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THIS VENDOR from Bankerohan Public Market grates the coconut meat, which will then be used to extract milk, a vital ingredient for binignit and biko, among others. Native delicacies are popular in the predominantly Catholic nation as a substitute for full meals during the observance of the Holy Week. BING GONZALES

• Arrest people who sell fake or photocopy food and medicine passes: Sara BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

MAYOR Sara Duterte has directed the police to apprehend people making profits out of the food and medicine passes being distributed for free by the city government.

This came after reports of the proliferation of bogus FM passes have reached City Hall. “Some of them are photocopying FM passes,

COVID-19 hub open during Lent BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

A MOTORIST shows his food and medicine pass at the checkpoint along the MacArthur Highway near Toril Poblacion, as the city is strictly implementing the Enhanced Community Quarantine. BING GONZALES

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THE OPERATION center for COVID-19 of the city will still continue on its 24-hour operation, despite the coming holidays in celebration of Lent. Mayor Sara Duterte said in the interview with the government-run Davao ( / COVID-19 / 5)

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which is illegal. You can really tell whether it’s fake or not. So, don’t do it,” she said. “I already told our safety and security officers and

referred to the Anti-Scam (Unit), as well, to entrap individuals using a fake FM pass and they must be arrested right away,” she said. (

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332 PUI beds in city; Sara hopes not all be will used THE CITY now has 332 beds to accommodate suspected COVID-19 patients. Mayor Sara Duterte, in an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio, said that she is preparing two more facilities to cater to patients, bringing the total to seven PUI facilities in the city. PUI refers to the person under investigation.


“We have been preparing for these centers but we are only using (centers) A, B, and C,” she said. However, the city’s aim is not to use all the 332 prepared beds. With the Enhanced Community Quarantine, Duterte hopes that the cases will not escalate anymore. “I am hoping that we (

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Coast guard, Navy to make sure no one swims during Holy Week BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE COAST Guard District Southeastern Mindanao (CGDSEM) and the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) have intensified the patrols along the coastlines of Davao Gulf to help monitor the violators of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Authorities will help The Regional Task "We have already dimake sure that crowds do Force XI COVID-19 issued rected our ships to connot gather at the beach to Resolution 13 on Monday duct barrier patrols along ensure physical distancing. requesting the PCG and Davao gulf specifically Traditionally, Catholic Navy to regularly patrol the along Talomo and Toril faithful visit the beach on coastlines to prevent mass Easter Sunday. gatherings in beaches.

vicinity,” Commodore Roy Echeverria, the commander of Coast Guard District Souteasthern Mindanao (CGDSEM), said. Echeverria said three ships are taking turns on patrol. "We also deployed our ships in strategic choke

points to monitor the movement of small bancas," he said. They have one deployed in Ocean View Samal and its main ship is docked at DPWH-Panacan while the others three are in Daliao fish port in Toril.

"We have been doing that since March 18 in compliance with EO 20 of Davao Mayor Sara Duterte," he said. "All our substations are required to conduct community support programs / COAST / 14)


SAP may include those out of reach of city’s assistance BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

FAMILIES who were not given assistance by the city government may be included in the Social Amelioration Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Mayor Sara Dutere on Tuesday, during a radio interview with Davao City Disaster Radio, hoped that the DSWD will also find those people who do not have agri-food cards, ration cards, or those who are not under the Tupad (Tulong Pangkabuhayan Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) program. The city mayor said there could be a total of 600,000 households that will benefit from the assistance provided by local and national government agencies. The city government, for instance, can only support grocery food packs to 350,000 households. “I understand that they are also depending on the mandate of the national office–their central office-on how to identify the beneficiaries. Anything (assistance), like what

the DUMPER (partylist), DSWD, DOLE on their Tupad (program), we are very thankful of that because it is really a big help,” Duterte said. President Rodrigo Duterte previously announced that the Social Amelioration Program will no longer be downloaded to the politicians anymore. On Monday, DSWD XI director Grace Subong said they are already finalizing the list of SAP beneficiaries in the region with an estimated 953,521 families in Davao region to receive the emergency subsidy. Of the total, 298,043 families in Davao City are target recipients of the P6,000 subsidy to be given twice during the months of April and May. Duterte also offered the help of the city government to roll out the program. “And I hope that it will be spread because that is what we are trying to do – to spread the available resources of the city,” she said. ( / SAP / 14)

A MAN buys ingredients for binignit, a traditional native delicacy cooked during Holy Week, at the Bankerohan Public Market. BING GONZALES

25 virus patients recover BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

DAVAO CITY now has 25 recoveries from COVID-19). Based from the figures bared by the Department of Health as of 5 p.m. on April 7, the city recorded three new individuals who tested ( / 25 VIRUS / 14)

Army help raise awareness in far-flung villages on COVID-19

THE 1003RD Infantry Brigade is helping stem the rise of COVID-19 cases by raising awareness on the best practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Along with its four subunits, the 3rd, 16th, 89th and 56th Infantry Battalions used vehicles mounted with loudspeakers starting on April 7. They visited communities while playing important announce-

Salary of PUJ drivers under Tupad released in 3 batches THE SALARY of public utility jeepney drivers under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) will be released in three batches. The drivers will receive their salaries from March 25-31, April 1-15, and April 16-30.

Mayor Sara Duterte on Tuesday said there are 2,925 PUJ drivers enrolled in the Tupad program and they will receive the P396 daily salary in three batches, instead of following the standard 15-30 schedule. “[B]ecause I understand we have a lot of drivers that they are working

everyday to earn money,” Duterte said. The drivers enrolled in the program were given the job of primarily implementing the social distancing in ferrying passengers in the city, the proper wearing of mask in the PUJ, and as well as the disinfection and sanitation of their vehicles.

Duterte also bared that there are 108 PUJ drivers who are not under the Tupad program but were privately hired as jeepney drivers through the City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO). “They will deliver and (

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ments on how people can help avoid the spread of COVID 19. Capt. Erick Wynmer Calulot, the civil-military operations officer of the 1003rd IB, said the unit was able to simultaneously reach communities in Davao City and Davao Del Norte. A loudspeaker operation is an activity under the Civil-Military Operations

of the Philippine Army aimed at providing correct information to the people at the right time, especially during the pandemic. Col. Nolasco A. Mempin, commander of the 1003rd IB, said “We are enjoining our citizens to heed to the government’s call to unite against the threat of COVID 19. "Let’s stay home, wear (

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1 rebel killed when NPA ambushed soldiers, cops ALLEGED New People’s Army rebels attacked soldiers and police officers conducting patrols under the enhanced community quarantine measure in Pantukan, Davao de Oro early Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, an NPA member was killed in an encounter. 2Lt Kim Carlos, the civil-military operations officer of the 71st IB, said

soldiers of 71st Infantry Battalion and Regional Mobile Force Company were conducting their usual active defense patrols when they were ambushed by an undetermined number of rebels. They fought back and the clash lasted for 15 minutes, which resulted in the death of one rebel. Soldiers also recov( / 1 REBEL / 14)

