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MEMBERS of the Davao City Police Office renders a snappy salute on the National Day of Remembrance as the country pays tribute to the 44 Special Action Forces who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao during a botched operation six years ago. BING GONZALES

Temporary closure • DOPMC to shut down for 2 weeks due to rising number of COVID-19 cases BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

THE rise in the number of COVID-19 cases among health workers in the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center (DOPMC) has prompted the hospital to temporarily stop its operations. In a public advisory rary closure will run for “During this time, on Monday, Provincial about two weeks so that it DOPMC will be undergoHealth Officer Reden V. can implement disinfection ing massive disinfection, Versaldo said the tempo- activities. isolation, and risk testing

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of all remaining employees and contacts,” Dr. Versaldo said, noting that it will not cater to no new admissions or emergency cases during the period. However, he said, all

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admitted patients “will be facilitated and discharged accordingly.” Based on the information from the Provincial Information Office, 31 health workers were infected as


Versaldo’s office has yet to release the total number of individuals who were afflicted with the virus. The provincial health officer has also appealed ( / TEMPORARY / 10) mindanaotimes





Priest killed in Bukidnon

SOME motorcycle drivers violate the traffic laws by using the sidewalk as they wade through a congested road along Quirino Ave. BING GONZALES

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews) – A priest from the Diocese of Malaybalay was ambushed and killed by still unidentified armed men Sunday night as he was returning home to St. John XXIII College Seminary, his body found near the gate of the Carmelite Monastery in Barangay Patpat, Malaybalay City. Police answering calls meters from his service priest “tied with shoe lace for assistance by other vehicle, a Chevrolet SUV. color white,” and a Colt priests at the seminary “His left eye had contu- .45 pistol with 10 unspent found Father Rene Re- sions as if he was mauled bullets and one empty shell. “The unspent bullets galado already dead “with prior to his death. Fr. Regunshots on his head.” galado was already dead were extracted from the Police investigator when we arrived,” Lloren pistol which was also left Staff Sgt. Jeffrey LLoren told MindaNews by phone. behind by the suspects,” said the body of Fr. RegalaHe said they also found he said. do was lying some three the left arm of the murdered ( / PRIEST / 10)

Local cops honor fallen SAF 44 BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) yesterday led the commemoration of the National Day of Remembrance to honor the 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) who died during an operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Among the top officials present during the event were DCPO Deputy City Director for Administration and Operation Oliver Navales; Lt. Col. Darwin Tutor Padla, former 4th Special Action Battalion commander; and, Captain Julius Cesar Clemente

Ramirez, 112th Special Action Company. “I would like to remind you that on our end, let us give honor and justice to our SAF 44 heroes by always emulating the courage and heroism they had shown," Padla said. He added: "Let us honor them by sharing their great stories of encouragement and heroism that we are proud to impart to the next generations. Because to honor our SAF 44 is to be like them in our respective missions and duties, as they really serve as big inspira( / LOCAL / 4)

House panel approves bill easing taxpayers' experience

MANILA – A House of Representatives panel on Monday approved a measure codifying a bill of rights for taxpayers to encourage tax compliance and protect taxpayer welfare. The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired

by Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, approved House Bill 7881, or the proposed Ease of Paying Taxes Act, which seeks to introduce administrative tax reforms by amending several sections in the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997.

City’s 2 sisters donate medical supplies: Dayap THE CITY has benefited from its sisterhood agreements when its two sisters in China reached out to send help. April Marie Dayap, Davao City Investment and Promotion (DCIPC) chief, said the Chinese cities, aside from sending letters of sympathy, also sent medical donations. Dayap said: “(The) Jinjiang Municipal People’s Government and Nanning Municipal People’s Government were prompt to send medical and personal protective equipment to Davao City.”

She said Nanning donated 8,000 pieces of face masks to the city in October last year while Jinjiang PanPan Groups donated 1,162 boxes of medical supplies earlier in in April 2020. Also donated were 1.1 million facemasks from Jinjiang Panpan Food Company, 500 units of infrared thermometer, and 3,000 pieces of personal protective equipment from Jinjiang. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian and the Davao Fil-Chinese MultiSectoral Association also

donated 20 respiratory machines, 1,200 pieces of infrared thermometers, 10,020 pieces of protective septic suits, 2,000 pieces face shields, 600 pieces’ protective goggles, 9,660 N95 masks, and 37,500 pairs of gloves. Dayap said the donated supplies were distributed to 19 medical and emergency facilities in the city. Parts of the donations were also sent to the the Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City; Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital in Mati City; (

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The bill aims to provide an easier taxpayer experience by allowing them to apply for tax identification numbers, file and pay taxes, without the need for physical appearance. Forms are also expected


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New DQR scanning app released THE service provider of the Safe Davao QR system has released the latest version of the application that business establishments and government offices need to use to scan the code. The city government published on its official social media page the notice that will guide establishments and offices to follow in accessing the application through a downloadable link. The notice said, "Please Uninstall your current version of the app before you install the new version with (

