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A HEALTH worker receives the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 at the Magallanes Elementary School vaccination hub. BING GONZALES

Flight resumption

• Mayor allows resumption of all flights to the city BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE city government has allowed flights to the city to resume. In Executive Order flights including scheduled flights. 26 which Mayor Sara Z. international flights, unThe resumption of Duterte signed on May 5, scheduled domestic com- flights came about as the the city government has mercial flights (chartered), city government has inallowed the resumption of and other general aviation tensified its contact trac-

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ing and testing to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The same order emphasized that those entering the city through

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the airport still need to present negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests before they are allowed to leave the facility.


On Monday, the mayor pointed out that despite her warning, there were still those entering the city through the airport who (

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FIRE victims helplessly watch their homes turn into ashes after a fire hit Purok 13 Barangay Tibungco. Investigators say about 200 houses were destroyed. BING GONZALES

President, Saudi Prince discuss Kafala, pandemic

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night received a phone call from Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss recent efforts to reform the Kafala system and ramp up cooperation to address the Covid-19 pandemic, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokes- conversation centered on a sponsor, including houseperson Harry Roque said how to further strengthen hold service workers, conthe two leaders tackled the protection given to struction workers, and serSaudi Arabia’s resolve to Filipino workers in Saudi vice industry workers. protecting and upholding Arabia),” Roque said in a Under the system, the the rights of Filipino work- Palace press briefing. sponsor is usually the emers in the Kingdom. He said Duterte also ployer who is responsible “Ang pag-uusap po ay renewed his call to end the for the immigration status naka-sentro kung paano po Kafala sponsorship system, and visa of the migrant mapapalakas pa ang pro- a mechanism in the Gulf worker. teksyon na ibibigay sa mga nations used to monitor Workers cannot leave manggagawang Pilipino migrant workers, usually without their employers’ na nasa Saudi Arabia (The unskilled workers through ( / PRESIDENT / 12)

Low COVID-19 death rate noted BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE decline in the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the city has eased the burden on the healthcare system, particularly those taking care of patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC). City Health Officer Ashley G. Lopez said that in the past week, the death

rate was at 4.72%, The rate is in relation to the total number of cases. In some days, Lopez said Wednesday, there was no case reported, while the number was either one or two, on other days. He said this is important because this has slowly led to low hospitalization (

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Sarangani bans non-residents from its top tourist destinations GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) – Sarangani province’s top tourist destinations will be off-limits to non-residents starting Saturday, May 8, as it closes down its borders anew to non-essential travel until the end of the month due to the increasing COVID-19 cases.

Sarangani Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon directed the move through Executive Order (EO) No. 16 released on Wednesday night, which sets the implementation of stricter border control and other vital measures to mitigate the spread of the disease in the province.

Mayor urges residents: Don’t be complacent MAYOR Sara Duterte has reiterated her appeal to the public to continue adhering to the minimum public health standards as part of contributing to the campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic. Duterte said practicing these standards needs to be continued even if vaccines will be made available soon

as inoculation is necessary to reduce death as well as prevent severe cases. “Kung kita nabakunahan na, magpadayon kita sa pagsuot sa facemask. Magpalayo gihapon kita sa laing tawo. Likayan ang mga tapok. Dili sab nato kalimtan ang paghugas sa atong mga kamot gamit ang sabon ug tubig o alcohol,”

she added. The mayor emphasized that the people must continue to sacrifice a little as their efforts have also resulted in lesser cases. “Dili na nato usbon ang mga kasaypanan nga atong nahimo kaniadto — apil na ang atong pagpasagad sa minimum health standards (

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He said only essential travels into the province will be allowed, with the movements limited to work-related purposes, accessing goods and services, seeking health care and other essential activities. The measure applies to land travel as well as sea (


Tesda offers scholarship BY: DANIELLE T. TIONGSON, UM INTERN

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is offering a scholarship program designed to tap solar power. Tesda trainer Alixes Erispe, who is tapped to handle the Photovoltaic Installation and Mechanics Program, said the program (

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DTI 11 lines up series of training for MSMEs

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 has lined up several activities to equip the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region in expanding and improving their business further. With the need to go into hold onboarding undertakings neurs when doing business online marketing and vir- crucial to preparing local en- in the new era or the age of tual operation, the agency trepreneurs in widening their industrial revolution. DTI is has looked for ways to assist market reach. These are part here to help them identify and its clients to keep up with the of its package of interventions embrace the most appropriate changing and challenging for the OTOPreneurs, or the innovations they need,” she times. entrepreneurs enrolled under said. To help MSMEs go digi- the One Town One Product Ambi continued by saytal, initiatives related to in- (OTOP) Next Gen program. ing that with the limited movecreasing online visibility have DTI 11 Regional Direc- ment of people these days bebeen launched and considered. tor Maria Belenda Q. Ambi cause of quarantine and other Recently, it has conducted sev- shared that the goal of DTI restrictions, most people are eral activities in partnership in intensifying its efforts to into online shopping. By just with various companies that assist MSMEs is for them to opening an app and tapping offer virtual platforms, such as improve their sales especially on their desired products, they the Philippine Long Distance in these trying times. can go shopping at the conCompany (PLDT) KaAsenso “Being tagged as ‘next venience of their own homes. Ka, Shoppee and Lazada. With gen,’ it is definitely important “This is a huge market, them, DTI has been able to that we guide our OTOPre( / DTI / 13)

Mandatory use of e-signature in gov’t eyed

MANILA – The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is proposing to make the use of digital signatures mandatory in national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs), its director general Jeremiah Belgica said. During the Ease of Doing Business Summit Thursday, Belgica urged NGAs and LGUs to subscribe to the Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI) of the Department of Information and Communications Tech(


DTI 11 spearheads a training program with one of the country’s most successful online shopping platforms, Lazada, for the local entrepreneurs to learn the rope of doing business virtually.