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Palace: ECQ in Visayas, Mindanao up to LGUs

MANILA – Local government units (LGUs) in the Visayas and Mindanao have the discretion to impose enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Wednesday. Nograles, also acting as the spokesperson of the InterAgency Task Force for the Management for the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATFEID), said LGUs in Visayas and Mindanao can place their respective areas under ECQ, “if they deem it necessary.” His statement came following the extension of ECQ in the entire Luzon until April 30. “We wish to reiterate that the ECQ covers the regions of Luzon; for areas outside Luzon, such as regions in Mindanao and the Visayas, local government units have the discretion to implement ECQs if they deem it necessary,” Nograles said in a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4. Several areas in Visayas and Mindanao have already been placed under ECQ to arrest the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country. Nograles said local governments that have plans of

imposing an ECQ in their respective areas should coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). “Obviously, kailangan nating bigyan din ng leeway ang ating mga LGUs (we need to give LGUs the leeway) to enforce a community quarantine within their area para hindi rin po sila magka-infection ng Covid-19 (so the people there will not be infected with Covid-19),” he said. The number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines jumped to 3,764, as of Tuesday. Around 177 Covid-19 patients died, while 84 others recovered from the infectious disease. Nograles said the majority of Luzon residents heeded the national government's directive to observe strict home quarantine. He cited the findings of Google’s global study which showed that Luzon did “very

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well” since the entire island was placed under ECQ. “So meaning to say, if you look at that study, it means almost everybody cooperated with the stay at home,” Nograles said. Nograles said the government is focused on improving the country’s Covid-19 testing capacity and isolating infected people and other potential carriers during the implementation of ECQ in Luzon. He, however, could not tell whether the Luzon-wide ECQ would be lifted after April 30. Nograles said the extension of the ECQ means that for the next few weeks, "we will be dependent on our front-liners and relying on them for our health, security, and safety”. “If we are successful (in improving the testing capacity and isolating Covid-19 patients and potential carriers), then that will help us make a decision (before) April 30,” he added. (PNA)

MANILA – A police officer in Cebu City was arrested for robbery-extortion on Tuesday, the anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday. In a statement sent to reporters, Integrity Monitoring Enforcement Group (IMEG) chief Col. Ronald Lee identified the suspect as Cpl. Wenefredo Olangayo, who is assigned at the Waterfront Police Station 3 and his cohort


Food packs provided to transpo sector

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development Office thru the City of Mati LGU has distributed food packs for the transportation sector on April 8 at Clergy House, Madang. City Councilor Avelino “Kobe” B. Capiña, Jr., Committee chair on Transportation, personally distributed the food pack together with Lezly Mhie Y. Buano, RSW of the City Social Welfare and DevelopOffice. Ad (8x5.5in).pdf 1 1/29/2020 3:06:14ment PM According to Councilor ( / COP / 15)

Capiña, the food pack is from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office, it is being distributed through the LGU because the CSWDO is the one who identifies the beneficiaries among the transport sector. The beneficiaries are members of the recognized Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) particularly the Bao-bao and pedicab drivers. There are 54 recognized


DavNor realigns P215.76-M to combat COVID-19 pandemic THE PROVINCIAL Government of Davao del Norte realigned its 2020 budget to deliver P215.76-M in emergency funds to better respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Edwin Jubahib said the province is committed to give top and urgent priority in addressing the public health emergency and in providing a lifeline for constituents

that bear the impact of the pandemic. “We need to prepare. We have to be ready if the situation worsens,” the governor said, as he noted the continued rise of COVID-19 cases in the province. As of 3:00 PM of April 6, 2020, the province reported nine positive cases, who are now admitted at the Davao

Regional Medical Center (DRMC), while there are 22 persons under investigation (PUIs) and 229 persons under monitoring (PUMs). Half of the Quick Response Fund (QRF), which is by far the largest emergency fund in the province’s history, was realigned from the 20% development fund, while P89


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DAVAO del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib hands over thermal guns to Provincial Health Officer Alfredo Lacerona for the use of quarantine checkpoints all over the province.

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50K agri-food cards eyed BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

THE CITY government is set to give out around 50,000 agri-food cards to residents which they will use in receiving rations from the City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO). “We have already discussed this with the City Agriculturists that they will no longer be a parallel with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), they will have to catch those who do not have ration cards. They will be the recipients,” Mayor

Telco launches eLibrary GLOBE launches its eLibrary to give K-to-12 students, educators, and parents nationwide free and quick access to hundreds of ebooks and videos provided by the Department of Education (DepEd) and other sources. This will allow for continuous learning during the enhanced community quarantine which prompted many schools in Luzon and other parts of the country to suspend classes. The Globe eLibrary is a web platform that features age-appropriate and engaging e-books and elearning videos which can be accessed through mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. It is, likewise, available on DepEd Commons (commons.deped.gov.ph), DepEd’s pilot program on learning continuity which also contains online quizzes and exercises for K-12 learners and content for Alternative Learning System (ALS). “We want to give the children an opportunity to continue learning even when they are at home. Through eLibrary, we hope that teachers and their students or parents and their children could make full use of the wide selection of (

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Duterte said on Tuesday. Duterte said this is to give priority to those who are also in need but were not able to receive because they did not have the ration cards “because it will defeat the purpose of trying to go get to help everyone if it will still be given to those who already have ration cards and those recipients of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) from the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).”

The City Information Office bared that these agrifood packs will contain fresh vegetables, fish, o of pork or chicken, eggs, and dairy milk. The city mayor said that the City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) will be counterpart of CAO in taking care of the milk, eggs, and pork products for the agrifood packs. These products were bought by the city government from the farmers (

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THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) has advised the public not to invest in the Bitcoin Revolution, Bitrade/Bitrade Bitcoin Trading Ltd./Bitrade Limited PH, and E-Commerce, House of Entrepreneurs Inc. (HOE) as these entities did not have licenses to draw in investments. In an advisory released license to conduct invest- Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recently, the SEC Enforce- ment transactions as men- as per the BSP Circular no. ment and Investor Protec- tioned above, according to 944 or Guidelines for Virtion Department said the Section 8 of SRC. tual Currency Exchanges. groups are not authorized The Bitcoin Revolution On the other hand, Bito “solicit, accept, or take allegedly uses bitcoins and trade offers packages to its investments/placements other cryptocurrencies in investors with supposed from the public nor to issue promising returns of 300% guaranteed returns from investment contracts and per day or 9,000% per 20% per 15 days to 40% other forms of securities,” month with an 88-95% suc- per month just by typing as stated in the Section 3 of cess rate thus making some captchas everyday. the Republic Act 8799 or of its investors millionaires The entity claimed the the Securities Regulation in just 61 days. investors may also receive a Code (SRC). However, the entity is direct referral bonus where These entities are not not included in the regis- they get a 10% commisauthorized to solicit invest- tered banks, exchanges, or sion of their new recruit’s ments because they have companies engaged in digi- availed package and 10% not secured registration and tal assets with the Bangko ( / SEC / 15)