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Consumer protection ensured SSFs back on track, gov’t help continues

NOTWITHSTANDING the impact of the pandemic on business activities, the DTI continues to monitor the operation and extend assistance needed by shared service facilities (SSF) cooperators throughout the country. According to the report conducted by the DTI Bureau of SME Development (BSMED), most of the SSFs were affected by the pandemic but restarted to full and/or partial operations as of September 2020. Fifty percent of the SSFs surveyed experienced shutdown from March to April while others were partially operating during weekdays. Most of the affected SSFs belong to the industry clusters on processed food, coffee, bamboo, coco coir, cacao and gifts, decors and housewares. SSFs who were yet to start on September 2020 were still coping with their compliance with the health and safety

protocols by the government, likewise, the restrictions imposed in their areas, decline in demand, disruption in supply chains, and cashflow concerns. With this, the SSF cooperators have identified the assistance they need in order to recoup from the lost opportunities during the height of the pandemic from March to May. Needed support are skills training on online business operations, marketing and financing. Other SSFs, meanwhile, experienced increase in sales due to their online presence. A total of 318 SSFs reported an opportunity in online business and a total of 202 SSFs have increased demand due to the online presence. Twentytwo of these SSFs come from Western Visayas. A total of 1,044 SSFs joined the survey out of the 2,202 SSFs throughout the country.

CARD Bank opens another branch IN its bid to promote financial inclusion, CARD Bank, a microfinance-oriented rural bank, opened its 98th branch in Tabaco City, Albay on January 18, 2021. The branch will cater to 29,626 microfinance clients who were originally part of Legazpi Branch. Having this new branch will bring bank services closer to clients of nine branch-lite units in the municipalities of Tabaco, Tiwi, Bacacay, Malilipot and Malinao. As well, these two

branches will have better opportunities to expand. This will fully reach more unbanked and underbanked families in the province. According to CARD Bank Regional Director Wilma Laurio, the branch is expected to deliver financial banking products and services to 31,000 clients by the end of the first quarter. “These clients, who mostly came from the socioeconomically challenged fami-


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In Region 6, 67 SSFs, out of the 72, participated in the survey conducted by the BSMED. It turned out that majority of the facilities here have resumed operations. The rest availed of additional capital from the government assistance, started online business, and face mask production/ personal protective equipment, among others. “We continue to link the SSF Cooperators with other agencies who can provide them with the needed assistance to recover,” DTI-Region 6 Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said. The SSF Project is expected to boost the productivity of MSMEs, and to make them more competitive by giving them access to better technologies and more sophisticated equipment.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region has continued to ensure that consumers are protected from substandard products as it conducted its first Philippine Standard (PS) audit for the year. The team of trained per- of the manufacturer’s product are committed to do our part sonnel from the agency visited license. in making sure that consumers Davao Vanfire Marketing in “This is to ensure the are constantly protected from Davao City last January 15 to production and distribution any substandard product. We check if it complies with the of quality products for the conduct regular audits across existing laws and guidelines. protection of the consumer. ( /GOV'T / 4) In the said activity, the audi- And we at DTI-Davao Region tors found no violations. The findings will be endorsed to the BPS for further evaluation and for product testing by a third party. The PS Audit was done to evaluate the effectiveness of the management system and if it complies with PNS ISO 9001:2015. Likewise, it would look into the manufacturer’s compliance with the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) rules and regulations and the product conformance to the Philippine National Standard (PNS), particularly in this case, the conformity of the product to PNS 15-1:1989. DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi explained that the PS audit is one of the mandates of the DTI-BPS and it is a AMBI requirement for the issuance


Pandemic proves impact as PH biz optimism down

MANILA –Mid-sized businesses are displaying reserved optimism about an economic recovery according to the latest figures from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) which gathers responses from nearly 5000 business leaders in 29 economies including the G20. This follows a challenging year, in which mid-sized companies (the mid-market) saw their revenue decrease by an average of 1% globally after they factored in the impact of COVID-19 (EU: -5%; APAC: -2%, North America: +3%, Latin America

+4%). Economic optimism is resurgent In the Philippines, economic optimism among mid-market businesses has further decreased over the past six months with the research finding that 49% of businesses have a slightly or very optimistic economic outlook for the next 12 months. This 5 percentage point decrease is only a slight contrast to six months ago when the government mandated lockdowns saw economic optimism fall to the lowest level since 2016.

Growth expectations turn sluggishly downwards With optimism steadily sinking among the mindset of mid-market leaders, other key indicators are also sluggishly turning downwards with 43% of businesses expecting revenues to increase over the next 12 months (-2 percentage points on H1), along with profitability (47% -3 percentage points). On the other hand, employment increased (51% +6 percentage points). However, all will remain well down on pre-COVID 2019 levels.

