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EN may dominate the airtime and screen time in most media outlets during this pandemic, but it is actually the women who are at the forefront of COVID-19 response in the community level. Most of those considered “essential workers” who are forced to work outside their homes while on community quarantine -grocery clerks, food service crew, pharmacy workers, caregivers, and healthcare workers -- are women. The World Economic Forum noted that women comprise majority of frontline healthcare workers globally, and that “female representation is vital in tackling the coronavirus crisis.” It added that at least 70 percent of the world’s healthcare staff are made up of women, but only 25 percent of global leaders are female. And yet the countries recognized as having the best coronavirus responses have one thing in common -- they are all led by women. Germany, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Taiwan have been cited as “managing the crisis better” compared to other countries. Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte has been criticized, along with US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for framing the pandemic as a “war”

and treating an invisible virus as an “enemy” that must be crushed. This is probably why President Duterte appointed all men, and mostly generals, in the task force he created to respond to the pandemic in the country. Because wars are generally viewed as the area of men. Meanwhile, President Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte is leading her community differently. Mayor Inday, as she is fondly called by Davaoeños, set an example by self-isolating immediately after returning from her trip to Metro Manila and just recently committed to donate her entire one year salary to help the city’s healthcare workers who got infected by coronavirus. She also put Davao City on community quarantine even before there were confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city as a preemptive measure. The directives given to government workers, local law enforcement units, and civil society are clear and transparent and communicated to the public in a timely manner. Every citizen is encouraged to do his or her part to help

ROTARACTORS help pack meals at Fat Cow for the food drive that helps feed hospital workers and security personnel who are not able to go home during the ECQ

ROTARY Club of Downtown Davao President-elect Myla Cocon-Agustin, assisted by Rotarian Alstair Tecarro, turning over 100 face shields made using 3D printer to Davao City Police Director John Kirby Kraft

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SPMC healthcare workers wearing donated improvised PPE coverall suits express their gratitude to fellow Davaoeños for their bayanihan spirit

one another. When Araw ng Davao events in March were cancelled to stop mass gatherings, there were no complaints heard. Everyone (except probably those who continued with the cockfight derby) understood that public health is more important than prospective income generated from the festivities. The city’s 911 integrated emergency

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response system is also now being used for telemedicine where people can connect to doctors for free consultation and get online prescriptions for medicine that will be accepted by pharmacies. It is only in Davao where such system is in place. Yes, in Davao City, used to be known as the “killing fields of Asia” just a few decades ago, it is clear that this is not a ( / WOMEN / 8)

DR. CHRISTINE Del Monte-Dayanghirang facilitates the proper and safe turnover of donated improvised PPE suits and face shields from Rotary to SPMC







A PERSONNEL from the Land Transportation Office flags down a private vehicle along MacArthur highway in Bangkal to make sure that the person is either buying food or medicines or attending to some emergency activities. Mayor Sara Duterte felt dismayed after some private vehicles were flooding the streets despite the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in relation to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. BING GONZALES

City gov’t: 2020 is year of mourning BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

THE CITY government has placed the city under a period of mourning and vigilance for the remainder of 2020. On Friday, Mayor Sara and cannot be done during for the duration of the peDuterte issued Executive the period. riod as this will be devoted Order (EO) No. 25, providThe EO said that the to commemorating the seing policies on what can city will not hold festivities vere and distressing impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.


Relief distribution to continue next week, says Mayor Sara BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ MAYOR Sara Duterte said on Thursday that the relief goods distribution to continue next week. The mayor said this is to give time to suppliers to prepare the food packs that will be distributed for the next round of distribution.


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PRO assigns 2 vehicles for frontliners BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE Police Regional Office 11 (PRO 11) on Thursday has assigned two of its vehicles to transport Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) employees who have become frontliners amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.


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City gov’t to pay cremation of dead due to virus, ‘suspects’

THE CITY government will shoulder the cremation payment for those who died of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and those whose test results have yet to be re-

leased but died while having the symptoms. On Thursday in an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio, Mayor Sara Duterte said the city govern-

Tighter measures seen to reduce Covid-19 cases BY WARREN ELIJAH E. VALDEZ

THE CITY government that the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the city will drastically reduced as the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has tightened the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols. Mayor Sara Duterte on Thursday said the control measures announced by the DCPO will help limit the movement of people from going outside of their homes. “Hopefully, this new con-

trol (measure) will reduce the number of people in our streets,” she said. Starting April 18, the DCPO will be enforcing a new odd-even schedule system for the use of the food and medicine (FM) passes as part of the stricter implementation of the ECQ that was extended until April 26. FM pass holders whose pass numbers start with odd numbers are only be allowed to go outside of their residences on Monday, Wednesday,

and Friday; while those with even numbers will only be allowed to go out on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. “You can only use the FM passes on certain days. . . You are not allowed to go out on Sundays even if you have FM pass,” mayor Duterte added, noting that only those who are working in the establishments given exemption in the duration of the ECQ are allowed to go out on Sunday. “Why would you still go


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ment decided to process the payment for cremation of those who died at the Southern Philippines Medical Center after the hospital


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Public urged: Clean your surroundings. establishments BY SAMANTHA T. BURGOS

MAYOR Sara Duterte encouraged the people and businesses to clean their establishments and surroundings to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).. In an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on Thursday, Duterte said it would be efficient if the general public will conduct sanitation procedures within


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Military preparing for lockdown order: official THE EASTERN Mindanao Command will prepare measures that it will implement in the case when President Rodrigo Duterte makes good his warning that he will use both the police and military in implementing the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). "We are presently assisting different local government units in the enforcement of ECQ (enhanced community quarantine)," said Lt Col. Ezra Balagtey, command spokesperson. " And we will prepare ac-


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HEALTH officials have ing against (Covid-19) outpushed for the enhancement break, is a good thing as the of disease testing laboratories state-run hospital has trained in Mindanao to ensure that the its personnel on the operaisland is ready for cases simi- tions of molecular biology lar to the coronavirus disease laboratory, the Polymerase 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. chain reaction (PCR) and the “We need to guard our- rapid-testing PCR machines. selves and be prepared. One He said this was even before way of doing this is to capaci- the outbreak of H1n1, an tate the hospitals, to do their influenza A virus found about own molecular biolab and 10 years ago. train them in doing the PCR Vega also bared that and the viral molecular stud- the Research Institute for ies. With this kind of testing, if Tropical Medicine (RITM) this pandemic happens again, is looking at capacitating the we will be able to defend Davao Region Medical Center ourselves in terms of testing (DMRC), which is based in and isolating the people,” Tagum City, the capital of Dr. Leopoldo Vega, Southern Davao del Norte, by providing Philippines Medical Center it with facilities so it can also chief, said during Monday’s conduct tests. virtual press conference. He also said that RITM is Vega said this is impor- trying to capacitate one hospitant to be prepared in case an- tal in Northern Mindanao and other emerging or re-emerging one in Zamboanga. infectious disease will occur. “We are looking at key He also said that1 1/29/2020 SPMC,3:06:14strategic areas for Mindanao Ad (8x5.5in).pdf PM being at the forefront in fight-


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5 fined for not wearing face masks BY RHODA GRACEB. SARON

LAW ENFORCERS arrested five individuals for not wearing face masks while roaming around the town in Padada, Davao del Sur. Capt Arnold Absin, chief of police of the Padada Municipal Police Station , said the five were fined. "They had different reasons why they did not us face masks; according to them they will not get infected with the virus," Absin said. The police in the region has intensified its campaign in implementing the protocols of the enhanced community quarantine after it was extended until end of next week. "A face mask is a physical barrier that protects us and others


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Rebels urged: Surrender, avail of gov’t programs





Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr., EMC commander, said. "We have a caring government that attends to the need of every citizen of this country in times of crisis," he added Faustino made the call after a unit of the command figured in clashes with the rebels who were reportedly harassing communities in Agusan del Norte, Davao de Oro and Davao Oriental. Faustino also recognized the efforts of the units of his command for helping local

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Wuhan death toll raised as US plots re-opening