Public urged: Report overpricing of goods THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) has reminded the public to report overpricing of basic goods and prime commodities to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In a press release Monday, Belinda Torres, DCCCII executive vice president and information and communications technology sector representative, said that the public “should

not condone profiteers.” She also called consumers not to patronize online stores of companies who sell basic goods and prime commodities that are way beyond the suggested retail price (SRP) during the price freeze. Last March, the Joint Memorandum Circular no.1 was released where government agencies such as the DTI, Department of Agriculture, and Depart-

ment of Health shall implement and ensure a price freeze on basic necessities. In a previous virtual presser, DTI Regional Director Maria Belinda Ambi said that based on the monitoring of the agency, all big retailers followed the said order. On its implication, Ambi said, “I think ang message nga ginapaabot ana is atong mga establish(

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Bank provides cash pick-up alternatives AS BANK branches are temporarily suspending cash pick-up of remittances during the enhanced community quarantine, BDO Unibank said there are still ways available to send and receive money anywhere. “With BDO’s Cash Pick-Up Anywhere feature through our online banking platform, both the senders and receivers have an option to transfer and get the money, respectively, safe and sound at any cash pick-

up partners such as Palawan Pawnshop, RD Pawnshop, Villarica Pawnshop, BDO Network Bank, Cebuana Lhuillier and M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala,” the bank said in a statement. The bank has provided a step-by-step guide on how to use Cash Pick-up Anywhere and a list of Frequently Asked Questions at bit.ly/CashPickUpAnywhere. BDO advises the send(

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Firm backs move allowing LGUs to use ER 1-94 funds for COVID-19 response ABOITIZ Power Corporation (AboitizPower) welcomes the recent move of the Department of Energy (DOE), allowing communities that host power generation projects to use their revenue shares from these facilities to help them combat the effects of COVID-19. AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel V. Rubio said this development is a push in the right direction as it is expected to aid in strengthening local government response to the ongoing health crisis. “We thank Secretary Cusi and the DOE for

this proactive initiative. We stand ready to collaborate with them and our local government units (LGUs) to facilitate the quick disbursement of these funds in the fight against COVID-19,” he added. The DOE on April 6 issued Department Circular No. 2020-04-00080, which laid down rules on the targeted use of communities’ share in electricity sales for hosting power projects or the Energy Regulations 1-94 (ER 1-94) Program funds. The ER 1-94 Program is a policy under the DOE Act of 1992 and the Electric (

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VARIOUS AboitizPower business units, in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, have been providing assistance to their host beneficiaries amid the pandemic situation. The ER 1-94 funds will augment these efforts to help the local government units have enough resources in their fight against COVID-19.


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She said it is easy to determine a legitimate FM pass. For instance, the original is printed on thick paper and the print is more vibrant. Photocopied passes tend to have black and white or faded prints. In an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio, she said that some people are profiting from the anxiety and fear of the public. “This has been the new modus of people taking advantage of the current situation,” she said. The FM pass is required for a member of the household to bring whenever he/she goes out to buy food and medicine during the off-curfew hours from 6:01 a.m to 5:59 p.m under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). FM passes have been distributed las t week through the barangay captains or the purok leaders. The implementation took

effect on April 7, 2020. She also dismissed claims that FM passes are distributed only to registered voters. “Our guidelines does not state you have to be a registered voter to have FM pass. Whether or not you are a voter, you still need to eat, buy medicines, and there will be instances that you would need to go to the hospital. So it’s a wrong guide to say that you must be a voter before you will be given an FM pass,” she clarified. The city mayor also warned all individuals creating misleading memes, sharing fake information, and selling bogus FM passes that they will be charged following the protocols of the ECQ. Enhanced ECQ Meanwhile, Duterte is not closing the possibility of an Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine

(EECQ) in the city after the ECQ is lifted on April 19. This means that fewer workers will be allowed to go to work, she said. The EECQ will depend on the outcome of the current ECQ that is being implemented in the city. “We are planning two


rus stops spreading and halt the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 patients in the city, then “there might not be a need for an EECQ anymore.” She also reminded business owners to prepare a system adopting physical distancing when the city

goes back to implementing an ordinary community quarantine. It is better to have a system in place to prevent a relapse. “Everyone must mark their floors and seats so that the people will know where they can sit or stand,” she said.

until Wednesday (March 9), as the city government will also observe the Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The government-run Davao City Disaster Radio, on the other hand, Duterte

said, will be broadcasting until this Thursday. She added that the station will be looping previous information materials of the station for Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday

“Some might be wondering why are there only 20 patients positive of COVID-19 out of the 86 (PUIs). This is because others are still waiting for their results whether they are positive or not,” Duterte said. On April 6, Duterte said there is one COVID-19 positive died due to the disease, bringing the total to 12 fatalities in the entire region. “We would like to extend our sympathy to one of the patients who expired in

SPMC. It is a very sad day because (these) people (infected) has comorbidities and they are already old. It might be that because of how strong the virus is, they no longer have enough strength to be able to fight back against the disease,” Duterte said. The city mayor has always reminded the public to take precautionary measures, especially that the city now has cases of local transmission. By Samantha T. Burgos and Warren Elijah E. Valdez

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City Disaster Radio that the government offices providing essential services will remain in full operation. These offices include health, social services, security, and disaster mitigation.

332 PUI...

things - one is Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine or we go back to the ordinary community quarantine,” she said. She said that as long as the people will follow the guideline set by the city, the sooner they can go back to their normal lives. If the vi-

“Because there is a state of calamity, they will still continue,” she said. Meanwhile, the Davao City Recreation Center (former Almendras gym) will only be receiving document transactions

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can prevent any more cases of COVID-19 in the city. That is why it is so important that people should always follow the protocols set for us to be successful in this fight,” she said. Currently, the city has utilized three PUI centers, with a total of 110 beds allotted for PUI patients. Center A has 30 beds available, Center B with 23 beds, and Center C with 57 beds. As of April 7, 8 a.m., there are 86 PUIs recorded in the city. Center A has

four patients admitted, and Center B with 17. The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is also sheltering 65 PUIs in its facilities. “We have been preparing for this (centers A to G), but we are only using (centers) A, B, and C. We have been preparing and working our best for us not to use all the 332 beds,” she said. She said out of the 86 PUIs only 20 individuals tested positive for COVID-19.