BIR surpasses targets in 2020 THE digitalization efforts of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and its stepped-up campaign against delinquent taxpayers and tax dodgers have enabled it to overshoot its collection target in 2o20, with P1.67 trillion or 86 per-

cent of the P1.94 trillion in total taxes collected by the agency coursed through electronic payment channels. BIR commissioner Caesar Dulay said 21.5 million or 94 percent of the 22.86 million tax returns filed in


2o20 were also done online, while only 1.38 million or 6 percent were filed manually, given the mobility restrictions imposed by the government since March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19. Of the P1.67 trillion collected through e-channels last year, P4.98 billion of the payments were from the additional digital system PayMaya, he said. Based on preliminary data as of January 8, 2020, the total of P1.94 trillion collected by the BIR in 2020 was about 11.23 percent less than the actual collection of P2.19 trillion in 2019. But it was 15.14 percent over the revised 2020 goal of P1.68 trillion set by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) for the BIR in July last year, he said. In 2020, 4.37 million new

business taxpayers registered with the BIR, representing a 6.15-percent increase from the previous year’s number of 4.11 million, Dulay said. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the decrease in BIR collections in 2020 compared to the previous year was understandable, considering the adverse economic impact of the pandemic and the contraction of the gross domestic product (GDP) by about 10 percent that year. “Congratulations, Billy (Dulay). This coming year, I think, will be continuously challenging but I’m very happy the way BIR has responded to this crisis and had not given up,” Dominguez said following Dulay’s report on the BIR’s 2020 performance. “Basically, your collections went down almost ex-

actly as the GDP contracted, around 10 percent. That's about right. In other words, you haven’t let up on the pressure. The performance relative to 2019 is still the same even if the collections are lower. It was lower because the GDP dropped. Please thank the team and keep it up,” Dominguez added. Dulay said he is optimistic that the BIR this year “will do good based on the recent announcement by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that we are on the road to economic recovery.” “We will continue rowing and plowing and collecting these taxes,” Dulay said. The BIR’s tax effort of 10.67 percent in 2020 was only slightly lower by half a percent compared to 11.2 percent in 2019, Dulay said in his report.

Economic uncertainty remains elevated This highlights the fact that economic uncertainty remains at elevated levels, with 53% of businesses in the Philippines indicating it is the number one constraint on their ability to grow their business. And as optimism has decreased, this has materially flowed through to orders, with 56% citing shortage of orders as a constraint. Businesses are also concerned about availability of skilled staff and labor costs with 50% of business



App helps fishers to navigate seas FISHERFOLKS in the coastal areas of the Philippines can look forward to a brighter and safer year ahead with the development of ISDApp - the community app that allows fisherfolks to access useful weather information to help them plan their trips to the sea, even without a smartphone or an internet connection. Developed by iNON IT Solutions and powered by Globe, ISDApp collects localized weather data, converts it to simplified weather forecasts, and sends it to the registered mobile numbers of fisherfolks via scheduled daily SMS which includes the crucial hours before they go


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(from page 2) tion to all of us." On January 25, 2015, the SAF 44 died during a clash with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after an operation that resulted in the killing of Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli Abdhir.


The outlawed group, who was protecting Abdhir, also known as Marwan, pinned down the police unit in a wide-open marshland. Because of the failure both of the police as well as the military in the area to send reinforcements, they all died.

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Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital in Digos City; Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital in Montevista; IGACOS General Hospital, Inc.; Davao Occidental Provincial Hospital; and, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. “Due to the strong ties forged between Davao City and its sister cities, the former has greatly benefitted especially during the early stage of the pandemic,” Dayap said. Dayap has expressed her gratitude to the sister cities for extending their help during these trying



times. “Their thoughtful gesture has truly reaffirmed our mutual commitment which is to boost cooperation in all possible areas especially when assistance is badly needed,” she said. She added: “It is during these trying times that our sisterhood agreement may serve its purpose as we fight this global crisis together. It is our hope that your city remains resilient in the face of the difficulties we are all experiencing at this time. We know that together, we will recover from the public health emergency and we look forward to seeing your city rise again.” By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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the region to assess if the manufacturers and industries here that offer products covered by the PNS are compli-

ant,” she said. Among these products are dry chemical portable fire extinguishers.PR


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more features.” Those that conduct scanning offline, they can synchronize the scanned data “by connecting to a stable internet connection before uninstalling to avoid permanently losing the data within the app.” They can also download the updated scanner through the http://bit.ly/SDQRAndroidApp link. “Kindly copy and paste the link to your browser. Note that the scanner is currently downloadable in Android


Smartphones only,” it added. Last week, the city government, through an executive order that Mayor Sara Duterte released, said that the mandatory use of the code in entering business establishments and government offices will start on February 3. In a statement, the mayor said: "Based on the pilot testing, the system can now function for the purpose it was developed, thus, mandatory implementation of its use can now proceed."

