Mindanao Times, April 5, 2020

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Opinion: CoViD 19: cure of man’s ‘blindness?’

Davao Artists’ Initiatives during the Pandemic




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TC Rosa Ma. Cristina 'Ging' Manuel, a self-made woman leads as the Field Artillery Battalion Commander in Mawab. Last March 31, an Installation and Change of Command Ceremony was held through an online conference due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine. In an interview with her, Ging reveals her journey along this profession and how she manages life along the battlefront and the home front. “When I was still a student, I have seen on TV interviews Major Douglas Rosete, he was a distant relative of my father and he was really famous at that time,” shares LTC Ging. “(Then) when I was in elementary and in early high school, I would always watch Citizen Army Training (CAT) formations and was always amazed on how female CAT Cadette Officers would bring themselves. During my 3rd year in high school, I applied as a CAT trainee and I became a Cadette Officer in my senior year. When I went to college, I joined Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) instead of attending Physical Education. I was among those who lined-up for the first batch of women in the PMA. Sadly, my height was not favored during that time so I continued my education and remained a Cadette officer in ROTC.” While it is a given for this profession to be beset with challenges, LTC Ging recalls her most unforgettable challenges and this involves her children and her work. “In 2012, there was a flood in Davao that affected Brgy. Ma-a. I needed to help other people and rescue my own children and bring them in a safer place. That year, I just gave birth to my youngest son and contracted Leptospirosis while helping affected communities, “ LTC Ging confesses. “Also, in 2018 flood that affected Ma-a. That time, I was assigned in Central Mindanao, I was relieved that there was no major combat operations so I was allowed to go home and rescue my kids and help other people.” Being a mother and an officer, LTC Ging says that technically, it was never balanced for her. “I don’t bring my kids to my assigned areas. I work hard on every task at hand, and I just cope with my missed time religiously whenever I’m home,” she says. “We go malling or watch movies, eat out and I buy them stuff and sometimes, we just stay home and bond together in bed. I am just lucky enough to have my mother beside my three kids. I ensure to provide my kids primarily their needs and some wants.” At the heart of her multi-faceted life, LTC Ging thinks of herself as an ordinary

DURING her graduation from the Command and General Staff Course, AFP Education, Training and Doctrine Command and twinning with a Master in Public Management, Major in Development and Security from the Development Academy of the Philippines on January 30, 2020.

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citizen of Davao City who grew up serving the communities. I subscribe to the adage, “Evil will succeed when good people do nothing.” “Being a woman is just a label and it should not be a hindrance on what you desire in life. When you’re passionate and you love what you do, everything becomes easy. All you need is to do good by becoming an expert in that field, work hard for it and pray harder.” When it comes to her tasks, LTC Ging has this view to share: “Committing mistake in my field or line of work will endanger the foot soldiers and the communities. While I play the hardest. Physical well-being and relationship with other people are important aspects of being human. But to cap it all, as Commanders, we subscribe to the dictum of “Mission Accomplishment First, Welfare of our People Always.” This simply manifest, that we are actually the finest human beings, so to speak.” Being the second female Field Artillery Battalion Commander in the country, LTC Ging’s story is truly an achievement for a woman in the Armed Forces, we continue to wish for her success and guidance as she leads. @mindanaotimes





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Customs to expect second batch of PPEs BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

THE BUREAU of Customs (BOC) – Port of Davao is expecting the arrival of the second batch of personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be distributed to various hospitals and medical facilities in Mindanao. Based on the press This was the first batch statement of BOC-Davao of PPE donations arrivon Saturday, it has expe- ing in Davao, which were dited on April 3 the release inspected, assessed, and of over 700 boxes of PPE cleared for distribution by supplies to be distributed BOC-Davao district collecto the different medical tor Atty. Erastus Sandino facilities here in Mindanao. Austria.

BOC-Davao said the donation will benefit the medical frontliners fighting the outbreak of the COVID-19. The customs will su-

pervise the clearance of each unloaded shipment. “Customs Davao assures the public that all medical supplies and donations arriving in Davao

are expeditiously released following proper protocols and inspections,” Atty. Austria said. He added that the Customs is making sure

that “there are no unnecessary delays on the release of these commodities” for the immediate distribution to the healthcare workers.

Libreng Sakay extends service to workers past curfew hours BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

THE LIBRENG Sakay will extend its hours of service to cater to workers exempted from the enhanced community quarantine during curfew hours. Mayor Sara Duterte said that this is in response to some of the workers’ questions on how to access a ride past the curfew hours. “There are employees who are working until past curfew hours, that is why we extended the services of our Libreng Sakay buses,” she said. From Mondays to Fridays, the Libreng Sakay buses will still be available

from 7pm-12am following the routes of Toril, Calinan, Lasang, Cabantian and Mandug. She said this will cater those who are still out during the curfew period, since the mass transportation has been cancelled amid the implementation of an enhanced community quarantine. The City Transport and Traffic Management Office has also released a schedule for the buses departure areas and routes. For the Toril route, the departure area will be Magallanes Elementary (

of work, no-work-no-pay (contractual employees) and those who have a reduced or loss of income due to COVID-19,” she said. The city mayor assured that those who already have their ration cards will receive relief goods in their areas. She also said that some have not received their ration because the grocery packs have yet to be distributed in their barangay. “But if you already have ration cards and then rations have already been delivered but you have (

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Relief packs distributed AROUND 42,000 relief packs have been distributed by the city government to some barangays in the city who are affected by the outbreak of Covid-19. Mayor Sara Duterte, in a Davao City Disaster Radio interview on Friday, said they have not reached

DoH reports 73 COVID 19 cases in region BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

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Ration cards only for indigents MAYOR Sara Duterte has reiterated that only those qualified individuals will be receiving the ration cards given by the city government intended for the relief goods operation in response to the impact of the enhanced community quarantine implemented in the city. Duterte said in a radio interview on Friday that the city government is primarily checking if individuals are qualified to be given ration cards. “We have first prioritized giving our ration cards to the indigents. These indigents are those individuals who are out

MARKET goers wash their hands as precautionary measures before getting inside the Bankerohan Public Market. BING GONZALES

the target for the distribution of relief packs. “The challenge really is the catching up of the repacking by our team,” she said, adding that there has been delays due to the repacking of these goods. As of April 2, Duterte (

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THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH)-Davao has reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing a total of 73 positive cases in Davao region. Based on the report of DOH-Davao as of 8 p.m. on Friday (April 3), there is a total of 21 recoveries of the newly updated data with 11 fatalities. Currently, Davao City has a total of 58 patients positive for COVID-19 with 17 recorded recoveries and 11 fatalities. Davao del Norte has a total number of 9 COVID-19 positive patients; Davao del Sur has two, one of which already recovered from the infection. Davao de Oro, on the

other hand, has one positive case; Davao Oriental has three confirmed COVID-19 patients, two of them have already recovered; and Davao Occidental still remains free of COVID-19 infection. Meanwhile, Mayor Sara Duterte said in an interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio on Friday, Davao City is on the 9th on the rank of having the most number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country. “The transmission of the virus comes from various sources already. There is already a (history) of transmission from those who came from Metro Manila, transmission from

Contact tracing in cockpit reaches 400 persons BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

THE DEPARTMENT of Health is now looking at around 400 individuals who had exposure to the cockpit derby at New Davao Matina Gallera in Matina. In a virtual press conference of DOH on April 2, Thursday, Dr. Cleo Fe Tabada, medical office of DOH- Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) said that around 12 people who had a his-

tory of travel to the cockpit were confirmed positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) including four who succumbed to the disease. Tabada said they are currently conducting an intensive contact tracing to those who were exposed to the individuals who went to the cockpit. She said that they already traced some of ( / CONTACT / 4)

the Matina Gallera cockpit, and transmission from those who had contact with those infected coming from Manila and the cockpit,” Duterte said. On Friday, the government had already announced that the city will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for two weeks starting 9 p.m. of April 4 until

11:59 of April 19,2020. “We have implemented this because the numbers of those being infected is increasing. That is why we need to have ECQ. We need to bring down the numbers of the infected in our communities and we need to vigorously look for them in our communities to stop the spread of the virus,” Mayor Duterte said.

