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VENDORS of the Roxas Night Market who are enrolled in the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers program clean the surroundings along Dacudao Avenue on Monday afternoon. Some 500 vendors have lost their livelihood when Mayor Sara Duterte ordered a stop to the enterprise to contain the spread of COVID-19. BING GONZALES

• PPEs for frontliners quickly depleting, health official says BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

A HEALTH official has appealed for donations as private and public hospitals are currently experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). “We need more PPEs implementation and coordiHe said that health for our frontliners,” Dr. nating team for Visayas and workers in the Southern Roy Ferrer, Department Mindanao, said in a Face- Philippines Medical Center of Health (DOH) assistant book live press conference (SPMC) are now experisecretary of health field of the DOH on Monday. encing a scarcity of PPE

supplies. He said that PPEs are much more needed these days following an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the region. The SPMC is identified

Distribution starts: 23,000 households get food packs AROUND 23,000 households in 30 barangays in the city received the rationed goods on the first day of distribution. Mayor Sara Duterte, in an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday, said that distribu-

tion will continue until they cover all 182 barangays. The following barangays have been readied for the distribution: 1-A, 2-A, 6-A, 7-A, 10-A, 11-B, 12-B, 13-B, 14-B, 15-B, 16-B, 17-B, 18-B, 22-C, 36-D, Langub, Lasang, Lu-

miad, Colosas, San Isidro, Callawa, Acacia, Indangan, Waan, Matina Biao, Manambulan, Angalan, Talomo River, Biao Joaquin, Lampianao, Dominga, and Dacudao. She said that the qualified beneficiaries are in-

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as the only hospital to cater to COVID-19 patients. Mayor Sara Duterte, in a previous report, said that this is to avoid other hospitals from being contaminated with the virus.

Ferrer said that the health workers need gloves, masks, goggles, disposable surgical gowns, caps, and disposable shoe covers. “PPEs can help ease (


Davao Region already has 6 positive COVID-19 cases BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH)-Davao confirmed three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to six positive cases for COVID-19 in the region.


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2,000 PUJ drivers already receive P11,000 cash aid BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS


Stop posting bogus info on FB to avoid triggering panic BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

MAYOR Sara Duterte has appealed to the public to refrain from spreading fake news and unverified information on COVID-19 to avoid causing panic. “Facebook is the one infected with COVID-19,” she jested, adding that many people, especially in social media sites, are fond of spreading unverified in-

formation from unreliable sources. “This may cause panic and chaos, the posting of fake news in any social media platforms of people whose information are not from a reliable source,” she said. She said that people have more time now on their social media sites while they are staying at home.

Truck driver arrested for sneaking in 2 from Reg-10 BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

TWO PASSENGERS were caught hiding on a pile of tied folded cartons inside the wing van truck at the checkpoint in the quarantine site in Barangay Buda, Marilog District at 5:20 p.m. on Monday. The truck driver was also arrested. Capt. Rosario Aguilar, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office, said the vehicle, a Fuso truck with temporary plate number 123010, was driven by Vergel D Jurial The passengers were identified as Herald Jone L. Alsa and Ruel Jay M. Tejada. With the community quarantine, control checkpoints were put up along

the borders, following the order of the Regional Task Force-COVID19 to lock down Davao Region. As such, personnel of Davao City Mobile Force Company, led by Maj. Jake Goles, caught the two passengers when the driver appeared to be anxious when questioned about the cargo. The inspection team then became suspicious of his behavior and ordered to open the truck. The two passengers were advised to alight from the vehicle. Their IDs showed that they were from Region 10. The driver, meanwhile, was turned over to the Marilog Police Station for proper disposition.

“We have nothing to do in our homes, so social media, especially Facebook, has become our world. Whatever we see on Facebook or any platform becomes our world,” she said. She said that Davaoenos should only post or share verified information from authorized and official social


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AROUND 2,000 public utility jeepney drivers have been given cash aid by the government. Norman Baloro, Presi- by the COVID-19. They ril, Calinan, Mandug, Calldential Commission for the will be given P11,880 per awa, Catalunan Grande, Urban Poor (PCUP) com- month to cushion the fall and Jade Valley are already missioner for Mindanao, due to the mandated social full. and Tulong Panghanap- distancing. He also said that PUJ buhay sa Ating DisadvanMayor Sara Duterte drivers who already entaged/Displaced Workers also said that drivers under rolled in the program can (Tupad) officer, said that the Tupad program can also start operating as a Tupadas of Monday, there are still be included in the distribu- grantee driver. The proslots from the 54 routes that tion of ration cards since gram is meant to ensure are still available. these drivers also lost some the continued available The city government, of their earnings. transportation for comthrough the Department of According to the City muters who need to work Labor and Employment’s Transport and Traffic Man- or buy necessities amid the Tupad program, is helping agement Office (CTTMO) community quarantine. jeepney drivers whose daily data, the slots for drivers He also reminded the income will be affected operation in the areas of To( / 2,000 / 4)

