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OPINION One offense that’s best for defense BY VIC N. SUMALINOG

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WORKERS from the City Transport and Traffic Management Office paint the newly-built bus stop signages as part of the implementation of the High Priority Bus System. BING GONZALES

Infected cops • 3 members of the regional police force found positive of COVID-19: Escobal BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE Police Regional Office 11 reported that three of its personnel turned out positive for COVID-19 after 84 of them underwent a reverse transcription-polymeraze chain reaction test in the Camp Quintin Merecido. "Lahat yan sa RHQ rector Filmore Escobal, the PNP isolation facility (regional headquarters), adding that those found in Malagos. wala pa yung sa outside positive were all asymptoThe test was conductRHQ," said PRO 11 Di- matic and were placed at ed at the new RT-PCR

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molecular laboratory of the PRO 11 which has been operational since February 3 after the approval of the Department of Health(DOH)-Health Facilities and Services

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Regulatory Bureau and will operate until the end of the year. Escobal, who did not identify those who were infected with the virus among the police force,

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TARPAULIN posters are set up along Carlos Garcia Highway in Buhangin Proper urging Mayor Sara Duterte to run in the coming presidential election. BING GONZALES

Envi group fears proposal won’t solve plastic problem BY ANTONIO L. COLINA IV / MINDANEWS

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) -- The Davao City-based environmental group Interface Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) has expressed concern that the proposed measure at the City Council of Davao regulating the single-use plastics (SUPs) may not help address plastic waste pollution here. tive in the market,” Peñalver Atty. Mark Peñalver, He said the inclusion of argued there is no need for a IDIS executive director, told a special permit would be a permit because the regulated MiindaNews on Sunday that “blanket exception,” which items will be banned one year the proposed ordinance, au- allows selling of the prohib- from the effectivity of the thored by 2nd District Coun- ited/regulated SUPs, provided proposed ordinance. cilor Diosdado Mahipus Jr., there is a special permit. He added that Paragraph contains provisions for the Reacting to the statement 3, Section 5 of the proposed granting of a “special permit of Mahipus that the special ordinance contemplates only to sell” to be issued by the permit is intended only “dur- of regulating the “use and city mayor for the use of the ing the phase-out period” and prohibited plastic. “only if there is no alterna( / ENVI / 5)

President wants gradual approach in imposing MGCQ MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is taking a “step-bystep” approach to the planned nationwide shift to the least restrictive modified general community quarantine, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Tuesday. This, after Duterte rejected the proposal to place the entire Philippines under MGCQ until the government starts the rollout of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)

vaccines. “For him (Duterte), it’s a step-by-step approach. Itong step muna before we go to the next step (We have to take this step first before we go to the next step), Nograles said in an online press briefing. Nograles said it was “difficult” for Duterte to turn down the proposed shift to MGCQ. However, Duterte wants

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SARA TO SUPPORTERS:

Remove posters BY CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

MAYOR Sara Z. Duterte has ordered the removal of posters urging her to run for president as she said those setting up of posters in the city need to follow the law.

In her weekly program Monday over Davao City Disaster Radio, Duterte said although she is thankful to those who have put trust in her leadership, she maintained

that what she announced in January has continued to be her answer to the call for her to run. “Right now, there is no

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City secures 30,000 vaccine doses from AstraZeneca DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) – Mayor Sara Duterte revealed that the city government has procured 30,000 doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines from the British firm AstraZeneca that will arrive in the city in tranches starting third quarter of this year. The local chief executive announced this as the country has yet to start its

own COVID-19 vaccination program. She said the local government opted to secure its own supply of COVID-19 vaccines in case the national government fails to deliver on its commitment to make the vaccines available for all. She said the initial doses of AZD1222, the vaccine jointly developed by the British firm with Oxford Uni-

versity, can benefit 15,000 individuals. Duterte added that they will procure additional vaccines developed by US-based Novavax Inc. and Serum Institute of India after receiving an information that the local government units in the country can now place orders with the vaccine manufacturer. “We are starting our doc-

umentation right now to buy a certain number of doses of Novavax. We’re buying these vaccines just in case the national government will not fulfill its commitment that there will be vaccines for all because there’s nothing on paper yet with regard to the number of doses that they can give to the LGUs,” she said.

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SEC readies portal for FS and other reports THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) will soon allow corporations and partnerships to file their audited financial statements (AFS), General Information Sheet (GIS) and other annual reports in digital format and remotely through a newly developed online submission tool (OST). The Commission on February 18 released for public comment the draft memorandum circular providing for the schedule and procedure for the online submission of annual reports, as part of efforts to further limit face-toface interactions during the pandemic, automate business transactions and promote sustainable business practices. The SEC will roll out the OST in time for this year’s filing season. Initially, corporations may use the OST to file their AFS, GIS, Sworn Statement for Foundation (SSF), General Form for Financial Statement (GFFS), and Special Form for Financial Statement (SFFS). The OST will likewise accept submissions of Affidavit of Non-Operation (ANO), together their GIS or AFS, and Affidavit of Non-Holding of Annual Meeting (ANHAM), together with the GIS, during the initial implementation. The initiative operationalizes Section 180 of Republic Act No. 11232, or the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines, which mandates the SEC to develop and implement an electronic filing and monitoring system. It is likewise consistent with Republic Act No. 11032, or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government

Service Delivery Act of 2018, which requires government agencies to adopt a zerocontact policy. M o r e o v e r, t h e O S T supports the Commission’s commitment to sustainable practices by minimizing its paper trail, reducing energy consumption, and promoting the role of corporations in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and AmBisyon Natin 2040. Mandatory enrollment To use the OST, corporations, partnerships, and their authorized filers are required to enroll in the online submission facility by accomplishing the online application form and submitting the required documents. Office of the Commission Secretary S-309, 3F PICC Secretariat Building Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Complex Pasay City 8888-8141;8818-5478 The SEC will require a corporation or partnership enrolling in the OST to submit a board resolution authorizing its representative to file reports on behalf of the corporation or partnership, and a Special Power of Attorney from the authorized filer/representative to file reports for and on behalf of the corporation or partnership.