THE CHINESE city where the coronavirus first emerged raised its death toll by 50 percent on Friday, revealing the ground zero of the global pandemic had been much worse hit than Beijing had previously reported. The revision came as were cases that were "mis- cial Times it would be "naive" a growing chorus of world takenly reported" or missed to think China had handled leaders suggested China had entirely, the posting said. the pandemic well, adding: not been entirely open about But the revision will play "There are clearly things that the full domestic impact of a into a growing narrative of have happened that we don't virus that has killed more than Chinese untrustworthiness know about." 140,000 people globally and led by Trump's nationalist Beijing and Moscow confined half of humanity to administration. slapped down the attacks, with their homes. That has now garnered Russian President Vladimir It also followed US Presi- support from Britain and Putin denouncing "attempts dent Donald Trump ordering France, fuelled by two US by some people to smear a cautious easing of lockdown media outlets reporting sus- China." restrictions in an effort to picions the virus accidentally - Life-and-death balance kickstart his stalling economy, slipped out of a sensitive WuWorld leaders are grapand as GDP data revealed han laboratory that studied pling with the question of China's economy had slipped bats. when to re-open society, seekinto reverse for the first time British Foreign Secretary ing a life-and-death balance in decades. Dominic Raab, deputising for between unfreezing stalled In Wuhan -- where the vi- Prime Minister Boris Johnson economies and preventing a rus was first detected late last who is still recovering from deadly second coronavirus year -- an official announce- the virus, said there would be wave. ment raised the city's death "hard questions" for Beijing. While Trump declared toll by half, to a total of 3,869. French President Emma- Thursday the time had come The additional deaths nuel Macron told the Finan( / WUHAN / 15)

‘Box it in’: US health expert on beating the coronavirus

THE US may be hitting its peak of coronavirus cases, but it will take an unprecedented public health effort for Americans to return safely to their former lives, according to the ex-head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctor Tom Frieden, who served as the agency's director from 2009-2017 and currently leads the health nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives, spoke to AFP Wednesday about the road ahead. The text has been edited for brevity. How will things shape up

Ukraine swaps prisoners with rebels UKRAINE'S government on Thursday swapped prisoners with Russia-backed separatists in the war-torn east of the country, ahead of Orthodox Easter celebrations. Twenty people who had been held captive in two breakaway regions were handed over to the government, Kiev said. Separatists took back 14 prisoners but three others refused to return, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's office told AFP. "I'm happy every time we get our citizens back: our heroes, soldiers, political prisoners and ordinary citizens of Ukraine," Zelensky said in a video address. "We will fight until all Ukrainians come home." Alevtina Popova, the only woman among those handed to Ukraine, said she had been detained by separatists for providing help to Ukrainian servicemen in 2018, in a video released by Zelensky's office. She said she was feeling "relief" after the exchange and was ready to undergo the mandatory two-week coronavirus quarantine. Ukraine's ombudsman, Lyudmyla Denisova, said the lockdown imposed in Ukraine to control the coronavirus epidemic had made prisoner exchange talks "much harder". Denisova added that another 200 prisoners were still being held by separatists and


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for Americans this summer? The key here is to box it in, and that means strengthening all four corners of that box, the ability to test, the safe isolation of everyone infected, vigorous and extensive contact tracing, and safe and attractive quarantine of those who are exposed. If we can do those four things, we can put the virus in a box. Focus on the date rather than the data on how well we're doing those four things is misplaced. We need to use this time that we're hunkered down in our homes to prepare so that when we come out, we'll be able to stay out. A Harvard study suggested intermittent social distancing until 2022 would allow the population to accumulate herd immunity in 'off' periods. Do you support this idea? The idea that we would intentionally allow people to get infected is just misguided,

because people have contact with others. So if you get infected, but you don't get very ill, you may then spread it without knowing to your grandmother or the checkout person at the grocery store The key here is to develop a systematic and rational way, gradually loosening the faucet so that we can resume activities as soon and safely as possible. That does mean that older people and medically vulnerable people will need to shelter in place for longer. Emphasis has been placed on antibody tests that might give us a sense of who is immune, but you've said many already available are "junk" -- why did the Food and Drug Administration approve them? The FDA hasn't quite found the Goldilocks point where they're doing the right level of assessment of tests. AFP

Virus toll rises in biz capital of Ecuador THIS FILE PHOTO shows a worker inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province. The P4 epidemiological laboratory was built in co-operation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. AFP PHOTO

ECUADOR'S economic capital Guayaquil is reeling from the most aggressive outbreak of COVID-19 in Latin America after the pandemic hit the city "like a bomb," its mayor said. C y n t h i a Vi t e r i h a s

Report: Anger in African countries over coronavirus 'stigma' in China

AFRICAN countries are seething over accounts that Africans are battling stigma and discrimination in China over the coronavirus pandemic, apparently linked to a cluster of cases in the Nigerian community in the southern city of Guangzhou. The African residents say they have suffered forced evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass coronavirus tests and face discrimination in restaurants and hotels. "We saw images of Nigerians in the streets with their possessions and this was of course extremely distressing for us at home," Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama told Chinese ambassador Zhou Pingjian on Tuesday.

He said the situation was "unacceptable" to Nigeria's government and people, and demanded "immediate action" from the Chinese authorities. The African Union on Saturday expressed its "extreme concern" about the situation in Guangzhou and called on Beijing to take immediate corrective measures. The controversy coincides with a Chinese charm offensive in Africa. Diplomats said around 20 African countries are drawing up a joint letter to Beijing to say that mass virus tests and quarantines imposed specifically on Africans amount to "racism". The draft letter, a form of diplomatic correspondence called a note verbale,

describes this as a "clear violation of human rights", the sources say. - Racism issue Local authorities in Guangzhou, a city of 15 million, said at least eight people diagnosed with coronavirus had spent time in the city's Yuexiu district, known as "Little Africa". Five were Nigerian nationals who sparked widespread anger after reports surfaced that they had broken a mandatory quarantine and been to eight restaurants and other public places instead of staying home. Several Africans told AFP they had been forcibly evicted from their homes and turned away by hotels. One said he had been sleeping

under a bridge for four days and could not find a store that would allow him to buy food. On Sunday, as international pressure mounted, the foreign ministry in Beijing issued a statement saying the country attached "great importance to the life and health of foreign nationals" and rejected all "racist and discriminatory" remarks. The US fast-food chain McDonald's apologised after a sign in one of its restaurants in Guangzhou told black people they were banned from entering. - Embarrassment The global pandemic was caused by a novel form of coronavirus that scientists say leapt the species barrier to


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emerged from her own bout with the virus to battle the worst crisis the port city of nearly 3 million people has known in modern times. "There is no space for either the living or the dead. That's how severe the pandemic is in Guayaquil," Viteri told AFP in a phone interview Monday. Mortuaries, funeral homes and hospital services are overwhelmed, and Viteri said the actual death toll from the virus is likely much higher than the official national figure of 369. Guayaquil accounts for more than 70 percent of Ecuador's 7,600 infections since February 29. - 'Unprepared' The 54-year-old mayor admitted the city was "unprepared" for the onslaught: "Nobody believed that what we saw in Wuhan, people falling dead in the streets, would ever happen here." Now authorities are forecasting a death toll of more than 3,500 in the city and its hinterland in the coming months. Guayaquil proved especially vulnerable to the virus because of its air links to Europe, Viteri said.


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their areas. However, she discouraged the use of spraying or misting as it can only cause harmful side effects to the body. The Department of Health (DOH), earlier, said that there is no proof that spraying and misting are effective as it even warned that these can cause skin irritation, environmental pollution and skin cancer. DOH advised the public to instead soak objects or use different rags per area to disinfect surfaces. In this way, pathogens will be removed from surfaces. Under Executive Order No. 24, the mayor also ordered all government and private offices, educational institutions, places of worship, hotels and business establishments – including events places, restaurants and other food establishments, groceries, supermarket, wet market/ palengke to close for one day to conduct disinfection and general cleaning. Exempted from the general cleaning are government emergency services, hospitals, and funeral parlors. Establishments that were not operating during the ECQ can schedule when to conduct general cleaning but for those that were operating, the schedules are: April 27 - All government offices April 28 - All private offices April 29 - Business establishments April 30 - Hotels and other similar establishments,

events places, restaurants, and other food establishments, groceries, supermarket, wet market/palengke May 4 - Educational institutions, places of worship “Everything must be wiped using rags and floor mops. The cleaning materials from one area or surface must be kept separate and should not be used in other areas or surfaces to avoid cross-contamination. As an example, mops for the floors should not be used on the walls or restroom cleaning materials should not be used in the kitchen,” Duterte said. She also cited that the standard disinfection solution should be 0.5% sodium hypochlorite solution (1:10 solution) for surface disinfection. “Using commercially available household bleach at 5% active chlorine, dilute 1 part of bleach to 9 parts of clean water; or using chlorine powder/granules/tablet at 60% - 70% active chlorine, dissolve 1 tablespoon of chlorine (equivalent to 10 grams) to 2 liters of clean water. Mix the solution thoroughly using a stick,” she said. She also reiterated the strict observance of the onemeter distance between clients and workers in government offices, banks and other establishments that are operating. Wet markets should also create a floor plan. She reminded the public to avoid abusing the usage of the food and medicine passes as those are intended only to buy foods and medicines.