Executive, senators agree on pork import tariffs, volume THE President’s economic team has reached a compromise with the Senate on the levels of pork import tariff rates and minimum access volume (MAV). The Senate has accepted the economic team’s recommendation that the tariff rates under Executive Order (EO) No. 128 be modified. Economic team members and agriculture secretary William Dar, in discussions with the Senate, said they recommended that the tariff rates in EO 128 be adjusted to 10 percent (%) in-quota and 20% for out-quota for the first three

months; and 15% in-quota and 25% for out-quota for the remaining nine months. The economic team and the Senate also agreed that the MAV be reduced from 404,000 metric tons (MT) to 254,210 MT. The recommended revision is necessary to arrest the inflationary impact on millions of Filipino consumers due to the dwindling pork supply, secretary Dar said. “This is an urgent shortterm measure. We are still aggressively taking steps to help the domestic industry recover from ASF. These include the

'Bantay ASF sa Barangay' and its twin hog repopulation program. The Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines are setting aside P30 billion and P12 billion, respectively, to lend to commercial swine raisers. But these long-term measures take time. We need an immediate strategy to temper the current high pork price situation,” Dar said. The economic team met with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III four times (on April 28, April 30, May 3, and May 4) to discuss a middle ( / EXECUTIVE / 13)

Going beyond and reCREATE-ing MUCH has been said and done now that the Investment Priority Plan (SIPP). The SIPP is government’s earnest effort to pass Package 2 yet to be formulated by the BOI) in coordinaof its Tax Reform program has come to fruition with the Fiscal Incentives Review Board tion. Finally, RA No. 11534 or the Corporate (FIRB), IPAs and other government agencies. Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Thereafter, it will be submitted to the President Act (CREATE) was passed into law last March for approval and publication. In the applica26, 2021 and took effect last April 11, 2021. tion and approval of the incentives, the FIRB Other than its amendatory provisions to the Tax exercises oversight function. Code, the CREATE Law notably introduced a Granted tax incentives apply only to the set of provisions which seek to create a more registered project or activity before the IPA equitable, responsive, and globally competitive which could differ based on several factors, tax incentive system. including the type of entity registering (i.e., ATTY. KIM ARANAS In taxation, basic are the rules that exempexport or domestic market), the location of the tion is the exception and that the grant of tax business (National Capital Region, metropoliincentives is a privilege that may be modified or taken away tan areas, and other locations), and other performance comby the granting authority. In availing these exemptions or mitments as may be set by the FIRB, among others. incentives, taxpayers must adhere to the double nexus rule of: Export vs. Domestic Market Enterprises (1) proving the existence of the statutory provision granting An export enterprise refers to any individual, partnerthe exemption or incentive, and (2) ensuring that the claim- ship, corporation, Philippine branch of a foreign corporation, ant is qualified and compliant with the conditions (if any). or other entity organized and existing under Philippine laws Hence, the need for business owners to know these new tax and registered with the IPA. It also refers to firms offering incentives cannot be undermined so as not to be amiss of the manufacturing, assembly or processing activity, and services opportunities it could usher. such as Information Technology (IT) and business process Who may avail? outsourcing (BPO) solutions whose final export product or Both export enterprises and domestic market enterprises export services are directly exported, and/or the sale of manucan avail of the new tax incentives as long as they are reg- factured, assembled, or processed products or IT/BPO services istered business enterprises with an Investment Promotions is made to another registered export enterprise that will form Agency (IPA) such as the Board of Investment (BOI) and part of the final export product or export service of the latter the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). To be a or at least 70% of total production or output. registered business enterprise, the project or activity that these Domestic market enterprises, on the other hand, refer to companies seek to register must be listed under the Strategic ( / LINE / 14)


Airline launches ‘signature’ SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) launched its new sonic signature, the Sound of Singapore Airlines. The sonic signature comprises a variety of instrumental tracks that will be played on board the aircraft during boarding and landing, in SilverKris lounges, and at other customer touchpoints such as SIA service centres. It can be heard on SIA’s social media channels. Composed by award winning composer Rohan De Livera, the main melody of the Sound of Singapore Airlines draws inspiration from the new SIA batik motif.

Rohan and musician Dominic Murcott, along with members from the SIA cabin crew and ground staff, spent several weeks developing the colour frequencies of the flowers in the batik motif into 14 sets of melodic fragments. These were then used to compose the melodies. SIA’s iconic A Great Way to Fly jingle was also incorporated into each track. A detailed insight into the making of the SIA sonic signature can be found in the documentary (refer to Annex). Lee Lik Hsin, Executive ( / AIRLINE / 13)

Firms partner for sustainable travel GCASH continues to deliver on being a sustainable payment solution for the travel industry by forging a partnership with GerWeiss, a homegrown sustainable transport provider with a nationwide presence. The partnership, which started in Boracay, focuses on cashless payments for GerWeiss’ fleet of electric tricycles - or e-trikes as they’re more popularly known. GCash users can now pay for their travel when they scan the QR code on a GerWeiss e-trike. GCash QR codes are reusable, ultimately reducing energy and resources spent in producing bills and coins. The partnership stands to benefit e-trike drivers and passengers as cashless transactions help protect them from the pandemic by allowing them to observe social distancing through contactless payments.