NBI arrests public school teacher for selling overpriced face masks in CDO CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews) – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested on Friday afternoon a public school teacher and her pregnant companion for allegedly selling overpriced face masks in this city. Atty. Patricio Bernales, NBI 10 Director Atty. Patricio Bernales, identified the suspects as Jasmin Aquino, a public school elementary teacher and resident of C. Reyes Compound in Barangay Indahag and her companion Marichu Arias of Barangay Tambaling, El

Salvador City, Misamis Oriental. Bernalez said the NBI operatives launched an entrapment operation and arrested the suspects at the LBC branch along Yacapin-Pabayo streets in Cagayan de Oro. He said the suspects sold an NBI operative 16 pieces of N95 facemasks for 235 pesos per piece and 18 pieces of the ordinary blue disposable face masks at 40 pesos each. Bernales said memorandum no. 2020-0131 issued by the Department of health put the price ( / NBI / 4)


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DSWD gives aid to first batch of ‘Bayanihan’ beneficiaries

MANILA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has begun distributing the social amelioration package to low-income households heavily affected by the enhanced community quarantine brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said Friday that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries would receive their top-up grants for April. “The beneficiaries will receive PHP750 for health and PHP600 for rice. So,

they have PHP1,350 from (the) 4Ps program. (Also) note that walang pasok sa (there are no classes in) April so the education grant is not included,” Dumlao said. She added that the beneficiaries would receive PHP6,650 top-up from the

Duterte axes PACC exec over call to probe Robredo

social amelioration package to reach the PHP8,000 subsidy. Beneficiaries of the 4Ps will receive PHP3,650 to PHP6,650 per month for two months, depending on the prescribed emergency subsidy per region deter(

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte announced Friday that he has fired an official of the presidential anti-corruption body for urging the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe Vice President Maria

Leonor “Leni” Robredo for Leni kung bakit nag-solicit. supposedly competing with Anak ka ng... Kaya ako the national government’s nung narinig ko, sabi ko, response to the coronavirus ‘Fire him.’ (Now, PACC disease 2019 (Covid-19) Commissioner Manuelito outbreak. Luna, a lawyer, wanted In an address aired late Leni to be investigated for Friday night, Duterte said soliciting donations. Son Commissioner Manuelito of a... When I heard about Luna is no longer part that, I said, ‘Fire him.’) of the Presidential Anti- As of this moment, he is Corruption Commission no longer connected with (PACC). government,” Duterte said. The President made In a statement on the pronouncement as he Thursday, Luna questioned slammed Luna for being Robredo’s initiatives to (That’s why I’m careful. “stupid” in saying that Ro- provide free shuttle services I need the LGUs and vil- bredo may have violated and temporary lodging for lage captains but there’s a certain laws for receiving health workers, as well as possibility that the mon- donations to help people her donations of personal ey would be pilfered that affected by the Covid-19 protective equipment to hospitals. beneficiaries might get pandemic. “Ngayon, ito naman Luna claimed Robredo only PHP3,000 instead of PHP5,000),” Duterte said. may tao akong abugado may have breached the law On Wednesday, the sa PACC, Commissioner that created the National Luna. Gusto Disaster Risk Reduction (8x5.5in).pdf 1the 1/29/2020 PM PresidentAdtapped De-3:06:14Manuelito niyang paimbestigahan si ( / DUTERTE AXES / 4) ( / PRRD / 14)

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PRRD ‘careful’ in distributing Covid-19 relief efforts MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday disclosed that he is “careful” in processing the release of PHP200billion worth of emergency subsidies that would be granted to 18 million poor households affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the country. In an address to the

nation aired on state-run PTV-4, Duterte said he was meticulous when it came to the details of the distribution of relief to avoid the possible commission of corrupt activities by some unscrupulous individuals. He also explained that he had to strip local government units (LGUs) of their role to provide emergency aid to make sure that ben-

eficiaries would receive the full financial aid from the national government. “Kaya careful ako. Tinanggal ko. Wala akong sinabi sa LGU. Wala rin akong sinabi sa barangay captain. Kailangan ko sila. Pero maya, ‘yung magdating doon, makulang ang pera. ‘Pag ibigay mo, PHP5,000, ibigay, PHP3,000 lang. Kupit doon

No ‘shoot to kill’ order vs. quarantine violators: Duterte MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has clarified that he never directed authorities to “kill” individuals who would violate the quarantine protocols imposed during the Luzonwide enhanced community quarantine. Duterte clarified his recent pronouncement against troublemakers’ attempt to mess with the government amid its fight against the spread of the

coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Addressing the nation late Friday night, he said the police and the military are only authorized to shoot anyone who resorts to violence during an arrest. “Abogado ako (I am a lawyer). I never said in public, shoot to kill, period,” the President said in a speech aired on state-run PTV-4. “Hindi ako basta-bas-

tang nagbibitaw ng salita. Sinabi ko (I don’t make statements arbitrarily. I said, do that only) if your life is in danger in arresting a person.” On Wednesday, Duterte warned that he would order the arrest of people found sowing chaos amid the implementation of the quarantine in Luzon. He also told the police and military to shoot if (

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Duterte denies role in NBI’s move vs. Vico Sotto MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has vehemently denied that he had a hand in the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) recent move to summon Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for supposedly violating the quarantine protocols imposed by the national government in Luzon. Addressing the nation

late Friday night, Duterte said he does not meddle in the NBI’s affairs, including its actions against individuals who may be found violating the laws. “Wala akong pakialam sa operation ng NBI kung anong gusto nila. Karamihan diyan mga abugado iyan (I don’t interfere in the operations of NBI or in whatever actions they do.

Most of the NBI personnel are lawyers),” he said in a speech aired on state-run PTV-4. Duterte issued the clarification after the NBI invited Sotto to appear at its main office in Manila on April 7 to respond to allegations that he violated Republic Act (RA) 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal (

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School. A Metro Shuttle bus will be waiting for passengers. It will pass through Magallanes Elementary School, to Quimpo Boulevard, SM Ecoland, McArthur Highway, Matina Crossing, Bangkal, Ulas, Puan, Bago, and then to Toril Barangay Hall. The Calinan route’s departure area will be at the Unicity in San Pedro Street. A Metro Shuttle will also be transporting passengers to their destination. From San Pedro Street, it will pass through Bankerohan, McArthur Highway, Matina Crossing, Bangkal, Ulas, Mintal, Tugbok, and then will stop at Calinan Gaisano Grand Mall. For the Lasang route, the departure area will be at Bolton Street beside Rizal Park. A LCI bus will be shuttling the employees. It will pass through Pichon Street, CM Recto, JP


Laurel Avenue, Lanang, Sasa, Panacan, Tibungco, Bunawan and then Lasang. For the Cabantian route, the departure will be at the San Pedro Cathedral. A Golden Valley Bus is assigned to shuttle workers to their homes. It will pass through Bolton Street, Pichon, Quezon Boulevard, Magsaysay Park, Leon Garcia Avenue, Agdao Flyover, Villamor Street, Dacudao Avenue, Quiñones Road, Milan, Cabantian and then to NCCC Cabantian. For the Mandug Route, the departure area will be at Pichon Street at the back of the Sangguniang Panlungsod building. A Golden Valley bus will be transporting the passengers. It will pass through CM Recto Avenue, JP Laurel Avenue, Buhangin Flyover, Quiñones Road, Mandug Road, Tigatto and then to Mandug proper.