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reported that cadavers of those who were found positive of the virus and those who were suspected to have died of the virus have piled up. “Most of these patients were not cremated immediately as the cremation is costly,” she said, “so we decided to shoulder the charges to prevent this (piling-up of corpses) from happening.” She said that cremation costs P40,000 to P50,000. She said 24 cadavers were at the hospital’s morgue, 14 of them were positive of the virus, while the test results of the remaining bodies have not arrived yet. “With this, there is a possibility that we can cremate even those who tested negative,” she said, pointing out that the health experts recommended that corpses be immediately cremated as a proper way of handling these cases. She added that the city has three cremation facilities only and that there are times that these facilities even refuse to create some patients. “So what we do now is that we

(city government) guarantee the cremation charges to prevent the piling-up of these corpses,” she said. Based on the protocols of the Department of Health, those who died of the disease must be cremated within 12 hours after their death even if the results of their tests have yet to be released. The mayor also warned those who would violate the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols that the city government will not shoulder their cremation if they died of the disease. “The more you go outside, the more you are exposed, the more chances of acquiring Covid-19 and the more it will lead you to cremation. If you happen to violate the ECQ protocols and you get sick, the city government will not shoulder your hospital bills, nor your cremation charges. So better to stay at home and follow orders from the city government,” she said. By Samantha T. Burgos and Warren Elijah E. Valdez

These past few days, the city mayor observed several private cars roaming around the city. This prompted her to warn the public to stay at home, or the city government will not help those who will get sick for violating the quarantine protocols. “I really wanted to put a stop to this already. The only way to do that is to follow the guidelines. We should all stay

at home and follow the orders given to you, or else, this will not end at all,” she said, asking for the cooperation of the public. She urged the public to refrain from going outside as they have given already ample days to buy their food and medicine stocks. This after the city decided to schedule the days on when the FM passes will only be valid.


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Under the EO, Duterte said the period is also to be used in sympathizing with those whose lives were lost to the disease and their families, particularly those of frontliners who died while serving the community. “The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the lives of 143,000 individuals around the world and there are hundreds of deaths reported daily,” she said in the executive order. “In the Philippines, many healthcare workers have either died or have been infected with the virus. There is a need to emphasize the value of sympathy for the families of frontliners who died and who will die because of Covid-19,” she added. She also said that the quarantine protocols have taken a toll on the people, including the businesses and that she is even expecting hunger in the coming months especially among the economically-depressed sectors. “There is a need to impress upon everyone the value of empathy who are suffering and who will continue to suffer the after effects of the

pandemic,” the EO reads. This is also to impose vigilance among the people in the city and recognize the sacrifices of the frontline workers. With this, the city government has come up guidelines for the mourning and vigilance that include: all city and national government celebrations, parties, anniversaries, and festivities shall be cancelled; Commemoration of important dates and legal holidays should be kept short; all barangays shall refrain from extravagant celebration of their fiesta. All founding anniversaries/Araw ng Barangay celebrations shall be cancelled; private parties should be lowkey with no more than 25 guests. Big celebrations are advised to be postponed until 2021; private sector should consider food distribution, feeding program, or financial assistance to their employees; The city government will file actions in cases of thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display.




Ang ‘maayo’ nga resulta sa CoViD 19

Year of mourning THE START of the year did not augur well for us, especially as we were already burdened with the anxiety and troubles of the series of earthquakes that rocked our region as 2019 moved to a close. There were high expectations that 2020 will be better and more secure, especially to those who remained in evacuation centers with their family. This failed to happen. We have no control over the misfortunes we are facing today, all EDITORIAL we can do is ensure that we are safe and believe that in solidarity, we can forge on and triumph over these adversities. Last Friday, Mayor Sara Duterte issued Executive Order (EO) No. 25, effectively placing the city under a period of mourning and vigilance for the remainder of 2020. This means that all festivities within this period will be canceled and that the focus of the city will be on responding to the impact of COVID-19. Our medical frontliners whose lives are imperiled as they perform their daily tasks are not forgotten. Many have already succumbed to the virus and others face discrimination and abuse in the hands of narrow minded individuals. We would like to add to this mix other frontliners who leave the safety of their homes to make our lives comfortable. We would like to mention here the Correspondents:

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security guards, sanitation crew who do not even have proper equipment, the sales people, the police manning their posts, and the technical crew that ensures that we do not lack water, light or cable. The mayor acknowledged that with the stricter implementation of the quarantine, people have to bear its impact, especially those who are already economically disadvantaged. The government has tried to mitigate hunger and poverty in the next few months but the assistance is not enough to meet the needs of the poor. The times call for creativity and reflection. For many who have never seen this kind of suffering, we hope that there will be a shift in their hearts and gain empathy for those who suffer most. The world as we know it has changed. We are at the cusp of a whole new world.

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ANG tinuod di ko hilig mogamit sa moderno nga mga “gadget” ug sa “social media” nga uban niini kon ang katuyo--an mao lang ang pagpakiglambigit sa ubang mga tawo. Mogamit lang ko ani kon gikinahanglan aron sa pagdugang o di ba sa paglig-on sa mga inpormasyon nga akong gamiton sa akong trabaho isip usa ka magsusulat niining pahayagan. Ang hinungdan sa kakulang sa akong pagkabuyo sa maong gamit mao ang kabalaka nga basin unya mas maingganyo na hinuon ko nga magsalig na lamang niini ug sa kanunay ang akong oras didto na sa maong gamit. Pwede na sab dawaton nako ang rason nga “jurrasic” na seguro ko. Pero gumikan sa gipatuman karon nga Enhanced Community Quarantine kon ECQ sa tibuok Pilipinas lakip na sa dakbayan sa Dabaw gumikan sa makalilisang nga sakit dala sa Corona Virus 19 (CoViD) halos 24 oras sa tibuok adlaw nga naa lang ko sulod sa balay. Ang nakaparat pa kay didto ko naatlan sa pagsugod sa ECQ sa Dabaw sa akong balay sa uma sa Tugbok, mga 31 ka kilometro gikan sa sentro sa dakbayan. Mao nga wala’y laing gisaligan sa pagpangita ug mga balita kon unsa na ang mga nanghitabo sa nasud ug sa kalibutan gumikan sa CoViD 19 kon dili ang unsa lang ang gireport sa mga estasyon sa telebisyon nga naka satellite ang instalasyon. Kini naghatag sab nako ug kahigayonan nga makabaton ug mga isyu nga himuon basehan sa akong mga gisulat sa inadlaw nga lindog dinhi niining pahina. Ug kay wala may telepono didto sa bukid, wala pud signal gikan sa mga kompaniya sa telekomikasyon wala pud e-mail facility nga ako unta nga magamit aron sa pagpadala sa ako column sa editorial office niini’ng mantalaan. Di pud ko makakomunikar sa akong mga anak, mga igsuon ug ubang mga suod nga kaparyentihan nga naa sa downtown ug tu-a sa Dakbayan sa Sugbo. Mao nga gikinahanglan gyud nako nga molugsong sa sentro sa dakbayan kausa sa usa ka semana aron makisayud unsa na ang kahimtang sa nasud luyo sa pandemic, ingon man mangumusta sa akong mga suod nga kabanay. Ug sulod sa usa ka adlaw ug usa ka gabi-I nga naa ko sa akong balay sa Catalunan Grande, ang akong oras akong gamiton sa pag-utingkay sa akong e-mail box, sa on-line edition niining among mantalaan, magbasa sa kon unsa na lang ang gipang “post” sa akong mga suod nga mga paryente sa ilang Facebook ingon man sa Messenger. Kini akong himuon human nako makita ug madungog ang mga balita sa telebisyon. Wa na’y tawagay kay kalas man ug load; magastos. Didto na lang ko sa “family group chat” kay tanan nga nahilakip sa grupo pwede man nga makig-ambit sa pagkulukabildohay sama nga nagpundok sa usa ka lugar lang. Sa “group chat” ako nahibaw-an nga matag usa ka membro sa pamilya, mga anak, mga igsuon, mga pagumangkon, mga umagad, mga apo nga tu-a sa nagkalainlain nga dapit sa Pilipinas ug sa ubang mga kanasuran isig padayag sa ilang mga kabalaka luyo sa pagkuyanap sa CoViD 19. Daghan sa akong mga pag-umangkon nga mga lalake mga tripulante sa mga barko nga nagbiyahe-an sa ubang mga nasud. Dunay duha nga ang ilang biyahe halos pulos mga pwerto didto sa China atol sa pagkusog sa CoViD didto. Uban nila, ang biyahe didto sa mga nasud sa Europa sama sa Englatera, sa Sweden, Italy, Greece, Turkey. Ang uban sa mga nasud sa mga kontinente sa Amerika lakip na ang USA ug Canada. Duna pud nagbiyahe ang ilang gisakyan nga barko sa Australia ug sa Middle East. Maayo na lang kay ang akong anak nakanaog na sa iyang barko sa wala pa giserhan ang mga pwerto sa Pilipinas sa mga langyaw nga mga sakyanan sa kadagatan. Salamat pud nga wala ni bisan usa sa akong mga pagumangkon ang nagsakay sa usa ka “cruise ship”, medyo dili kaayo kulba nga matakbuyan sa CoViD 19. Kasagaran sa ilang gisakyan mga tanker sa produkto sa lana ingon man mga bulk carriers o di ba container ships. Mao nga gamay lang sila sa barko. Uban gani labing daghan sa mga tripulante 21 ngadto 30 lang ka tawo. Ang nahimo lang nila nga problema karon kay dili (