GCash also provided financial literacy education and training to the drivers, including how to accept payments via GCash’s QR code. GerWeiss’ e-trikes are a sustainable transport solution as they reduce carbon emissions versus traditional tricycles. These vehicles just need to be recharged after a certain distance traveled. To date, over 30 e-trikes are now empowered to accept GCash payments in Boracay. “As a 'new normal' is on its way in our country, it's getting critical for business operators, including the transportation industry, to shift to more agile and more versatile modes of payment, such as GCash. Aside from protecting operators and passengers against the pandemic risk, GCash provides a solid payment solution addressing business needs and opera(

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BDO Foundation builds training facility for youth

IN SUPPORT of Don Bosco’s mission to educate, evangelize and capacitate Filipino youth, BDO Foundation has constructed a new technical-vocational training facility for the Don Bosco Boys Home and Vocational Training Center in Iloilo. To mark the completion of the project, the foundation recently turned over the two-story structure to the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco in a virtual event attended by BDO leadership. The turnover was witnessed by BDO Unibank and BDO Foundation chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson, BDO Unibank president and CEO and BDO Foundation trustee Nestor V. Tan, BDO Foundation President Mario A. Deriquito, BDO Foundation trustees Ma. Corazon Mallillin and Ismael Estela Jr., BDO Central Operations Group Facilities and Procurement head Aurea Imelda Montejo, BDO Visayas and Mindanao region head Cyrus Polloso, and BDO Iloilo area head Sheila Marie Uygongco. The facility was graciously accepted by administrators led by Fr. Dindo Vitug, Fr. Godofredo Atienza, Fr. Alan Ross Banogon, and Don Bosco Boys Home and Vocational Training Center technical director Fr. Allen George Elevado. According to Fr. Elevado, “We prayed for a building that would help us in our growing ministry of providing skills training, attitude transformation and spiritual renewal for underserved youth. Without hesitation, BDO Foundation gave us a new building with facilities, equipment, and tools. It’s a complete package. What a great gift!” This is BDO Foundation’s second partnership project with the Salesians. In 2019, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank built a similar structure for the Don Bosco Training Center in Mati City, Davao Oriental. The construction of both buildings as well as the provision of tools, equipment and furniture for the training of students was made possible by BDO employees through BDO Exclusives, a program that enables

employees to contribute to the foundation’s corporate citizenship initiatives. Located in the first-class municipality of Dumangas in Iloilo, the Don Bosco Boys Home and Vocational Training Center educates economically disadvantaged and out-ofschool youth in the Visayas, preparing them for gainful employment in the Philippines and abroad. The building BDO Foundation constructed at the center will serve as a place where senior high school students can learn technical-vocational livelihood skills through workshops and classroom instruction. The new building will also enable administrators to introduce new

courses, accommodate more enrollees, and teach more learners. More than 140 students per school year will benefit from the facility. BDO Foundation’s initiative in Iloilo contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 8 to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. It also fulfills the foundation’s advocacy to support areas affected by disasters. Dumangas was one of several towns placed under a state of calamity in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

THE BDO new training facility. BDO Foundation built for the Don Bosco Boys Home and Vocational Training Center in Iloilo helps Don Bosco in its efforts to make marginalized youth employable in the Philippines and abroad.

Microsoft unveils education solutions MICROSOFT today introduced new technological tools and updates designed to support the 5 key areas educators require to create a holistic learning environment and move education forward: student centricity, skills focus, social learning, safety, security and scalability. In partnership with YouGov, Microsoft found that 71% of K-12 educators felt technology has helped them improve their instruction and

expanded their teaching capacity. With the rise of digital classrooms and hybrid learning environments, Microsoft recognizes how crucial it is to help teachers find new ways to engage students remotely. New tools and solutions launched include Reading Progress, to enhance students reading skills remotely, and features like Group Assignments and third-party app integrations in Microsoft Teams that will empower educators

and support students in their classroom experience. Other updates include the availability of Minecraft: Education Edition outside the classroom and the launch of Reflect, a Microsoft Teams app that provides teachers with capabilities that support their students’ well-being virtually. “We are grateful for the resilience and commitment educators have displayed in evolving their teaching styles over the past year, and we

aim to keep supporting them to deliver quality education for their students during these challenging times. At the beginning of the pandemic technology often served as a much-needed lifeline between students, teachers, and parents enabling remote and hybrid learning. As time moved forward many educators transformed their teaching, their pedagogy, their professional development, and more, with technology often being a critical component enabling that change. Innovation will continue to transform learning experiences and stands to help prepare students for their futures – we are honored to partner with educators and schools across Asia in our mission to help every student on the planet achieve more,” said Larry Nelson, Regional General Manager, Education, Microsoft Asia. Enabling student-centered learning with Reading Progress Studies show that reading skills have declined for some students due to the pandemic. To reverse learning loss, educators are seeking ways to evaluate their students’ progress, and help them advance at their own pace. With this in

mind, Microsoft is introducing Reading Progress, a free tool designed to support readers who are learning a new language or educators trying to raise students’ general comprehension. With Reading Progress, educators can: • Save time by creating reading fluency assignments for either the entire class or for individual students to complete independently. Teachers can also review assignments with built-in auto-detect features for English language that analyze results and jump to any part of the recording to review detected words and passages. • Visualize reading progress with a holistic view of data and insights, including accuracy rate and actionable feedback useful for guiding class progress. • Engage students in independent practice on their own time where students can work at their own pace, record as many times as they like, and make progress without pressure. Available prior to the next school year, Reading Progress is free for all students and teachers using Microsoft Teams for Education, and is

compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). New tools to support student engagement in the classroom Microsoft is also enhancing Teams and other tools to help educators unlock digital experiences that complement and enrich in-person learning. These new free offerings will be available ahead of the next school year and were inspired by insights from education experts, system leaders, educators, and students alike. • Group assignments: Educators can now organize their students into assignment groups so they can work together to create, collaborate, and submit the same work. • Use your favorite apps in Assignments: Teachers will now be able to issue assignments from a variety of third-party apps directly in Teams, saving time and increasing student creativity. • Calendar integrations: New calendar integrations allow students to see when their classes are and when assignments are due in the Teams and Outlook calendars – all in one place. ( / MICROSOFT / 13)

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In the island of San Victor DAVAO Region boasts of just a few islands, with Samal being the most popular. For decades, these islands, especially those found in the east coast, have successfully concealed themselves from the prying eyes of many travelers. Unfortunately, you just can't keep these paradise-like islands, such as San Victor - with white sands that can out-fine Boracay's, hidden for so long. "This used to be owned by the Maryknoll Fathers, who bought the island for only PhP700 in 1931," shared resort manager Excel Marqueda of San Victor Island Retreat and Formation Center. Later, the island was turned over to the Diocese of