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not received (any), it means that your barangay has a problem on its system in accounting the people who have ration cards,”” Mayor Duterte added. Duterte said she will be asking for the list of names of the barangays so that they could also do the checking and counterchecking of the relief goods operations conducted. She added that there is also the operation center of the city government open 24/7 for calls and text messages to address the concerns about ration cards, and that these centers are already accommodating concerns about the food and medicine (FM) pass released by the city for the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The city mayor also said that the city government can also assess those individuals who do not have the ration cards as the city government still has not stopped giving out ration cards. “Our CSWDO (City Social Welfare and Development Office) are also assessing the requests being referred to them everytime


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they receive complaints. We can still assess. They can submit their details so that it can be assessed if they are qualified to have ration cards,” Mayor Duterte said. She added that not everyone is given or provided with a ration card because of the limited resources the city government could provide for the entire city. “The reason why we have prioritized those who are having the difficulty particularly the indigents and contractual workers is because of the limited resources that we could distribute for the relief goods operation. Everyone is affected be it the rich or the poor. But we prioritized the indigents those who are no work no pay. Because if these people cannot go to work, they don’t have the money to buy their need commodities to survive,” Duterte said. The city government is targeting around 350,000 grocery food packs to be distributed in the 182 barangays in the city in its first round of relief goods operation. by Warren Elijah E. Valdez

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said that a total of 42,689 have been delivered to seven barangays in the city. Tibungco received 10,000 goods all in all, Sasa with a partial number of 3,000, Sto. Niño with 6,200, Tugbok with 3,100, Barangay 74-A with 11, 747, Barangay 24 with 500, and Barangay 27 with 491. She said they are not able to send goods to all 350,000 goods as of Friday, following that they have planned to finish the first round by Friday.

She said they will still continue distributing these goods during weekdays. In a previous report also, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) aimed to reach 52,000 families during Thursday’s relief packs distribution. CSWDO head Malou Bermudo, in an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday, said that 103,394 families have been given the relief packs as of Wednesday, April 1. By Samantha T. Burgos


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the secondary contacts of people who have exposures to positive cases or possible Covid-19 patients. She said these 400 individuals were not the exact number as of the moment since they are uncertain how many people were inside the cockpit. “As far as we’ve seen the list, we’re not even sure if it was the exact list. There were about 400 people inside but this has been since the start on March 6 to 12. We’re just basing it on the list given to us. We’re not exactly sure if it’s complete but we’re looking into it. But for now, we’re looking for about 400 people,” she said. She also admitted that most cases of Covid-19 in the region was also due to the exposure from the cockpit aside from the travel histories of people with Covid-19 from contaminated places. She also said that there are already improvements in their contact tracing activities as they have talked to some people via the contact tracing team. “ We a r e r o a m i n g around everywhere to check and monitor and trace people with exposure to positive cases. We also pushed through and started to asses those previously established contacts and their secondary contacts,” she said. As of the moment DOH has not yet recorded the total number of traced individuals since there are developments each day. She said they are almost complete with contacting these people during the cockfight even earlier in

March. The contamination inside the cockpit has also been the cause of the local transmission in the city. “We already have recorded local transmission cases here because some of them have no travel history but they were exposed to a positive case who traveled to infected areas or is also exposed to a positive case,” she said. She said that their team had already coordinated with New Davao Matina Gallera management for the exact number and coverage of people who attended the event. This is to help DOH locate those who have possible transmissions and help them control the spread of the virus. They are also closely coordinating with the National Intelligence Coordination Agency (Nica) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to trace the infected people. She also said based on the reports of the City Health Office (CHO), disinfection has been done inside the cockpit to eliminate the virus. Aside from the cockpit DOH-RESU is also looking at some wedding and graduation ceremonies as a means of a local transmission after confirmed Covid-19 patients went to these ceremonies. However, no further details were bared regarding these cases. DOH urged the public to stay at their homes and take precautionary measures to help decrease the number of positive Covid-19 patients in the city.

DUTERTE AXES... (from page 3) and Management Council; the Solicitation Permit Law and related issuances; and the protocols approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Duterte, however, said there was nothing wrong with Robredo’s initiatives to help his administration step up the fight against Covid-19. He said that while he is not in good terms with Robredo, he appreciates the latter’s efforts to stop the further spread of Covid-19 in the country. “Leni was calling the private sector na mag-tulong (to help the government). Nag-hingi siya ng tulong. Tama iyan, mag-hingi ka sa kapwa mo tao, sa mahirap (She asked for help. That is right. Ask for help for the people, especially the poor),” Duterte said. The President noted that Robredo did not com-

mit anything wrong. He also threatened to order the dismissal of NBI officials, in case they heed Luna’s call to conduct an investigation against Robredo. ”Nag-ano nga ng tulong, bakit mo pa-imbestigahan? Saka yung NBI niyan, mag-imbestiga niyan, pati kayo isali ko sa dismissal. Mga ignorante kayo (She offered help, why would you have her investigated? If the NBI conducts a probe, then I will dismiss them as well. You are ignorant),” Duterte said. “Itong panahon na ito na wala namang kasalanan ang vice president (The vice president did not make any mistake this time).” On Thursday, PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said Luna’s statement against Robredo was not the anti-corruption body’s stance but was merely his colleague’s personal opinion. (PNA)


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ceiling for N95 masks at 105 pesos each and for the disposable facemasks at 28 pesos. He said profiteering charges will be filed against the suspects. Law enforcement operatives have caught and filed cases against 30 suspects selling medical sup-

plies at exorbitant prices in Northern Mindanao. Ten of the suspects were from Cagayan de Oro. They were caught selling overpriced medical supplies and even bananas which were promoted to be a cure against COVID-19. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)


(from page 3) mined from the particular region’s minimum wage levels. The Department of Finance has earlier suggested that for Metro Manila beneficiaries, the grant would be PHP8,000, while for other regions, it would be PHP5,000. The regions that were covered for Friday’s schedule of release included Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The rest of the regions will receive their subsidies on April 4 and 5. In a statement on Friday, the DSWD said program beneficiaries with Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) cash cards may withdraw from any Land Bank of the Philippines automated teller machines (LBP-ATMs) or any ATM subject to minimal charges. “They may also use their cash cards to purchase necessary items in establishments with point of sale (POS) terminal,” it added. Meanwhile, for 4Ps beneficiaries who have yet to receive their cash cards, the city/municipal links will coordinate with them for the distribution of their grants. Earlier, the DSWD declared “force majeure” for the 4Ps program covering February and March, which suspends the monitoring of compliance that serves as the basis for the computation of cash grants. This was later on extended to cover April and May. The DSWD said it has

already coordinated with local government units (LGUs) and city/municipal links to ensure that proper arrangements would be made and that social distancing and other health safety protocols would be strictly observed during the withdrawal of emergency cash assistance. Director of the DSWDNCR, Vic Tomas, said the LGUs would have to distribute the checks for the social amelioration package beneficiaries. The checks were turned over to the LGUs of Manila at 3 p.m. and Parañaque at 4 p.m. on Friday. “The payout, supervised by DSWD staff, will be through the LGUs to observe safety and security protocols in compliance with the (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’) and health department(‘s) instructions,” Tomas said. In a separate interview, Interior and Local Government Manila Director Rolynne Javier also said the grants would be distributed to the households by Monday. “The city government continues to distribute food supplies to Manila households while there is no amelioration package yet,” Javier added. The newly signed Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” Act allows the government to provide emergency cash assistance to 18 million low-income households, including 4Ps household beneficiaries. This is to cushion the impact of the public health emergency brought about by the pandemic. (PNA)

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Nations need COVID-19 research to avoid system ‘breakdown’ RESEARCH on the prevention of treatment of COVID-19 in poor and developing nations is urgently needed to avert a “complete breakdown” of health services, a coalition of more than 70 scientific bodies said Friday. The pandemic is currently hitting Europe and the United States the hardest, straining even their health systems to the limit.