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A sabungero’s tale: Vice and virus M A L AY B A L AY C I T Y (MindaNews) – A columnist once called H. MARCOS C. MORDENO cockfighting MINDANEWS “the fairest of all sports.” That may have been the case when this cruel spectacle of fowls fighting to the death still thrived on the level of superstition, that is, when sabungeros divined the fate of their feathered gladiators from omens around them. For instance, sabungeros would consider it bad luck if they encounter a funeral procession on the way to the cockpit. Another bad sign is when a female family member has a menstruation, something which feminists would surely take as an insult against women. Sabungeros of old also believed that the shape of the moon determines a cock’s performance (no allusion to human anatomy) depending on the color of its feet. Cocks with white or yellow feet fight well during or shortly before a full moon. Those with dark feet have the odds in their favor when much of the moon’s surface is covered with black. Things changed however after cockfighting morphed from being the poor man’s diversion from his wretchedness (as the Spanish colonizers had intended) into a rich man’s game. The image of a Mang Kepweng blowing cheap cigar smoke into his rooster has long been gone from the sabungero consciousness. Credit – or maybe blame – goes to the sugar barons of Negros for importing hybrid fighting cocks from Hawaii, Texas and other American states and propagating them in their haciendas. Bigger, taller, faster and more aggressive, these foreign breeds displaced their native counterparts especially in high-stake contests called derbies. From Mang Kepweng’s cigar smoke and superstition, science has become the dictum of cockfighting. Sabungeros – rich, poor and those in between – now talk about breeding practices, physical conditioning and proper feeding. Some breeders even keep track of and experiment with breeding pairs and observe which of them produce the winningest offspring, consciously or unconsciously applying genetics to their costly leisure. Only the affluent sabungeros can afford to follow these standards to the letter. Those with meager resources can only do catch-up and wish themselves luck come fight time. Besides, during big-time derbies rich entrants are known to inject steroids into their fowls, a practice not explicitly allowed in the sport but not banned either. Now, steroids cost thousands. So there goes “fairness”. Moreover, only a few can afford a pair of brood cock and hen from breeders with popular bloodlines. In the 1990s, one such pair already cost around P35,000. The rationale is this: Only those who have more than enough money can keep up with the demands of scientific breeding and conditioning. As such, limiting the market to the really wealthy gives the original breeders the assurance that the buyers can maintain the reputation of their bloodlines, which is spread around by word of mouth. But what drives men (and, on rare occasions, women) crazy about cockfighting? Culture and tradition is the ready justification. In fact, no fiesta in honor of a patron saint is complete without a cockfight or derby, a bizarre mix of vice and virtue implanted by colonialism. In rural areas where the parish priests ban the holding of cockfights during fiestas, menfolk who can’t resist the urge would resort to tari-tari (illegal cockfights), sometimes in collusion with village officials and law enforcers. The whole thing could also be rooted in machismo, as sociologists would suggest. “If my cock (again, no allusion to human anatomy) wins against yours, then I’m superior to you as a man.” To the dismay though of many sabungeros who went to the derby in Matina, Davao City last month, they found out too late that their machismo is no match against COVID-19. And sadly enough, it’s possibly the same macho attitude, the feeling of invulnerability, that keeps many of them from submitting themselves to health authorities. But it’s one rare instance where fairness might have assumed its true form if it’s the case that the virus had infected sabungeros from both sides of the economic divide.(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. H. Marcos C. Mordeno can be reached at hmcmordeno@gmail.com.)



Herd Immunity: The Ultimate Recourse NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (Mindpanicked and shifted gear when the aNews) – While waiting for vaccines Imperial College London came with to develop, countries across the globe a model that predicted 250,000 deaths WILLIAM R. ADAN, PH.D. were faced with limited options to if the approach was continued. The slow down, minimize or contain the chilling forecast was enough for the spread of novel coronavirus, namely: social distancing, UK to change course. It now adopts a stay- at-home , oncelockdown, and herd immunity. a-week- getting-out limit, and social distancing policy. Social distancing along with home quarantine and As all of Europe clamps down in a move to slow healthcare anti-infection protocols is the mildest of the down the pandemic, Sweden takes a lonesome course by approaches, some practices of which are incorporated in shrugging off isolation. The Swedes adopt no quarantine; lockdown and herd immunity approach. are free to socialize as the harsh Scandinavian winter is Lockdown got the thumbs up of many with China, the coming to an end. Although universities and high schools origin of the novel coronavirus, in the lead. In a lockdown, have shut, pre-schools, kindergartens, bars, restaurants, a community/village, city or the whole country is shut hotels, ski resorts, sports clubs and hairdressers have down. This is to prevent an infected area from infecting all remained open. There’s not much social restrictions others outside it, and/or to protect it from infection from except that those in pubs must have a seat (no standing the outside policy) and a gathering of 50 is discouraged. Meanwhile, On the ground, serious infection is noted to spread fast the elderly – 70s above, are told to self-isolate for their and wide inside a lockdown area, compromising healthcare own protection. facilities and personnel, and incurring mounting fatalities. Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has warned This is what happened in Italy, the first country to impose though that the times ahead would be tough but also put a nationwide lockdown. the onus on individual Swedes. He added: “We all, as The lockdown situation in developing countries could individuals, have to take responsibility. We can’t legislate not be less than worse because of poverty that spells in- and ban everything.” adequate healthcare facilities, shortage of personnel, and The latest world COVID-19 tally shows Sweden with medical supplies, and a hungry population to feed. infection cases of 10,483 and 899 deaths. UK, on the other Only Sweden, on the other hand, appears to have hand, has 84,279 infection cases and 10,612 deaths. Italy approximated the herd immunity approach, with some that imposed a nationwide lockdown incurs 156,353 infecamount of restrictions, to contain the pandemic. tion cases and 19,901 deaths. The US, which allows state The herd immunity approach is based on the theory autonomy in dealing with the pandemic and adopt only a with the underlying assumption that a community as a nationwide policy than bans travel of its citizens and entry whole would develop a certain degree of natural protection of foreign nationals to its territory, has an infection toll of from an infectious disease after a portion of its members 580,878 and 23,607 deaths, becoming now the epicenter actually came down with the disease, recovered from it, of the pandemic. China shows amazing hard-to-believe and became immune to it. figures – only 82,160 infection cases and 3,341 deaths, The more members of the herd (community) who were despite the fact that it was the beginning epicenter of the exposed to an infectious disease and developed natural novel coronavirus. Nonetheless, it recently reported the immunity to it, the less of a threat that disease posed to possibility of second wave of widespread infection arising, the entire herd (community). The measles outbreak in accordingly, from imported transmission. Baltimore, MD, US in the 1930s was the experiential basis If the vaccine remains beyond grasp, there is a posof the theory. It was observed that after 55% of the child sibility that lockdown countries may eventually, sooner population contracted measles the rest of the population or later, give way to the herd immunity approach as a appeared to be immune to the disease. The theory became last no-other-option recourse. It would likely be sooner the foundation of the campaign for mass vaccination for developing countries, like the Philippines. The First worldwide later on. World countries would follow suit out of exhaustion. It UKstarted apparently around the herd approach, but ( / TURNING / 15)