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Jesus' supreme humility and unfailing love (We yield this space for reflection on the Holy Week - Ed) DOES your love waver when you encounter bitter disappointments and injury from others? As Jesus' hour of humiliation draws near he reveals to his disciples the supreme humility which shaped the love he had for them. He stoops to perform a menial task reserved for servants - the REFLECTION washing of smelly, dirty feet. In stooping to serve his disciples Jesus knew he would be betrayed by one of them and that the rest would abandon him through fear and disloyalty. Such knowledge could have easily led to bitterness or hatred. Jesus met the injury of betrayal and disloyalty with the greatest humility and supreme love. Let the love of Christ rule in your heart and actions Jesus loved his disciples to the very end, even when they failed him and forsook him. The Lord loves each of us freely and unconditionally. His love has power to set us free to love and serve others with Christ-like compassion and humility. Paul the Apostle tells us that Christ's gift of love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. Does the love of Christ rule in your heart, thoughts, intentions and actions? The love of Christ conquers all and never fails Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) in his sermon for Holy Thursday wrote: "He had the power of laying down his life; we by contrast cannot choose the length of our lives, and we die even if it is against our will. He, by dying, destroyed death in himself; we are freed from death only in his death. His body did not see corruption; our body will see corruption and only then


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be clothed through him in incorruption at the end of the world. He needed no help from us in saving us; without him we can do nothing. He gave himself to us as the vine to the branches; apart from him we cannot have life. Finally, even if brothers die for brothers, yet no martyr by shedding his blood brings forgiveness for the sins of his brothers, as Christ brought forgiveness to us. In this he gave us, not an example to imitate but a reason for rejoicing. Inasmuch, then, as they shed their blood for their brothers, the martyrs provided "the same kind of meal" as they had received at the Lord's table. Let us then love one another as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us." "Lord Jesus, your love conquers all and never fails. Help me to love others freely, with heart-felt compassion, kindness and goodness. Where there is injury, may I sow peace rather than strife."(c) 2020 Servants of the Word, source: www. dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager

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THIS HOLY Thursday, the last Day of Lent and two days prior to Easter Sunday, we would like to share with our readers some relevant thoughts that we got from the book “Nothing but the Blood” written by Dr. Bailey E. Smith. We find the thoughts more than worthy to be put in the center of consciousness of people who, in their lack of material time, or perhaps non-interest, could by chance, discover the importance of one’s relationship with the Lord. And there could be no other appropriate time but during this universal celebration of the Passion of the Christ, the Holy Week. Captioned “The Cross Began a New Manifestation,” Dr. Smith writes: In the Old Testament, God was manifested as God the Father. He wrote the tables of stone for Moses. He gave a pillar of fire and pillar of cloud for the Israelites to follow. He also rolled back the Red Sea so the children of Israel could escape the Egyptians. In the New Testament dispensation, we have God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, whose footprints were in the sands of Galilee’s shore. That was the New Testament manifestation. What do we have today? We do not have God the Father doing such acts as He did in the Old Testament days. We do not have God the Son in the flesh walking around our neighborhoods, our shopping centers, and our marketplaces. What we have is God the Holy Spirit. Some may ask, “Wouldn’t it be great to live in the Old Testament? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in the New Testament?” Actually, God has never been more present on earth as He is today. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is just as real as the manifestation of God the Son and God the Father. It is just as real! It is a new, living manifestation. What did Jesus mean when he said in John 14:12 that He was going to leave, and that He was going to leave a new manifestation of himself, the Person of the Holy Ghost? He said, “When I leave and when I send you the Holy Ghost, you will be able to do greater things than Jesus. What He meant was this: even when He was upon this earth, He could only be at one place at one time, but when He left, the Holy Ghost would be in the people gathered on Pentecost and in those Christians living today. Jesus thought that when He went to the Father, He would “leave Myself in a broader way upon the earth.” That is because the Holy Spirit is in that black man in Africa, in that saved red man somewhere on this earth, in that redeemed yellow man, in that Christian white man, in that blood-bought brown man, in that delivered illiterate man, in that saved educated man, in that ransomed intellectual man, in that Christian rich man, and in that believing poor man. In other words, Christ is here more than He has ever been, through the agency of the Holy Spirit. “You will be able to do greater things than I have done,” indicated Jesus Thus, the Cross not only began a new mission of soul winning, and not only a new manifestation of the Holy Spirit, but it also began a New Ministry – the Spiritual gifts, the one that came when Jesus Christ died on the cross where the Holy Spirit came so vibrantly. That was the beginning of the spiritual gifts.

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Everything started in the Garden. Adam and Eve called it home but was later asked to leave because of disobedience. Now Jesus is in a garden. He is being fetched by a murderous throng because He was obedient to the will of the Father. The script this time is reversed. The redeeming of the original drama that took place in the Garden of Eden is about to unfold. Disobedience is replaced by obedience. Death will be vanquished by the death and resurrection of the Just One of God. What our parents lost in that moment in time will be recovered soon. It is a pity that the price to be paid will be high, a body will be tortured and broken. Along with it will be the faith of some and the hearts of others. Perhaps it is true that some good things really come with a price. That what is important and valuable needs effort. Jesus took the painful effort to regain what was lost in Paradise. He teaches us that there are things in life that are so important that even at the cost of one’s life, it is still worth it. (Thanks to Bible Diary, a publication by the Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc.)


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Love in the time of COVID-19 (with apologies to José Gabriel Márquez)

MY FATHER is such a character. Growing up, us boys always saw him as the strict one, like his mom, my Lola Tonying. Now try imagining strict with a capital S. If you so much as tried to ask him for small change for candy as he left the house for work, he'd just look you straight in the eyes and slowly make a fist, as if to say, "this, you want?" His only favorite had been my elder sister, who was the only girl at that time (long before the birth of our youngest, Xenia). In all, I guess that strictness must have been one of the reasons why we all naturally gravitated toward my mother. However, there were of course some of those light moments when I felt that he wanted to bond with us boys. He would occasionally cook us big brekkies of eggs, corned beef and sausages, meticulously (as in OC-like) apportioned so that we all had equal servings on our plates. We would laugh about it at the table then, saying it was military style, complete with no clanking of spoons; and so unlike the meals prepared under the roof of my other lola (mother side), where there always was food galore at each meal and no limit on servings. There had also been times when he had tried to introduce us to music (but of his own choice). He would take out his trumpet and play (or rather blare) a tune or two up in their room, while we gathered in the sala discreetly covering our ears. (Sadly, many years later, when I had already been playing professionally, i asked him where his trumpet was. He said he had sold it because no one among us wanted to play it.) Still, I would not really say he didn't try his best. Later in our teens, there would be the occasional heartto-hearts, and a few laughs here and there and that was about it. After all, in the end, if reaching at us did not work, there was always plan B, let the momma do the rest. Well, momma has been gone and everything feels like, that was so, so very long ago. Papa now had just turned 91. In the years that followed my mom's passing in 07, he, as the captain of our mothership had acquired the solo attention from all the clan members. As such, Sundays and holidays saw reunions unfold inside the compound, where his now-favorites, the grandchildren, great grand-children and a great great spend lunch and gather around. He may have been strict with us in our younger days but, the years have been kind. Now, as those tired old eyes light up at the sight of his apos on such occasions, we, his children leave it at that because despite all his trials, he is happy. On the evening of his 91st birthday, everyone who could, called him online at dinner time. Witnessing the group chat unfold, with him drawling out a slow roll call, i felt this was the most we could do at this time of COVID-19. Important thing to note though, if there had been one thing that dang virus had failed to do, it was preventing us from making an old man happy.