AN IMAGE of the Blessed Virgin welcomes guests to the island

In this seafood-rich province, lobsters and crabs are staple fares

Tagum, before finally relinquished to the Diocese of Mati. San Victor became popular after Super Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) ravaged many parts of the province on December 2012. Like the proverbial phoenix, the tiny island (just barely 4 hectares), along with other towns facing the Pacific, rose from the ashes and suddenly became superstars of Davao Oriental tourism. "What makes San Victor an ideal place for a quiet getaway is that we're just less than 5 minutes away from mainland Baganga. We also have electricity and sufficient water supply," he said. The island is also equipped with overnight accommodations, from tents (PhP150), open cottages (starts at PhP300) to dorm type rooms (starts at P1, 600 for 2 persons with breakfast to PhP5, 500 for 12 persons). Day tour is PhP110 per person with boat transfers. They only accept up to 150 guests at a

DEPARTMENT of Tourism Xl team, led by director Tanya Rabat-Tan, during the site inspection in San Victor

time in the Island, its current carrying capacity. There is also a sari-sari store in the island and you can also order food. Videoke is discouraged - thank God! - so everyone can enjoy the sound and beauty of nature. San Victor also has a chapel (Divine Mercy Chapel), however, island weddings are not allowed. It also has a mangrove park for those who enjoy exploring the uninhabited areas of the island. "During early morning, you can see dolphins frolicking in one corner of the island. There are also green sea turtles on another side, as well as sharks on another," Marqueda added. Fret not, the sharks are said to be friendly in this area. At present, they are constructing a facility for retreat and team building activities as well as six single detached houses, which they intend to lease out. Completion is targeted before the year ends.

THE island is fringed with a fine white sand beach




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KDAYLIGHT BLURS Oh I think I understand Fear is like a wilderland Stepping stones or sinking sands. -Joni Mitchell

Panglubag Loob doesn’t make an Utang na Loob NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews) – No matter what Palace officials and cabinet members had said to the contrary, President Duterte had not WILLIAM backtracked from what he admitted five years back on having a verbal agreement with President Xi Jinping of China regarding fishing in the WPS. In fact, he affirmed it in commenting recently on the swarming of Chinese maritime militia in Philippine waters. The President declared that the Chinese could go on fishing as they wish and he would not stop them. But it would be a different story if they extract oil and other mineral resources. He would, accordingly, send his grey ships, the Philippine Navy, into the area. Duterte belittles the value of our fishery resources and its significance on our food security. He is not aware how much we are losing from the continued Chinese illegal fishing in Philippine waters.  Everybody knows that the President flip-flops on many issues but he is steadfast on the Chinese exploitation of the fishery resources in WPS. He honors his agreement with Xi. Digong apparently agrees with Chinese authorities who claim that the swarm of vessels are fishing boats not maritime militia, that’s why he said they could continue fishing as they wish; he wouldn’t stop them.  Despite growing demand, Duterte remains adamant over the situation in WPS.  At the height of the Chinese recent aggressive posturing in the area, China shipped more “free” COVID-19 vaccine to the country. For Duterte and company the gesture created in us utang na loob. It is rude to simply drive the Chinese away for that reason.  The Chinese stratagem was actually a panglubag loob that doesn’t deserve an utang na loob. It was intended for Duterte  to continue to look the other way or turn a blind eye on the Scarborough trouble. The truth is the Chinese unmitigated, destructive exploitation of the marine resources in WPS robs the country billions of pesos making in effect the donated Chinese Covid-19 vaccine the most expensive vaccine in the whole world.  The illegal activity ought to stop. The National Task Force on WPS revealed that some 240,000 kilograms (kg) of fish is being

seized each day by the Chinese fishing vessels stationed in the area. The Chinese maritime militia aka fishing vessels ought to get out from the country’s EEZ; R. ADAN otherwise, the country will be losing 7.2 million kg or 3,600 metric tons for each month that the said fishing vessels are allowed to stay in the area, says the food security group Tugon Kabuhayan. Meanwhile, the Agri-Fishery Alliance, a coalition of various agricultural groups and stakeholders in the country, also estimated that the Philippines loses 3 million metric tons of fish annually worth P300 billion due to Chinese illegal fishing in the West Philippine Sea. The group says our food security is threatened by the illegal fishing that severely depletes our fish supply. The irony of the situation is that we import the fish, particularly galunggong, they illegally harvested from our waters.   In moves that depart from the hopeless prostituting stance of their principal, the Foreign Affairs Secretary filed a series of diplomatic protests against China over the presence of Chinese maritime militia/fishing vessels in the country’s EEZ. On the other hand, the Secretary of National   Defense keeps reiterating his demands that China pull out its vessels from the country’s waters and has deployed more   vessels of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to enforce the country’s maritime and fisheries laws in the area.  The defining moves finally paid off. In the last week of April, Chinese vessels moored in Sabina shoal, 240 km west of Palawan, were accordingly shooed from the area by the PCG and the BFAR without any untoward incident, reported the Task Force on West Philippine Sea.  So, we could, after all, assert our sovereign rights without going into war contrary to the apprehension of our President.  Hopefully, the courageous, assertive stand and effort of our maritime law enforcers will finally scuttle the inutile vassalage foreign policy of the tenant of   Malacañang and restore us the respect of the international community.  (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.)