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lies, will have equal opportunities to access affordable and useful financial products and services,” said CARD Bank President and CEO Marivic Austria. She added that financial inclusion is one of the solutions to break the endless cycle of poverty. Aside from offering microfinance, SME and other loan products, CARD Bank also promotes a better saving habit for every client it serves. For as low as PHP100, its clients can now open their savings account. This will encourage them more to become conscious about saving for their future. CARD Bank also has a remittance service called CARD Sulit Padala. Together with CARD, Inc., CARD SME Bank, and CARD MRI Rizal Bank, clients who need remittance services can send or transfer money in more than 900 branches nationwide. For as low as PHP1, senders can transfer money to their loved ones to meet their financial needs. The new branch will also be part of CARD Bank’s digitization

journey which is even more intensified because of the pandemic. “During the pandemic, the digital services of the bank showed a crucial role to constantly provide its services even with the presence of physical barriers. These digital efforts brought convenience and safety to our clients,” said Austria. The branch is located at Purok 1, Brgy. Pawa, Tabaco City, Albay. The opening was graced by CARD Bank President Marivic Austria, CARD Bank Executive Vice President Lourdes Dijan, CARD Bank Vice President for Operations Glenda Magpantay, and CARD Bank Assistant Vice President Raquel Zaragoza. It was also attended by CARD Bank Chairman Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, CARD Bank Senior Advisers Dr. Dolores Torres and Lorenza Bañez, and CARD MRI Managing Director Flordeliza Sarmiento via online conference. To date, CARD Bank has more than 3.4 million clients served all over the country.

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citing each as a constraint on their ability to grow. Companies are making investments – with traditional categories making a comeback The number one investment area is research and development (with 51% expecting to increase this in the coming year), followed by staff skills (50%) and technology (47%) as businesses continue to retool for a new world of business. With second and third waves of COVID-19 hitting many markets, the need to invest in enhancing an existing product portfolio, digital business models and having people with the skills to operate in a virtual world for the foreseeable future continues to drive investment decisions. Additionally, in this latest research, we are seeing less traditional investment categories come to the fore. The percentage of mid-market companies looking to increase investment in new buildings decreased 4 percentage points to 39%, while the percentage of mid-market companies looking to increase investment in plant and machinery increased 4 percentage points to 46% respectively. Shortage of finance remains a significant concern Funding that investment and meeting the continuing operating needs during the pandemic, however, may not be straight forward. Shortage of finance remains a significant concern for businesses, with 47% of firms identifying it as a business constraint over the next 12 months, increasing by 6 percentage points from the number set in the first half of 2020 when the full scale of the pandemic was becoming evident. This is despite record monetary easing and fiscal support provided by the government to businesses in the country as they attempt to alleviate cash flow constraints

arising from COVID-19. Companies around the world are starting to prepare for recovery In preparation for recovery, mid-market companies around the globe are prioritizing the ‘use of technology to support organizational recovery’ and looking at ‘workplace safety and new workplace regulatory requirements’ – with 39% of global companies planning or implementing strategies in these areas. The next priority is what ‘financial resources will be needed’ (33%), with some attention also being given to what product or service area and markets to focus on (31%). Marivic Españo, CEO and Chairperson, P&A Grant Thornton says: “The latest IBR data demonstrates to us that mid-market business leaders globally are being very realistic about the challenges that the first half of 2021 will bring, but they are facing this uncertainty with sensible pragmatism and resilience. “While the outlook is showing real improvement with both economic optimism and expectations around revenue and profits on the rise, it is important to note the context of these increases. In many cases the improvements we are seeing are due to firms benchmarking the next 12 months against the very depressed economic environment of 2020 due to COVID-19. “Even with vaccines being rolled out in some markets, the reality is it will still be some time before we return to anything approaching normality. Many businesses have already made transformational changes to their operating models and investments in this area, and this show no sign of abating as everyone looks to ensure they are able to compete in a post-COVID world.”



P150,000 awarded to IPs in Talaingod


DAVAO DEL NORTE – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region XI has turned over two checks worth P100,000 and P50,000 to ‘Uraya High Valued Crops Farmers Association’ of Talaingod, Davao del Norte. The checks were handed T h e c h e c k s w o r t h tively. over to Uraya High Valued P100,000 and P50,000 were According to Atty. Jason Crops Farmers Association the cash prizes earned by the P. Balais, DOLE Director on January 21, 2021 during a association for winning ‘Best II, the basis for winning the ceremonial awarding at Sitio DOLE Assisted Livelihood award is the association’s Uraya, Barangay Sto. Niño, Project’ on both the National “capturing” of the market Talaingod. and Regional level respec- through their products, spe-

cifically, by becoming a supplier of vegetables to Jollibee and Chowking in Tagum City. “The produce of the farmers here are already supplying Jollibee and Chowking. That is something, given the limited knowledge of these farmers in terms of growing crops for example,” he said.