When the Wife is a Strong Leader WE ARE privileged to have a strong leader in want to proceed without her joining him, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte who is proactive. she did not hesitate to go with him to the She exacts discipline and obedience from the battle (4:8-9). They found her walk with Davaoeños borne out of her concern for our God an asset to their success. protection and to contain the danger before it Third, Deborah remained humble and gets out-of-hand. By this time, we have been gave the glory to whom it was due. She and practicing and slowly getting used to staying Barak burst out in a song of praise to God at home just so the virus will not spread. It is for they knew it was God who gave the crucial since those who have not had any hisplan, it was He who routed the enemy and tory of travel and practicing social distancing gave them the victory. The song recounted are still catching it. Our mayor reminds me of the event that happened and the people EVELYN PAJARON another woman leader who made a difference that took part in it. The title, position, and in her nation. influence she had did not go to ther head. Israel as a nation was going through a difficult time of The result of her wise, humble, empowering leadership being constantly warred against and subjected to enemy resulted in peace for Israel for forty years. rule. Their continual falling away and doing things against There are other things we could learn from Deborah's the warnings and commands given them by God resulted story. First, God, who created male and female as equals in these scourgings. The people cried out to God who to exercise co-dominion on earth, could use anyone to sent a judge to deliver them from their enemies, but when accomplish any of his purposes. Second, God makes his the judge died, they went back to their sinful ways. This will known to those who seek him. There are a number of cycle was repeated throughout the book of Judges (4:1-3). passages where God promises wisdom to those who ask God raised Deborah, a rare feat in Israel's history, as the and seek him. "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should only female judge of Israel to whom the people brought ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding disputes to be settled. The area where she served was very fault, and it will be given to you" (James 1: 5). "Trust in specific, between Ramah and Bethel, north of Jerusalem. the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own She was also a prophetess who made known God's words understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he to the people, a wife to Lappidoth and considered herself will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6). I have a "mother" to the people (Judges 4:5, 5:7). What were personally experienced his clear leading at crucial points her strong points that made her an exceptional leader as in my life - what to do after graduation, who to marry, and a woman among men? many more. How much more needful then for someone First, we find that Deborah connected with God, thus in a leadership position to seek God. Listening to and she could speak with certainty to the people. God's com- seeking God for wisdom, especially in our present crisis, mands and His leading were the sources of her wisdom could bring out-of-the-box solutions, decisions, and conand judgement. "Has not the Lord, the God of Israel com- victions borne out of the certainty of his leading. Third, manded [you], Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, tak- obedience to God's direction leads to victory, rejoicing, ing 10,000 men from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun? and rest. God led Israel to do battle with the enemy, but And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army did not leave them to battle on their own. They had to to meet you at the river Kishon, with his chariots and his exercise faith that he was indeed leading them and that multitude, and I will deliver him into your hand" (4:6-7). his plan would work. Their obedience made the victory Second, Deborah empowered and supported her lead- and peace a reality. ers who did not see her as a threat to them. She called May we pray for our leaders, national and local, that Barak, the military leader, and told him the specifics of they would indeed seek God and his wisdom, leading, and what God would do and its outcome. When Barak did not guidance that would lead to victory and peace!


Post-COVID-19 stimulus risks global coal 'lock-in' China and other nations could be invest in coal power to help their burdened with costly and environeconomies recover after the COVmentally damaging coal power for ID-19 pandemic, but this risks lockBY PATRICK GALEY decades if they forge ahead with new ing in high-cost coal power that will capacity to boost their economics after undermine global climate targets," the COVID-19 pandemic, research showed Wednesday. said Matt Gray, Carbon Tracker's co-head of power and While extreme social distancing measures in the utilities, and study co-author. world's largest economies aimed at stopping the virus are "Building new coal and propping up the existing fleet likely to result in a short-term cut in global emissions, with stimulus money would be throwing good money government subsidies are still driving plans to build nearly after bad." 500 GW of new coal-fired power plants. - 'Propped up' The bill for this is set to top $630 billion. The analysis found that 51 percent of India's operating A study by the Carbon Tracker financial think tank coal power costs more to run than building new renewable found that 46 percent of coal plants throughout the world capacity. For the US this was 47 percent. would run at a loss in 2020, rising to 52 percent by 2030. In the EU, the report found that 62 percent of existing With renewables and natural gas already cheaper coal power was running at an underlying loss. than coal in many places, it said that 90 percent of global Sriya Sundaresan, report co-author, told AFP that capacity was already only viable due to non-market fi- COVID-19 was unlikely to radically alter coal's profitnancial support. ability given that the sector is already artificially supported The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says by state subsidies. that electricity from coal must fall by 80 percent by 2030 "The reason a huge amount (of coal) is not cash flow in order to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius negative is because it's in markets where the value of the (2.6 Fahrenheit) -- the most ambitious target in the Paris asset isn't determined between buyers and sellers," she climate deal. said. Carbon Tracker assessed the cash flow of 95 percent "It's really propped up by out-of-market revenues like of the world's coal plants either operating or in planning government subsidies," said Sundaresan. -- nearly 7,000 facilities in all. "There really needs to be a push on governments to It found that 59 percent of China's 982 GW coal-fired not just look at their existing fleet but also to cancel coal capacity was running at an underlying loss, with a further projects in the pipeline, or risk wasting over $600 billion 206 GW in the pipeline. in capital costs and missing out on the Paris temperature "China and other governments may be tempted to goals."Agence France-Presse


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HE MOST recent address of President Rodrigo Roa- Duterte to the country has seen a leader who is looking for measures and ways to fend for the whole nation. It's tough, we all know. Listening to his speech, I cannot help but look for ways to help on the ground level. More than anything else, the crises brought about by COVID-19 first attacks the health of individuals. The quarantine measure led to another problem in the economy, and ultimately boils down to food security. While the government resources are limited and food packs won't be enough to cover our consumption, the time has come for the rise and nurturing takeover of urban gardening. Now more than ever, people are

being called to grow their own food. Very recently, we started organizing online gardening communes. Members do not need to belong to the same neighborhood but they will grow a variety of vegetables and they will share whatever harvest that they may have. In the Facebook Group: A Call to Soothe Mother Earth by Gardening, beginners and farm growers share various information about different ways to address challenges in the plots. There are many other groups that one may want to participate in. But the point is simply this: The future is in our hands, we cannot be slaves to dole outs and reliefs which will last for no longer than two weeks. In the first place, we have good karma because we belong to a tropical country. Our

YOU can encourage your child to garden with you these days. Photo: Rain Sunga

– the future is in our hands location is highly agricultural and we can really maximize the possibilities. It is totally alright if gardening takes time for us. For some leafy plants, you can harvest after 30 days and it is better than having nothing at all. Since it will be impossible for many of us to grow many plants in our places, it is best that we collaborate with others for the concern of variety. And so this is the call of 2020. TO go back to our origins. One day at a time, with all the uncertainty that behooves us, we can take comfort to the adage by the timeless Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in the future.” Happy Gardening!