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IMAGES of mornings. Rays of warm light entering the open window and illuminating a thin cloud of steam from a coffee cup on a table highlighted against a room still in soft shadows. The world of silence outside is only broken by the faraway chirping of birds, and like the clouds from the coffee, the mind now wonders, after this relative peace and quiet, how does one get through all that comes after? "We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came…" Yes, everything is right in the last song playing in one's mind. Always forward, and turning back around is not an option. Morning chores follow and ever slowly, hell breaks loose. Ye be worker, politician, mother, father, employee or boss, you gotta serve somebody, says Bob. That is just how things roll. I often think that sometimes, this must be the main source of all the dynamics in the world. And the noise. All resulting in an insatiable drive that is without contentment. As a bitter counterpoint one could say, the world is a totally different animal, right after the kind of peace that comes with morning coffee. I'm not suggesting we try resolving our differences with the wake-up brew while the day wakes. The precious silence of those few moments must remain sacred at least, although of course there will always be people who are just yakiti-yakitiyaks at the times when one is enjoying his/her contemplative coffee mornings. As you'd have guessed it , that is just "how things roll". Consider this short flashback. The narrow street of F.R.Hidalgo after San Sebastian Church in Quiapo during the late 70s, had always been where jeepneys started and ended their trips. However, to start the day, this was always where most of them lined up before plying their routes around Metro Manila. I would be there around 5am, after a brief ride from Malate where we played every night and spent a few hours sleeping at Paco Park. In that smoke-filled one way street in the early morning, I found refuge in an air-conditioned establishment that served the best coffee then. I remember it had the icon of a smiling bee, still unpopular at that time. Thing is, as one sipped his coffee within the silent confines, you could spy and anticipate that a busy world was up ahead. This is made clear as the jeepneys lining up Hidalgo rev their engines non-stop, like battle tanks preparing for war, as one by one, they slowly flow out into the main street. Thus, that starts their day. And every morning, this is how I, without much ceremony, start mine. Imagine replicating us a million times over. Even with all the different time zones that separate us, a quiet time at daybreak just spent on pondering what we have planned for the day ahead, might be something to think about. Think of Theoden as he says, "and so it begins."

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‘Cool ka lang Senator Pacquiao’ BIG words this Sen. Manny Pacquiao spoke on two different occasions some time ago and only lately. Yes, when there were reports of a series of bullying in the United States of Asians by some Americans, Pacquiao dared that he wished those who did the bullying make a mistake of doing their thing on him and not on hapless people who cannot fight back. And they’ll get what they want. But senator, who will ever get the mistake of bullying you in the U.S. when your face is common fair everywhere in that country. Besides, the prospective bullies will not even have a chance of meeting you on the streets or just being alone anywhere. You’d definitely be on board your luxurious sports car that may be heavily tainted to hide you from the public. And we also know that when you are out there on the road to do your routine jogs as part of your practice before a fight, you are also escorted by a retinue of bodyguards masquerading as fellow boxers and sparring partners plus a number of media people wanting to get a glimpse on you and desiring a statement for or against your adversary. Besides, you know very well that as a professional boxer you cannot just get back at anybody who has harmed you or attempted to do such, because under the rules governing boxers you are prohibited to do so. And you know as well the repercussion if you go into such action in your boxing license even if it is for the purpose of defending yourself. So, “cool ka lang” and instead introduce legislation that can assure protection of your fellow Asians in the U.S. and elsewhere. That way you are doing what is expected of you as senator of the republic and not as a professional – and champion – boxer at that. And recently from out of nowhere you came up with a statement chastising the President for his wanting action in the West Philippine Sea issue with China. You said that the recent pronouncement of the President which somehow took a dig against China for that country’s bullying our fishermen and its incursion into our territory as defined in the Exclusive Economic Zone

(EEZ) is “far from enough” if reckoned with what you said his campaign promise to go to the WPS islands “squatted” by China on board a jet ski and plant the Philippine flag there to show that the islands and the sea are ours. It is our firm belief that you or your advisers may have interpreted the then candidate Duterte’s statement literally. Mr. Senator, clearly it was a figure of speech which means if he becomes President he will do everything in his power and allowed by circumstances to resolve the territorial dispute. Now you are boldly saying it is wanting. Apparently you want more aggressive moves. But Senator Manny, have you forgotten the lessons in your craft – boxing? Isn’t it that in a fight between two equally expert boxers with the same weight class, it is not always the speed and power of the fist and feet that matter? Is it not that who between the two has the better and faster thinking on when to attack and when to be defensive has the better chance of winning convincingly? We hope that you are still aware of that rule because if the President adopts your way of thinking then the country is risking to be the wick of a deadly conflagration. In this situation the braggarts are already trying to draw the President to follow their line. And one little mistake in the President’s decision could further stoke the fire of jealousy burning in some other countries that are threatened by China’s emerging economic and military power in this

part of the globe. In other words, we are talking of Western countries, primarily the United States, making the Philippines a pawn to be sacrificed in their efforts to retain their colonial dominance in Asia. We believe the time has come that both the Western and Eastern bloc countries are slowly feeling that a new Asian hegemony is rising on the horizon with China on the lead. And this could mean a serious bargaining chip that could influence the balance of economic and military power in the world. So. Again Senator Manny, “chill ka lang.” Don’t push too much of our fortune to the wall, or to the ropes if you wish. The President very well realizes that he has the lives of more than a hundred million Filipinos to worry about if he wants to accede to your desire for more aggressive moves against China. Perhaps you and your advisers are being waylaid to the wrong direction mainly because of your political ambition – the Presidency. But you may not have any inkling that with the President using your suggested option your big dream may end up broken into smithereens. It is not even far fetched that China could bring havoc to us even without firing a single bullet should we come to a serious enmity with that country. Just ponder on this: the economy of the Philippines is virtually controlled by only about ten to fifteen percent of the country’s population -- the ultra-rich who are controlling almost every large conglomerate here. And who are the richest people? Only one blue blooded Filipino in Manny Villar, two Spanish (or Americans?) in the Ayalas and Razons. All the rest are Chinese who band around their Filipino citizenship. But where do you think would be their loyalties when the time comes? Tell the people. They surely are long prepared for such eventuality. Easy for them because they have already flown back to China substantial portions of their investments such as malls, construction business, banks, and others. That is why the President may have taken the more diplomatic tact than the riskier Pacquiao and his ilks’ option – the aggressive approach.