New EO expands protocols on community quarantine MAYOR Sara Duterte has expanded the guidelines in its community quarantine protocols through an issuance of a new executive order. On Monday, the city mayor issued Executive Order No. 20, Series of 2020, which is “an order providing for additional guidelines in the implementation of community quarantine beginning 05:00h of Thursday, March 26, 2020 until 23:59h of Sunday, April 19, 2020 unless further extended, modified or withdrawn.” Under the EO, she said that the Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist

doctors demand that people stay in their houses to arrest the spread of the infection in a community quarantine and lockdown. She also said that “it becomes necessary to supplement existing quarantine guidelines and impose stricter measures for this purpose.” The following are the additional guidelines to be observed by all concerned sectors: 1. Face masks are mandatory when going out in public. Face masks with face shield are encouraged; 2. No person can come out from their residence,

dwelling, and its immediate surroundings except those who will buy food or medicine, go to the hospital, or in an emergency situation, and except as herein provided; 3. Close ALL establishments and offices, EXCEPT government offices, groceries, supermarkets, wet markets/ palengkes, food commissaries, food manufacturing, food delivery services, wholesale stores, convenience stores, sari-sari stores, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies, drugstores, banks and ATMS, savings and credit cooperatives, money-transfer services and bayad centers, courier services, other delivery services, construction hardware, doctor’s and dentist’s clinics,

gas stations, water refilling stations, LPG stations, and business process outsourcing/call centers. Whenever possible, a skeletal workforce arrangement must be implemented to create distancing between employees: a) All other business establishments and private offices not mentioned are required to shift to online work and implement a work at home scheme; b) All business establishments and private offices should hire augmentation security personnel for their facilities; c) All restaurants, cafes, bakeries and other similar food establishments should


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PhilHealth suspends, shortens office hours BY NICOLE BURLAS

BUSES are on standby along San Pedro Street to public employees to ensure that government services will not be hampered. BING GONZALES

THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corporation announced the suspension and shortened work hours of selected Local Health Insurance Offices (LHIO) and PhilHealth Express Offices (PEO) in the region. Through its Facebook page, the insurance corporation announced that the following offices have shortened work hours: LHIO Nabunturan LHIO Digos LHIO Mati LHIO Tagum PEO Calinan PEO Panabo The mentioned offices shall be having transactions with clients starting at 8:00

am to 3:00 pm effective yesterday. Aside from that, LHIO Davao and PEO Toril were suspended starting March 23 until further notice following its sanitation and disinfection conducted on the same day. Clients who have transaction requests may reach the insurance corporation by submitting it through the designated dropboxes in the office. Requests for updating, membership, etc. may be sent to pro11.onlinetransaction@ gmail.com while inquiries and concerns may be sent through publicaffairs.pro11@ gmail.com or by contacting 09257819987.





BPO ordered: Follow rules or face closure Arrest order issued anew vs Kapa execs


THE CITY government has threatened to close down call centers and other business process outsourcing (BPO) companies that cannot comply with the order of providing accommodation or shuttle service to their workers or allow them to work at home. In Executive Order 20 ers within the place of observed.” which was issued Monday, work and shuttle service; The agency said that Mayor Sara Duterte em- or allow work from home the companies have been phasized that BPO compa- arrangements. inspected and found comnies need to comply with “In a situations like plying with the regulations. Memorandum 20-08 of this, they (workers) are Duterte also said each the Department of Trade or like quarantined (if the BPO employee must have they must shut down their modes are adopted),” said a personal headset, microoperations. the mayor. phone, and keyboard cover. Under the memoranThe City Information The conduct of regular dum, BPO companies are Office (CIO) said: “A lean handwashing breaks and required to go into skeletal workforce system can be disinfection in their esworkforce mode to imple- done through a skeletal tablishments must also be ment social distancing, system, and the work from followed. provide accommodation home scheme so that physiarrangements to their work- cal or social distancing is


OFFICIALS of the Kapa- Pella B. Sevilla, Cristobal R. Community Ministry Inter- Barabad, Nonita S. Urbano, national (Kapa) have faced Nelia V. Nino, Jouelyn A. Del another possible arrest after Castillo, Joji A. Jusay, and a court in Cagayan de Oro Albert P. Buhangbuhang, City issued an order to nab The SEC found the group them. of using a Ponzi scheme, In a press statement Mon- an illegal investment instruday, the Securities and Ex- ment, in luring investors with change Commission said the a promise of a 30% monthly Regional Trial Court Branch return, which the group called 21 issued on February 18 a a blessing, provided the inveswarrant of arrest against nine tors invest at least P10,000. Kapa officials, headed by First conceptualized by Kapa founder and president Charles Ponzi in the 1920s, Joel A. Apolinario. the idea of Ponzi scheme was Aside from Apolinario, to pay the previous investors others who were ordered ar- with the money of the incomrested as they have been fac- ing investors which would ing a case of syndicated estafa, result in the scheme to colAd (8x5.5in).pdf 1 1/29/2020 PM a non-bailable offense, were3:06:14lapse in the long run. Because Junnie G. Apolinario, Maria of the promise of high returns,

Samal suspends resort operations

many supposed investors fell into the trap. In denying the allegation, the group said it was a religious organization as it was open to investigation. In Surigao del Sur, Apolinario and other officials, including corporate secretary Reyna L. Apolinario, Trustee Margie A. Danao and promoters Reniones D. Catubigan, Marisol S. Diaz, Adelfa Fernandico and Moises Mopia, were also facing a case of violating Republic Act No. 8799, or the Securities Regulation Code (SRC). The case resulted in arrest warrant against them, but the Apolinarios and Catubigan eventually posted bail.



THE ISLAND Garden City of Samal (Igacos) has suspended the operations of its beach and inland resorts due to the threat posed by COVID-19. On Friday, Samal City Mayor Al David Uy signed Executive Order 204, an order temporarily suspending all resort operations in the island city. The order came about in response to President Rod-



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LOCAL accommodation facilities have offered to provide accommodation to medical practitioners after some of them were evicted by their boarding houses following the report that they were exposed to people who might have contracted the COVID-19. In a social media post, the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCI) identified the establishments as the Davao Airport View, Circle-B Suites, Chateau Cinco Dormitel, D’Aribus Inn, Yellow Pad, Sharana Pensionne, and Capital O World Palace of OYO

Hotel; and Blue Lotus Hotel. The city government, on the other hand, has also negotiated with Oh George, a motel operator, to allow its motels to accommodate the workers. John Carlo B. Tria, DCCCI president, lauded the move of the accommodation establishments as this would help the medical workers, who have been burdened by the sheer number of people who have gone to the hospital to be examined. “We are thankful for them for allowing the nurses. This will allow them safer and

easier access to their workplaces while complying with government requirements,” said Tria. Health Assistant Secretary Roy Ferrer earlier defended the medical health workers who were evicted from their rented rooms as they were professionals and that “they know what to do and how to disinfect themselves.” Instead of making them suffer more, Ferrer said the public “should thank them for their service, and help them in every way we can.”