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“The maturity of the organization to be able to deliver results like this has been recognized by Manila worthy of the national award 2020,” he added. Governor Edwin I. Jubahib expressed his joy saying the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) did not waste the help given


by the government. “Sobrang tuwa at saya ang naramdaman ko dahil po sa inumpisahan natin kung paano sila tumayo ng kanilang sarili…dahil po sa pagsamasama ng lahat, yung sinasabi nating whole-of-nation


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Searching for google ol’ what AT THE start of the year, the Messenger group chat dedicated to our high school batch suddenly sprung to life. After more than a year of what seemed like a lethargic presence on Messenger and being sniped with only a few updates, prayer calls, and ocassional actual chitchat, its lights were turned on like Christmas lights, with Jose Marie Chan singing "Whenever‌" This time, "new" members finally began to check in, one at a time, as though they were spies coming in, out from the cold. Though that in itself might be pleasing to hear, what we are, are really old members, with much weaker knees now so to speak, just getting together and revving up for a planned 50th-year class reunion. In this time of Covid though, the spoiler alert on the horizon threatens that this might just be like one of those zoom affairs common in our quarantine norm. Now, it's more than double everything, with updates galore, personal and otherwise, coming in from London to California, Davao to Manila and finally out elsewhere. Sometimes, one-on-one convos (inside a chat room imagine) dominate the room, to be then punctuated by inserts of prayer memes, jokes and even Trump and anti-Trump news (wouldyabelieve). However, gross and dark as it may seem for many, what is usually one of the first things that golden "jubilarians" ask each other when they gather for the first time? Correspondents:

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They ask, who among us is dead already. Years ago, this was pointed out to me by a former classmate (now a doctor) when I happened to meet him at a clinic. He pointed out how sad and funny it was, that the usual batch banter had once been filled with lively updates about adventures, hobbies and family. Nowadays, he continued, it had slowly been downgraded to one grim question: who died. Sadder still, the more recent the occurrence, the more shockvalue. (Imagine a long haired hermit with a placard that says, The end is near! Layout Artists:









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True enough, that had been among the first queries during the recent group chat, and to go further, a list of the fallen had to be made for everyone's info. Despite all of the above though, the fact remains that these are but a drop in the bucket of things. After all, who would dare rein in a bunch of old men into keeping up with an assigned topic if they, for the time being, wanted to blabber like children? They are going to settle down after a while, and it's not going to be nappy time, promise. Come December, we all have to come up with an output that will celebrate the gold ingot of our being high school brats fifty years ago. Thus, the chat room, while still undergoing the opening quirks of a newly-discovered venue for meeting old classmates, will eventually quiet down and go back to its intended purpose: as a planning area for what's to follow. Surely, the overall significance of a 50-year reunion cannot be lost on everyone as comes only once in a lifetime. Presently, it hasn't come to that yet. Organizers are still trying to contact the lost sheep out there somewhere in the covid countryside. However, with each newcomer herded in to enlist, his tales from far and wide are always a delight for all in the chat room. No wonder it's difficult to hone in on what's the plan for December, when the present is already such a gift.





The secret of growing old and healthy TODAY, with the raging pandemic brought about by the Corona Virus Disease (CoViD 19), more focus is given on the elderly population of the world. By elderly we mean those whose ages range from 60 or higher. In fact today there are debates whether the elderlies are still fit to be vaccinated with the vaccine that has been discovered to prevent further infection of the dreaded virus. And there are those who opined that their advanced years could put them at risk if given the dose of the vaccine. That they are vulnerable to the disease, yes. But whether or not they should be taken out from the list of those to be vaccinated for reasons of physical weakness, here is something that could help arrived at a better judgment. Is it not a fact that they have reached that age level because most, if not all, of them had been living a healthy lifestyle and had kept a disciplined outlook in taking care of their bodies? Now take a lesson from this post on Facebook shared to us by our good friend Wennie Gorres. Whether he is himself doing this or not we have no way of knowing. But he seems to look like one, That is, on the levity aspect Bay Wennie. Here is the post: “There was this 100 years old man who was envied by many of his ilk because of his apparent healthy physical condition. So he was frequently asked what is his secret which the old man said: ‘I’ve been married for 75 years. And my promise to my wife was that when we two had a quarrel, the loser has to walk for five kilometers back and forth. I’ve been walking 5 kilometers every day for 75 years! Everyone asked again: But how come your wife is

very healthy as well? The old man answered: I’ll tell you her secret. She’d been following me in my walk to make sure I really finish the 5-kilometer distance’.” There it is. Ha, ha, ha. Now we know. ******************** By the way, whatever happened to the plea of the Rodriguez family and the group of environmentalists for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to consider transferring the route of the Davao City-Samal Island bridge to a location where the rich marine sanctuary and the pioneering tourism enterprise in Samal be spared the total destruction? It looks like the DPWH is now bent on starting the project this first quarter and there is no clear action yet. What we fear is that if no win-win arrangement can be arrived at on this dispute, it may eventually reach the court. And knowing the judicial system in our country it could entail delay on the project not in terms of weeks or