Stay-at-home orders sparks scattered protests in US AS US President Donald Trump unveils and has since extended her "Stay Home, plans on Thursday for a partial reopening Stay Safe" directive until April 30. of the country, some Americans are chafShe is the target of at least two BY JEFF KOWALSKY WITH ing at the stay-at-home orders imposed lawsuits claiming her order infringes CHRIS LEFKOW IN WASHINGTON constitutional rights. because of the coronavirus epidemic. There have been scattered protests in - 'Thick skin'several US states this week against lockdown measures Grocery stores remain open in the industrial state, aimed at halting the spread of the highly contagious virus. heart of the US auto industry, but businesses deemed A handful of stay-at-home opponents gathered outside non-essential have been forced to close. the Virginia state capitol in Richmond on Thursday, but Whitmer, whose name has emerged as a potential the largest protest so far was on Wednesday in Michigan, running mate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic where the virus has killed 1,900 people, the third-highest presidential nominee, shrugged off the protests, saying death toll of any US state. they looked "more like a political rally." About 3,000 protestors, some of them armed, de"It's OK to be angry," the governor said in an interscended on the Michigan state capital Lansing in defiance view with CNN. "If it makes you feel better to direct it of the strict stay-at-home order imposed by Democratic at me, that's OK. Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "I've got thick skin," she said, "and I'm always going The protest -- dubbed Operation Gridlock" and organ- to defend your right to free speech." ized by a coalition of right-wing groups calling themselves Whitmer said she understands that "people are getting "Michiganers Against Excessive Quarantine" -- caused a a little stir crazy being at home, worried about work, wormassive traffic jam around the state capitol building. ried about paying the bills, worried about their businesses. Among the organizations that backed the protest "A small segment of the state is protesting, and were the Michigan Conservative Coalition, the Michigan that's their right," she said. "The sad part is that the more Freedom Fund and gun-toting members of the Michigan they're out and about, the more likely they are to spread Militia. COVID-19." "We Want to Work" and "End the Lockdown" read Despite the protest, Whitmer's handling of the virus signs that protesters carried. crisis has been met with a generally favorable response. Others compared Whitmer, the governor, to Adolf A recent poll found that 71 percent of the voters in Hitler. Michigan, which narrowly voted for Trump in the 2016 A number of protestors wore red pro-Trump "Make presidential election, approved of the job she is doing. America Great Again" hats and waved "Trump 2020" flags. While the largest demonstration was in Michigan, Whitmer imposed a stay-at-home order on March 24 ( / STAY / 15)


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war. This is a public health crisis that affects everyone and needs a coordinated collective response. And all Davao residents are called to showcase the best of the Davaoeño spirit -- pioneering, innovative, creative, collaborative, disciplined, and concerned. So instead of waiting for supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) coming from Metro Manila (where most supplies are centralized), Davaoeños just made the PPE themselves with available materials here in the city and delivered them to those in need. Among the notable efforts in the city is that of women Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Downtown Davao (RCDD) led by its current President, Dr. Ethel ChavezCaceres, and by its President-Elect Myla Cocon-Agustin. Doc Ethel, who is a dentist by profession, calls her Rotary sisters “WOW,” short for “Women of Worth,” as they pooled all their savings from not having to attend their weekly Rotary meetings during community quarantine to fund the production of improvised PPE for healthcare workers at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the only hospital in the city tasked to handle COVID-19 cases. “In this time of crisis, we need to stop negative thinking. What we need is to spread love and positive energy in every direction for the wellbeing of the whole humanity,” she said. Doc Ethel teamed up with her successor, Myla, who is an entrepreneur, to coordinate RCDD’s PPE project, which they dubbed “Connecting Rotary and Helping Protect our Health Workers.” It was Myla who researched the designs and reached out to various suppliers for the materials needed to produce the PPE and led the delivery of these herself, risking exposure to the coronavirus. “Because if not me, who will do this for them?” she asked. RCDD Past President Marina BelloRuivivar connected Myla to Isadora owner, Susan Magno-Antepuesto, who, in turn, mobilized a dozen of her cutters and sewers to produce the PPE to be donated by Rotary at the soonest time possible without compromising quality and safety. Isadora is one of Davao City’s leading makers of corporate wear and office uniforms. Marina, who is 80 and living with lupus, cannot leave her home so she helped

by serving as a bridge to other women and acting as cheerleader to the younger women through social media instead. “These women, who are mothers themselves, call me ‘mother’ so we instinctively know what to do to respond to a crisis like this. It is an act of solidarity,” Marina explained. She added that they think of healthcare workers as “our children who take care of us when we are sick and some of them are mothers, too, who are away from their own children because they have to take care of others.” RCDD’s other “mother,” Past President Edna Ko, who was one of the biggest donors to the project, did not expect that their “Rotary Sisters” group chat which they use to share jokes, inspirational messages, and prayers would lead to “an extraordinary outreach service” during this pandemic. “With so much time in our hands, we now have time to listen to God in our hearts which led to this amazing outpouring of grace!” she exclaimed. Susan, on the other hand was looking forward to the downtime during community quarantine so she can start with her personal projects of arts and crafts as well as hone her piano and guitar skills. But when Rotary, through Marina, asked Susan to help in their PPE donation project, she could not say no. “I did not think twice or hesitate. I delved right into organizing our team, redesigning the pattern, and consulting medical professionals for inputs,” she shared. Women have been socialized to take care of others before their own needs so dropping everything to help others in need usually becomes their default mode. One of Isadora’s sewers, Fely, said that Rotary’s PPE project is an answered prayer to “non-essential” workers like her who do not have any means of livelihood during the quarantine period. When enhanced community quarantine was declared, however, the improvised PPE makers are considered part of the support team for health workers so they are, in fact, essential, too. Part of the funds raised for the project goes to daily wages of the sewers and Susan, who also owns Wild Garlic restaurant, gives her PPE workforce weekly care packages of rice, fish, vegetables and fruits for their families. “I am grateful for this opportunity to

SUSAN MAGNO-Antepuesto of Isadora leads her team of women sewers to produce around 70 PPE coverall suits per day for donation to healthcare workers in various hospitals within and outside Davao City