YOU can add succulents to your plant collection if you get tired of planting vegetables. Photo: Aireen Estepona.

MINDANAO TIMES APRIL 09, 10, & 11, 2020

“WE’VE BEEN taught that charity starts at home, so instead of making donations somewhere else, I appeal that you see through the plight of your workers, provide them with food assistance, and help them survive the crisis that swept through sectors and classes---but severely, those who barely make ends meet, including your workers….We are Dabawenyos. We have always shown that our hearts are for each other and for our City…Collectively, our spirit as a people has been and will always be indestructible,” so appealed Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. Just when restaurants, hotels, shops, offices, banks and many other businesses closed their doors in this challenging time of the COVIDA-19 global epidemic, a young Chinoy chef named Patrick Co, proprietor of the City’s popular restaurants called Fat Cow and Asian Cow located along Mabini Street, Davao City, heeded the good Mayor’s call. Chef Patrick would remind you in his borrowed quote from the Iranian philosopher Zoroaster that, “Doing good for others is not a duty, it’s a joy for it increases our own health and happiness. And he who has health and happiness, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.” Yes, indeed, spoken like a true master of the kitchen blessed with wisdom; and confidently talented with a good heart. How inspiring that in these difficult times that we are going through, a kind millennial like chef Patrick could highlight good societal values. People like him show and remind us, so timely in this solemn Holy Week period we are observing, what it is like to treat people with kindness, dignity and respect in this very challenging time of global adversity with the outbreak of the pandemic COVIDA-19. One makes you wonder if, truly, caring is a natural human emotion and disposition with so much hate and harsh criticisms posted in social media these days. “Let us just do our part and help each other. With all the toxic thoughts posted in Facebook and social media, we should just focus and remain positive with the good vibes that we are Filipinos in deed no matter who heads the government. I pray for all Davaoenos to be united in this fight against the most dreaded COVIDA-19. We should nourish and practice caring for others in all aspects of our lives to somehow reduce the misery and hardship; and to realize our own humanity,” responded the good chef. Chef Patrick Co has been distributing food packs to the City’s frontliners: AFP, PNP, PAF, SPMC COVIDA-19 Team, among others, for three weeks now. Yes, 16,770 food packs plus counting have been personally distributed by him and his team. “We want to let our frontliners know that we sincerely appreciate their hard work. Each day is getting harder but we continue pushing ourselves to serve our THE CHEF Patrick Co food rations

FOOD packs for the AFP

CHEF Patrick personally delivers food packs to PNP

PERSONAL delivery to SPMC team

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THE CHEF with a good heart, Darence Patrick Co of Fat Cow and Asian Cow

FAT COW’S microwaveable, ready-to-eat gourmet meals

self-sacrificing frontliners. We each have to do our part and help each other survive,” he said. Please help chef Patrick with his food donation drive. For every P1,000.00 you donate, 10 food packs will be provided to our frontliners. You can send food or cash donations through Fat Cow or Asian Cow located along Mabini Street. Cash donations may be sent through BDO account no: 003248011199. Fat Cow and Asian Cow are now offering ready to grill marinated meat products and microwaveable Asian Cow and Fat Cow gourmet meals for take out. “It’s a very convenient way of eating good food in a time like this. All the food are made fresh and are blast-frozen to retain their high quality taste while you prepare and enjoy them in the comfort and safety of your home. We guarantee you that our food is prepared with care; and processed under high standards just like what we offer in our restaurants. Do get these culinary offerings at Fat Cow by calling us at tel.no: 224-5906. We do accept bank transfer, cash and credit card payments,” promotes chef Patrick. As Christine Uy said, “A salute to Patrick Co and his team and donors. Your dedication inspire us to join you and be a part of this noble act. Thank you for being our everyday hero.”

APRIL AUGUST 09, 10, & 11, 2020 WEDNESDAY, 31, 2016

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.

APRIL 09, 10, & 11, 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

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

APRIL 09, 10, & 31, 11, 2016 2020 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST

APRIL AUGUST 09, 10, & 11, 2020 WEDNESDAY, 31, 2016

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

COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE Strategic location with Wide Frontage Perfect for Motorcycle display area, Appliance store, Convenience store Call 0923 273 6678 / 0932 531 9029

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




APRIL 09, 10, & 11, 2020


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every day and must submit reports with pictures to the district," he further said. The maritime patrols conducted by their ships are 24/7. "Our rubber boats and aluminum boats are also conducting their respective patrols based on intelligence reports, if any," he added. In a separate phone interview, Commodore Antonio Palces, the commander of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM), said that since the regional COVID-19 task force was activated, they have deployed give vessels for patrol. "Because before, we were just conducting patrols along the Davao Gulf,

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then Samal every night using the multi-purpose attack craft and the patrol boat light of the Naval Special Operation Unit," Palces said. But, with the regional task force, they added the PS 36 (PG -118 and PG 1137), which have their own sectors to conduct patrols at any one time. Two will conduct patrol and the one will be at pier for emergencies. "For now, they are conducting patrols, not only in Davao Gulf but all covering Region XI," he said. He said their directive is to prohibit swimming in beaches during the community quarantine. "Our naval personnel

and assets are committed to supporting the regional task force," he further said. Also, Davao Coast Guard Station commander Garry Laynesa said their personnel were directed to implement the guideline. It means no individuals or families are allowed to go swimming during the observance of the Holy Week and Easter Sunday. "The Coast Guard Davao personnel will concentrate on the coastal communities to disseminate such order using the public address system," Laynesa said. "Our floating units will intensify their seaborne patrol, and at the same time deliver the public address for widest dissemination."

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positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients in the city to 68. Of these 68 individuals, 12 already expired to the disease and 25 already recovered. In the region, there are 84 people who tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 7. Of this number, 30 individuals from the region have successfully recovered. The DOH also recorded 12 mortalities, one of which was a new

case. Davao del Norte now has nine positive patients, Davao del Sur has two with one recovery, Davao de Oro has two with one recovery, Davao Oriental with three who recovered already, and Davao Occidental remains to have zero cases. The health department also bared that as of April 6, the total persons under investigation (PUIs) in the region were 493 individuals, 402 of whom tested nega-

tive and were discharged already. The remaining 79 were still admitted. The DOH also recorded 12 deaths among these PUI patients, but the cause was not related to COVID-19, but rather due to pre-existing medical conditions. The total number of persons under monitoring (PUM) as of April 6, at 8 p.m., also reached 16,143. Of the figures, 10,820 were already cleared and 5,593 are still under observation.