A Tribute To My Mother MY MOTHER would have been 99 come June 6 had she not passed away at the age of 86 in 2008. The title “Manang” stuck to all of us in the family, from her 7 siblings to us, her 8 children, up to the 29 grandchildren and some of the 45 great grandchildren. Her father died early so she helped the family by working as a manicurist while in her teens in a barbershop where she met my father. Her impact on all of us in the clan was great, but I will highlight her influence on me in some particular areas. Avid Reader. Having a large family losing her father early, my mom reached only fifth grade level. However, she was an avid reader, willing to walk several kilometers to just borrow books even in war times. Her penmanship was also neat and nice, and she expressed herself well in writing. Until her dying day, reading books and novels was part of her daily routine, aside from daily exercise and time for prayer and Bible reading. I was really close to my mom, and all these aspects became true for me as well. Hardworking Homemaker. My grandmother and mother were hands-on in ensuring that our home with our large family were running smoothly even with a helper or two. My grandmother did the cooking and disciplining (she was strict, even with my 5 brothers!). My mom hand washed clothes, did marketing, always cleaned and kept things in order in the house and in our closets. I do not remember chores being assigned to us because of school, although some of us pitched in. Having experienced hard times growing up, my mother shopped in bargain centers like Baclaran and Divisoria. When life was more relaxed for her, she took care of grandchildren and a great grandchild who lived in our home for a time. I learned to sacrifice and take care of my own family as I grew up seeing what she did with us.


EVELYN PAJARON Music Lover. My mom loved playing classical music all day, so I learned to appreciate and love classical music too. Johann Strauss became a favorite. When I had the chance to accompany her on a Europe tour a relative gifted her, the Strauss concerts we attended in Vienna were an unforgettable dream-come-true experience for us. Vibrant Spirituality. My mother was religious, going to different churches four times during the week. Although my motive was to get out of the house, yet going with her instilled in me a desire to be close to God. God granted our desires when I came to know Him personally in 1971 and she in 1977. The Sunday morning she committed her life to Christ as her personal Savior and Lord, she was so relieved to know that her sins were forgiven. She was so hungry to know God's word after that, she started memorizing Scriptures and attended all kinds of Bible classes. From such a wor-

rier, she learned to trust and pray. I saw her forgive others and ask forgiveness from one she has greatly wronged. I saw her change from a shy, quiet person to become an aggressive witness for the Lord. She became an inspiration and an encouragement to many, esp. to her team of young professionals and students when, even in her '70s, she volunteered weekly to help them plant a church in Antipolo and later on in Alabang. She stuck it out with them until a congregation and a building were established. I am glad God allowed me to have her as my mother on this side of life, and also to be with her in His presence for all eternity. Manang, thank you so much for a well-lived life and for the heritage you have passed on to me and to my children and grandchildren! I love you so much!



FRIDAY, MAY 07, 2021

FRIDAY, MAY 07, 2021




All pawned items items that expired during the month All pawned that expired during theof JANUARY 2021, if not renewed or redeemed on month MAY, 2015 if not reor beforeofMARCH 2021 will be renewed sold to theorpublic deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be on MARCH 16, 2021 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 Gipahibalo ang tanan na nga angnag-expired FIRST sa bulan sa ENERO 2021. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan sa publiko karong MARSO 16, 2021 sa alas 9:00 sa nga nag-expired sa bulan sa MAYO 2015. buntag.

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

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


All pawned items that expired during the month of FEBRUARY 2021, 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 PEBRERO 2021. 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 APRIL 06, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL APRIL 21, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO APRIL 08, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO APRIL 27, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO APRIL 29, 2021 222-2494



All pawned items that expired during the month of FEBRUARY 2021, 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 PEBRERO 2021. 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 APRIL 08, 2021 APRIL 20, 2021 APRIL 15, 2021

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

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) APRIL 30, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) APRIL 15, 2021 (084) 628-842

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

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

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

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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All Jewelry and other articles pawned at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main, Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre, Rosegold Pawnshop Bolton, Rosegold Pawnshop, Agdao and Rosegold Pawnshop Buhangin from NOVEMBER 16, 2020 to DECEMBER 15, 2020. If not redeemed or renewed on or before MAY 14, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on MAY 17, 2021 at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Toy Bldg., Lapu-lapu St., Agdao, Davao City

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the month of JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2021 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days before the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed, it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @ 9:00 A.M.

All pawned items that expired during the month of DECEMBER 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before FEBRUARY 15, 2021 will be sold to the public on FEBRUARY 16, 2021 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang AL-JOS PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa DISYEMBRE 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong PEBRERO 16, 2021 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang DIAGOLD PAWNSHOP INC., magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan ENERO PEBRERO UG MARSO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa na nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. EXPIRY DATES JANUARY 2021 FEBRUARY 2021 MARCH 2021

AUCTION DATES MAY 12, 2021 MAY 12, 2021 1MAY 12, 2021


San Pedro street, Davao City (Fronting Queen Bank) Tel. No. (082) 222-1561 ; (082) 321-0128 Email: goldstandardpawnshopofdavao@gmail.com

Accepts: Jewelry, Appliances, Watches, Cellphones and any valuable items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all Kinds of Jewelry


All jewelry and other articles pawned at Goldstandard Pawnshop San Pedro, Goldstandard Pawnshop Ilustre from NOVEMBER 16, 2020 TO DECEMBER 15, 2020 if not redeemed or renewed on MAY 14, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on MAY 17, 2021 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of MARCH 2021 (Regular Items) and APRIL 2021 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES: San Pedro (Main) Agdao Toril Bolton Digos City

AUTION DATE MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021 MAY 18, 2021

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

FRIDAY, MAY 07, 2021


All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the months of JANUARY 2021, if not renewed or redeemed on or before the scheduled dates of auction below will be sold to the public on the following dates as stated below. Ginapahibalo ang tanan na ang METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ENERO 2021, kung dili malukat, ibaligya sa publiko niining mga musunod na mga adlaw. EXPIRY DATES JANUARY 2021







Roque Bldg., Matina Crossing, Davao City Tel. # 234-6367


All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of FEBRUARY 2021, 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 PEBRERO 2021. 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

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

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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of FEBRUARY 2021 (Regular Items) and MARCH 2021 (Gadgets) must be redeemed or renewed two (2) days prior to the Auction date schedule as stated below. If not redeemed or renewed will be sold to the public on its respectively auction date schedule at its premises at 9:00 AM. BRANCHES:


Tel. No.

