUSTRE

JANUARY 04, 2021

234-4844

JANUARY 15, 2021

All pawned items expired on NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2020 Will be displayed in a public Auction On January 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.


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ONLINE... (from frontpage) “I am interested to know how many doses that the national government will give to us, so that we can properly plan how many doses we need to procure to fill in the gap. Unfortunately, we don’t have such numbers from

our national government yet or maybe because it’s also awaiting actual delivery of the vaccines since companies don’t commit how many they can deliver, except for an assurance that they will deliver in tranches,” she said.

Duterte said that contracts between the city government of Davao and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Philippines), Inc. have already been signed for the purchase of vaccines. The mayor did not discuss

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the number of initial doses but the delivery of AZD1222, the vaccine developed by the British firm in collaboration with Oxford University, is expected by the third quarter of 2021. She added that the city will negotiate with other vaccine makers, saying she is not keen on “putting our eggs in one basket.” “We are expanding our options hoping that the supplies will arrive at the same time,” Duterte added. With more options, she said that only those individuals who will receive the same vaccine brand may experience possible side effects. “If there is one vaccine that will encounter problems, only those individuals who

will get that specific vaccine – God forbid – will experience complications,” she said. The mayor said the local government will come out with an information drive in hopes to encourage more people to get the vaccines, as she anticipates that the actual number of willing individuals will be lower than target. “That’s just natural for people to raise such a concern, especially that these vaccines are hastily made because of the pandemic. There is a need on the part of the government to do an information drive about COVID-19 vaccines,” she said. Based on the priority eligible groups of the national government, priority will be

given to frontline health workers, indigent senior citizens, remaining senior citizens, remaining indigent population, and uniformed personnel. As of January 11, the Department of Health (DOH)Davao Region recorded 14,007 in total COVID-19 cases, with 2,096 active, 11,335 recoveries, and 576 deaths in the region. Out of the total, Davao City, which reported the highest COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, tallied 9,740 cases, with 1,269 active, 8,015 recoveries, and 456 deaths. Davao de Oro reported 678 cases, Davao del Norte with 1,829, Davao del Sur with 1,034, Davao Occidental with 137, and Davao Oriental with 589.

5 COUNTRIES... (from page 2) to undergo an “absolute” facility-based 14-day quarantine, even if they obtain a negative reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction

(RT-PCR) test result. Experts said the new strain of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus

that causes coronavirus disease 2019, is nearly 70 percent more transmissible than the original the Covid-19. (PNA)

he termed as a right decision. "Makita nato karong adlawa ang kadaugan ug kalampusan sa gobyerno na mabalik ang katawhan," Bughao said. He added more supporters and members of the rebel movement are set to give themselves up. He encouraged those who have remained with the movement to take advantage of the programs of government that have been implemented for those who return to the folds of the law. "Naay daghan benepisyo ang gobyerno sama sa liveli-

hood assistance para sa mga surrenderees, dili kamo pasagdan ug dili kamo sakiton sa gobyerno, " Bughao said. Seño also thanked those who surrendered, adding that believed “that you will soon be able to enjoy the help of our government to provide a quick solution to the problem you are facing." " I would also like to thank all the government officials who have become instrumental in making this activity a success for our brothers and sisters who are facing problems," Seño said. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

10 NPA... (from page 2) them over to the police at the Malabog gym. Present during the ceremony were Brig. Gen Nolasco Mempin, brigade commander; Lt. Col. Victorino Seño, battalion commander; Lt. Col. Donald Gaffud, battalion commander of the 89th Infantry Brigade, City Police Director Col Kirby John Kraft; Major Marvin Hugos, Paquibato Police Station commander; Malabog Barangay Chair Jessie C Areja; Lumiad Barangay Chair Celso Bughao Sr; Atty. Elisa D EvangelistaLapiña, municipal administrator of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte; and, Aileen Mabanding, Peace 911 focal person and guest of honor of the event. In his message, Bughao thanked the uniform personnel of the police and the military as well as those who surrendered for making what

PARENTS... (from page 2) forms through simple tips: Do not accept friend requests or reply to messages from people you do not know. Set your account to private. Do not put personal information on your bio like your birthday, school, workplace, or address. Do not share revealing photos, or use inappropriate screen names. Do not overshare details about your life, like where you live. Avoid joining groups that post nasty content. Save the Children Philippines will also conduct Cybersafe training to community leaders to ensure online sexual

abuse and exploitation are prevented poor communities where the popular “Pisonet” machines are operating. Wilma Banaga, Child Protection Advisor of Save the Children Philippines, said children and young people should also remember that there are people online who want to take advantage of them and they must be aware on how protect themselves. “While we recognize that times are hard right now with many families suffering financially, parents should not forget their responsibility to protect their children from any kind of risk online or offline,” said Banaga.PR

EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION WITH DEED OF ASSIGNMENT PURSUANT to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that the late Alfonso E. Atilano, who died on March 5, 1999 in Davao City, during his lifetime he and his surviving spouse Victoria A. Atilano acquired a parcel of land in Toril, Davao City, more particularly described to wit: A parcel of land, Lot 4Blk. 5 of the subdivision plan Psd-66967, Being a portion of block 76 described on plan Pcs-4790, L.R.C. Record No.________, Situated in the District of Toril, City of Davao, Island of Midnanao, Bounded on S.E. along line 1-2 by lot 5 Block 5 on the SW., Along line 2-3 by Blk 7 on the NW., along 3-4, by Lot 3, Blk 5, and on The NE, along line 4-1, by Raod Lot 1 all of the subdivision plan Beginning at the point marked “1” on plan, Being N. 83’E, 822.45 m from P.L.L.M. 29, Davao Cadastre; containing an area of Four Thousand Six Hundred Ninety One (4,691) Square meters more or less has been the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION WITH DEED OF ASSIGNMENT made and executed by and among his heirs per Doc. No. 453; Page No. 54; Book No. X; Series of 2004 of the Notary Public Atty. Valeriano F. Pasquil of Davao City. (MT- Dec. 30, 2020, Jan. 6 & 13, 2021)


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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021

DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC. NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expire during the month of NOVEMBER -DECEMBER 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.