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their fear of being contaminated with the virus, as they are the one who will be facing the patients,” he said. He is also grateful to those who donated some PPEs for the health workers. However, these need to be replenished as disposable PPEs are designed to be discarded after 24 hours. “These (pieces of) equipment are disposable, (and) that is why we are still experiencing shortages of supplies,” he said. He also said that other private hospitals also need PPEs as the healthcare personnel might have interacted with asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. However, the city mayor said that if there are suspected cases in some hospitals, they should immediately be endorsed to the SPMC. “To those who can donate PPEs, we are accepting donations in our offices at DOH and City Health Office,” he said. “We need to help our frontliners so that they can


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reduction of income. “There are some questions for those who are from other provinces but are working in the city if they will also be qualified for this aid. So our (way) of counting is that if you work here, then that means you are affected here,” she said. She also said that the other local government units of the region will also distribute relief goods to the severely affected families. The mayor also said there is enough for everyone. However, she is asking for the understanding of the people if there will be a delay in the distribution. “As there as a need, the city government will adjust. We don’t usually say no to these matters, as long as they will not lie about their qualifications,” she said, adding that they are still working on the relief goods for those households who are not yet included in the initial distribution. “Just let us know what your troubles are and your challenges regarding these relief goods so that we can properly act on it,” she said. She also said that in ac-


also help these COVID-19 patients.” Ferrer said 200 testing kits have arrived on Sunday DOH XI regional director Annabelle Yumang also said that 65 samples have already been tested by SPMC. However, with the testing kits around, these samples will still be sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medication (RITM) for validation. “Since we are still starting to have these test kits, we still need validation from RITM. We only have the initial test results, but we will send to RITM to see to it if the results match,” she said. She also said that the RITM will be the one to decide if SPMC can do the testing alone and not send it to them anymore. “If RITM will be satisfied with the capacity of SPMC to do the testing, then they will tell us to allow the release of the confirmatory tests,” she said. As of now, SPMC has been training its personnel for the testing process.

tivities like these, all should follow the social distancing mandate to avoid mass gathering that will increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Meanwhile, a motel in the city has volunteered to accommodate health workers who were kicked out of their dormitories. Some nurses complained on social media that they were evicted out of fear that they will spread the virus to the other occupants. Duterte said that the Oh! George motel has volunteered to reserve some units for these evicted nurses. Dr. Roy Ferrer, Department of Health (DOH) assistant secretary of health field implementation and coordinating team for Visayas and Mindanao, said that these nurses “are already professionals, they know what to do and how to disinfect themselves.” He also said that health workers do not deserve this kind of treatment, since they are the frontliners who are fighting against the virus. “We should thank them for their service, and help them in every way we can,” he said. By Samantha T. Burgos

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drivers to disinfect and be responsible as they work. “We made this program so that we still have jeepneys in the city who will cater to those who need to access a ride. It is very important that we emphasize that aside from driving, it is also their job to disinfect and sanitize their own jeepney units. They should also observe social distancing,” he said. The city government has also assigned law enforcers to man the streets and monitor these jeepneys. Drivers who do not practice social distancing will face a fine of at least P5,000. Meanwhile, taxi and tricycle drivers have also appealed to be included in the program. “As much as we want to

accommodate all the transport sector, we still have to prioritize some,” Baloro said, adding that discussions will be done with CTTMO to decide if they will expand the program. Meanwhile, the CTTMO said that PUJ drivers should no longer submit their applications to their office. Instead, they can submit their application documents online. Baloro said that jeepney association heads will be given instructions on how to process the application online and be disseminated to their members. This is to ensure that no mass gathering will occur. Recently, the CTTMO has suspended the processing at their office as social distancing wasn’t observed.


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close down their dining area and open only for take-out, in-house delivery or food delivery services; d) All wet markets/ palengkes must have an entrance, exit and one way direction for people to go through. People cannot turn around and go back and cannot roam around the wet markets/palengkes; e) Sari-sari stores must not allow people during the curfew hours of 9PM to 5AM. stay and loiter, and must be closed 4. Ambulant food and non-food vendors are prohibited to sell anywhere; 5. Jeepney drivers shall continue to work for the government by providing public transportation service, sanitation of jeepney units, implementation of social distancing and wearing of masks in public; 6. Taxis shall accommodate a maximum of 2 passengers only per trip. Tricycles


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8 p.m., the three patients were identified as PH442, PH443, and PH444. The report revealed that PH442 is a 28-year-old male who has a history of travel to Metro Manila, and PH443 is a 32-year-old male who also has travel history to Metro Manila. Meanwhile, PH444, a 50-year-old male who recently came from Manila, Palawan, and Cebu. “They are admitted in COVID-19 facilities in the region and in stable condition,” the DOH-Davao said. Surveillance teams from the DOH, together with the City Health Office personnel, are “conducting extensive information-gathering and contact tracing to all persons who interacted with and in close proximity to the patient.” The health team is already coordinating with the concerned airline and with other agencies to expedite the contact tracing.