But there are growing fears that widespread coronavirus outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia could prove even more catastrophic. While there are over 600 clinical trials focused on COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines, there are virtually none planned in resource-poor countries. With hundreds of mil-

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FRANCE on Friday reported 588 more coronavirus deaths in hospital, its biggest 24-hour toll in the country since the epidemic began. The new deaths brought for those who have died of French toll to at least 6,507. to 5,091 the total number of COVID-19 in old people's France has been in people who have died in homes in France. But Sa- lockdown since March 17 hospital of COVID-19 in lomon said that a total of in a bid to slow the spread France, top health official 1,416 people had died in of the epidemic, with only Jerome Salomon told re- such establishments from essential trips allowed outporters. COVID-19 during the epi- side that have to be justified There is no daily toll demic. This brings the total ( / FRANCE / 15)

Americans urged to wear masks THE UNITED States on Friday advised all Americans to wear masks in public to protect against the new coronavirus, fearing the illness that has infected more than one million people worldwide may be spreading by normal breathing. The recommendation came as the US set a new record for the number of COVID-19 deaths in one day with 1,480 dead, the most of any country since the pandemic began. That topped the record set by the US the previous day

with 1,169 deaths. President Donald Trump said the government recommendation for all 330 million Americans to wear non-medical masks in places such as grocery stores would last "for a period of time." "It's going to be really a voluntary thing," Trump told reporters. "You don't have to do it and I'm choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it and that's okay." US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the decision



MEDICAL staff wait at Aulnat airport, near Clermont-Ferrand, on April 3, 2020, as a French air force A400M military plane arrives as part of an evacuation of patients infected with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), on the eighteenth day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection caused by the novel coronavirus in France. Thierry Zoccolan / AFP



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CoViD 19: cure of man’s ‘blindness?’ TODAY is Sunday, April 5, 2020. Normally, we present in this space the Readings and Gospel of the day. This Sunday however, we will deviate from the usual thing we do. Instead we will take up the Word of God we consider most relevant in this time of a very serious health crisis brought about by the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (CoViD) that is now sweeping countries all over the world. On March 22, 2020 the Gospel Readings were: 1st Reading from 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13. A personal thought on these Readings by a close friend of ours who is now in the United States, another country most severely affected by the CoViD 19, is shared with us. He hopes that through us his thought on the Readings in relation to the pandemic could also be shared with others. In 1 Samuel 16:7 it says: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Lord, look at the condition of my heart. Do I love you most of all and love my neighbor as myself? I must have failed Lord because bad things are happening. The CoViD 19 is lurking over us. What shall I do Lord? In responsorial Psalm, Make the Lord your shepherd. Psalm 23:1-6. that he gives counsel for eternity, in that he leads into the 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; kingdom of heaven for those who believe, hope, and love. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads It is a condescension, not an advancement for one who me beside still waters; is the Son of God, equal to the Father, the Word through 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of rightwhom all things were made, to become king of Israel. It eousness for his name is sake. is an indication of pity, not an increase in power." 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and doors! that the King of glory may come in. your staff, they comfort me. Jesus Christ came to bring us the kingdom of God. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my He is the true King who offers peace, joy, and everlasting enemies; you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. life for those who accept his kingship. Does the King of 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all glory find a welcome entry in your heart and home? Do the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the your walls echo with the praise of his glory? "Lord Jesus, be the King and Ruler of my heart, mind, Lord forever. Lord I cannot see. There is darkness in my life and I life, and home. May my life reflect your meekness and am in fear of this dreaded Corona Virus. humility that you may be honored as the King of glory!" Live as children of light, for light produces every kind (c) 2020 Servants of the Word, source: www.dailyof goodness and righteousness and truth. scripture.net, author Don Schwager The above is from the Second Reading: Eph 5:8-14. Because from Jn 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will have the light of life.” Do you believe or you are still blind? Read what EDITORS’ NOTE: Jesus did to the man born blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him. “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. This Corona Virus does it come because we sinned? In part yes because you forget me. You value wealth, health, fame and many more that the world offers than me. I command you to teach your children about me. You did not obey and are blind that I created all and it was good in the beginning. You do what you want with it and now Photographer: BING GONZALES what happens? When I gave you the commandments it is for you to live in peace with my creation. When you buy Cartoonists: PD. MONTECILLO any equipment you read the user’s manual in operating it. RYAN DOPING Why? So you can use it properly and what’s the difference RUBEN LAUDE RAMON DUMAS with the life I give you? Lord I want to see your ways and follow it not my Layout Artists: MARK OLIVER G. GERONGAY ways anymore. ANA MARIE G. SILPAO The Corona Virus happens to be the cure of your Editorial Assistant: blindness and you will see the truth and the truth will set MAY L. FACO you free. Operations Manager: Father God, you use your spittle and mud to heal the DOMINIC T. CARPIO blind man is today’s Gospel. May the Corona Virus be Sales Manager: a balm to my blindness and make me trust in you more. JINGO CAMOMOT Be my shepherd Lord Lord so that even though I walk Traffic Controller: Philippine B-ARR D. GUMANTASON through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, P ress I nstitute for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort Account Executives: member NANCY MARTINEZ me. In Jesus name I pray, amen. LYNETTE VIDA

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oes the King of glory find a welcome entry in your home and heart? Jesus went to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited him - betrayal, rejection, and crucifixion. The people of Jerusalem, however, were ready to hail him as their Messianic King! Little did they know what it would cost this king to usher in his kingdom. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem astride a colt was a EDITORIAL direct fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem. Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, and riding on an donkey and upon a colt the foal of a donkey. Those who believe, hope, and love receive Christ's kingdom of peace and eternal life The colt was a sign of peace. Jesus enters Jerusalem in meekness and humility, as the Messianic King who offers victory and peace to his people. That victory and peace would be secured in the cross and resurrection which would soon take place at the time of Passover. Augustine, the great 5th century church father, comments on the significance of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem: "The master of humility is Christ who humbled himself and became obedient even to death, even the death of the cross. Thus he does not lose his divinity when he teaches us humility... What great thing was it to the king of the ages to become the king of humanity? For Christ was not the king of Israel so that he might exact a tax or equip an army with weaponry and visibly vanquish an enemy. He was the king of Israel in that he rules minds, in Correspondents:

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SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2020

Could TB vaccine protect medics from COVID-19?


After a long day of lockdown, how 'essential' is a drink?