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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 2020. 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 PAGASA PAWNSHOP; magsubasta sa tanang prenda nga naremata atong Nobyembre 2020. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE - DISYEMBRE 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

JAN. 19, 2021 JAN. 19, 2021

225-0033 241-1071

COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE Baguio Proper, Baguio District

Call (0932) 372 7799

GSC... (from page 2) that is reportedly set at -70 degrees Celsius and might be difficult for the city to comply. He said LCP has considered the potentials of the AstraZeneca vaccine as its storage requirement is only eight degrees Celcius as well as Sinovac, which reportedly appears easier to handle and transport. Rivera, the national vice chairman of the LCP, said they will have another virtual general assembly on Tuesday afternoon to further discuss the vaccine acquisition initiatives. The city government, as approved by the City Inter-Agency Task Force (CIATF) for the Management

of Emerging and Re-merging Infectious Diseases, has allotted an initial P200 million for the purchase of the COVID-19 vaccines and the implementation of its vaccination program. The mayor said the funds would be drawn from the city’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund and standby trust fund. Once the local government is ready to make the purchase, he said his office will seek authority from the city council to sign a tripartite agreement with the Department of Health and the vaccine manufacturer. Rivera said the CIATF, through the City Health Office, has already

completed the vaccination plan for COVID-19 and its rollout. He said they activated three committees to spearhead the procurement process, operations and logistics. For the vaccine rollout, he said the local government will prioritize the frontline workers, especially the health and security personnel, and will be followed by the senior citizens, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable sectors. “We will make sure that the vaccines that we will purchase are effective and will not pose any health and other related problems,” he said. (MindaNews)

MORE FILIPINOS... (from page 3) tect their IP assets,” IPOPHL Director General Rowel Barba said. “That the academe was the most drawn to learning IP shows the community’s continued interest to create and innovate amid what is being touted the worst crisis since the Great Depression. This is a posi-

tive indicator that signifies that the academe, an important wellspring for innovations, is preparing some innovative outputs which we hope could help us through this pandemic,” Barba added. He said 2020 sessions were a mix of introductory and advanced

lessons such as on enforcement, the Madrid Protocol, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and patent search and drafting -- the last being exclusive to inventors and technology-developers who may be eligible to benefit from IPOPHL’s Inventor Assistance Program.

a “dry-run” to the potential travel bubble with these countries. Local travelers to reboot PH tourism With no end yet in sight for the Covid-19 pandemic, she said the DOT would continue to focus

on local travelers to reboot Philippine tourism for 2021. “Together with the Tourism Promotions Board, we will spearhead product diversification and enhancement activities with the regions and LGUs,” Puyat said.

The enabling laws effectively shortened the permitting process allowing Globe to build 1,300 new cell sites this year and upgraded 11,529 sites to 4G/LTE, resulting in faster, unimpeded connections. Areas needing connectivity the most were being addressed with new site builds including Lanao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Antique,

Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, Aklan, Maguindanao, Cotabato, Misamis Oriental, and Davao del Oro. On the other hand, site upgrades are being done extensively across all areas where Globe has existing network coverage. The rigorous site upgrades are paving the way for 4G LTE to be the new standard of mobile internet connectivity.

performance, he expects the entry into the country of “more/bigger roster of international investments and international credit/ loans at much lower cost and with better terms into the country, in view of the need to finance Covid-19 programs and other economic stimulus measures needed to help sustain the economic recovery, going forward.” The debt watcher’s latest rate decision on the Philippines comes after it affirmed the coun-

try’s ‘BBB’ rating but changed the outlook from positive to stable in May 2020. In that same month, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its BBB+ rating with stable outlook on the country, and Moody’s Investors Service affirmed its own rating at Baa2 with a stable outlook. In June last year, Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCRA) upgraded its investment-grade rating on the Philippines from BBB+ to A-, with a stable outlook.

TIE-UP... (from page 3) with neighboring countries first with the main consideration of proximity,” Puyat said. The return of overseas Filipinos who traveled back to the Philippines before the recent travel ban, she said, has served as

TELCO... (from page 3) customers use these apps for work from home and distance learning or online class requirements. Globe's network infrastructure got a long-needed boost through the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, and the Joint Memorandum Circular 01 of the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA), DILG and other concerned agencies.

MORE... (from page 3) make the Philippines a compelling investment destination and additional hedge for the global supply chain of various global/ multinational companies looking for increased growth/sales, thereby making the country as an attractive production and marketing hub, as well as an attractive entry point to the other free trade agreement (FTA) partner countries of the Philippines,” he said. Along with the improvement of the government’s fiscal


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