and trisikads shail carry 1 passenger only per trip; 7. The schedule of the ban of trucks along the highways is hereby lifted; 8. Manufacturing, fabrication, construction, agribusiness and other similar sectors should reduce workload and extend their deadlines to significantly reduce laborers in the job site and to create a two meter distance between laborers; 9. No minors, senior citizens, pregnant women, sick and immuno-compromised individuals can go out of the residence or dwelling except to go to the hospital, medical or allied medical Institutions; 10. Funeral parlors and private and public cemeteries are mandated to impose a “family members only” wake and burial and at all times must demand compliance and observance of two (2) meter distance between family members and frequent handwashing with soap and

On Sunday, the DOHDavao has confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in Davao City – PH262, male, and PH263, female, both aged 47, and arrived in Davao City from Manila on March 6. The department bared that “both are in stable condition.” Meanwhile, PH130, the first confirmed person who have COVID-19 in the region admitted at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City, already tested negative of the infection and has already been discharged. The DOH-Davao bared that as of 5 p.m. March 23, one person under investigation (PUI) expired, bringing a total of six deaths of PUI for possible COVID-19 infection in the region. Two of the six PUIs who died tested negative to COVID-19. Meanwhile, DOH-Davao is still waiting on the confirmation result of the other PUIs.

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rigo Duterte’s issuance of the Proclation 929 last March 17 declaring a state of calamity throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19. “[I]n support to the call of the President, the city government has to implement extreme measure to protect the residents and tourists (both local and foreign) against the threat of COVID-19,” the EO said. The EO also noted that there is a shortage of government resources such as health, security, and emergency personnel who will monitor the incoming and outgoing of persons in the city. All resort operators were advised to reach out to guests with bookings or reservations scheduled on or after March 23 for cancellation and/or rebooking. The operators were also mandated to conduct disinfection of their premises while on business suspension to stop the spread of the virus. Those persons or entities

that will be found violating the provisions of the executive order will face revocation or suspension of business permits “without need of judicial proceeding.” On March 19, the city government also issued an executive order temporarily suspending operations of all resorts in Talicud Island in Kaputian District, also ordering for the resort operators to advise their guests (non-residents and foreign nationals) to cut their stay and leave the island immediate, “otherwise they will be forced to submit to mandatory 30-day quarantine period at their own expense. The city gvorenment closed on March 15 some tourism destinations in island including Kaputian Beach Park, Taclobo tours, Putting Bato, Sanipaan Marine Park, Labuto, Anggas Peak, Bandera Natures Park, and all scuba diving and snorkelling sites.

water; 11. All public and private educational institutions should prepare for online enrollment procedures and the possibility of online classes for the months of April to July 2020; 12. Backyard cockfighting/sabong shall be prosecuted under pertinent laws and regulations; 13. All private hospitals in Davao City are not allowed to admit PUIS and Covid-19 positive patients. The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) shall be the primary hospital for severe and critical Covid-19 PUI and positive patients. Other centers available for mild PUIS shall receive patients referred to them by SPMC. 14. CARGO NO PERSON or vehicle shall be allowed to enter the Davao Region EXCEPT for vehicles with cargo and one (1) driver with no assistant/s. The driver cannot go down the truck. For purposes of this Order, “Cargo” shall mean to include animals, vegetables, all other non-living things but not dead human bodies. a) Cargo vehicle assistants may be unloaded at the checkpoint to wait for the truck to come back and leave Davao Region; b) Cargo vehicle final destination must be within the Davao Region; c) Empty cargo vehicles may come in to pick up cargo inside the Davao Region with 1 driver only and no assistants; d) The 10ID and PRO XI should divide the areas of all highways in Davao Region and assign which unit should secure the area for the protection of people and cargo travelling on the highways. 15. Anyone can leave the city at any time but cannot come back during the quarantine period.


16. SEA CARGO All sea vessels can unload cargo in any port in Region XI but all personnel and crew of the vessels are prohibited to come down from the vessels. 17. BPO Business Process Outsourcing / Call Centers, per mandate of Department of Trade and Industry Memorandum Circular 20-08 Series 2020, have two (2) options only: a) Skeletal workforce with social distancing and appropriate temporary accommodation arrangements within the vicinity and with shuttle service; b) Work from home arrangements If BPOS/Call Centers cannot comply with either of the two options, it shall be closed down immediately. 18. RATION CARDS Beneficiaries are Heads of Families that are: a) Indigent; b) Contractual/No Work No Pay; c) Self-Employed; or d) With significant loss or reduction of income All due to the COVID-19, the state of public health emergency and state of calamity. 19. TELEPHONE MEDICINE a) Pharmacies and drugstores are requested to accept prescriptions that are in the form of text messages wherein the sender is Central 911 to cater to patients who are accommodated by volunteer doctors conducting telemedicine in the city in coordination with 911; b) In the absence of a doctor’s prescription, pharmacies and drugstores are requested to allow senior citizens or their duly authorized representatives to avail of their senior citizens’ discount with the presentation of only their purchase orders/booklets and senior citizens’ ID.

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media accounts of the Department of Health, the city government of Davao, Byaheng Do30, and the Davao City Disaster Radio. The city mayor also asked the public to report bogus sites or fake news so they would be taken down by Facebook. Finally, instead of focusing on the number of positive cases for COVID-19, people must focus more on how to

contain the spread of the disease by closely following the preventive measures. It means staying at home, practicing social distancing, regular washing of hands with soap and water, staying away from people who have a travel history in areas with positive cases, and calling the Covid-19 Operation Center if they experience flulike symptoms and diarrhea.