SOME countries have banned alcohol, othwine and spirits stores on the list of ers say liquor shops are essential services, “essential” businesses. and one top official even suggested a tipple The New York State Liquor Stores BY ANNE-SOPHIE THILL / after another long day trapped at home can Association confirms that sales have Could a common vacWITH AFP BUREAUS be a necessary restorative. increased significantly. cine used for decades The debate around alcohol and the “In a way, we are helping the to protect against tuBY AMÉLIE BAUBEAU coronavirus pandemic touches on issues of health, the economy,” president Stefan Kalogridis told AFP. berculosis help shield economy, worker safety -- and whether for some a glass Experts also note that for people who are addicted, health workers from of wine may indeed help cope with the stress of seeing the side effects of abrupt alcohol withdrawal can include COVID-19? tremors, insomnia and nausea. While developing a specific immunisation against the their lives upended in the space of weeks. Police in South Africa are brutally enforcing a ban on This “could have serious complications, especially coronavirus sweeping the planet will likely take many all alcohol sales during the shutdown. if the person is confined to their home, it is very, very months, researchers are studying the potential benefits But in North America and much of Europe, alcohol dangerous,” says Anne-Elizabeth Lapointe, director of of the BCG shot, which many people around the world stores remain open, and busy -often protected under the the Addiction Prevention Center in Montreal. receive as children. But even for the majority of moderate alcohol consumLaboratories and pharmaceutical firms are racing to same regulations that allow businesses such as supermarers, closing liquor stores could lead to increased anxiety find medicines to tackle COVID-19, which has infected kets or pharmacies to operate. In Canada -- where legal cannabis stores have also and stress. more than a million people, killed at least 50,000 and Since the start of the epidemic, alcohol has served for which there is currently no known treatment, vac- stayed open -- Quebec’s premier Francois Legault justified the decision to keep alcohol sales flowing, a move other purposes too. cine or cure. welcomed by consumers but criticized by a trade union In France, where wine merchants remain open, Pernod They are also looking at repurposing existing drugs. concerned for shop workers. Ricard and Bacardi were also among the first beverage gi- Experts remain cautious “To reduce the stress, you have to do some exercise, ants to convert part of their production into alcohol-based “We have known for decades that BCG has nonspecific beneficial effects”, in that it protects against so have a walk -- but sometimes a glass of wine may hand sanitizer gel. In Poland meanwhile, almost half a million liters of diseases other than the one for which it was created, help,” he said. Unlike much of the world Canadians are not under contraband vodka and illegally-produced pure alcohol Camille Locht, of the French public health research official lockdown, but they have been urged to stay home have been used as a disinfectant instead of being destroyed. institute Inserm, told AFP. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has even Children vaccinated with BCG suffer less from other and practice social distancing -- and that has been enough to send alcool sales soaring. recommended drinking a 100-ml glass of vodka after respiratory illnesses, it is used to treat certain bladder “Everyone feels like it is Friday or Saturday all the going to the sauna -- as a spurious miracle remedy for cancers and it could protect against asthma and autoimtime,” said Catherine Paradis, an analyst at the Canadian coronavirus. mune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. At the other end of the spectrum Hong Kong execuResearchers want to test whether the tuberculosis Center on Addictions and Substance Use. Consumers are hitting stores like “in the weeks be- tive Carrie Lam has banned all restaurants and bars from vaccine could have a similar effect against the new coronavirus, either by reducing the risk of being infected, or fore Christmas” as well as buying at peak levels online, serving alcohol -- arguing that easy access could harm according to a spokesman for the Societe des alcools du social distancing. by limiting the severity of the symptoms. “Sometimes people get a bit intimate when they In France, where the BCG vaccine was compulsory Quebec (SAQ) -- a government corporation which last year reported net earnings of CAN$1.146 billion. are drunk, and this will raise the risk of infection,” until 2007, “most of the study participants will have Nationwide, Paradis notes that closing stores selling she said. already had a first vaccination”, but the protective effect alcohol would cut off a significant source of government A perhaps more serious risk linked to excessive alcoof this decreases over time, said Locht. Because healthcare workers are on the front lines of revenue -- estimated at about 411 Can dollars ($288) an- hol consumption, points out addiction specialist Paradis, is domestic violence under the lockdown and mounting the efforts to tackle COVID-19, they should be the “first nually per person. - Sauna, then vodka? stress. target” if there is any benefit found with the BCG vacOn the other side of the border, New York, the epiTo limit the risk, Greenland has temporarily banned cine, said Locht, who is finalising details for a clinical center of the epidemic in the United States, has also placed sales in its capital Nuuk.Agence France-Presse trial in France. But experts remain cautious on the potential of the BCG to provide protection. - ‘Military exercise in peacetime’ “That is exactly the reason for this research,” says Mihai Netea, professor of experimental internal medicine at Radboud University in the Netherlands, which recently announced a clinical trial, with the University of Utrecht involving hundreds of healthcare workers. This will see 500 medical professionals receive the SIX NIGHTS a week, Shelley Howard cations for the city of Santa Fe, New BCG jab and 500 get a placebo. Mexico, also yearns for the return of “If during this epidemic fewer people in the BCG- could normally be found at a restaurant simple human touch in her life. vaccinated group would drop out due to illness, this would or bar in the famous Rush Street area BY BOB CHIARITO Chacon, 65, lives alone and has be an encouraging result,” added Netea, a specialist in of Chicago, dining out or having a drink with friends. been working from home. “trained immunity”. A naturally social person, Howard, 73, regularly "This is how fast your reality changes. I'll be watchThis is a relatively new concept based on the disposted online pictures from his nights out, often showing ing TV and you'll see people all together at a table, all covery that our innate immune response -- the body’s him giving hugs or handshakes. hugging and I'll say to myself, 'Oh my God, that would generalised defences -- also has a memory, alongside But for the past three weeks, like millions of people never happen today. No way!'," Chacon said. the acquired immunity, which develops antibodies after around the world, he has seen none of his friends -- instead, To try to make up for the lack of hugs and handshakes, coming into contact with a specific pathogen. The BCG vaccine does not directly protect against the sitting at home to try to avoid the coronavirus pandemic. Chacon said she has been using video chats with friends. Howard, who still works as a graphic artist in the mu"We find ways of maintaining friendships and inticoronavirus, but provides a boost to the immune system which may lead to improved protection and a milder sic industry, lives alone, so the confinement orders and the macy. I've been really making a point of using FaceTime. shutdown of non-essential business have left him isolated I'm making a point of staying in touch with my friends infection, Radboud university said of the study. in a visual way, not just phone calls. And it does help," The idea is that the innate immune system can be and cut off from almost all human contact. "I'm critically aware of that. I posted Springsteen's Chacon said. prepared, or “trained” to better combat attacks, thanks 'Human Touch' video on my Facebook page last week," Older people are particularly affected, as they are in particular to live attenuated vaccines, such as BCG highly vulnerable to the coronavirus and often live alone. or measles, which contained a weakened sliver of the Howard said. "I'm a big hugger, and people like me. But it is what Mary Carlson is a neurobiologist at Harvard Medioriginal pathogen. cal School who became a sensory deprivation specialist In the case of COVID-19, in addition to infection by it is." His experience is matched around the globe by those studying babies who grew up in understaffed Romanian the virus itself, some patients have also suffered excessive immune responses, with the uncontrolled production of mourning the loss of daily physical contact that was once institutions during the 1990s. taken for granted, and which scientists say is vital. "I would encourage people to engage in more social pro-inflammatory proteins, cytokines. "What happens with touch is a very physical change," interaction through vision and hearing," she said. “Vaccination, in particular against BCG, might help said Tammy Field, director of the Touch Research Institute "For those living alone, technology provides for to better orchestrate this inflammatory immune response,” said Laurent Lagrost, Inserm research director who works at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. phone and video interaction to compensate for this neces"The nervous system is slowed. Heart rate decreases, sary -- and limited -- period of touch restriction." on links between inflammation and the immune system. She offered reassurance to the many people who The vaccine acts as a “military exercise in peace- blood pressure decreases, brainwaves change in the ditime” so that the body can “fight the enemy effectively in rection of more relaxation, and that in turn knocks down worry that they won't remember how to interact normally after the coronavirus pandemic subsides. wartime,” he said in an interview this week with French cortisol, which is the stress hormone." Staying in touch "I always give the example of Nelson Mandela, broadcaster BFMTV. Lilia Chacon, who works as the director of communi( / COULD / 15) ( / LIVING / 15)