MANILA – The country’s largest integrated telecommunications company PLDT and telco newcomer DITO have recently entered into an agreement for the construction of a transmission facility that will serve as the point of interconnection for their subscribers. Under the agreement, PLDT will establish and manage the interconnection facility that will operate as the primary physical interface for both companies. PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart Communications President and CEO Al Panlilio emphasized how “it is important for us that we establish this interconnection capability between PLDTSmart and the customers of DITO as mandated by the NTC, and principally to make sure that our customers are able to communicate." “During this pandemic, technology has been a lifeline for our customers so we want to make sure that our connectivity is solid in helping our

fellow Filipinos and the entire nation during these critical times. We thank DITO for this partnership and I am looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship," he added. Through PLDT’s technology and expertise, the interconnection hub will deliver the intercarrier requirements of DITO which will benefit all fixed and wireless subscribers of PLDT and DITO by enabling them to communicate and connect to all the services needed. The planned facility is expected to be completed by end-March in time for the commercial operations of DITO. DITO Telecommunity Chairman and CEO Dennis Uy shared during the virtual signing how “being chosen as the country’s third player, DITO knew from day 1 that in order for us to deliver our commitment to the Filipino, we needed to work hand-inhand with the pioneers of the telco industry like PLDT. I’d

In addition, the corporation or partnership will have to submit a copy of its submission of email addresses and cellular phone numbers or its accomplished GIS using the 2020 version, as required by SEC Memorandum Circular No. 28, Series of 2020. The enrollment period will open tentatively on March 15. The SEC will require all stock corporations, including

the branch offices, representative offices, regional headquarters and regional operating headquarters of foreign corporations, to submit their reports using the OST starting this year. Nonstock corporations, meanwhile, will still have the option to submit their reports over the counter this year. By 2022, the Commission will require all nonstock corporations to enroll in and submit

their reports through the OST. Law, consultancy and other firms providing related services to corporations and partnerships may likewise enroll in the OST. Online submission Once enrolled, the authorized filer of a corporation or partnership may start submitting reports through the OST. The SEC will no longer require the submission of the hard copies of the reports.

The OST will specify the format of the reports for submission. For the GIS, for instance, a filer must submit the accomplished but unsigned form saved as a multipage portable document format (PDF), as well as the high resolution scan of the signed and notarized document saved as a multipage PDF. The SEC will review the quality of the image of the

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PSALM cited for cutting dues by P40.3-B THE Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has reduced its financial obligations by P40.3 billion by the end of 2020, which is almost 4 times over its 2020 target of reducing such obligations. The target given to PSALM was to ensure reduction of P10.184 billion. In a presentation to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who is the Chairman of the PSALM Board of Directors, PSALM president and CEO Irene Besido Garcia reported that PSALM was able to bring down its financial obligations to P381.72 billion as of the end of December 2020, from P422.01 billion at the start of January 2020. Garcia said the state-run firm collected P12.89 billion from power sales last year, representing a 93.9-percent collection efficiency. On top of this, PSALM collected P2.61 billion from overdue or delinquent accounts, which was P1.66 billion or 175 percent more than

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like to express my gratitude to everyone in making the interconnection agreement between DITO and PLDT possible.” “It’s been a privilege to work alongside all of you in providing the Philippines with the world-class connectivity that we all deserve,” Uy added. PLDT has been heavily investing in its network and expanding its coverage to service more businesses and consumers, both in the country and abroad. Currently, PLDT operates the most expansive fiber optic network among local ISPs reaching over 429,000 kilometers. Collectively, the PLDT Group has spent over Php 286 billion in the last five years which further boosted its network coverage to benefit more subscribers, helped the nation manage and cope amid the global pandemic, and accelerated the roll out of more digital services including the roll out of 5G.

its 2020 goal of P945 million, and this was done by allowing flexible payment options that encouraged power customers to settle their past arrears, Garcia explained. Garcia also mentioned PSALM’s collection of P16.69 billion from the Universal Charge (UC) due from power distribution utilities (DUs) and other electricity suppliers, achieving its 98-percent collection goal. All these collections were

utilized by PSALM to pay not just its financial obligations, but also all the interest and borrowing costs that matured in 2020 amounting to P12.83 billion. The UC for Missionary Electrification (ME) totaling P11.99 billion in 2020 was fully disbursed by PSALM to the National Power Corp. (Napocor) and another P6.2 million was disbursed by PSALM to Renewable Energy Developers (REDs), Garcia said. As to the privatization

related activities, Garcia highlighted that PSALM collected deferred privatization proceeds totaling P38.66 billion last year. PSALM was also able to dispose of real property assets amounting to P51.65 million in 2020 even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done by adjusting some of its bidding procedures to allow online participation of bidders, remittance by bank transfers and

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Davao graduate ranks 5th in licensure exam

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) – An engineering graduate of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) in Davao City placed fifth in the February 2021 geologist licensure examination of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Based on the examination Bureau of Geology in Manila fourth; John Christian L. Maresults released by the PRC on last month. palo, of the University of the Tuesday, Shaina Jane F. Hugo Nicole Jean L. Mercado Philippines-Diliman, sixth; obtained a passing rate of and Vince Joven L. Naz- Nikko M. Balanial, of Mapua 80.90 percent, making her the ario, graduates of Adam- University-Manila, seveth; only examinee from a Mind- son University, placed first Sandra Donna A. Catugas and anao academic institution in and second, respectively; Aquila Kristian B. Esmeralda, the top nine. Arianne Kaye Go Espina, of UP-Diliman, eigth; and The agency said only 64 of Mapua University-Ma- Tiarra Mojel F. Manalo, of out of 108 examinees passed nila, third; John Michael Mapua University-Manila, the licensure examination Ausejo, of Nergros Oriental ninth. (Antonio L. Colina IV that was administered by the State University-Dumaguete, / MindaNews)

ABOITIZ Foundation, Inc. together with Davao Light and Power Co., Inc. officially turned over sacks of Pilmico flour to the members of the Samahan ng may iba't-ibang Kakayahan sa Dabaw (SAKADAB), a group of differently-abled persons working together to gain financial sustainability and be self-reliant in the Gawad Kalinga community in Los Amigos, Davao City. This is part of the livelihood recovery project for Cooperatives/MSMEs of Aboitiz Foundation nationwide to help them recuperate from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The donated products will help SAKADAB members to produce more bakery products which they can sell in order to sustain their bakery business. Davao Light believes that everyone, including the differently-abled persons, should not be left behind in the efforts towards supporting livelihood opportunities under the circumstance of the new normal.