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WE ARE saddened with reports that doctors who are leading the front line health workers fighting the deadly COViD 19 are dying in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world because of infection of the same illness. As of yesterday there were already a total of five (5) medical practitioners in the country who died. The latest victim of the pandemic was the former President of the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) Dr. Raul Diaz Jara. He was said to be about 68 years old. It really is very disturbing to know that the very professionals that are supposed to be the last “go-to-persons” in times of health emergencies like the CoViD 19, are themselves becoming vulnerable to the infirmity they are supposed to provide the cure. Also yesterday, leaders of the medical profession in the country were one in saying that they are apprehensive that with the magnitude of the health crisis engulfing the country the health system infrastructure could collapse. They said they are apprehensive that the first to crumble is the structure of our health responders like doctors, nurses, medical technologists, nursing aides, and others in related medical fields, including service providers in hospital operations and management. Yesterday, reports had it that more and more doctors and nurses, and other medical responders are undergoing quarantine. Some are already patients themselves waiting for what fate will bring them. And even if they will survive from the virulent effect of the disease, the next question is, when can they be able to work again in the front line. Meanwhile that they are out of commission, there is substantial reduction in the number of medical responders both in the hospitals and outside. Perhaps it is about time that the government has to adopt some more innovative measures that would surely entice medical professionals to volunteer, or perhaps agree to “starvation” remuneration and boldly march to the field of battle against the unseen but deadly enemy – CoViD 19. We are talking of the possibility that the Philippine government will copy the move adopted by the Italian authorities. The latter are asking the new medical graduates to volunteer in responding to the CoViD pandemic that is now causing close to 500 deaths in that European country. In exchange, the Italian government is committing to waive the requirement for medical graduates to take and pass the board examination in order to get their license. Maybe the Philippine government can work on taking the same approach and even improve on it so that after the health emergency the non-board CoViD war veterans could come out even more prepared than going through several months of review and finally passing the licensure examination. After all, having experienced the actual exposure to a risky health emergency situation would not only hone their skills but even prepare them physically and emotionally for the job they have studied in school for several years. Related to the same issue we also agree to some propositions that it is about time that the government retrieves back the nurses its many schools have produced who are “snatched” by the higher paying job as call center agents. Yes, the nurses cum call center agents may not have in their minds ending up working on their present job of answering inquiries from local and foreign clients had government and private hospitals in the country offered them competitive salaries and wages. But no, the government is still mulling the idea of upgrading the salaries of nurses working in public hospitals and related institutions. And management of private hospitals in the country -- large and small – are also not showing any indication that they are alleviating the starvation pay of their nurses. Imagine, even leading private hospitals in Davao run by corporations and a few operated by the religious offering only entry level pay of a little over P11 thousand a month! And worse, there are hospitals that demand payment (

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New country for old men

Air quality picking up in quarantined countries

THE FAMILY log would say: on this sixth day of quarantine, our self-imposed rationing of food and other stuff like antiseptics and detergents is holding up (but with biscuits and Mega sardines in the red). It is also the sixth day of the family’s novena to St. Jude, so we got spiritual covered. We have cleaned house and washed all laundry more than three times this week and it is office mode still in effect for all three of us, save for preparing lunch kits (baon) for two people, as everyone’s staying home. Lastly, the log would end like: Health: check, with blood pressure and sugar regularly monitored and sun exposure recommended for 15 minutes in the morning. Wits: near critical level. Recom: wash your hands and hydrate. Note: this is just us. It’s like living inside a post-apocalyptic movie, with only the net as link to the outside world (we don’t watch TV). The news however, as though to keep apace with the dark times, is not so good either. We have heard of disturbing news from all over. In General Santos City, countless senior citizens intending to buy their medicine are denied entry inside drugstores because of the mayor’s standing order that “vulnerable members of our society are advised to stay home and prohibited in public places”. The possibility of senior citizens not having relatives or anybody to do errands for them seems lost on this city’s officials. From faraway Spain, a nursing home is left abandoned, with its old residents lying in along with the dead. In supermarkets, these old folks jostle with the rest, only to lose in the frantic race for food, disinfectants or toiletries. It seems that the world is in chaos and families everywhere are affected, especially those without the convenience of reliable information in far-flung, hard to reach areas (with no internet). So what to do, what to do? I came across an article about a slowly-growing movement that takes the initiative against the rising tide of uncertainties, to describe the goings-on in a general way. “The virus has taken a toll on all of us, but what if we can make kindness go viral instead?” thus said Rick Patel, the founder of Avaaz. For one, it actually breaks through the existing misconception of rearing. A popular meme conveys the similar message: Being raised right doesn’t mean you do not party, smoke, drink or swear. Being raised right is how you treat people. Viral kindness as the movement is called, believes that only a massive action of different acts of kindness can help slow the virus. How, already local support groups have been assisting seniors and other vulnerable groups during their isolation, bringing food and essential medications to all those under quarantine. It should be done here, if even just as alternatives to draconian implementations and measures, such as the one in Gensan. Membership to local chapters have begun on social media. At least, the able-bodied among us can make a difference during these times.