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Nearly 48,300 food packs deployed to 8 barangays THE CITY government already distributed 48,292 grocery food packs to the remaining barangays subject for the relief goods operation on Monday. Mayor Sara Duterte said on Tuesday that the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) had dropped off the ration goods to Bago Gallera, Dumoy, Buhangin Proper, Bangkas Heights, Crossing Bayabas, Lubugan, Dalia, and Toril Proper. Some barangays were


directed to pick up the grocery packs allocated for their respective areas. “They were already told to bring their trucks or if they do not have trucks, they can borrow, and then they can get the allotted grocery packs for them from the (city government’s) warehouses,” Duterte said. Duterte said the new system will help speed up the distribution to hit the 350,000 food packs for the first round of relief goods operation before April 9. She still needs to clarify whether the city gov-

ernment will continue the distribution even during the observation of the Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Currently, Duterte said, there are around 40 to 50 trucks from the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) being used by CSWDO for distribution. Hot meal stations are still in operation every morning and afternoon of the week. “We have around 196 (cauldrons) distributed to the 98 barangays for their distribution of hot meals (lugaw and lomi) during morning and afternoon,” she said.

ing, prevention, and cooperation during these uncertain times. The purpose of this operation is to enlighten the people to pay attention to the government's call to stay at home and follow guidelines of the executive order,” the battalion commander said. Also, the 16IB troops were tasked to render support operation to the local government units and other security forces in

manning the checkpoints to manage the people's movement in Panabo and Davao. " We h o p e d t h a t through these kinds of efforts, we are able to help the city government of Davao in conveying essential guidelines and reminders that will make the people aware, prepared, and cooperative in dealing with this crisis," Salaguinto said. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

Mass Progress and Equal Rights (DUMPER) Partylist for providing assistance to some of the tricycle drivers in the city. “They have prepared assistance for the tricycle drivers,” Duterte said, noting that the assistance was given to drivers in the portions of the second district and some tricycle drivers in the third dis-

trict. Duterte, however, said not everybody is given such aid because of the limited budget. “But even so, even if they cannot provide for everyone, we are very thankful because they were able to give something to our tricycle drivers,” Mayor Duterte said. By Warren Elijah E. Valdez

and live a normal life. Also, we appeal to the parents to be vigilant of the activities of their children as they are vulnerable to the deceptive recruitment of the CPPNDF-NPA," he further said. NPA surrenders Meanwhile, a vice political guide of the NPA surrendered to the soldiers of the 67th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Casunugan, Baganga, Davao Oriental on Monday morning. 2Lt Jerwin Cambangay, the civil-military operations officer of the 67th IB, only identified him as alias Ron Ron, 20, a member of the Mandaya tribe in Davao Oriental, and a leader of Squad Primera, Front North, Sub-Regional Command of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC). He also surrendered brought along his M16A1 rifle.

Based on the initial interview, he joined the underground movement (UGM) of the Guerilla Front 20 in Sitio Africa, Barangay Sta Maria, Trento, Agusan Del Sur sometime in January 2019. He escaped from the group on April 5 at the vicinity of Sitio Casunugan, Barangay Mahan-ub, Baganga. “I surrendered due to hunger, hardship, and fear for myself and my family,” he said. In his statement, Lt. Col. Louie Dema-ala, the 67th IB commander, said: “The implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 and the sincerity of all local chief executives of Davao Oriental to achieve a long and lasting peace through Good Governance paved the way for NPA members to surrender." By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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a facial mask when going out, and observe social distancing," Mempin said. Lt Col. Joel Salaguinto, commander of the 16th Infantry Battalion, also said that they are conducting their own loudspeaker operation, particularly in the far-flung areas of Panabo City and Davao City. Soldiers onboard military vehicles go around the communities to broadcast reminders on the need for sanitation, social distanc-


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pick-up the hot meal containers and some of them will be taking rounds in the city with sound system attached on their vehicles, which will serve as a platform of information dissemination (on COVID-19),” Mayor Duterte said. Meanwhile, Mayor Duterte lauded the effort of the Drivers United for

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ered one Bushmaster MOD-XM15 E2S loaded with 25 rounds of ammo, one AK-47 with three magazines loaded with 77 rounds of ammo, 72 rounds of Garand rifle ammo, one air gun rifle, one upper air gun rifle, three backpacks with personal belongings, subversive documents, one cellphone with several sim cards, medical supplies and paraphernalia. Last March 29, the CPP-NDF-NPA declared a reciprocal ceasefire in connection with the COVID 19 pandemic. “This tragic event disheartens me because of the loss of life,” Lt. Col. Sonny Gonzales, commanding Officer of the 71IB, said. "We call on those remaining NPA members to surrender and avail of the government’s E-Clip (Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program)


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TODAs in the City of Mati among of them are MNCHS, DAMTODA, TAMTODA, MCPTODA, MSCTODA, Saint Camillus, IHMA, and MAPTODA. Unlike in previous relief goods that came in plastic bags, the new ones are carefully packed inside a box and


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Jevy Rea Gelig, a resident of Barangay San Roque Cebu City. He said the internal cleansing of the PNP will continue amid the ongoing health emergency in the country. “This is in line with our continuous effort to identify and arrest police scalawags despite the pandemic we are facing these days, as part of the massive internal cleansing program ordered by PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa,” Lee said. The suspects were arrested upon receiving an airconditioning unit from complainant Reymart Villarmino in an entrapment operation in Sitio Silangan 2, Barangay Tejero, Cebu City. Investigation showed that the suspects demanded the


air-conditioning unit from Villarmino in exchange for the downgrading of drug charges against his brother Ramel. The complainant sought the assistance of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 and PNP-IMEG. The suspects are now under the custody of the PRO 7 and are facing administrative and criminal charges for robbery-extortion. Lee called on the public to report the PNP personnel (uniformed and nonuniformed) involved in any irregularities to the PNPIMEG hotlines: SMART -- 0998-970-2286 or GLOBE -- 0995-795-2569. Information may also be forwarded to Facebook Page: Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group. (PNA)

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million come the calamity fund of the province. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the realigned budget during its special session on April 3. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has allowed local government units (LGUs) to tap their 20 percent development funds for COVID-19 response. Jubahib revealed the QRF is intended for relief assistance, isolation rooms, personal protective equipment and hygiene kits and provisions for frontliners, medicines, medical equipment, decontamination chambers, disinfectants, and other similar supplies, and the likes.


sealed with tape. It contains 6 kilos of rice, 6 sachets of coffee, 4 cans of sardines, 4 cans of corned beef or beef loaf. The 3-days distribution will benefit about 2,800 drivers and operators coming from transportation sector. The food pack is enough for two days for a family of five. PR

Last Friday, the governor led the inauguration of 30 isolation rooms for persons under investigation (PUIs), as an important prevention protocol to slow the spread of the fatal disease. He also started distributing 325,000 food packs on Tuesday to the different LGUs to augment their relief assistance in helping the Dabaonon families through the difficult times. To effectively contain and delay the spread of the coronavirus, Jubahib on Sunday issued Executive Order No. 31, Series of 2020, placing the province of Davao del Norte under Enhanced Community Quarantine, except the Island Garden City of Samal, from April 5 to April 20. PR