months but even years. So we believe that for the benefit of the general public the affected stakeholders and the DPWH should sit down and talk. And where they can arrive at an acceptable arrangement they should come to terms. We believe however, that the issues at bar here are both critical. Thus, in their talks these should properly be treated and all means must be exhausted to ensure that these will be fully addressed to the satisfaction of the concerned stakeholders. On the Rodriguez family, it is indisputable that they own the affected property and the business on it. And when this will be erased in the name of development, the long term effect will not only be on the business but on the people who are dependent on the operation. They will stand to suffer greatly for a much longer period of time, even eternally. The Rodriguezes may be able to recover their losses through acceptable compensation and even have the money earn more by investing it on another business or businesses. But their displaced workers and those having deals with the resort on small-time enterprises may lose them forever. And that would mean the bleak future of their children. On the other hand, a destruction of the marine habitat under the waters of the Pakiputan channel will definitely be irreparable. It cannot be transferred elsewhere because that is a creation of nature. So what more can the City of Samal be proud of if that particular marine habitat and the existing resources thereat are lost forever? So, it is our take that the concerned stakeholders must sit down as soon as possible—if they are not doing it yet-before that important project would come to a head. And please advise the public of the talks’ outcome.

Academic Freedom and UP at the Frontlines (First Part) OZAMIZ CITY (Mindanews) — By now, everyone who follows Philippine current events closely knows of the recent unilateral abrogation by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the 1989 DND-UP Accord, also referred to as the Ramos-Abueva 1989 agreement, after its main signatories, then Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Fidel Ramos and then University of the Philippines (UP) President Jose Abueva. Mainstream news and social media are abuzz with this unheralded unilateral abrogation, coming in the form of a letter addressed by Lorenzana to UP President Danilo Concepcion. Not much fanfare, much less the courtesy of asking for an accounting of perceived faults of noncooperation in specific cases, preceded the scrapping of the more than 30-year-old accord. The 1989 DND-UP Accord principally provides that law enforcement authorities (whether AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), PC-INP (Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police, now Philippine National Police) or paramilitary (CAFGU) first give prior notice to the UP administration before conducting operations inside the UP campuses to ensure coordination and cooperation. It however, and rightly so, provides for exceptions: hot pursuit, or similar emergencies; or when police assistance is so requested by the UP administration itself. It had no termination or pre-termination clauses, and a follow-through or enhancement of its precursor the Soto-Enrile 1982 accord which was limited to the military, inked between Sonia Soto, a UP student leader, and Ponce-Enrile representing the DND. The 1989 accord served as a recog-nition of the students’ struggle against the Marcos dictatorship. At the time of its unilateral abrogation – not mutually agreed upon between the two contracting parties – the 1989 Ramos-Abueva accord had spanned the administrations of five Philippine presidents: Cory Aquino (until 1992) Fidel Ramos (1992-1998), Erap Estrada (1998 to January 2001), Gloria Arroyo (2001 to 2010) Noynoy Aquino (2010 to 2016) and even that of Rodrigo Duterte (since 2016), well into four and a half years of his incumbency or up to the moment Lorenzana let down the axe. During that long period, nothing of dramatic or controversial occurrence requiring a review of its terms came

UPPER RIGHT HAND BY VIRGILIO PONCIANO A. OCAYA up, with campus security or peace keeping functions ably provided by UP Police, and private security complement. If there was an intent on the part of the Duterte administration to review its terms, it was not made formal, seemingly made to percolate in the burners of the DND kitchen, awash with intelligence funds in the billions to quell insurgency. The Lorenzana view, ipso facto also that of Duterte administration, ostensibly relied on an assumption that UP serves as a “shield” for CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army) recruitment or and as a “safe haven for the enemies of the state” merely because some 18 students allegedly killed in firefights with the military turned out to be former UP students. The evidence to back up these claims however is lacking, if not prime examples of fallacies in logic. That 18 NPAs were former students of UP, and thus a breeding ground for Red fighters is a hasty generalization. It cannot also support the conclusion that recruitment took place in UP, or that UP played an active and deliberate hand in that alleged recruitment, or allowed it free rein. Were it so possible, with the government administration having the goods on students and professors running afoul of the law, charges could have been filed in court and arrests made. Nothing in the 1989 Ramos-Abueva accord nor in the 1982 Enrile-Soto accord prevents legal state actions. Plainly, Lorenzana’s pronouncements seeking to justify the abrogation has no basis in fact and in law. There was nothing there that could stand in court, hence, the nonaction in context. Were CPP-NPA recruitment really true, with proof, but without action of the DND a civilian office, that situation is a sure fit for corrupt and graft-imbued act, punishable under the dragnet clause found in Section 3 (e) of R.A. 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, to wit:

Section 3. Corrupt practices of public officers. In addition to acts or omissions of public officers already penalized by existing law, the following shall constitute corrupt practices of any public officer and are hereby declared to be unlawful: (e) Causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence. [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Upper Right Hand is a revolving column of the Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM). Atty. Virgilio Ponciano A. Ocaya is the Auditor of the UPLM. A member of the University of the Philippines (UP) Law Class of 1979 who passed the bar examination given in the same year, he went into private litigation practice in Manila before going back to his hometown in Misamis Occidental in 2014.] (To be continued).