ROTARY International 3860 District Governor-elect Riezel Reyes joins women Rotarians and Davao City Health Office frontliners

earn because my husband is unemployed and I am the only one supporting our family,” said Fely, showing once again that it is women who usually find ways in times of crisis. Women solidarity does not just support, it also inspires other women. Myla’s sister, RCDD Past President Twinkle Cocon-Gamboa, who is stuck in Metro Manila during the travel ban, supported her younger sister’s efforts by also funding a food drive in partnership with Fat Cow owner and chef, Patrick Co. This food drive provides thousands of packed meals for hospital workers and security personnel who are not able to go home. Generosity, like the coronavirus, is contagious. What these women Rotarians are doing got shared on social media and encouraged others to give as well. So other Rotary clubs in Davao, not just those led by women but by men as well, joined in -- the Rotary Clubs of Central Davao, East Davao, West Davao, North Davao, South Davao, Davao 2000, and the mother club, RC Davao. To date, they have raised close to 800,000 pesos that enabled them to produce over 500 coverall suits, 500 face shields, 100 goggles plus face masks and gloves not just for SPMC health workers but also for the Davao City Health Office, Davao 911, Davao City Police Office, and Police Regional Office, Region 11. Even during this pandemic that hit Davao City the hardest in Mindanao, Davao’s community spirit has spread outside the city’s borders. The donations have overflowed and extended to other cities and provinces like Panabo City; Kabacan; Midsayap; South Cotabato; Agusan del Norte; and all the way to Zamboanga. And Rotarians keep going for as long as the coronavirus pandemic goes on. They apply the same passion and commitment Rotary has shown in eradicating polio globally. “As Rotarians, we connect to our community through service,” said Rotary International 3860 District Governor-Elect Riezel Reyes. “This is our way to touch lives of the people who are always there to protect us. We respond to every opportunity open to save humanity,” he added. Rotary Assistant Governor and Davao City Health Office dentist, Dr. Bolyn Puno, who is among those who are serving in the community health centers during this health crisis said that she was “touched by the selfless act to help” the healthcare workers who are very scared because they lack protection from the coronavirus. “I truly appreciate the fact that every-

one just said yes immediately and did not complain or expressed opposition to the project,” Doc Bolyn said. She made that comment in the context of what she is seeing and hearing in media about how some of our fellow Filipinos in the national capital region are reacting to this crisis. Images of police arresting protesters; citizens complaining that government aid is not enough; leaders criticizing other leaders that border on personal attacks bombard us on national news outlets. The divisive nature of war is manifesting in some people already. Maybe Metro Manila thinks this is what war must be like because they have not experienced an actual armed conflict fought in their streets since World War II. On the other hand, Mindanao, which is constantly and continuously besieged by real wars, do not treat this pandemic as a war at all. In Alissa Wilkinson’s article entitled “Pandemics are not wars” published by Vox, she noted that using war as a metaphor for illness during a pandemic is not new and that governments use it to make their citizens treat what is happening seriously. In that same Vox article Lisa Kranen, a medical rhetorician who studies how we speak about viruses and other biological threats, explained that using war as a metaphor “makes us focus on fighting and not on caring.” She said that if we are fixated on fighting an enemy, “that might put us in a framework where we’re thinking less about support and care and broader networks that we need to put in place.” Women are practically experts in organizing broader networks of support whether in crisis or not because they are often socialized to play supporting roles. But framing this pandemic as a war excludes women’s voices in decisionmaking and planning. Most women avoid wars because aside from having their children sacrificed in the name of war, they are usually the ones who are left to do the hard work of making ends meet while men go to war. They are also the ones expected to heal and rebuild disrupted lives in its aftermath. War also promotes fear and panic. Not a good response to have in any crisis. Twinkle, who is married to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Gamboa, reflects on the Rotary project they initiated and perfectly sums up how women are responding to this crisis: “We did not choose fear, we chose love to empower us to act.”


ROSE "inday Domingo Ozoa

ROSALIE "Amay" Domingo Barraquias bakes goodies in Melbourne, Australia

HOW we spend our days in quarantine is sometimes a matter of choice. For some, it is concern for our country, the health of our people and the willingness to serve that keeps us busy, done in so many ways. Our friends who are Davaoenos but who have chosen to reside abroad, but who continue to spend their vacation in Davao City almost every year stay in contact with us. We are referring to the Domingo sisters, whose father, Hernando Domingo was from Camiling, Tarlac and was a US War Veteran. Their mother was Angeles Domingo, a teacher by profession, who worked as Part-time Librarian at the Rizal Memorial Colleges. Both were retired public school teachers when they left for the United States. Atoy and Rose “Inday” Domingo - Ozoa live in San Jose, California. Rosa Linda Domingo-Lubaton (formerly Pastoriza) stays in Fresno. Rosalie “Amay” Domingo- Barraquias now stays in Melbourne, Australia. Rosa Jasmin Domingo Aguilar (formerly Malolot), a former broadcaster from DXRP Radyo ng Bayan Davao, now Radyo Pilipinas now lives in San Jose, Dalifornia. She travels to Florida where EMPANADAS cooked by Rosalie "Amay" her grandchildren stay with their mom Joanna Malolot Quinalola and their dad. Doningo – Barraquias People staying home nowadays are considered ‘unsung heroes’, too. Even President Rodrigo R. Duterte, in his latest TV appearance expressed his exasperation at not being able to go home to his family in this very stressful time of Covid-19, trying his very best to control the pandemic to save lives. But stay home, we must, and do everything we can to keep this deadly virus from destroying what we all have succeeded in building in this life. Photo credits: Rose Domingo Ozoa/Rosajasmin Domingo Aguilar PASTA baked by Rose "Inday" Ozoa

PICKLES done by Atoy Ozoa

ATOY Ozoa cooks pickles during quarantine

LINDA D. Lubaton

LINDA’S sewing machine

MASKS sewn by Rosalinda D. Lubaton

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

a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

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


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


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

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

Tel. No. 295-0751


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



CALINAN, Villafuerte (Main) APRIL 03, 2020


MINTAL, Sampaguita St.


APRIL 03, 2020

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


General Lao, Toril


Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

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

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

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




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


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




MARCH 16, 2020



MARCH 02, 2020


MARCH 13, 2020

All pawned items from SEPTEMBER 2019 – OCTOBER 2019



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





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out on a Sunday, you already have three days in a week allowed for you to go out to buy your food?” she added. The mayor also reminded the public the likelihood of being infected by COVID-19 if they continue to go outside on unessential matters, pointing out that there are still individuals who use their FM pass as an excuse to go and roam around the city. “[T]he more that you go out, the more exposure you will get and the more chances of winning COVID-19 and going to cremation,” Duterte said, stressing that the cremation is ranging from P40,000


FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020

to P50,000. “Do not go out if you do not have P50,000 to cremate your dead body. Because remember, if you are exposed (to COVID-19) by violating the ECQ, I (city government) will not pay for your cremation,” she added. “I hope everybody will understand that we are the ones carrying the virus. We, who are roaming around are spreading the virus. This is why we need to stay at home so we will not be infected. The only way to end this is to stop the transmission of the virus in our communities,” Duterte said.

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that can conduct tests using PCR and RT-PCR machines,” he said. Vega also said that private hospitals can also take the lead in terms of putting up laboratories to help the government in situations like the one at present. Dr. Lenny Joy Rivera, Department of Health assistant regional director also said that DRMC already wrote a letter of intent to become one of the laboratories to conduct testing. Rivera also encouraged hospitals to be certified as test-

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ing laboratories in the region. She said that some private hospitals already submitted their letters so that they may be capacitated and certified as testing labs. “These hospitals will undergo evaluation if they are capable already. They have to consider and assess their human resource, trained personnel and a lot more, these will be the things to be evaluated, she said. “It can be a great help if we improve our testing areas here in Mindanao,” she affirmed.

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against viruses and bacterial diseases. Many people do not realize that when they leave home (and that they can help) spread the virus by coughing or sneezing,”Absin said. The Bayanihan To Heal

As One Act, a law crafted to spell out policies in fighting the pandemic, specifically mandates anyone who goes out of their homes to wear face masks or face the possibility of being fined.


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PRO 11 Director Filmore Escobal assigned the vehicles after Police Director General Archie Gamboa ordered the regional police units to help in providing the needs of frontliners. Escobal said these vehicles will be fetching SPMC employees in two different routes which will be posted for the reference of its beneficiaries. Escoval said his unit “recognized that finding a transportation became a prob-


lem that our medical health workers and other hospital employees have to deal with, especially those who don't have their personal vehicles in going to work" as the region has extended the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine. "Hangad namin sa PRO 11 ang makatulong at mabawasan ang mga alalahanin ng ating mga Medical Frontliners at employee gaya ng pagbibigay ng Libreng Sakay sa kanila," Escobal said.