BOC Davao preps for ISO audit THE Bureau of Customs (BOC), Port of Davao underwent an orientation for ISO 9001:2015 on February 18, 2021 as part of its on-going preparation for the upcoming ISO audit on the second week of March 2021. This is part of

the Commissioner’s 10-point priority program to make all Collection District Offices ISO certified. The orientation was facilitated by the Chief of the Customer Care Center (Port of Manila), Joel Espejo, where

he briefed the members of the Port of Davao ISO team led by BOC Davao District Collector Atty. Erastus Sandino B. Austria. The topics discussed during the briefing were the phases of ISO Certification

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ALABEL, Sarangani – The Sannovex Pharmaceutical Distributor Company based in Mandaluyong City represented by Clarisse Callo from General Santos City donated Paracetamol Infulgan 40 vials and Ampicillin Sulbactam 50 vials, Parantheral Antibiotic or injectables, to Sarangani Medical Center thru Assistant Provincial Administrator Engr. Gerald Faciol on February 19. Callo said the advocacy of the company is to make their products available to all government hospitals, “our products though branded but are affordable and one of the company’s priorities is to help the Indigenous People of Sarangani.” Callo added it was just an initial donation and the company is looking forward to more donations. PR


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wearing of personal protective equipment, hand-washing, and how to discard and wash their uniforms when they go

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to make sure that people’s health and safety would not be compromised, Nograles said. “Again, the President and the government recognize the urgency of reopening the economy so we can resume the pre-pandemic upward trajectory and sustained growth of the economy. This, however, should be done sideby-side with measures that will ensure that we do not compromise efforts to contain Covid-19,” he said. ‘100%’ backed The initial plan of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATFEID), is to recommend the imposition of the most relaxed MGCQ in the entire country. Nograles said he and his fellow Cabinet officials “100 percent” support Duterte’s latest decision. “As far as support on the Cabinet is concerned, of course, we’re 100 percent behind the President in his decision,” he said. “We will support 100 percent the decision of the President and we will work within the framework that was given to us by the President.” Nograles said the IATFEID would also assess what areas in the country should be placed under the stricter general community quarantine (GCQ) or MGCQ for the

month of March. He added that the task force would continue to have “more active” partnership with local officials, especially those who are in areas that will be put under GCQ next month. ‘Month-to-month’ assessment The government was supposed to start its free vaccination program this month. However, there was a delay in the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines due to indemnification requirements. Nograles said the IATFEID would stick to the “month-to-month” assessment even if the government starts its mass immunization drive. “If we go by the procedure, every end of the month, that is when we discuss ano ‘yung magiging recommendations namin kay Pangulo (what our recommendations to the President would be) for that succeeding month. So siguro (perhaps), in terms of timeline, perhaps that might be the same procedure that we follow,” he said. Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batangas, Tacloban City, Iligan City, Davao del Norte, Davao City, and Lanao del Sur have been placed under GCQ in February. The rest of the country has stayed under MGCQ this month. (PNA)

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chance for me to chance my mind,” she said in vernacular, pointing out that in January, she said she does not have any intention to run. She speculated that her refusal to reveal the reason for her decision may have prompted those calling for her to join the 2022 presidential race to continue their call. In explaining her reason for not revealing the reason behind her refusal to express her intention to join the reason, is that “I might offend (some people) or hurt them.” On her order for the removal of the posters, the mayor explained that those behind these posters should first follow the law like paying the corresponding taxes. Under City Ordinance

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092, those behind the setting up of billboards and other similar advertising materials must first pay the fees before they can set up these materials. Also, the same ordinance prohibits the putting up of materials in places that will obstruct the view of Mt. Apo and the Island Garden City of Samal. Duterte also said she has asked barangay officials to refrain from gathering for the purpose of planning her presidential bid. She said that aside from the fact that she is not running, these officials will just waste their time and resources. She also ordered them to stop their plan to mount a motorcade to urge her to run as they will just contribute to noise and air pollution.

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Dr. Ashley Lopez, City Health Office (CHO) acting head, said the city prioritizes 16,677 health workers, 77,189 senior citizens, 432,549 indigents, and 5,258 security personnel for the vaccine rollout. The local government here targets to vaccinate around 1.2 million people to achieve herd immunity. Lopez said the preparation of the list in the case of health care facilities was taken care of by the City Health Office, senior citizens by Office for Senior Citizens Affairs, indigents by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and uniformed personnel

by the police, military, and Bureau of Fire Protection. As of February 22, DOHDavao Region reported 85 new cases, bringing the total cases to 19,521, with 1,604 active, 17,098 recoveries, and 819 deaths in the region. Out of the total, Davao City, which reported the highest COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, tallied 12,795 cases, with 768 active, 11,405 recoveries, and 622 deaths. Davao de Oro reported 1,107 cases, Davao del Norte with 2,880, Davao del Sur with 1,307, Davao Occidental with 211, and Davao Oriental with 1,221. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

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distribution for free” of the SUPs but not the selling. The proposed ordinance prohibits persons, grocery stores, supermarkets, shopping mall and brand outlets, sari-sari stores, food and/ or beverage establishments, or any other business establishment or outlet to sell, distribute for free, or use the SUPs without a special permit to sell, or special permit to distribute and/or use SUP products from the city mayor. The prohibited SUPs include drinking cups lower than 0.2 mm in thickness (including polystyrene 160 cups); ice cream cups, salad cups lower than 0.2 mm in thickness; condiment, sauce or gravy containers lower than 0.2 mm in thickness; cup lids and condiment, sauce or gravy container covers; plastic stirrers; cutleries (spoon, fork, knife or a combination thereof), plastic straws; meal box, tray or “clamshell” packaging; cake and pastry box, tray or “clamshell” packaging; egg container or “clamshell” packaging; hand gloves; plastic materials used as "buntings"; and plastic materials used as balloon stick. “As a non-government organization, and a watch dog of the government, we are just doing our job. We intend nothing but to provide clarification and improvement in the ordinance. He (Mahipus) has our full support for the ordinance. But we have to be critical as well and we believe there are specific provisions that need to be clarified and improve to really ascertain the intent

of the policy,” Peñalver said. The draft ordinance provides that the special permit to sell SUP products will be issued and/or renewed only after payment of singleuse plastic regulation fee of P10,000 while the special permit to distribute and/or use will be issued upon showing of its necessity for lack of commercially alternatives as certified by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office and only upon payment of a. SUP regulation fee of 5 pesos per item. “IDIS' position really is to ban the sell/use/distribution of SUPs because that is what we are lobbying and that should be the way to go if the city really wants to address the plastic waste pollution in the city. Hence, providing for a special permit does not address this,” Peñalver added. The draft measure seeks to ensure the protection of the environment; to regulate the sale, distribution and use of SUPs; to encourage the use of reusable products by discouraging disposable plastic products; to initiate programs geared towards a sustainable utilization of natural resources; to implement waste reduction plans, programs, and practices within the city; to enhance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature; to recognize the principle that “polluters must pay”; and to instill upon the citizenry that a clean and healthy environment everybody’s concern. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)