AIR QUALITY is improving in countries Bavaria, Belgium, California, France under coronavirus quarantines, experts and Tunisia, specialists are poring over say, but it is far too early to speak of the data to see if the trend is similar. BY LAURE FILLON long-term change. Meanwhile, less NO2 does not Images by the US space agency NASA necessarily mean purer air. are clear, in February the concentration of Beijing experienced episodes of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell dramatically in Wuhan, China, pollution owing to fine particles in February, NASA’s the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, passing from Earth Observatory reported. an indicator that was red/orange to blue. The air in Paris was also rated as moderately polluted NO2 is mainly produced by vehicles, industrial sites Friday owing to the presence of fine particles and NO2 and thermal power stations. even though the population had already been confined at As China moves past the peak of its crisis, however, home for three days. recent images by the European Space Agency (ESA) show Peuch explained that the concentration of polluting a resurgence in NO2 emissions. matter can vary with the weather. A striking reduction has also been observed by the “Some emissions sources, like energy production and ESA in northern Italy, which has been locked down to residential use of energy are likely not to be decreasing fight a spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes markedly when more people have to stay at home,” he COVID-19. noted. The European Environment Agency (EEA) reports a The concentration of so-called PM2.5 and PM10 similar change in Barcelona and Madrid, where Spanish particles and carbon monoxide (CO) are “also expected authorities issued confinement orders in mid March. to be reducing over time,” Peuch said. - ‘Dramatic drop-off’ These are a mixture of minute solid particles and liquid “NO2 is a short-lived pollutant, with a lifetime in the droplets present in the atmosphere with diameters of 2.5 atmosphere of about one day,” said Vincent-Henri Peuch, and 10 micrometres (microns). from the EU earth surveillance programme Copernicus. So what should we expect in terms of improvements to “As a result, this pollutant stays near the emissions health, given that air pollution provokes around 8.8 million sources and can be used as a proxy of the intensity of premature deaths each year according to a recent study? activity in different sectors,” he told AFP. Fine particles irritate the eyes and throat and inhibit Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard breathing. Space Flight Center, noted the change in China, saying: In extreme cases, elderly people and those who suffer “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off from asthma risk death if not properly treated. over such a wide area for a specific event.” In the longer term, air pollution can cause chronic Even during the economic crisis more than a decade respiratory or cardiac problems or lung cancer. ago, the decrease in NO2 levels “was more continuous “Less pollution is always good,” notes Gonzalez Ortiz. in time,” according to EEA air quality specialist Alberto Confinement measures thus protect in two ways, by Gonzalez Ortiz. reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection and by easing In northern Italy, “average NO2 concentration levels pollution from road traffic, according to a group of French have been almost halved on average,” Peuch remarked. doctors known as Air-Sante-climate. The pollutant can provoke serious inflammation of It is nonetheless hard to know how much benefit the the respiratory system. world’s population will actually experience because, ac- Long-term exposure cording to the health experts, “what will have more impact As for other countries or regions that have told is the long term exposure,” Gonzalez Ortiz said. Agence inhabitants to remain confined at home, notably Argentina, France-Presse


For Moscow’s quarantined, 100,000 cameras are watching President Vladimir Putin last A VAST and contentious network of week toured a hi-tech centre set up to facial recognition cameras keeping monitor the virus situation and Ruswatch over Moscow is now playing a BY VICTORIA LOGUINOVAsia’s response. key role in the battle against the spread YAKOVLEVA The country, as of Monday, had of the coronavirus in Russia. reported 438 coronavirus infections, The city rolled out the technology just before the epidemic reached Russia, ignoring protests most of them in Moscow. One person who was infected and legal complaints over sophisticated state surveillance. has died but officials are not linking the death to the virus. - 600 neighbours Since last month, thousands of Muscovites have been Moscow City Hall has boasted that the network of confined to their homes for 14 days of compulsory quarantine after returning from virus-hit countries, being in con- cameras is a particularly effective tool. Sobyanin has said that the authorities have contacts tact with those infected or diagnosed with mild symptoms. Police have logged their details and warned them that and work addresses for 95 percent of those quarantined sneaking out into the city of 16 million residents and daily after returning from high-risk countries. “We’ve identified where they are,” said the mayor, visitors could lead to a five-year jail term or deportation who heads a working group on combatting the virus set for foreigners. “We are constantly checking that this regulation is up by Putin. Last month on his blog he praised the efficiency of being observed, including through the use of automated facial recognition systems,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote the facial recognition system with a story of a Chinese woman who tested positive soon after arrival and was in his blog in February. The Russian capital already had a tight network of hospitalised. Her flatmate was quarantined but security cameras 170,000 security cameras, set up in streets and metro stafilmed her walking outside and meeting a male friend. tions throughout the city over the past decade. The mayor added that the authorities swiftly gathered Around 100,000 have now been linked to artificial intelligence systems that can identify people being filmed. contacts of more than 600 of the woman’s neighbours and even her taxi driver from the airport. The remaining cameras are due to be connected soon. Facial recognition technology was first tested during Moscow police said last week that the cameras that are linked have allowed them to identify almost 200 people the 2018 World Cup in Russia before going fully online in January, just before the pandemic hit. who broke quarantine rules. “The probability of a mistake by our facial recognition As well as the cameras, Russia has said it is drawing on an array of technology to fight the virus, including algorithm is 1 in 15 million,” said Alexander Minin, CEO telemedicine consultations, the real-time monitoring of of NtechLab, the company that won the city’s tender to supermarket shelves and identifying and removing false supply the technology. news stories from social media. ( / ANALYSIS / 15)


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2019 LO President Gladys Gay F. Ayuste & 2020 LO President Ponti Carlo E. Aranda

OATHTAKING of new members

JCI Durian City with National Boards and Guest Speaker Dr. Benedict Valdez

Charging of the 2020 Board of Directors

JCI DURIAN City held its 19th Induction and Turnover Ceremony on March 7, 2020. The chapter's unique Vampirethemed event, with a royal blue theme truly wowed the crowd. JCI Durian City 2020 L.O President is Ponti Carlo E. Aranda. Guest speaker was Dr. Benedict Edward P. Valdez, Chairman of Southern Philippines Medical Center, Emergency Medicine Department who talked about leadership. The chapter appreciates and thanks their guests for their presence during the event: JCI Sen. Carlo F. Apiado - 2020 Area Vice President of Area 5; JCI Sen. Leo Andrew C. delos Santos - 2020 Regional Vice President of Davao Region; JCI Senators and JCI Durian City Past Presidents. Batch Hiraya Presidents: President Samantha Sasin of JCI Davaoena Daba Daba; President Loyd Magbanua of JCI Greater Davao; President Raymond Esperat of JCI Davao; President Aiken Lim of JCI Central Davao; President Hannah Cano of JCI Duwaling; President Ellen Luz Quilaneta of JCI Lakambini Davao and President Nexa Borbon of JCI Pagadian Bayanima The 19th Induction and Turnover Ceremony was held at the World Palace Hotel at Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.