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Davao Artists’ Initiatives during the Pandemic



HE DAVAO art community launched two initiatives to help fellow artists and a local hospital that is affected by the corona virus pandemic. Jeffrey Wee, creator of Best of Davao website (bestofdavao.com.ph) and renowned photographer, launched an online exhibition entitled Distance last March 28, 2020. The online exhibition is currently calling for submission from Davao artists, professional or enthusiasts alike, to submit their works. Chosen artworks will then be curated for the online exhibit that will be under pay per view as well as art works being for sale. On the other hand, visual artist and gallery owner, Alfred Galvez of Art Portal Gallery launched the Davao Artists for the Frontliners on March 31, 2020 as an art fund raising event for A Generous Davao, a local private initiative group that aims to support the Southern Philippines Medical Center and to serve as an aide for Davao artists affected livelihood. Artists who join the art fund raising has an option to give 50% or 100% of their sales to the cause. Both art initiatives are found on Facebook and has already garnered a strong support from the community.


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ZALDIVAR (second from right) and his shop’s crew serve happy smiles and nice bikes before the pandemic. Today, the shop, while not on regular business hours, becomes a platform to connect people in need.

– Bike owners connect with health workers in need BY JESSE PIZARRO BOGA

IN A TIME when the transportation becomes critical for health frontliners who need to keep working during the community quarantine situation, bike groups are stepping up to ease challenges faced in daily commutes. One notable contribution is an initiative lead by Eduardo Martin Zaldivar. A mechanical engineer by day and an all around cyclist, Zaldivar created a platform that utilizes his bike shop EZ Ride Bike. He mounted a lend-a-bike initiative that follows similar formats by other cycling groups in the country. “It is an effort involving bike owners and groups and I think what is worth highlighting is the bayanihan aspect of it,” he said in this Mindanao Times interview. “Lend A Bike Project - Davao Chapter serves as a platform to connect volunteers who can lend their bicycles to frontliners in need. There is collaboration from top to bottom, according to Zaldivar. He and his bike friends in the city and online (like Carlo Carlon of Cyclogist in Manila) would consult each other and share best practices that allow them to manage lenders and borrowers with ease. From there, they created a system that connects more people who can contribute to the project and also reach others who could benefit from it. The need Zaldivar is addressing stemmed from a personal, yet relatable experience. “I am a husband to a kind doctor. In our conversations, my wife would always mention the difficulties of hospital workers to commute between home and work,”

ZALDIVAR shares the story of Ms. J, a medical technologist who experienced difficulty in commuting. “May mga public utility vehicles na hindi napapasakay ng hospital workers,” he said. The loaned bikes came to the rescue.

he said. “Challenges persist everyday: from lack of public transport to outright discrimination while commuting in jeepneys or taxis. From there we thought of an idea to lend bikes from my bike shop to essential workers for a simple purpose: to lessen, even just a bit, the difficulties faced by a health worker.” From there, he started spreading the word through his bike’s Facebook page. It didn’t take long for five bikes to be shared to ward aides, nurses, medical technologists to three different hospitals in Davao City. “People started to gain interest. The demand for bike requests went up. But then I had to close shop in support of the community quarantine,” he said. As time went by more bike lenders have met with borrowers, and a number of bikes are already in the care of some hospital workers. The Facebook Group “Lend A Bike Project – Davao Chapter” has over 500

KUYA R is a ward aide from SPMC. “He represents a hospital job mostly unseen,” said Zaldivar. “They are on the frontlines as well in this fight against Covid-19. They are the muscles that make a hospital move.”

members since its creation last March 29. Zaldivar is happy about it. “For the most part, this project has shed light on the transportation situation of our medical professionals. To an extent, the project became more than just about the bikes. It allowed people to acknowledge and support our tired (and tire-less, because of lack of transportation options) workers who are manning the fort and fighting against this disease,” he said. Zaldivar hopes for the project to continue catching on. “I pray for more bike lenders and I’m hoping to connect them with more people who need wheels,” he said. He is hopeful that bicycles can create impact in society. “I have always believed in the humble yet important role of bicycles. I am passionate about bike commuting and the good it brings us: low carbon footprint, health benefits, and the part it plays in small and medium enterprises,” he said. “I advocate for bicycle-friendly roads. As a cyclist, I dream of a city where riding a bike is a viable alternative transport. With bike lanes and signs to encouraging people to pedal more and drive less,” he said. For now, the bikes are going the extra mile to help the city and its health workers deal with the pandemic one ride at a time. To be a part of the project as a borrower or as a lender, please connect with the Facebook Group: Facebook.com/groups/lendabikedavao/

MS. L is a nurse from SPMC. Zaldivar said she rides the SPMC bus to work; on some days, she has to commute and be stared at by other commuters.


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.

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#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.


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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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2020

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

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


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

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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




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MARCH 13, 2020

All pawned items from SEPTEMBER 2019 – OCTOBER 2019



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

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

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

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

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

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




SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2020


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partment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to lead the relief efforts, following complaints on the supposed unfair distribution of relief by some LGUs. While he acknowledged the complaints against LGUs, Duterte said he believes that mayors and village captains are not involved in corrupt activities. “There’s always the sense of competition on anything that comes from government. And mauna niyan, iyan nga yung kaltaskaltas. The mayor, hindi niya gagawin iyan kasi matatalo siya sa elections, nor the barangay captains. But down the line, hindi ko na masabi. Wala naman ako (Mayors and village captains will not do that because they might lose in the election. But down the line, I cannot say). I’m not accusing anybody,” he said. Duterte noted that to avoid a “disaster”, he delegated the task of distributing the assistance to the DSWD led by Secretary Rolando “Rolly” Bautista. He added that he would allow the DSWD to seek the military’s help to ensure the speedy distribution of


“Sinabi ko kay Rolly, Gen. Bautista, secretary ng DSWD, ‘Ikaw na ang humawak.’ Ang problema ngayon, sabi niya hindi kaya. Hindi kaya ang distribution. Kulang ang tao niya (I told Gen. Rolly Bautista, secretary of DSWD, to lead the distribution. The problem is, he said the distribution could not be done due to the lack of manpower). He can always call the armed forces,” the President said. Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, inked by Duterte on March 24, mandates the granting of a monthly emergency subsidy ranging from PHP5,000 to PHP8,000, depending on the regional minimum wage, to about 18 million low-income families to help them with the stress brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak. Poor households from Manila and Parañaque were the first beneficiaries to receive emergency subsidies from the national government on Friday. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the subsidies for other beneficiaries would be released in the

coming days. Under the PHP200billion Emergency Subsidy Program, beneficiaries in Metro Manila will receive PHP8,000 each, while those in Central Luzon and Calabarzon will get PHP6,500 each. Poor families in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Davao region will be granted a PHP6,000 subsidy each, while those living in the Cordillera, Ilocos, and Cagayan Valley will take home PHP5,500 each. A subsidy of PHP5,000 will be distributed to each beneficiary-family in Mimaropa, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Duterte advised beneficiaries to stay home because the government will go to them directly to give assistance. “Diyan lang kayo. Huwag kayong lumabas. Pupuntahan kayo (Just stay home and don’t go outside. The assigned government personnel will go to you to give the aid),” he said. (PNA)