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Who do you know? THERE was an old joke I heard in the 90s which in its prime might have qualified as a meme as well. Although not anymore sure how the whole joke went (as it was quite long), let's just say that its main catch revolved around "Noah", as in I know-a guy. Of course, cronyism, or "the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications"(as defined by Oxford), had been around for quite a very long time. That however, does not mean that it is good and a natural thing. Quite popular in political slogans for many decades, one would think that it was limited to government alone. That is why I empathize with the so-dubbed noobs, not necessarily nerds, of today who encounter the phenom for the first time in the outside world and the workplace. For a start, I have just recently read a disappointing account of someone's son who wrote that despite of his "countless hours of attending seminars on corporate governance, developing good business governance and then being a true advocate of abolishing cronyism in both the gov't and private sector, it is sad to finally concede and conclude that here in the Philippines, Correspondents:

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it will always be 'who' you know and not 'what' you know." Sad indeed. On a personal note, I'm not ashamed to admit that my first job as a copy writer (at an advertising company) in 1980 had been through the strong recommendations of someone who had personally known the owner of the said firm. I had only learned of that after a few weeks on the job, when the general manager revealed it to me in a general staff meeting, at that. (I thought that, that had been intended to put me on the Layout Artists:

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spot to humiliate me, as in, we own you, b.) Ashamed at first, but feeling more greatly disappointed in believing that it had been my tests and credentials that convinced them into taking me in, I offered to resign right away, but they would have none of it. (Thinking back, he might have thought that would only get the attention of the owner. So, we were stalemate-stuck, and in the end, I just resolved to prove my worth from then on.) Apparently, the Noah practice breathes naturally in all daily human interactions. It's ever present in varying degrees and intensity, as common as house bugs. Most minute example can be found in the common queue at banks or supermarkets. There will always be someone who knows someone, who'll allow that person to skip the line ahead of the rest. And I'm not thinking about senior citizens here. Last, it gets me thinking, I know I have always warned my son on countless occasions, "never be surprised of what people can be capable of, anak, just be focused lang." That may be in the context of his driving, but the focus I mean here might just as well be in trudging on, and just proving himself. As in golf, never think of the opponent's score.


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One offense that’s best for defense DAVAO City’s security forces are now in the thick of preparations for the holding of community exercises aimed at testing the response capability of people against possible attacks of communist rebels and other terrorist groups. The idea came in the wake of reports that the New People’s Army (NPA) is contemplating to revive its strategy against the government using the treacherous assassin’s group in the 80s called the Sparrow Unit. It may be recalled that the NPA’s Sparrows were tagged as responsible in the killings of government soldiers, civilians and other personalities identified cooperating with government in the fight against the rebels. Davao City used to be the hotbed of liquidations almost daily that certain streets have been identified as dumping grounds of the Sparrow’s victims. On the other hand, the city was not immune to attacks of suspects tagged to be members of other terrorist organizations operating in Mindanao. The airport, Sasa pier and the September 2016 Roxas bombing experiences that claimed several lives of innocent civilians were the handiwork of terrorist groups out to sow havoc in society and to insult security forces capability to deter their heinous crimes. Davao City’s security forces believe that concerned members of the community can very well help thwart these kinds of criminal acts. And the community’s protection is a shared responsibility between the law enforcers and the people. Meaning, according to the top officials of the city’s Security Forces, every member of the community has a responsibility to do if he or she wants the people, including himself or herself, to be protected effectively. We agree very strongly with the idea that everyone has to do his/her share in helping protect society. One simple act is by reporting to the law enforcement authorities the presence of persons not familiar in the community and has been observed to be suspicious in the things he or they may be doing. Also, the community must be careful in conducting activities in their area that may gather a number of people around giving the terrorist or any other person with ill motives toward any one the opportunity

to do his thing. Or, if it cannot be done away with, the leaders of the community must make all the necessary safeguards to prevent perpetuation of any form of attack. After all, there is gospel truth in the saying that “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” Yes, no one should be assuage with such boastful claim that we have the best equipped hospital and highly trained doctors around to treat victims of bombings or assassination attempts that communities would be complacent with the safety of their own members. There really is no substitute for the communities to be observant with everything that is going around in its areas of jurisdiction and immediately advise the city’s security forces if there are people with suspicious activities being done. After all, as it is in basketball, offense is an important element in putting up a good defense. Hence, we believe that undertaking this kind of community exercises in order to enhance the city’s defense against the revival of the NPA’s Sparrow Units and possible terrorist attacks in the city, we better be one step ahead of their moves. And doing the exercise is just the right thing to do. **************************** Until now we could not feel the so-called massive information and education campaign of the city govern-

ment of Davao on the mass vaccination program that will soon be rolled out in the city against the dreaded Corona Virus Disease. What are the vehicles or media used in the drive and what particular groups are tasked to conduct the same. Is the city delegating the task to the officials of the various barangays, or is it relying on its information unit? We are raising these questions because we have observed that in the many barangays that we had the opportunity to visit even at this very critical times many residents are still at a loss as to the issue on the effectiveness of any of the known vaccines and the areas they will have to go to have themselves administered if they finally decide to get vaccinated. Moreover, we noted that still many residents are not about ready to get inoculated because of fear of side effects. Other than that we also noticed that many barangay officials and functionaries are not even conversant of disseminating relevant information regarding CoViD 19 and the measures that the local government is adopting to arrest its infection. For example one functionary comes to a house to inform the occupants of what the local government is doing and what people should do to have a particular protocol observed, then another comes also for the same purpose but gives totally different instructions. And worst. There are those who come and have some forms filled out. When asked what those forms are for, they simply say, they do not know and that they are just asked to do the errand. It is in this sorry state of advising the people in the community about the program of government on the CoViD response that we are worried about. Therefore, it is our take that this time it would be beneficial to the city’s population and to the government response itself, if its massive information and education drive is well laid on the grounds so the people will have a way of knowing where and how they can get the right information and go to for assistance in understanding it, should they find the need. Is it through radio, through television, through town hall meetings, through the barangays? Or would they just rely on social media which has the tendency of being easily manipulated by some interested groups? It’s time to be transparent about it.