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Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA), which stipulates that host communities will get a share of one centavo for every kilowatt-hour (P0.01/kWh) generated by power plants operating in its area. The fund can be used by host beneficiaries for the electrification of areas or households that have no access to power, development and livelihood programs, as well as reforestation, watershed management, health, and environmental enhancement initiatives. With the new circular covering ER 1-94 funds, host LGUs can now use these shares to help manage the effects of the new virus, in accordance with the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. This includes the facilitation of mass testing

by providing and constructing facilities, as well as acquiring proper medical testing kits. AboitizPower is currently downloading to around 130 host beneficiaries across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao P146 million worth of funds generated as of December 25, 2019. Another P338 million from various AboitizPower-led generating companies, accumulated as of 2018, is also currently being remitted by DOE to the host beneficiaries. “This is our contribution to the government’s efforts to ensure that all LGUs have enough resources to help contain, mitigate, and eventually eliminate the spread of COVID-19 in their areas,” Rubio added.


Turkmenistan holds mass exercise as it defies coronavirus concerns AUTHORITARIAN Turkmenistan gathered thousands of citizens for mass exercise events to mark World Health Day, state media said, ignoring the global trend for social distancing to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The Central Asian country, along with North Korea, is one of a handful of territories which claim they have no cases of the virus which is sweeping across the globe. A state television broadcast late on Tuesday showed hundreds of people wearing identical coloured


tracksuits cycling in close formation on a cold, damp day in the capital Ashgabat. Another sequence showed state employees including medical staff doing stretches inside and outside government buildings. State media said 7,000 citizens participated in cycling events across the gasrich ex-Soviet country to celebrate the date, which has been marked internationally since 1950. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was shown riding a horse and biking with a small group of officials. Turkmenistan has yet

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commission of their recruit’s upgrade and/or renewal of package; and a pass up bonus they get 50% of their recruit’s income in captcha typing. Lastly, the HOE entices its investors to invest a minimum of P5,000 as capital in exchange of supposed high returns of investment depending on the type of membership. Investors may earn money through direct selling where they earn 30% income for every product sales, referral cycle bonus where they earn 10% for


every two personal direct sponsors, sales match bonus where they earn up to P5,000 for every sales match, redundant cycle/ matching bonus, among others. People involved in those entities such as salesmen, brokers, dealers, or agents in selling or enticing people to invest may be held criminally liable under Section 28 of the SRC and penalized with a maximum of P5,000,000 and/or 21 years imprisonment, according to the Section 73 of the SRC.

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ers to have a photo of their receiver’s ID, and copy their name exactly as written on the ID to avoid mistakes and inconveniences. The receiver, on the other hand, must present the complete Reference Number, and one valid ID upon pick up of the cash, which is available within 2 to 4 working days. Meanwhile, for BDO Mobile App users, after the transaction confirmation,


they can get the Reference Number under “Send Money” in the bottom menu > View Transaction Status > For Cash Pick Up. Clients can also visit BDO’s official website bdo.com.ph, official BDO Facebook page (fb.com/ BDOUnibank), and Youtube channel (youtube. com/user/BDOPhilippines) for more information on Cash Pick-up Anywhere.

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ments, they are practicing social responsibility in this time na kinahanglan nato Magtinabangay.” The public may check the prices of goods on the official Facebook page of DTI Region XI as it has posted the list of prices for each province in the Davao region. Although there are no violators yet, Ambi reassured the public that their office is open for any concerns or complaints. Those who have complaints may contact the agency through its email,

r11.davaocity@dti.gov. ph; landline, (082) 2240511; or on Facebook, https://www.facebook. com/DTI.RegionXI/ Ambi urged all establishments to participate. “Panawagan nato sa mga establishments karon kung pwede na dili mag-take advantage (sa) atong crisis situation right now. I think this is the time na kinahanglan kita tanan magtinabangay and importante ang cooperation sa atong mga traders, retailers, ug uban pang tindahan,” she said. By Nicole Burlas

to register a case of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 80,000 people worldwide, despite sharing a border with Iran, one of the first countries to be hit hard by the pandemic after China. The country's government is notoriously secretive and national statistics, whether health-related or economic, are regularly doubted by field experts. A separate state news report on Wednesday said authorities were building a hospital to treat infectious diseases in the Akhal


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content to create a fun and engaging education experience,” said Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications. For its part, DepEd welcomed this collaboration with Globe. “The launch of the Globe eLibrary could not be more timely given the situation we are facing now,” said DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua. “As we are building the content of DepEd Commons, this influx of eBooks from Globe will help provide our learners and teachers with more content they can work with.” With Globe eLibrary, anyone may read all ebooks and watch all videos that they want. Downloaded ebooks may be opened using any ebook reader that supports ePUB and PDF formats while downloaded videos may be viewed through any .mp4 player. Copies of these materials may also be sent out to other people. The books include storybooks for children and young adults as well as textbooks on core subjects such as Math, Science, English, Filipino, Music, Arts, among others. They


region that surrounds Ashgabat, but did not mention COVID-19. S t r o n g m a n Berdymukhamedov mentioned the coronavirus publicly for the first time last week in a speech where he talked about the economic threat posed by the pandemic. Tu r k m e n i s t a n a n d Tajikistan -- another former Soviet Central Asian country that has yet to declare a case of the disease -- both sent children back to school after spring holidays this week. AFP

were curated from various sources that allow free public use and sharing such as Gutenberg.org and Storyweaver.org.in. Local titles were provided by DepEd’s Bureau of Learning Resources while more Globe content partners are expected to contribute in the coming months. On the other hand, the eLearning videos, some of which were developed by teachers themselves, introduce important concepts in English, Math, and Science, incorporating sights and sounds that are familiar to the students. It originated from Text2Teach, a 10-year program launched by the Ayala Foundation, Globe, DepEd, and various organizations in 2003. Text2Teach was designed to supply public schools with high-quality video content and teacher training on utilizing mobile technology for learning. Globe eLibrary provides a new home for Text2Teach content as it promotes digital learning among students and teachers nationwide, particularly in schools where access to quality books is limited, and usage of technology for learning is not maximized.

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through the CAO’s Buyback Repack and Distribute program which also serves as an aid to the farmers whose income were affected by measures against the virus. Duterte said the City Agriculturist’s Office will coordinate to the barangay in identifying who are the possible beneficiaries of the agri-food relief distribution. She noted that these should be given to those indigents of the same qualifications required of

those who were given the ration cards such as those heads of the family who are no-work-no-pay, and those low-income heads of the family with significant loss or reduction of income due to the measures implemented amid the quarantine period. “All have lost their job. All of us are affected. We are trying to provide food for everyone that will take them through the ECQ, and hopefully until April 30,” Mayor Duterte said.


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