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quarantine violators offer resistance and violence during a confrontation. In his latest remarks, Duterte advised those who would get arrested for violating quarantine protocols to just submit themselves to the authorities. He assured them that they would be freed if the authorities find their explanation “valid.” “If the police will find your excuse or your reason valid, they have to release you. Otherwise, they can be charged for false arrest,” Duterte said. He said he had to order the police and the military to go after quarantine violators because the Covid-19


trend on Twitter following his directives against people who would cause disorder amid the quarantine. D u t e r t e , h o w e v e r, brushed aside the online calls to unseat him, saying he would only vacate his post if the police and the military tell him to do so. “It’s always the military and the police,” Duterte said. “Huwag na ‘yang ‘Oust Duterte’ na mga fake news. Doon kayo magtutok sa pulis pati armed forces. ‘Pag sila nag-sabi, ‘yun na ‘yun (Ignore the ‘Oust Duterte’ calls that are fake news. Focus on the police and the military. If they say so, then that’s it).” PNA

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as One Act that was passed on March 24 to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak in the country. The President said his only order to local officials like Sotto was to let the Department of Social Welfare and Development lead the distribution of emergency subsidies to poor households affected by the health crisis. “Ngayon yung kay Mayor Vico, isang beses lang ako nagsalita. Yung pag-proclaim ko ng emergency. Sabi ko, huwag ito, huwag doon. Pagkatapos nito, wala na. Nandito lang ako (Now, on Mayor Vico’s issue, I only spoke about local governments once. It’s about my proclamation on the emergency subsidies. After that, I have done nothing. I’m just here),” he said. “Ang akin, policy sa taas. Ito, huwag ninyong


situation in the country would only worsen. “Kaya pinagbabawal kasi hindi matapos ito. Para maprotektahan ko ‘yung mga inosente na ayaw mamatay (Violating quarantine protocols is not allowed because the health crisis would not end. It is necessary to protect the innocent people who do not want to die),” the President said. Unfazed by ‘Oust Duterte’ calls Duterte’s recent pronouncement earned the ire of his critics, prompting them to urge him to step down from office. The hashtag #OustDuterteNow also became a

gawin. Ito, gawin mo (I only make policies. I only direct what needs to be done and what should not be done).” Sotto was criticized last month for allowing the use of tricycles in Pasig City to help bring health workers and patients to hospitals, despite the ban on mass public transport due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Section 6 of RA 11469 imposes penalties on local officials “disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines.” Prior to the signing of the new law, Sotto suspended the operations of tricycles and instead ordered the use of the Pasig City government’s vehicles to transport medical workers and patients. Justice Secretary Me-

nardo Guevarra explained on Wednesday that the penal provisions of RA 11469 are not applied retroactively, “unless the offense is a continuing crime and its commission has not been stopped.” Guevarra said he would let the NBI decide on the legality of carrying out a fact-finding investigation into Sotto’s supposed violations. Duterte said he would leave it to the authorities the exercise of power to arrest violators. “Hindi ako. Trabaho ng pulis iyan. At ang magenforce niyan, police at military. Wala na akong pakialam sinong mahuli (It’s not my job. That’s the job of the police. The police and the military will be the ones to enforce it. I don’t care about who will get arrested),” he said. (PNA)

plies, and speed up ethical and regulatory reviews, as occurred during the 2014 Ebola epidemic. This will be accompanied by mass data sharing and dissemination of research before peer-review and publication. The fear of health experts is not just that COVID-19 will kill many people in poorer nations, but that it will also exacerbate existing problems such as poverty, poor infrastructure and other communicable diseases. The World Food Programme on Thursday warned that more than five million people in the Sahel region are facing hunger, as COVID-19 spreads among some of the poorest nations on Earth. “Our message to the world is clear -- look away now and the consequences will be no less than cata-

strophic,” said Chris Nikoi, WFP’s West Africa director. Many poorer nations still have confirmed case numbers in the dozens, but there’s no way of knowing the true extent of infection widespread testing. The Democratic Republic of Congo, which has 123 confirmed cases, has the current capacity to test 50 people daily out of a population of some 80 million. Commenting on the research initiative, Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization, said: “Although the epicentre is today elsewhere, we must prepare now for the consequences of this pandemic in more resourceconstrained settings or we stand to lose many more lives.” pg/klm/jxb © Agence France-Presse

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unable to implement social distancing effectively, the stakes are huge. In addition, many health workers lack the necessary protective equipment and training in handling infectious diseases. “Disruption or complete breakdown of those healthcare systems would result in high direct and indirect mortality since care of all illness would be affected,” said the authors of a letter published Friday in The Lancet. The COVID-19 Clinical Reserarch Coalition -- an unprecedented consortium of scientists, policymakers, public health experts and researchers -- is to make it easier for developing nations to access research data to help inform their response. It will also facilitate approvals for fast-tracked imports of medical sup-


SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2020


Virus patients in Spain get five-star hotel quarantine AN AMBULANCE driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine. "Good morning! How are you? My name is Enrique Aranda and I am probably the first non health care worker you see in several days," says the director of the five-star Melia Sarria hotel, peering into the ambulance. It took just three days to convert the hotel, which features contemporary decor and bathrooms with marble finishing, into a clinic. "Some patients arrive thinking that they were taken out of hospital to be left to die, many people are


On what in usual times would be a weekend where French families would decamp en masse for the Easter holidays, Salomon repeated official warnings that vacationing was out of the question. "This evening above all. Stay at home if you want to save lives," he said. Asked about apparent mixed messages over the course of the crisis concerning whether people should wear sanitary masks, Salomon said they could help but gave no indication whether this would be obligatory. "In France, as in Europe, we don't have the tradition of wearing the mask. There is a tradition in Asia." "These masks allow you to protect yourself. If there is access to masks we encourage the public to wear masks if they desire," he said.Agence France-Presse

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- International effort A separate trial of the BCG vaccine has also been launched in Australia, with some 4,000 health workers, by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Microbiologist Locht wants to harmonise the criteria of the French study with that planned in four Spanish hospitals, in order to better compare their results. However, researchers in Spain, instead of using the BCG, would like to try a new tuberculosis vaccine developed by the biotech firm Biofabri. This vaccine candidate, whose safety has already been demonstrated, should offer “better protection”, said Carlos Martin, professor of microbiology at the University of Zaragoza, because it is “developed from a strain isolated in humans”. In contrast, he said the BCG is prepared from a strain of the bacteria that infects

employees assign them to a room. - 'Containment line' The government ordered all hotels to shut to fight the pandemic, which has so far claimed 10,935 lives in Spain -- the world's second-highest toll after Italy. Hotels across the country have been converted into medical care centres to free up beds in hospitals which have been flooded with COVID-19 cases. In the Madrid region, the hardest-hit area in Spain and the first to adopt the measure, there are now just over 700 patients in quarantine in hotels. In second-city Barcelona, hoteliers have made 2,500 beds available. The Melia Sarria opened to patients on March 29 and


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with a signed piece of paper. In a glimmer of hope, Salomon said that 1,186 more people had been hospitalised suffering from the coronavirus with 263 more entering intensive care, the lowest such increases for over a week. He said that there were a total of 64,338 confirmed cases in France, an increase of 5,233 on the day earlier. But this does not include all cases as testing is not universal. According to Salomon there was a reduction in emergency phone calls and while it was too soon to say this was a trend it was "good news". "We cannot analyse the situation based on one number and one day but we have noticed this decrease," he said. Despite the decrease in growth of intensive care patients "we have still not reached the peak of this wave and even less its diminution," he added.