INAUGURAL speech of 2020 LO President, Ponti Carlo E. Aranda

2020 Board of Directors :From left to right - VP Individual Development Earlson Rey Ecobiza, Treasurer Sheila Emmanuelle Nueza, Auditor Christine Joy Suazo, President Ponti Carlo Aranda, VP Business Opportunity Jay-al Llamas and VP Internationalism Gian Carlo Suazo

GUEST Speaker Dr. Benedict Valdez

TURNING Over of Gavel and Medallion with JCI Durian City Past Presidents


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Entries from Mindanao universities vie for innovation awards THE UNIVERSITY of Southeastern Philippines and University of Immaculate Conception of Davao City, and Ateneo De Zamboanga of Zamboanga City are among the top 20 schools in the country which entries will move on to the semi-final round of the annual SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards. Launched in 2004, the SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program) Awards is an annual competition that encourages innovation and excellence in wireless applications development among students of tertiary schools. Initiated by Smart Communications, the competition is an industry-academe linkage program with a network of 36 colleges and universities all over the country that offer ECE and IT courses. Joining the aforementioned Mindanao universities are entries from Ateneo De Manila University, Bicol University-Polangui Campus, Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, De La Salle Lipa, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sto. Tomas Batangas, Technological University of the Philippines, University of the Cor-

dilleras, Asian College, University, La Salle University-Ozamiz, and University of San JoseRecoletos. The aspiring student “technopreneurs” from various tertiary schools nationwide will soon get a chance to further develop their data analytics innovations. With a maximum of five members, team composition represents various disciplines of Engineering, IT, Business, and Marketing, as each entry requires a supporting business plan. Representatives from Smart and its parent company PLDT, as well as partners from Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev), Eskwelabs, and Timefree Innovations evaluated over a hundred entries where data analytics is employed to help address real-life problems. Teams behind the top 20 shortlisted innovations will be trained further before undergoing a validation that will trim down the selection to 10 grand finalists. Final judging and awarding of cash prizes amounting to over one million pesos will be held in May. Now on its 16th run, this year’s competition carries the theme

ENGINEERING, Computer Science, and IT students from Ateneo de Zamboanga learn about 5G and Internet of Things through Smart›s SWEEP program

#DrivenByData: Data Analytics In Action. Considered as the “modern oil” of different industries, data analytics involves the collection and processing of data to aid decision-makers in creating businesses,

minimizing costs, improving service and productivity, and boosting revenues. SWEEP has trained more than 36,000 students and teachers, with over 1,000 graduates directly hired by Smart.

TEAMS moving to semi-finals get to present their project to another set of judge The SWEEP program has trained more than 36,000 students and teachers nationwide including this group from Mindanao

LAST year›s winning team, University of San Jose-Recoletos, won PhP 300,000 for their innovative parking app

SWEEP 2019 winners from University of San Jose-Recoletos, Asia Pacific College and Technological University of the Philippines


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

a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

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


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

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

Tel. No. 295-0751


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



CALINAN, Villafuerte (Main) APRIL 03, 2020


MINTAL, Sampaguita St.


APRIL 03, 2020

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All pawned items that expired during the month of DECEMBER 2019, if not renewed or redeemed on or before FEBRUARY 15, 2020 will be sold to the public on FEBRUARY 17, 2020 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang AL-JOS PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2019. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong PEBRERO 17, 2020 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


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


ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, CellPhones and Any Valuable Items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all kinds of jewelry Rosegold Pawnshop Lapu-lapu Street, Agdao Davao City Tel. No. (082) 225-3637

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


General Lao, Toril


Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

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

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

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




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


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




MARCH 16, 2020



MARCH 02, 2020


MARCH 13, 2020

All pawned items from SEPTEMBER 2019 – OCTOBER 2019


LEGAL NOTICE Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the New Rules of Court, Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased JOSE T. GUAN HING, SR., who died on January 5, 1979 and VICENTA B. GUAN HING, who died on April 27, 2019, both died in Davao City, respectively, leaving certain real properties situated in Lupon, Davao Oriental, described, as follows: 1) Lot No. 3585A, Psd-11-050547, consisting of 71,832 sq. meters, more or less; 2) Lot No. 2594-D, Psd-11-050845, consisting of 5,955 sq. meters, more or less; 3) Lot 4, LRC/Psd -204571, consisting of 10,000 sq. meters, more or less; 4) Lot 3-C-5, (LRC), Psd-107101, consisting of 699 sq. meters, more or less; and Lot No. 2021, consisting of 1,524 sq. meters, more or less, has been the subject of an EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE executed by their heirs per Doc. No. 449; Page No. 91; Book No. 1; Series of 2020 of the NOTARY PUBLIC ROBERT D. DE LEON. (MT- March 18, 25 & April 1, 2020)