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cordingly whatever measures the implementer will impose," Balagtey said. Meanwhile, city starts implementing the Food and Medicine pass number coding today to limit the movement of people as part of the implementation of the extension of the ECQ. The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is tasked to implement the coding which depends on the first digist of the pass. "We will implement this to really control the movement of the people going out of their residents," said DCPO Director Kirby John Kraft. The use of the number coding scheme has been decided following observation that many people and private vehicles were still on the streets despite the implementation of ECQ. "There are some people who abuse the use of FM passes. Some of them do

not even buy food but only loiter around the city," Kraft said. Mayor Sara Duterte also reiterated her call to the residents to follow the protocols. Under the scheme, those control numbers that start with an odd number allows the holder to go out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the even number holders can go their trips to markets and pharmacies on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, grocery stories and other similar establishments are requested to disinfect their establishments. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron


On Wednesday, she said the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has already completed the first round of the distribution of the 428,571 grocery food packs distributed in the 182 barangays. The city government will conducti the relief operations in three consecutive rounds. She also said that the city government has repacked grocery donations such as rice, canned goods, and noodles and that these food items are ready for distribution to those who do not ration cards from the CSWDO. “I have given them (CSWDO) a quota with a minimum of 70 (recipients) to cater the backlog from those who were asking for ration but were not provided with ration cards and food card from the City Agri and City Vet,” she said as she added that there were 33 and 44 recipients, on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Meanwhile, she said the city government also completed the distribution of 20 sacks to each barangays as the city has 182 barangays. “We asked the barangay captains of their accomplishment report which will form part of the reports we are doing about COVID-19. After submission and validation of their report, they will again

be given another (batch) of 20 sacks of rice for their barangays,” Duterte said. She said there are no challenges as to the supply of rice, but there is only a delay as to the pulling out of the rice allocations for every barangay. “Sometimes the barangay are unable to claim it on the scheduled day. There is only a delay on the pulling out of rice by the barangay,” she said. Duterte added that the city government is now ready to release the next round of 20 sacks of rice to the barangays, and that they are only validating the reports submitted by some of the barangay captains. “There are already34 barangay captains to have submitted their reports on the use of 20 sacks of rice,” she said. She pointed out however, that the initial plan was to give out 20 sacks on each of the 182 barangays, but there are some barangays who are in need of more assistance as they have larger populations. “Our next round will depend on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) census based the computed population of every barangay,” Duterte said. The city mayor also said that the Peace 911 still continues its operation in giving hot meals to some 98 identified barangays .

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selling digital products. To join the program, one only needs to pay P1,000 for a lifetime membership. The investor may then receive unlimited referral commissions, pairing bonuses and compensation for selling products and completing tasks online. The investment schemes of JOCALS688, TBCMMP Masa Mart and CashCowRobot constitute the sale and offering of securities, which shall not be sold or offered for sale or distribution within the Philippines without a registration statement duly filed with and approved by the SEC. Records of the Commission show neither JOCALS688, TBCMMP Masa Mart nor CashCowRobot is authorized to solicit investments from the public, not having secured prior registration and/or license to sell se-


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curities or solicit investments as prescribed under Republic Act No. 8799, or The Securities Regulation Code. JOCALS688 and TBCMMP Masa Mart are registered corporations. However, such registration only grants them juridical personality and does not authorize them to issue, sell or offer for sale securities to the public nor engage in business activities requiring a secondary license from the SEC. CashCowRobot, meanwhile, is purportedly registered with the Department of Trade and Industry as CashCowRobot Computer Solutions, an entity owned by a certain Khen Narajo Salce and headquartered in Misamis Occidental. Such registration similarly limits CashCowRobot from soliciting investments from the public.

Those who act as salesmen, brokers, dealers or agents of fraudulent investment schemes may be held criminally liable and penalized with a maximum fine of P5 million or imprisonment of 21 years or both under the Securities Regulation Code. Republic Act No. 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, further penalizes those participating in cyber incidents that make use or take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on the public through scams, phishing, fraudulent emails, or other similar acts with two-month imprisonment or a maximum fine of P1 million or both. Reports of unauthorized investment solicitation activities may be emailed to the SEC Enforcement and Investor Protection Department at epd@sec.gov.ph.

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115 Ukrainians were being held in Russia and Moscowannexed Crimea. Ukraine's ally Washington welcomed Thursday's swap. In a statement on Twitter, the US embassy in Kiev called on Russia "to immediately release all other Ukrainians who remain unjustly imprisoned". The foreign ministers of France and Germany, whose countries act as mediators in Ukraine's peace talks, also hailed the move, calling the swap "an important step" towards the conflict settlement. "The humanitarian value of the release of people detained in time of conflict cannot be underestimated," the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a

statement. "It is also essential that, even in the time of COVID-19, detainees continue to be released and are able to finally see their families again." United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed "this important humanitarian action" which he hopes "will serve as a positive step towards more progress, including a permanent ceasefire", his spokesman said in a

statement. The Ukrainian presidency announced the swap deal last week. Ties between Ukraine and Russia were shredded after the popular 2014 uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed president in Kiev. Russia went on to annex Crimea and support separatists in eastern Ukraine. Since then, more than 13,000 people have been killed in the conflict. AFP




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una sila pakanaogon samtang padayon pa ang pandemic sa CoViD kay basin di pa sila makasulod balik sa Pilipinas. Gawas pa, tungod kay walay lokal nga biyahe sa mga eroplano ug barko nga pangpasaherohan, di pud makaadto sa kaulohan ang mga aplikante sa pagka marinero kay wa ma’y kasakyan. Mao nga ingon sa akong mga pagumangkon nga naa sa mga barko karon, “stay put” lang sa daw sila. Guol pud kaayo ilang pamilya nga nahibilin dinhi sa Pinas. Pero na sentro ang dako nga kabalaka sa mga sakop sa among “family group chat” ngadto sa mga paryente, mga pag-umangkon nga nagtrabaho isip nga nurses sa mga tambalanan didto sa Italy, London ug sa USA. Kini tungod kay sa mga dapit nga gihisgutan grabe ka daghan sa mga nangasakit sa CoViD 19 ug nga libo-an na ang mga nangamatay sa maong sakit didto. Gani ang akong manghud nga tu-a karon sa Switzerland nga umuli-ay karong Hunyo 30 niining tuiga mora ug nagduda nga di na siya mahinayon sa pagbakasyon. Unya ang anak sa akong manghud nga lalake kinsa usa ka nurse nga tu-a magtrabaho sa usa ka ospital sa London nag-ingon nga luyo sa ka-estrikto sa gobiyerno didto sa pagpatuman sa mga latid aron masumpo ang pagkaylap sa delikadong sakit, wad aw gihapon kapugngi ang pagdagsang sa mga naigo ani ug sa pagkamatay sa daghang mga taga Englatera. Matud sa post sa akong pag-umangkon ang Prime Minister sa Britania nga si Borris Johnson wa gisanto sa CoViD; hapit pa gyud madisgrasya. Ingon usab niini ang kasinati-an sa laing mga pagumangkon nga mga nurses nga tu-a nagtrabaho sa mga ospital sa New York, California ug sa New Jersey. Ang ilang hangyo sa tanan namong mga paryente nga i-ampo sila nga dili masugamak sa kadautan nga dala sa CoViD. Hinuon, sumala sa mga miapil sa family group chat, duna pud kuno maayo nga butang nga gihatag ang CoViD 19 ngadto sa katawhan. Kini mao ang kahigayonan nga ang mga sakop sa pamilya makabaton sa panahon nga magkumustahay ug dili na lang pulos panginabuhi ang atimanon. Ti-aw ba ninyo nga kon wala ang “stay-home” gumikan sa pandemic di halos maghibaw-anay unsa ang nahuman sa mga anak sa mga igsuon, mga pag-umangkon ug mga umagad! Gani ako mismo wa masayod nga diay duna koy mga suod kaayo nga paryente nga tu-a na sa epicenter sa pandemic ug nakiglimbasog nga makatabang pagpaayo sa mga gitakbuyan sa sobra ka peligrosong sakit. Unta kaluy-an sila sa Ginuo nga dili matakbuyan niini aron duna pay kahigayonan nga sila makabakasyon dinhi ug mahimamat ang ilang mga paryente nga naa usab sa ubang dapit sa Pilipinas.