C.M. Recto (Main)

APRIL 15, 2021



APRIL 15, 2021



All pawned items that expire during the month of FEBRUARY 2021 must be renewed or redeemed two (2) days prior the Auction Schedule stated below. If not renewed or redeemed it will be sold to public on its respective auction schedule and premises @9:00a.m. Gipahibalo ang tanan nga ang GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. magasubasta sa tanan nga nag expire sa bulan sa PEBRERO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES




MAY 17, 2021



MAY 01, 2021


MAY 14, 2021

All pawned items expired on MARCH 2021 - APRIL 2021 Will be displayed in a public Auction On MAY 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.



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submitted bogus tests or tests way before the period allowed. Under the previous executive order, tests must



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rates at the government run SPMC, the main medical facility tasked to admit COVID-19 cases in the city. “Since the beginning of February, ato gyud napaubsan ang deaths – and atong fatality rate. It’s because medyo na loosen up nato ang utilization rate sa SPMC in particular, wherein sa karon na mga panahon naa gyud sila sa low hospital utilization rate which is below 50 percent,”


developments to the implementation of policies that Mayor Sara Duterte crafted, among them the intensified testing of those experiencing symptoms similar to those who were infected with the virus and public utility vehicle drivers. Lopez, however, said the city government will continue to enhance its policies to ensure that the problem is mitigated, if not completely eliminated.

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ug pagbaliwala sa mga direktiba o mando nga ang tumong mapugngan ang pagkatag sa makamatay nga,” she said. She added that continu-


he said. He added that the city has also sustained its campaign to bring down the daily number of cases as there was no reported surge. “Fortunately, in general, na-maintain nato ang cases. Wala man gyud nga nisaka og maayo, pero wala pud remarkable na decrease akong nakit an. So, namaintain nato tong daily average cases,” Lopez said. He attributed these new

ing to follow these standards is necessary to prevent any possible surge in the number of cases. She even urged the public to remember those who

lost their lives after they were infected with the virus. "Let us be united against Covid-19,” the Mayor urged Dabawenyos. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

come”, Erispe said. Erispe said the program, which will cover 36 days, will initially benefit 25 scholars who will be provided with solar panels and modules, aside from being trained on how to install these panels. “Anyone can enroll in the 36-day program as long as they are 18 years and older. The training

will be a mix of online and actual ensuring that all of the safety protocols are maintained and followed”, Erispe said. Interested applicants can visit the website of the agency and select various courses ranging from skill development, agriculture, culinary, welding technology, mechanical processing, construction, and more.

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is designed to capacitate the beneficiaries in setting up solar panels. “This is to benefit people in rural areas who have little to no access to electricity. This program will greatly help the trainees by teaching them how to install these solar panels in their communities. At the same time use the skills they have learned for in-

be taken at most 72 hours before the flight. As a result of the pandemic, the city government issued an executive order

on March 17 which suspended international flights and another executive order for the suspension of domestic flights.

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consent, making them vulnerable to abuse. “Alam niyo po itong laban natin para mabago nga itong [Kafala] system na ito, ito po’y parang modern day civil rights movement at siyempre po bagamat aktibo ang Saudi Arabia dito isa siguro sa pinakamalakas na sumusuporta dito sa mga initiatives na ito ay ang Pilipinas dahil nga sa numero ng ating mga kababayan na nagtatrabaho po sa Saudi Arabia (You know we are fighting to change this [Kafala] system, it is like a modern day civil rights movement and of course although Saudi Arabia is active here, one of the strongest supporters of these initiatives is the Philippines because of the number of our citizens working in Saudi Arabia),” he said. The Crown Prince’s call comes after the virtual forum entitled “Labor Mobility and Human Rights: Examining Migrant Labor Governance in the Middle East in the Context of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” held on April 20. The forum, co-organized by the Philippines and Saudi Arabia governments, provided an important opportunity to talk openly about the Kafala system and what countries, including Saudi Arabia, have been

SARANGGANI... transport via the Sarangani Bay and the Celebes Sea, he said. “Tourism establishments/facilities in Sarangani are closed (to) non-residents (until May 31),” the governor said. It will mainly affect beach resorts situated in its six coastal municipalities, especially the popular destinations in Glan town, which is dubbed the “Boracay of the South” due to its famed white sand beaches. Tourism destinations in the province, which were forced to close down due to the lockdowns following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, reopened to residents within Soccsksargen or Region 12 late last year and those from other regions last February. South Cotabato and this city imposed border restrictions starting last May 1 due to the noted increase in COVID-19 cases. Under EO 16, all travelers from areas with active community trans-

doing to address many systemic issues in the region. In that forum, Duterte described the Kafala system as “unjust” and “exploitative” because it places thousands of migrant workers “in the most vulnerable situation, unseen, unheard and unable to defend their dignity as human beings.” Universal access to Covid-19 vaccines Roque said the two leaders also discussed the need to ensure universal access to Covid-19 vaccines. “Pinag-usapan din po nila na sa panahon ng pandemya, kinakailangan magkaroon po talaga ng sistema na lahat po ng bansa sa daigdig, mahirap o mayaman ay dapat magkaroon po ng bakuna dahil kung hindi naman po ligtas ang lahat, wala pong ligtas dito sa pandemyang ito (They also talked about the need to have a system that all countries in the world, rich or poor, should have access to vaccine at a time of the pandemic because if everyone is not safe, no one is safe from the pandemic),” he added. Duterte, in several public pronouncements, emphasized that nations must work together towards equitable access to vaccines, particularly for developing and least developed nations. According to an official

statement from the Office of the President, Duterte also thanked Saudi Arabia for including Filipinos in the Kingdom’s Covid-19 vaccination program. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for his part, said the vaccination program will be implemented until all Filipinos in the Kingdom are inoculated. The Crown Prince also called on the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to work towards affordable and equitable access to vaccines. Economic partnership The warm and friendly ties between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia were also tackled in the phone conversation, the OP statement said. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likewise emphasized the importance of strengthening bilateral economic partnership, stating that efforts will continue to increase trade and investments by Saudi Arabia in the Philippines. Duterte welcomed the Crown Prince’s recognition of bolstering economic engagement as an important part of Philippines-Saudi Arabia relations that needs to be sustained. (PNA)