Lumad Children, Academic Freedom and the Anti-Terror Act DAVAO CITY (Mindanews) A video showing Lumad children crying for help, as they were forcefully taken away from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, by operatives of the Philippine National Police Central Visayas, was not only painful to the sight and ears, but more to the heart. Around 26 Lumad children and teachers were taken into custody by police in the morning of February 15 allegedly for undertaking a “warfare training” in the aforesaid school. The administration of USC also categorically denied the accusation, the truth being according to them was that the children were taken in as part of their Bakwit Skwela Program where no one was held against his or her will. On one hand the police claimed that it was a “rescue” while on the other hand, human rights groups called it a “raid.” However this operation may be called, one thing is clear – the Lumad children are again caught in the middle of a conflict, one that is primarily borne of wrong assumptions, ill intentions and perhaps prejudiced interpretations. In the end, it is the children that shall bear to suffer the consequences of conflict not of their own making. The voices of the Lumad children in this case must be central to the conflicting claims. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has always accused the Lumads of being members or at least supporters and protectors of the New People’s Army (NPA). In fact, they are often tagged as recruiters for the NPA. This vilification and red-tagging of Lumads is nothing new as previous similar incidents have been documented involving IP schools in Mindanao. Therefore, if the Supreme Court affirms RA 11479 or the Anti-Terror Act of 2020, having an overbroad and vague definition of terrorism, it is not impossible that more Lumad children will have to suffer from the militaristic approaches to a “rescue operation” in the future. It is clear the law has now left a chilling effect even into the Lumad children’s right to education. With the ongoing counter-insurgency operations of the government against the rebel group, more and more Lumad children will be displaced from schools. As of June

UPPER RIGHT HAND By ROMEO T. CABARDE, JR. 2018, Save Our Schools Network (SOS) revealed that 72 schools for the Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao are still closed due to the ongoing military operations against the NPA. This militarization is further aggravated with the cessation of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the political arm of CPP-NPA. Unfortunately, the hostilities are hosted by the indigenous peoples in their ancestral domains and many of them are displaced if not dying from wars beyond their control. The brunt of war is generally borne by children having to struggle doubly hard on account of not only fleeing from the security risks but also giving up their dreams of finishing school. In Davao Region, Lumad schools have been affected in the areas of Talaingod, Davao del Norte and Compostela, Davao de Oro. MindaNews reported that close to two thousand Lumad students are no longer in schools following their closure due to the threat of armed conflict. In fact, SOS claims that some of the schools have been converted into military encampments further displacing hundreds of children. Of the 19 schools in Talaingod and Kapalong, Davao del Norte, only two remained in operation to date. This perhaps, may be the reason that these Lumad children chased their dreams and found hope in the Bakwit Skwela program of USC in Cebu – a dream only to be killed again. Schools where children dream of a bright future, must be treated as “zones of peace” at all times. As a zone of peace, it means that it is not merely a “demilitarized zone” but a sanctuary that operates within the principles of nonviolence, free from weapons, injustice and environmental degradation (RA 11188, Children is Situations of Armed

Conflict Act). It is a space where one is free to explore the different expanse of knowledge free from fear, censorship, reprisal or vindication. If true that no warrants were served nor any coordination with USC’s administration on the planned “rescue operation,” then it leaves all the rest of our schools at risk in the hands of our law enforcers. The University of San Carlos, as it is with all Higher Education Institutions in the country, enjoys a constitutionally guaranteed academic freedom [Article XIV, Section 5 (2)] finding support in a legion of jurisprudence (Ateneo de Manila vs Capulong; Miriam College Foundation vs. CA; Camacho vs. Coresis) from the Supreme Court. Academic freedom must be underscored as the energy that drives a school towards its vision and mission. For without it, the truth, which is the primary business of a school, can only be a blurry abstraction. While it bears emphasizing that academic freedom cannot be used to shield acts that are patently illegal, grossly immoral and contrary to customs and public order, its intrinsic value of promoting the intellectual integrity of the school in service of the common good cannot be stressed more than enough. It has contributed so much in promoting social justice through the school’s excellent instruction, robust research and vibrant community engagement that benefits society to a larger extent. Hence, Red-tagging, red-baiting and other forms of vilification emboldened by an ill-conceived anti-terror law, cultivating a culture of silence and killing the national discourses, are the exact anti-theses to academic freedom. With the ATA’s effect on academic freedom, who shall be the winners here? None. Instead, the children shall stand to lose and in this case, the Lumad children who were “rescued.” (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. Romeo T. Cabarde, Jr. is a faculty of the Political Science Department and the Director of Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy Center and Assistant to the President for Advocacy and Legal Affairs of Ateneo de Davao University)


WEDNESDAY, 2021 WEDNESDAY,FEBRUARY AUGUST 31,24, 2016

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a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan Gipahibalo ang tanan na nga angnag-expired FIRST sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan ibaligya sa publiko karong PEBRERO 16, 2021 sa nga9:00 nag-expired alas sa buntag. sa bulan sa MAYO 2015.

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 DECEMBER AND GADGETS THAT EXPIRES ON JANUARY 2021 WILL BE DISPLAYED IN A PUBLIC AUCTION ON FEBRUARY 16, 2021 AT 9:00AM.

All pawned items that expired during the month of DECEMBER 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 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. BAJADA FEBRUARY 03, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL FEBRUARY 19, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO FEBRUARY 09, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO FEBRUARY 24, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO FEBRUARY 26, 2021 222-2494

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All pawned items that expired during the month of DECEMBER 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 DISYEMBRE 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 FEBRUARY. 10, 2021 FEBRUARY. 19, 2021 FEBRUARY. 15, 2021

TEL. NOS. (082) 327-2104 (082) 297-5786 (082) 296-413015

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) FEBRUARY. 16, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) FEBRUARY. 15, 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 AUG. 16, 2020 to SEPT. 15, 2020. If not redeemed or renewed on or before FEBRUARY 12, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on FEBRUARY 15, 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 AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 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 DECEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before FEBRUARY 15, 2021 will be sold to the public on FEBRUARY 16, 2021 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang AL-JOS PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong PEBRERO 16, 2021 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang DIAGOLD PAWNSHOP INC., magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan AGOSTO ug SETYEMBRE 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

AUGUST 2020

MARCH 11, 2021

SEPTEMBER 2020

MARCH 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 AUGUST 16, 2020 TO SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 if not redeemed or renewed on FEBRUARY 12, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on FEBRUARY 15, 2021 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of December 2020 (Regular Items) and January 2021 (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 FEBRUARY 16, 2021 FEBRUARY 16, 2021 FEBRUARY 16, 2021 FEBRUARY 16, 2021 FEBRUARY 16, 2021

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


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the months of JANUARY 2021, 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 ENERO 2021, kung dili malukat, ibaligya sa publiko niining mga musunod na mga adlaw. EXPIRY DATES JANUARY 2021

AUCTION DATES MARCH 17, 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

SAN PEDRO 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 DECEMBER 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 DISYEMBRE 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

FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY. FEBRUARY.