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for the "next front in our war" with a phased re-opening of the US, others took the opposite path -- Japan, Britain and Mexico all expanding current restrictions. Despite the United States suffering a staggering 4,500 deaths in the last 24 hours -- taking the national toll to almost 33,000 -- Trump proclaimed: "We're opening up our country." The president's approach was more cautious than previous hopes for a sudden reopening however, with state governors given the lead. Lightly affected states can open "literally tomorrow," said Trump, while others would receive White House "freedom and guidance" to achieve that at their own pace. Top US government scientist Anthony Fauci said: "Light switch on and off is the exact opposite of what you see here." In New York state for example -- where more than 11,500 have died -- Governor Andrew Cuomo extended a shutdown order until May 15. N e w Yo r k e r J a m i e O'Reilly, owner of a dogwalking business, summed up the agonising predicament world leaders face. "Why does the economy matter if we're not around to

spend any money because we're all sick?" the 31-yearold told AFP. The shutdown was "stressful" but "you just have to roll with the punches... That's what New Yorkers do." - 'Lost decade' Meanwhile, there were more and more signals of the global economy imploding. China's reported Friday its gross domestic product shrank 6.8 percent in the first quarter of the year. That is the first contraction since quarterly growth data became available in the early 1990s. In the US, another 5.2 million workers lost their jobs, bringing the total number of newly unemployed to a staggering 22 million since mid-March. John Williams, a top official at the Federal Reserve, predicted it would take "a year or two" if not longer for the US to recover from what the International Monetary Fund has termed the "Great Lockdown" battering the global economy. The virus could spark another "lost decade" in Latin America, the IMF warned, while experts cautioned that freezing debt for poor countries will not save many developing world economies.


Beijing turns into virtual fortress BEIJING has virtually walled itself off to outsiders with drastic measures to protect China's seat of power against the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections from other regions. After largely getting the outbreak under control, China has banned foreigners from entering the country as authorities fret over an increase in cases imported from abroad -- though most have been Chinese citizens. But Beijing has gone a step further, imposing a strict 14-day quarantine on people arriving from other parts of China, regardless of whether they test negative for COVID-19 -- a measure not required in other cities. Beijing, of course, is not like any other Chinese city. The ruling Communist Party postponed its once-ayear congress, known as the "two sessions", in March and experts said it likely wants to make sure the thousands of delegates who participate are not at risk before a new date is set. "Strengthening manage-


ment of people returning to Beijing has become the most critical priority, otherwise it is impossible to create the right conditions for the two sessions to start," said Ma Liang, a professor at Renmin University's School of Public Administration and Policy. The measures are ultimately meant to shield the Communist Party elite from the virus, said Alfred Wu, associate professor at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy. "In this moment, the central government and core leadership are highly protected, so ordinary people will have to pay the price," he told AFP. - Wuhan stigma Beijing has imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all returning students, who must test negative to attend school. All hotel guests must test negative within seven days prior to their stay. The measures have already deterred some from going back. Chen Na, a carer from Anhui province, cannot return

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would be like a falling domino then. Consider this. The lockdown situation in Metro Manila, where the great bulk of the populace is dirt poor in a-hand-to-mouth existence, is getting bleaker day by day. The lockdown shut down everybody’s capacity to earn and puts at terrifying risk the food on the table. Thus, it is unavoidable that many would dare to break lockdown protocols in efforts to stave off hunger or the fear of it. This has posed a trying challenge to enforcement. The government has now resorted to feeding a hungry population. Its capacity, however, to reach effectively and efficiently the target beneficiaries is doubtful. It is also doubtful, if it can sustain the measure however wanting for a longer duration. Because of poor enforcement, none can ascertain that the spread of viral transmission had slowed or would have been contained at the end of the lockdown period despite the extension. Once the resources of the government are exhausted,


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there were smaller protests in other US states this week. Some 100 protestors took to the streets in the North Carolina city of Raleigh on Tuesday, and about the same number gathered outside the state capitol in Kentucky on Wednesday chanting, "We want to work!" A similar demonstration took place in the Midwestern state of Ohio on Wednesday. Several dozen people took part in the protests on Thursday in Richmond, the Virginia capital, organized by groups calling themselves "ReOpen Virginia" and "End the Lockdown VA." Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has extended the closure of non-essential businesses and a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people until May 8.Agence France-Presse


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The first case of infection -- Ecuador's "patient zero" -was of an elderly Ecuadoran woman who arrived from Spain. "This is where the bomb exploded, this is where patient zero arrived, and since it was vacation time, people traveled abroad, some to Europe or the United States, and our people who lived in Europe came here," Viteri said. "And when they arrived there were no controls like

they should have been if we had known that this was already coming by air. And the city of Guayaquil simply convulsed. " Too late, the city went into lockdown as authorities imposed a 15-hour curfew and bodies began to accumulate in homes, and even on the streets. "The health system was obviously overwhelmed, the morgues overflowed, the funeral homes overflowed." AFP

to her former employer in Beijing because her area was labelled "high-risk". "When they see where I'm from, the conversation stops. I can't even get an interview. I've been out of work since February," she said. But the toughest conditions are reserved for people travelling to Beijing from Wuhan, the central city where the virus first emerged late last year. Those leaving the city, whose months-long lockdown was lifted April 8, must test negative within seven days before their return date, undergo a 14-day quarantine once they arrive, and test negative again in order to be released. Other cities only require those from Wuhan and Hubei province to produce a green health code on a special app and a negative nucleic acid test result. They must first request to return to Beijing through an app when they receive their negative diagnosis. If approved, they have to submit another request to purchase train tickets to the capital, which are limited to

1,000 seats per day on two services. "I originally bought tickets for the 12th, but I was told on the evening of the 7th that I needed a negative test result in order to return," said Wuhan resident Liu Shiyi, who arrived in Beijing by train on Sunday. One day before her train was due to leave, her residential compound said she needed to obtain a paper copy of her negative certificate from the hospital. "The whole time, my compound received orders from above in a very delayed fashion, making me waste time going back and forth," she said. - Special lanes At two major Wuhan train stations, AFP saw that special lanes for Beijingbound travellers had been set up and were crewed by several volunteers. There are an estimated 11,000 Beijing residents stranded in Wuhan, officials said last week, but the city has lately seen a surge in asymptomatic cases which are notoriously difficult to detect. AFP

the healthcare facilities overwhelmed by rising infection cases, the hungry populace getting larger and restless, tension may rise and violence could erupt anytime. The government would be left with no option but to lift the lockdown notwithstanding the possibility of an uncontained coronavirus spread. This could be the Plan B President Duterte is looking for. It would be back to normal life, leaving everyone to fend himself from the virus, and acquiring, hopefully, immunity from the process. Come to think of it. Because of the lackadaisical stance of high authorities early on and poor lockdown enforcement, COVID-19 has been with us for some 4 months now. Curiously, infection cases have remained relatively low. This is generally attributed to the inability of mass testing and the delayed results of those tested. But, without the intention and design, would it not be possible that the Filipinos have already acquired herd immunity to the virus without their knowing? If so, lifting the lockdown would not mean much as far as the virus scare is concerned. It would, in fact, restore normalcy and sanity to all.


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humans through a live animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. China has reacted furiously to any references that it says could spur xenophobia because of the virus's origins. The US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Tibor Nagy, tweeted that the reports from Guangzhou "are appalling", adding: "Abuse and xenophobia has no place in our fight against this global pandemic. Chinese authorities must do more to stop these attacks against Africans living and working in China." In response, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing that Washington "has taken advantage of this issue to try and drive a wedge between China and African countries." He said the "friendship

between China and Africa is deeply rooted... and it is unbreakable." In the context of Africa, the affair is diplomatically embarrassing for China, as it has sent doctors, medical equipment and other help to impoverished countries in Africa imperilled by the virus. The hugely appreciated gestures include a team of 15 doctors who arrived in Abuja last week aboard a plane filled with anti-coronavirus gear including a consignment of 50,000 masks and 11,000 rubber gloves that landed Tuesday morning in South Africa, the continent's worsthit country. The United States in recent years has seen its clout in Africa wane as China has thrown open the credit spigot, providing billions in loans for Chinese-made infrastructure projects. AFP


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