All pawned items items that expired during the month All pawned that expired during theof NOVEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on month of MAY, 2015 if not renewed or reor before JAN. 15, 2021 will be sold to the public on deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be JAN. 16, 2021 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 ang FIRST sa bulan sa NOBYEMBRE 2020.naAng tanan prenda COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa ibaligya sa publiko karong ENERO 16, 2021 tanan sa alas nga sanag-expired sa bulan sa MAYO 2015. 9:00 buntag.

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


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

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


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



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

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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


JUNE 2020

FEBRUARY 11, 2021

JULY 2020

FEBRUARY 11, 2021


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


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



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






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


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


General Lao, Toril


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

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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:


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January 15, 2021



January 15, 2021



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




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Lloren cannot say whether the suspects intentionally extracted the bullets and left the pistol near the head of the slain priest. Regalado, also known as “Paring Bukidnon,” a term used for Bukidnon residents who join the priesthood, frequently endorsed farmer issues and organic farming in his social media posts and blogs. Lloren said Regalado’s family in Barangay Sinayawan, Valencia City have requested for an autopsy of the body, which was brought to the Villanueva Funeral Homes in Malaybalay City Sunday night. Priests from St. John XXIII College Seminary called the police after hearing several gunshots about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lloren said they found Regalado’s body just a few meters from the gate of the Carmelite Monastery. He said the priest was going home to St. John XXIII College Seminary when suspects stopped his vehicle on the secluded road. The Diocese of Malaybalay, in a statement posted on its Facebook page, condemned the murder. “The Diocese of Malaybalay with its Clergy, Consecrated Persons and Lay Faithful especially the Regalado Family in San Jose Parish, Sinayawan, Valencia City are deeply wounded and saddened with the news of the untimely passing to eternal life of one its clergy”, it said. The Diocese said it hopes the perpetrators are brought

to justice The Diocese said the slain priest would be laid at the San Isidro Labrador Cathedral in Malaybalay after the autopsy is done. He will be buried in the Malaybalay Catholic Cemetery. Regalado was ordained priest on Oct. 18, 2007 by Bukidnon Bishop Emeritus Honesto Pacana S.J. He finished his Baccalaureate degree in Theology at San Isidro College and his precollege and college seminary formation at St. John XXIII Pre-College and College Seminaries in Malaybalay City. Regalado finished his theological studies at the St. John Mary Vianney Theological Seminary in Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

of tax; to a fair and impartial appeal; to timely and easy to understand information; to quality tax education and service; to the consistent and transparent application of the law; and to have the cost of compliance respected whenever tax rules are prepared and enforced. Other taxpayer rights proposed include the right to

privacy and confidentiality of information, unless authorized by the taxpayer or by law; right to speedy disposition of cases, assessments, audits, investigation, and other similar actions; right to finality of tax cases, including, but not limited to, agreement on the amount of tax due; and right to be protected and seek redress

against malicious, excessive and wrongful assessments. “This is the first-ever tax reform dedicated exclusively to making the taxpayer’s experience easier. I anticipate very quick approval in the House, especially since even my colleagues in the minority are co-authors and supporters,” Salceda said. (PNA)



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to be significantly reduced for small and medium taxpayers. The bill also unifies the requirement for value-added tax (VAT) documentation, requiring only an invoice instead of both an invoice and a receipt. Salceda said this would help expedite the VAT refund system in the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Salceda said the bill aims to improve "tax morale" or the enthusiasm of taxpayers to meet their tax obligations. Citing figures from the 2015 World Bank Enterprise Survey, Salceda said the Philippines exceeds the rest of East Asia and the Pacific in terms of percent of firms visited or required to meet with tax officials (73.9 vs. 52.7);

percent of firms identifying tax rates as a major constraint (26.4 vs. 20.1) and percent of firms identifying tax administration as a major constraint (20.8 vs. 13.6). “One of the roots of our lack of competitiveness is low tax morale. People aren’t excited to pay taxes because the process is tedious and open to abuse and rent-seeking,” Salceda said. Salceda estimated the economic impact of low tax morale to be as much as 0.68 to 10.02 percentage points of lost gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Other features of the bill include taxpayer classification/segmentation to ease the experience of small and medium taxpayers; relaxed rules

on returns filing and the payment of taxes through “venuefiling” and “pay-as-you-file”; uniform documentation for substantiating VAT transactions to facilitate electronic invoicing and close VAT loopholes; and easing compliance requirements so that tax filings for small enterprises need not be as burdensome as large enterprises. “This is part of a bigger picture: the simplification and modernization of government processes. This is one of four pillars. The other three are ease of registering and operating a business, ease of public service delivery, and ease of government procurement," he said. The bill also establishes the taxpayer rights to pay no more than the correct amount

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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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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.