LEGAL NOTICE Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the New Rules of Court, notice is hereby given that PAMELA JANE L. PASCUAL, is the sole heir of the deceased CHRISTOPHER J. PASCUAL and CAMILLE KYLE L. PASCUAL, who died on July 23, 2018 at Davao City, left the following propertie/s, to wit: 1) BDO Peso ATM Savings Account No. 002790005199 / Christopher J. Pascual; 2) BDO ATF Savings Account No. 002790080581 / Christopher J. Pascual; 3) BDO Nomura Settlement Savers Account No. 002790138385 / Christopher J. Pascual; 4) BDO Junior Savers Acount No. 002790076614 / Camille Kyle L. Pascual and 5) BDO Nomura /Christopher J. Pascual, has been the subject of an AFFIDAVIT OF SELF ADJUDICATION, executed by and among their sole heir per Doc. No. 290; Page No. 60; Book No. 3; Series of 2020 of the NOTARY PUBLIC JOSEPH PATRICK ESCOVILLA. (MT-March 19, 25 & April 1, 2020)


Davao Ros-Ver Pawnshop, Incorporated

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





MARCH 10, 2020 MARCH 17, 2020

225-0033 241-1071

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

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

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

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE Baguio Proper, Baguio District Call (0932) 372 7799

Digos Magsaysay March 6, 2020 At 9:30am

Venue and Date

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







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The firm’s devices, which have been exported to China and Latin America, can identify someone from their silhouette alone “80 percent of the time,” he told AFP at the start of the year. Russia alongside China lead the field globally with the most sophisticated technology, which they export to some 100 countries, Valentin Weber, a researcher in cybersecurity at the University of Oxford, wrote in a 2019 paper. - ‘Big Brother’ “Due to stronger data protection laws in Europe, facial recognition has not yet been implemented on a large scale. Russian and Chinese companies have had less legal constraints to gather and use data than their European counterparts,” Weber told AFP. Before the coronavirus pandemic, critics warned of the potential for excessive state surveillance reminiscent of the all-seeing “Big Brother” in George Orwell’s novel “1984”. The fear was that rather than protecting the general public, the cameras would be used to monitor Kremlin opponents and undermine civil liberties. “The security argument is the one always used to justify loss of privacy and personal liberty. That’s where the greatest problem and the greatest danger lie,” said French cybersecurity researcher and renowned hacker


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from nurses who wanted to work in order to gain experience. Their reason is that they’ll use their acquired experience in applying for jobs abroad. But why should such nurses be made to pay when they render work for the said hospitals? Well, with the President likely to be granted the authority by Congress to align funds from the 2020 national budget in order to effectively respond to the raging pandemic, it is most opportune time to upgrade the salaries of government nurses. Without doubt many of those licensed nurses now in call centers would be jumping to the government service. Then the government will have more warm bodies to replace the depleted front liners against CoViD 19.

Baptiste Robert. The technology’s creator Minin says that he has confidence in the Moscow authorities and insists that personal data like passport details and phone numbers is not stored on the same databases as camera images. He says the data sets can only be matched by law enforcement if deemed strictly necessary. But opponents see such technology as threatening, given the Soviet history of mass surveillance of those deemed by the KGB secret police to be state enemies. Vocal rights activist and lawyer Alyona Popova launched legal action against the use of facial recognition at an officially authorised opposition protest in September last year. She said cameras were attached to metal detectors that every participant had to pass through. “The massive use of facial recognition technology amounts to state surveillance of its citizens and the state will certainly use it against political opponents,” she told AFP. Her complaint was eventually thrown out, but an online petition she launched on Change.org against the technology’s use gained almost 75,000 signatures before the COVID-19 crisis. The mayor’s office denies the technology is used to monitor the opposition. Yet to highlight the issue, four activists in February protested outside the presidential administration offices, their faces brightly painted with geometrical shapes and lines said to confuse cameras. A similar protest took place in London. “There have already been cases of political activists who were detained in the metro after being identified with the help of cameras,” said one of the protesters, artist Katrin Nenasheva. Four of the activists were later fined 15,000 rubles ($185) after being charged with organising an unsanctioned protest. NtechLab chief Minin warned that face painting or covering up ultimately won’t help those wanting to avoid being identified. “We can work even when up to 40 percent of the face is covered by a helmet or medical mask,” he said. Agence France-Presse


More Davao inns to offer free accommodation to frontliners, BPO workers D AVA O C I T Y ( M i n d aNews) – More accommodation facilities in Davao City have offered to accommodate for free the nurses of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and workers of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) here after many of them were evicted from their dormitories amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president John Carlo Tria said on Tuesday. Tria said several hotels and inns heeded the call to take in the frontliners and BPO workers, who have been discriminated by owners of dormitories, for fear that they might be exposed to the COVID-19 infection. “This will allow them safer and easier access to their workplaces while complying with government requirements,” he said. The accommodation facilities that opened their doors to nurses and BPO workers are Davao Airport View, Circle-B Suites, Chateau Cinco Dormitel, D’Airbus Inn, Yellow Pad, Sharana Pensionne, Capital O World Palace, Blue Lotus Hotel, and Oh George. Dr. Roy Ferrer, Assistant Secretary for Health Field Implementation and Coordination Team for

Visayas and Mindanao, told dormitory owners to show compassion for the health professional who are already exhausted from tending to persons under investigation and COVID-19 patients. “They are well trained in terms of hygiene. You thought they are bringing germs to your boarding house, but these people are professionals. There is nothing to worry about in accommodating our nurses and doctors,” he said. Meanwhile, Tria added that arrangements with “logistics companies and airlines are being pursued to encourage local businesses to continue while complying with government requirements.” Tria added DCCCII earlier advised businesses to “build online operations and patronize delivery services,” and asked banks to “defer loan payments and eventually restructure loans.” “We are also happy that banks now offer deferred payments on loans, and that many businesses like restaurants have launched their delivery service through popular online applications,” he explained. He said the private sector had already presented its economic plan to the city government. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

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