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

16, 2021 16, 2021 11, 2021 05, 2021 23, 2021 16, 2021 18, 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 NOVEMBER 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 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.

SAN PEDRO

FEBRUARY 16, 2021

321-2185

ILUSTRE

FEBRUARY 01, 2021

234-4844

FEBRUARY 19, 2021

All pawned items expired on DECEMBER 2020 - JANUARY 2021 Will be displayed in a public Auction On February 19, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.


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PINAAALALAHANAN ng Social Security System (SSS) ang mga miyembro, claimant, at covered employer nito na mayroong number coding, drop box, at appointment systems na ipinatutupad sa piling branches nito sa buong bansa. Kinabibilangan ito ng lahat ng branches sa National Capital Region (NCR); Antipolo, Masinag, Cainta, San Mateo, Tanay, Baguio, Dagupan, Bacoor, at Biñan branches sa Luzon; Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Bacolod, at Iloilo-Central branches sa Visayas; at Cagayan De Oro at Davao branches sa Mindanao.  Sa ilalim ng number coding system, ang mga transaksyon na maaaring isagawa sa branches ay ang pagbabayad ng kontribusyon at loan, compliance sa SS Number Application na isinagawa online (gaya ng personal appearance), pagpick-up ng Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card, pagpapakita o pagsusumite ng mga orihinal na dokumento para suportahan ang claim applications, paggamit ng E-Center Facility para sa mga walang kompyuter o internet sa bahay, at iba pang justifiable reasons.  Ang nakatakdang araw ng pakikipagtransaksyon ng mga miyembro, claimant o employer ay nakabatay sa huling numero ng kanilang SS o ER ID. Ito ay ang sumusunod: Lunes para sa nagtatapos sa 1 at 2, Martes para sa nagtatapos sa 3 at 4, Miyerkules para sa nagtatapos sa 5 at 6, Huwebes para sa nagtatapos sa 7 at 8, at Biyernes para sa nagtatapos sa 9 at 0.    Para sa may Funeral o Death Benefit Claim, ang pagbabatayan na SS number ay ang sa yumaong miyembro.    Sakaling ang nakatakdang araw ng pakikipagtransaksyon ng miyembro o employer ay natapat sa holiday, maaari silang pumunta sa kasunod na working day. Kung nagkaroon naman ng system downtime, magtatalaga ng appointment ang SSS branch sa mga miyembro, claimant o employer na nakapila o maaari rin silang maghintay hanggang maging operational itong muli.  Para naman sa mga transaksyon na hindi nabanggit, mayroong drop boxes sa labas ng mga nasabing branch kung saan maaaring mag-iwan ang mga miyembro, claimant o employer ng mga envelope na naglalaman ng mga kinakailangang dokumento para sa transaksyon. Kailangan nilang isulat ang kanilang pangalan, uri ng transaksyon, at contact number sa envelope. Kung kinakailangan, sila ay bibigyan ng appointment ng kinauukulang SSS branch upang maproseso ang kanilang transakyon.  Nanawagan si SSS President at CEO Aurora C. Ignacio sa mga miyembro, claimant at employer na huwag magtungo sa mga nasabing SSS branch nang hindi alinsunod sa number coding system.  “Hinihingi po namin ang pakikiisa ng lahat sa mga hakbang na aming isinasagawa sa aming branches para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19. Strikto po namin itong ipinatutupad kaya kung pupunta po kayo ng hindi sa inyong prescribed transaction day ay hindi po kayo makakapasok,” pahayag ni Ignacio. 

Dagdag pa niya, ang mga transaction gaya ng Annual Confirmation of Pensioners’ Program (ACOP), at UMID Data Capture ay suspended simula pa noong Marso 2020. “Para sa aming pensioners, sinuspindi po namin ang ACOP. Covered po nito ang mga hindi nakapagcomply sa programa simula Enero 2020. Hindi po mapuputol ang pagtanggap ninyo ng SSS pension hangga’t mayroong community quarantine sa bansa. Kapag ang buong bansa po ay nasa ilalim na ng new normal o ‘pag na-lift na lahat ng forms ng community quarantine, bibigyan po namin kayo ng 60 days para makapag-comply sa ACOP,” ani Ignacio.  Sa kasalukuyan, ang mga kailangan lamang magpasa ng ACOP compliance ay ang mga mayroong suspended pensions dahil sa hindi pagko-comply sa ACOP bago ang community quarantine period.  Ayon sa SSS marami ring miyembro ang nagtutungo sa branches nito para magfollow-up ng kanilang registration sa Disbursement Account Enrollment Module (DAEM) sa SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph).  Paalala naman ng SSS, hindi na ito kailangan pang gawin sa branches dahil gumagawa na ito ng paraan upang mapabilis ang verification process ng mga pending na disbursement account enrollment.  “Batid po namin na marami ang nangangailangan ng mga serbisyong hatid ng SSS, kung kaya’t patuloy po naming pinagbubuti ang aming online services. Hinihikayat po namin ang aming mga miyembro at covered employers na gamitin ang mga ito sa halip na pumunta pa sa aming branches,” ani Ignacio.  Sa kasalukuyan, ang online services na maaaring gawin ng mga miyembro na rehistrado sa My.SSS member portal sa SSS website ay ang mga sumusunod: filing ng aplikasyon para sa Unemployment Benefit, Salary Loan at Calamity Loan; filing ng Retirement Benefit para sa mga kwalipikadong miyembro; generation ng Payment Reference Number (PRN) para sa kontribusyon; pagpapasa ng maternity notification para sa self-employed, voluntary, at Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) members; enrollment ng disbursement account; contribution at loans inquiry; Real-Time Processing of Loans PRN Inquiry; at iba pa.  Gamit ang kanilang My.SSS web account, ang mga employer naman ay maaaring mag-certify ng loan at claim applications ng kanilang mga empleyado, magpasa ng employment reports, mag-file ng sickness benefit reimbursement applications, mag-edit ng Loan Statement at magpasa ng electronic-Loan Collection List, at iba pa.  Patuloy ang pagbibigay ng SSS ng webinars tungkol sa online services nito. Makikita ang registration links para sa mga ito sa “Philippine Social Security System,” ang official Facebook Page ng SSS.  Para sa mga katanungan at dagdag na impormasyon, maaaring tumawag sa SSS Hotline sa 1455. Ang directory naman ng mga SSS branch ay makikita sa SSS website.

DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC. NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expire during the month of DECEMBER 2020 - JANUARY 2021 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang DAVAO 3 SURE PAWNSHOP, INC., maga-subasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2020 - ENERO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag.

LEGAL NOTICE Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74, of the New Rules of Court, notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late JANITH C. CALAPRE-LINGCODO, who died on July 12, 2020 in Panabo, Davao del Norte, left a parcel of land covered by TCT NO. T-196202, containing an area of 130 sq. meters, more or less, situated in the Barangay of Pampanga, Davao City, has been the subject of an AFFIDAVIT OF SELF ADJUDICATION WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE executed by and among her heirs per Doc. No. 208; Page No. 43; Book No. 34; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public RAYMOND M. SAMARITA. (MT-February 23, March 2 & 9, 2021)

BRANCHES

AUCTION DATE

TEL. NOS

SAN PEDRO BUHANGIN

FEB. 16, 2021 FEB. 16, 2021

225-0033 241-1071

EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that the late RODOLFO A. CHIU who died intestate on March 11, 2020, the deceased at the time of his death left Four (4) Parcels of Real Properties situated in Panabo City and in Davao City, more particularly described as follows: 1.) A parcel of land covered by TCT NO. T-150661 (Residential) situated in the Poblacion, Municipality of Panabo, Province of Davao, containing an area of Two Hundred Seventeen (217) Square meters more or less; 2.) A parcel of land covered by TCT NO. T-150662 (Residential) situated in the Poblacion, Muncipality of Panabo, Province of Davao, containing an area of One Hundred Seventy (170) Square meter more or less; 3.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-150663 (Residential) situated in the Poblacion, Municipality of Panabo, Province of Davao, containing an area of Six Hundred Eight Four (684) Square meters more or less, and 4.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-452806 (Commercial) situated in the City of Davao, containing an area of Six Hundred Forty Five and Fifty Hundredths (645.50) Square meters more or less; that the decedent also left some BANK DEPOSITS/INVESTMENTS, to Wit: I.) BANK : BPI Family Savings Bank Type of Account: Savings Account with Life Insurance Account Name: Rodolfo A. Chiu Account No. 5463-2664-35 Currency of Account: Peso II.) Bank: BPI Family Savings Bank Davao City Branch 546 Type of Account: Savings Account with Life Insurance Account Name: Rodolfo A. Chiu Account No. 5464-005511 Currency of Account: Dollar Savings III.) Bank: BPI Savings Bank Davao City Branch 546 Type of Account: Savings Account with Life Insurance Account Name: Elena Chiu or Rodolfo Chiu Account No. 005463-2664-43 Currency of Account: Peso; Has been the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS, made and executed by and among his heirs per Doc. No. 198; Page No. 41; Book No. 1; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public RINA SACDALAN – VILLARICO of Davao City. (MT-Feb. 24, Mar. 3 & 10, 2021

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reports submitted. Once the reports have passed quality assurance, the filer will receive a QR code indicating the final acceptance of the reports. Once transmitted to the concerned department, nonconfidential reports will be

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made available on an online portal for public use. The SEC will no longer accept submissions made through email, mail or courier, and provide drop boxes in its offices once the OST goes live.

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no-contact transactions, Garcia said. To raise funds from real estate assets not yet scheduled for privatization, Garcia said PSALM entered into short-term lease agreements involving these properties, which generated P29.5 million in additional revenues in 2020. The early payment of real property taxes, meanwhile, resulted to P15.01 million in

savings for PSALM, while the package sale of unserviceable assets in various locations raised P26.45 million more in additional revenues, Garcia said. With the signing of Executive Order (EO) No. 117, PSALM reduced its real property tax liability to P199 million from P1.06 billion, which led to savings of P861 million for PSALM, Garcia mentioned.PR


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021

COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE Baguio Proper, Baguio District

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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 December 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 PAG-ASA PAWNSHOP; magsubasta sa tanang prenda nga naremata atong Disyembre 2020. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

Call (0932) 372 7799 PH asks UK, Germany to provide vaccines for OFWs MANILA – The government is asking two host countries to provide vaccines against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as part of the agreement in relation to the deployment of health service workers, particularly nurses. International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) Director Alice Visperas said Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III has requested the United Kingdom and Germany to provide vaccines for Filipinos displaced by the pandemic before the country sends medical workers to the two European nations. “Secretary Bello’s request is for our OFWs, these are the OFWs that were repatriated, who are here in the country including those who will be deployed. It is important, especially those who are set

to leave since many countries who are hiring migrant workers want workers that have been vaccinated,” Visperas said in a virtual forum on Monday. The country has two bilateral agreements with the United Kingdom in 2002 and 2003. Visperas said these agreements should be revisited and renewed to further safeguard the welfare of Filipino workers. “Also, Secretary Bello requested for their government to give us vaccines especially for our OFWs,” Visperas said. Both UK and Germany are seeking to be exempted from the 5,000 cap on the deployment of nurses being implemented by the government to ensure there is an adequate number of nurses in the country in case the need arises. Asked if the DOLE would have a decision this week on the request of the

Intensified crackdown on immigration ‘fixers’ ordered MANILA – Authorities will intensify the continued crackdown on "fixers" allegedly in cahoots with Bureau of Immigration employees in smuggling foreigners into the country, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday. "I have directed the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to expand its investigation of fixers’ activities at the BI and find out who their cohorts are among the BI personnel, so that appropriate administrative and criminal charges may be filed against them," Guevarra told reporters. The NBI had apprehended last week a former

law firm employee for allegedly receiving PHP900,000 from three Chinese to facilitate their entry into the country. The woman, identified as Vivian Lara, was arrested after she reportedly received marked money in the office of BI lawyer Arnulfo Maminta in Intramuros, Manila. NBI Special Task Force chief Gerald Geralde said the new scheme involves incoming foreigners who give bribe money in advance for the processing of their travel documents. The NBI will continue to look into alleged corruption in the bureau, Geralde said. (PNA)

host countries, Visperas said: “It will depend on their answer to the request of Sec. Bello. We are waiting for the decision of their governments. But, according to the Secretary, he is considering to grant the cap [exemption] if they will give in to our conditions.” “The request regarding the vaccine is also applicable to Germany,” she added. The estimated number of OFWs to benefit once the two countries grant the request is around 600,000, Visperas said. “There is no specific number yet but our estimate is more than 600,000 OFWs who are in the country and going abroad. I think around that number, what we are going to request,” she added. (PNA)

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and the guidelines on the document preparation. These will be vital in the preparation for the ISO certification wherein the Port will identify the processes and services that will qualify for ISO certification. The Port has long been implementing ICT projects such as the creation of its Customer Care Center (CCC) and the implementation of the Electronic Tracking of Containerized Cargoes (E-TRACC) among others, all of which are aimed to enhance trade facilitation services, strengthen border control, and effectively collect lawful revenues for the government.