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out to sea. The launch was primarily a joint initiative between the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) and Globe, with Dr. Mudjekeewis Santos, Scientist IV serving as its focal person. In partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region IV-A, the local government of Sariaya in Quezon was then selected as the pilot community for the project which will run in the first quarter of the year. “With the country having more than 20 typhoons and tropical depressions every year, we are hopeful that ISDApp will serve as an added tool to aid our fishermen before they set sail. The technology will inform them of the latest weather data and the timely sending of alerts can help ensure their safety,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications and Chief Sustainability Officer. To use the app, a community leader who will act as the Community Controller installs ISDApp on his/her smartphone which then generates a unique ISDApp community number. Fisherfolks in the area can then register via SMS for free and start receiving weather forecasts several times a day, a few hours before they sail to the sea. The ISDApp weather forecast includes the date and time of forecast, a simplified explanation of the weather condition, and some tips or reminders such as: “Kabayan, ito ang taya ng panahon ngayong Dec 31,

mamayang 4:00AM. May panaka-nakang pagulan. Siguraduhing magdala ng raincoat o anumang pananggalang sa ulan. Tandaan, ito ay gabay lamang para sa mas ligtas at masaganang pangingisda. Kung may katanungan, magtext o tumawag sa iyong ISDApp Community Leader. Ingat!” “Kabayan, may paparating na masamang panahon. Mangyari tayo’y mag ingat lamang sa ating pagpapalaot. Tandaan, ito ay gabay lamang para sa mas ligtas at masaganang pangingisda. Kung may katanungan, mag-text o tumawag sa iyong ISDApp Community Leader. Ingat!” “Information dissemination is very important in rural areas especially to our fishing communities. With their limited access to sources of information and resources to announce relevant advisories, ISDApp will provide weather forecasts and data in real-time which will be made accessible to underserved communities. In light of the recent typhoons, the importance of timely alerts is very apparent now more than ever,” said Regional Director Sammy Malvas of BFAR Region IV-A. The pilot community which will use ISDApp will be a group of 300 fisherfolks from seven coastal barangays in Sariaya, Quezon. “Napakahalagang aplikasyon para sa mga mangingisda dahil kada apat na oras nagpapadala ito ng paalaala kung may parating na masamang panahon. Bago umalis ng bahay para lumaot, makakapaghanda ang mga

mangingisda tulad ko kung ano ang dapat gawin,” said Nonilo Rate, a fisherfolk from Barangay Castaَñas. The BFAR is the government agency responsible for the development, improvement, management and conservation of the country's fisheries and aquatic resources. The NFRDI meanwhile is the main research arm of BFAR of the Philippines' Department of Agriculture. It ensures sustainable national fisheries through research and development and aims to raise the income of fishermen. It also aspires to make the Philippines one of the top five producers of fish in the world. “The NFRDI supports this initiative of iNON and Globe to address the digital divide in rural fishing communities in the Philippines. This pioneering innovation will surely be a great help to keep our fishermen informed and safe in their fishing activities in the coming years,” added Dr. Lilian Garcia, CESO V, Acting Executive Director of NFRDI. Both agencies will oversee the ground coordination with the Municipal Agriculture Office of Sariaya, Quezon for the pilot. Moreover, the partnership with BFAR Region IV-A and NFRDI will ensure more communities will benefit from the technology. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for AgriIndustrialization and for Fisheries Cheryl Marie NatividadCaballero also lauded the development of the app, as it is aligned with the department’s vision of having a resilient and food-secured Philippines.


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approach, eto na recognize kung ano talaga ang effort at ang naging magandang resulta (I am very happy because with our combined efforts in helping them stand on their own feet, our effort and the good results have been recognized),” he said. “Akoy nagpapasalamat na yung mga IPs natin ay nagsisikap sila para sa kanilang sarili. Yun ang gusto kong mangyari na ang lahat ay nagsisikap hindi lang ang gobyerno (I am thankful to


our IPs for working hard for themselves. That’s what I want to happen, everyone working hard not just the government),” he added. U r a y a H i g h Va l u e d Crops Farmers Association President, Rufino Andalay, said that the livelihood assistance given by the government positively changed their lives. “Nagpasalamat gyud kog dako sa pag supporta sa amoang association. Dili namo sayangan ang mga pro-

ject nga ihatag diri sa Uraya kay mao nay naka pa-usab sa amoang kinabuhi (I am very grateful of the support to our association. We will not put the projects given to Uraya to waste because they changed our lives),” he said. The Ceremonial Awarding was also attended by 56th IB Chief Lt. Col. Norman Valdez, DOLE Provincial Director Angelina A. Talingting, and Dana Foundation Executive Director Nelben Moreno. PIA-XI

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Mindanao Times, January 26, 2021  

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