frightened. I try to make them forget all that," said Aranda, wearing mask and gloves. "I don't let them out of the ambulance until I get a smile out of them. I want them to enter in another way, that they see that they aren't in a hospital anymore, it is a hotel." Instead of arriving with a suitcase, the hotel's new clients carry bags containing just a few personal belongings and their medical report. They are not welcomed by bellhops, but by a team of nurses wearing green or blue gowns, gloves and face masks. As soon as patients enter, the nurses take their temperature, revise their medical reports and ask if they need to contact any family member while hotel

cattle, and two genes very important to the virulence of tuberculosis have been deactivated in the vaccine candidate. Another advantage of the new vaccine is that it is made in Europe and could be quickly made available, while the BCG suffers from strong supply tensions and using it for adults against COVID-19 could deprive children of it in countries where tuberculosis remains endemic. In Germany, the Max Planck Institute for Infectious Biology is also preparing a trial with a geneticallymodified vaccine candidate, developed by the Serum Institute of India. In coordination with these countries, Inserm announced on Thursday that clinical trials could also be launched in Africa, where health systems are expected to come under acute pressure from the coronavirus pandemic. abb/klm/fpo/pg/ pvh © Agence France-Presse

fedaque, care director of Barcelona's network of health care clinics. Catalonia's regional health minister Alba Verges said these workers were the "containment line" that is preventing admissions to already overloaded hospitals. - 'Very moving' Inside the hotel, contact between people is kept to a minimum. There is an elevator for staff and one for patients. The hallways are silent. Patients receive four meals a day, which are left outside their rooms. A staff member knocks on the door and the patient must count to five before opening it. Relatives of the patients cannot enter the hotel and most leave clothes or magazines, laptops or

other devices for their loved ones with staff outside. "I am bringing this bag for my wife's aunt, who was hospitalised with pneumonia and they have sent her here now," said a middle-aged man who declined to be named. "She is doing OK. Her daughter not so much... she is in the intensive care unit but her mother still does not know." The conversion of the hotels into care facilities has given their staff, who would have been out of work otherwise, a boost. "It's very moving, said Marga Carballo who is now in charge of the Melia Sarria hotel's reception. "At home I felt bad watching all this without being able to help."Agence France-Presse

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came because many people with the virus were showing no symptoms, but warned it was still vital to practice "social distancing" by maintaining space between people. The announcement came after Anthony Fauci, who is leading the government's scientific response, backed recent scholarship that found SARSCoV-2 can be suspended in the ultrafine mist formed when people exhale. Research indicates "the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak as opposed to coughing and sneezing," Fauci said on Fox News. The National Academy of Sciences sent a letter to the White House on April 1 summarizing recent research on the subject, saying it's not yet conclusive but "the results ... are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing." Since the virus was first identified in China in late December last year, health experts have said it is primarily spread through coughing and sneezing. The US recommendation will likely worsen an already severe shortage of masks in the United States and Europe, which both rely heavily on imports from China. Trump urged Americans to "just make something" or


currently has 107 guests with 50 more expected each day until all 307 rooms are full. "They are cases of people who are already OK, who have passed through the hospital and are in the final phase of their recovery here, in the hotel," said Gemma Fanlo, a nurse at the facility. Staff at a nearby health clinic work round the clock to monitor COVID-19 patients recovering in hotels or at home, either in person or virtually, while at the same time still treating people needing help for other ailments. "Healthcare professionals are working longer hours, and are even working from home, to ensure no one is left untreated. We are working at full stretch," said Belen En-

use scarves, saving clinical masks for health professionals and patients. - Rising tolls but hope in Europe More than 57,000 people have died from COVID-19 since it was first detected late last year. Worse may be coming as a quarter of global infections are in the United States, where Trump has warned of a "very, very painful" first two weeks of April. Europe reached the dark milestone of 40,000 dead, with Spain on Friday reporting more than 900 deaths in the past 24 hours. Spaniard Javier Lara survived after being put on oxygen in an overcrowded intensive care unit -- a shock to a 29-year-old who was athletic and doesn't smoke. "I was panicking that my daughter would get infected," he said, describing facing death with an eight-week-old as the "worst moment" in his life. But there were also signs the peak may be passing in Europe. Hardest-hit Italy recorded 766 new deaths but its infections rose by just four percent, the lowest yet, according to the civil protection service. "It's true that the latest figures, as high as they are, give us a little bit of hope,"

said Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. "But it is definitely much too early to see a clear trend in that, and it is certainly too early to think in any way about relaxing the strict rules we have given ourselves," she added. - 'Worst yet to come' Prosperous countries have borne the brunt of the disease, but there are fears of an explosion among the world's most vulnerable living in conflict zones or refugee camps. "The worst is yet to come," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, referring to countries such as Syria, Libya and Yemen. "The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theaters of conflict." The world economy has been pummelled by the virus and associated lockdowns, with the US economy shedding 701,000 jobs in March -- its worst showing since March 2009 in the wake of the subprime banking crisis. Even more dire figures are expected for April. Financial ratings agency Fitch predicted the US and eurozone economies would shrink this quarter by up to 30 percent and the Asian Development Bank warned the global economy could take a $4.1 trillion hit -- equivalent

to five percent of worldwide output. Latin America is heading into a "deep recession" with an expected drop of 1.8 to 4.0 percent in GDP, according to the UN economic commission for the region. - New measures taken In signs that the world wants to avoid a repeat of the crisis, the African country of Gabon said it was banning the sale and consumption of bats and pangolins, the critically endangered, scaly mammals. The novel coronavirus is believed to have come from bats, but researchers think it might have spread to humans via another mammal such as pangolins through an unsanitary meat market in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak in China. The virus has chiefly killed the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions, but recent deaths among teenagers and babies have highlighted the dangers for people of all ages. In Spain, 34-year-old Vanesa Muro gave birth with COVID-19 and has been warned not to touch her newborn without wearing gloves and masks. "It's hard," she told AFP. "He grabs your finger, the poor little thing, and holds onto the plastic, not on to you."Agence France-Presse

"It can be yourself just rubbing your legs, or washing yourself in the shower, sitting on the floor and doing stretching, walking on the floor stimulating pressure receptors. "But certainly it's more meaningful if someone else is doing it to you, especially someone you're close to," she said. Charlotte Kullen, a 46-year-old owner of a Manhattan real estate public relations firm who lives alone and

works from home, said the length of the restrictions was starting to cause concern. "You can't conduct business now, because everyone is shut down; so there's nobody that you're going to be touching anyway," Kullen said, adding that as a cancer survivor with an auto-immune disease, the decision is one she welcomed, for now. "One month inside is one thing, but if it goes 18 months, that will be another story," she said.

Back in Chicago, Howard has been compensating by promoting living-room concerts for a friend on social media, and has also come to rely on his two cats. "It's not the same thing, but one of them sleeps right under my arm, so I spend ten hours holding onto this breathing, living thing," he said. "And I have another one that sleeps on my knees or on my chest, so I do have touch with living things." Agence France-Presse

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who spent 27 years in jail,"

she said. "We all know when he came out and when we saw him on TV and heard all the things he said that he didn't lose his social capacity at all, or his sensitivity to other people." - When's your next handshake? Field, from the Touch Research Institute, advised that people who live alone can try to benefit from their own touch.