AMENDED AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION

I, Aurora Norayme Chin Palmero, Filipina, of legal age, married to Jan Emerson Palmero, with residence at Rivera Village, Bajada, Davao City, after having been sworn in accordance with law, hereby depose and say: that I am the only and sole legitimate surviving heir of Victory Lu Chin, who died a widower on December 26, 2018, in Davao City, a resident of Rivera Village, Bajada Davao City; that I am the legitimate sole heir of Victory Lu Chin being his legally adopted child and Maria Asuncion J. Chin, pursuant to Article 189 of the Family Code, who died ahead on May 3, 2002, thus Victory Lu Chin and I executed an Extrajudicial Settlement of the Deceased Maria Asuncion J. Chin executed on November 27, 2003. Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that the late VICTORY LU CHIN , who died intestate on December 26, 2018, in Davao City; the deceased at the time of his death left an estate particularly described, one half (1/2) of the following to wit: A- REAL PROPERTIES 1.) TCT NO. T-275400 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 826 Square meters more or less; 2.) TCT NO. T-297202 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 514 Square meters more or less; 3.) TCT NO. T-297582 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 1,045 Square meters more or less; 4.) TCT NO. T-297583 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 490 Square meters more or less; 5.) TCT NO. T-302142 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 314 Square meters more or less; 6.) TCT NO. T-298630 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 313 Square meters more or less; 7.) TCT NO. T-303069 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 235 Square meters more or less; 8.) TCT NO. T-294460 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 273 Square meters more or less; 9.) TCT NO. T-294461 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 188 Square meters more or less; 10.) TCT NO. T-301881 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 89 Square meters more or less; 11.) TCT NO. T-288651 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 555 Square meters more or less; 12.) TCT NO. T-294571 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 331 Square meters more or less; 13.) TCT NO. T-301565 a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Biao Matina; City of Davao, containing an area of 275 Square meters more or less; 14.) TCT NO. T-134518 a parcel of land situated in the City of Davao, Island of Mindanao containing an area of 431 Square meters more or less; 15.) TCT NO. T-39348 a parcel of land situated in the City of Davao, Island of Mindanao containing an area of 300 Square meters more or less; 16.) That residential BUILDING constructed on the afore-stated lot covered by TCT No. T-134518 of the Register of Deeds of Davao City, situated in Rivera Village, Paciano Bangoy, Davao City, declared under Tax Declaration No. E-2-3-3995; B – PERSONAL PROPERTIES Name of Issuing Corporation No. of Shares Stock Certificate No. Manila Electric Company 1,690 533176 Manila Electric Company 1,000 252058 Manila Electric Company 260 286049 Manila Electric Company 300.00 277474 Manila Electric Company 514.00 0650678 Manila Electric Company 300.00 510770 Manila Electric Company 598.00 547447 Manila Electric Company 1,000 423374 Sun Life Financial Corporation 140.00 C455263 Rockwell Land Corporation 15,956.00 000224 Davao Doctor’s Hospital (Clinica Hilarion), Inc. 30.00 10107 Davao Doctor’s Hospital (Clinica Hilarion), Inc. 40.00 4799; All under the name of Victory Lu Chin has been the subject of an AMENDED AFFIDAVIT OF SELFADJUDICATION made and executed by his only heir Aurora Norayme Chin Palmero per Doc. No. 13; Page No. 55; Book No. XXVIII; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public GRACE LINA A. FUENTES of Davao City. (MT- Feb. 17, 24 & March 3, 2021)

LOT FOR SALE 1,000 Square Meters Corner Lot with clean title Located at Dumoy Toril, Davao City

Contact: Vinz Cacar Cell No. TNT 09464999935 TM 09169287601 EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF THE LATE JOSELITO C. FRANCISCO WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS

Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that the late JOSELITO C. FRANCISCO who died on October 29, 2009, in Davao City; that the decedent at the time of his death, left a certain real properties and/or interests in real properties all located in Davao City which are more particularly described as follows, to wit: 1.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167001 containing an area of 600 Sq. meters more or less, 2.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167002 containing an area of 1,531 Sq. meters more or less, 3.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167003 containing an area of 648 Sq. meters more or less, 4.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167004 containing an area of 600 Sq. meters more or less, 5.) A Parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167005 containing an area of 616 Sq. meters more or less, 6.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167006 containing an area of 601 Sq. meters more or less, 7.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167007 containing an area of 601 Sq. meters more or less, 8.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-167008 containing an area of 601 Sq. meters more or less, 9.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-345171 containing an area of 600 Sq. meters more or less, 10.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-345172 containing an area of 600 Sq. meters more or less, 11.) A parcel of land covered by TCT No. T-348473 containing an area of 600 Sq. meters more or less, 12.) Transfer Certificate of Title No. 146-2014004154, containing an area of 12,471 Sq. meters more or less, 13.) Transfer Certificate of Title No. 146-2014004155, containing an area of 964 Sq. meters more or less, 14.) Transfer Certificate of Title No. 146-2014004152, containing an area of 100 Sq. meters more or less, 15.) Transfer Certificate of Title No. 146-2014004151, containing an area of 100 Sq. meters more or less, 16.) A parcel of land covered by OCT No. P-4919 containing an area of 18,303 Sq. meters more or less, all properties are located in Davao City, has been the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF THE LATE JOSELITO C. FRANCISCO WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS made and executed by and among his heirs per Doc. No. 458; Page No. 92; Book No. 127; Series of 2017 of the Notary Public EMMANUEL P. GALICIA, JR. of Davao City. (MT- Feb. 11, 18 & 24, 2021)


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