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mission will be required to present negative Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) results for Covid-19 taken 72 hours prior in accredited laboratories. No mass gatherings will be allowed during the period, except those for health, social services, safety and security purposes but should follow the 50 percent capacity limit for venues. Religious activities may continue at 30 percent capacity while weddings, baptisms and necrological services will be limited to 25 persons and should obtain approval from concerned municipal governments. Business establishments as well as private and public utility vehicles may continue to operate in specified areas within the province at 50 percent capacity. The selling of liquor will be regulated and drinking intoxicating beverages in public are prohibited,

especially during the curfew hours adopted by its municipalities. Solon said the intensified surveillance against COVID-19 will continue in their seven municipalities through increased testing activities. He said random antigen and RT-PCR testing will be conducted among individuals with Influenzalike illnesses and without known exposures to the disease. They will also monitor establishments with high risks of transmission like markets and companies or industries, he said. The active COVID-19 cases in Sarangani have increased to 71 as of 6 p.m. Wednesday following the emergence of new clusters in various municipalities. Since last year, the confirmed infections in the province reached a total of 729, the lowest in Region 12, with 18 related deaths and 640 recovered patients. (MindaNews)


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Strategic Location High -Traffic Visibility Along University Ave., Juna Subd. Matina, Davao City


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 February 2021. 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 Pebrero 2021. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

Call (0932) 372 7799 DTI...

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and we want our MSMEs to take advantage of this opportunity,” she said, adding that the least DTI wants to happen is to see their clients closing shops. “We want to help them sustain their business by keeping up with the current trend,” the trade official emphasized. These digital platforms support MSMEs as they go online and make their presence known in the different digital platforms. Through the Market Seller Onboarding Support, sellers are assisted in setting up their online


shops and start selling online thereafter. Likewise, they get to experience Marketing Seller Education and Marketing Support wherein they are trained on how to sell online and increase their sales during and even after the quarantine. The program aims, too, to provide sellers with marketing support as they build their online brand and presence. To prepare them some more, the target MSMEs are also taught the basic requirements for online visibility, including a mobile device, computer, or laptop, internet

connection, bank account details where earnings can be sent, pick-up address, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) 2303 Certificate of Registration, DTI or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration, collection receipt, and sales invoice. “What we want to witness is for our OTOPreneurs to continuously grow amid the pandemic. Times have been difficult for us for a year now but we consistently strive to meet the challenges with utmost resilience and with the help of innovation,” Ambi concluded. PR

The new SIA batik motif was launched on 26 March 2021 via a two-minute film posted on SIA’s Facebook page. The motif has already been incorporated in merchandise sold on KrisShop and is an important element in the Airline’s branding. The design draws its inspiration from the original batik motif of the iconic SIA cabin crew sarong kebaya, as well as 10 flowers native to Singapore (see Annex for more

information). It pays homage to both SIA’s world-famous brand heritage and Singapore’s status as a garden city. It also serves as an inspiration for the new Sound of Singapore Airlines. While it will not replace the original batik motif of our cabin crew’s iconic sarong kebaya uniforms, SIA will incorporate the new motif in upcoming marketing and branding assets.

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Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines says: “The Sound of Singapore Airlines embodies both our heritage and a seamless flying experience, supported by new digital solutions, while reinforcing the world-class service standards that the Airline is known for. This is a melody will resonate with our customers, and will be easily associated with their travels on board Singapore Airlines.” New SIA Batik Motif


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ground. “Given that we have reached a compromise, we will act without delay to reflect the features of the compromise in a corresponding executive issuance,” Dar said.


The DA chief will submit the revised pork import tariffs to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, through Secretary Karl Chua. The NEDA Board will in turn make the final recommendation to the

Office of the President. “We appreciate the quick resolution of this issue. A problem of this scale, especially when incomes and job opportunities have declined, needs immediate and urgent action,” concluded Dar.

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• Learning Management System (LMS) Updates: Microsoft is working with LMS providers such as Instructure and Blackboard to improve integrations between LMS and Microsoft Teams, Teams meetings, and OneDrive, providing a more seamless experience for educators. Making learning more engaging and fun Educators are recognizing how pivotal immersive experiences can be to engage students on a deeper level. To support them in seeking different ways to keep students actively engaged, Microsoft is releasing new features to Minecraft: Education Edition. This will provide more op-

portunities for students to play and learn in the classroom and out. • I n t e g r a t i n g M i necraft Education Edition with Teams and Flipgrid: Educators can now embed a Flipgrid topic, Forms quiz, or assessment tool using new Resource links within a Minecraft world or lesson. Students on the other hand, can open a Flipgrid Topic, record and share their creation, and invite others to join a world they have created—with just a few clicks. • Minecraft Education Edition for Camps and Clubs: Beginning this summer, camps, clubs, homeschool organizations, and nonprofits can purchase licenses for Mi-

necraft: Education Edition to support critical thinking, collaboration, and game-based learning for all ages outside of the classroom. Supporting student wellbeing Emotional well-being is key to student success and research shows that approaches to support student well-being are in high demand, but low supply. New tools to equip educators with the ability to understand the complexities students face, and their emotional state, as they guide them in navigating the challenges of today have also been introduced. • Reflect, a free app in Microsoft Teams, provides a way for educators to cre-


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nology (DICT) to generate e-signature. He added the DICT can also accredit digital signatures of private institutions. “The Commission on Audit is already drafting a circular to recognize the use of digital signatures in all government transactions as well as the crafting of the guidelines on the use of digital signatures,” Belgica said. Aside from the mandatory use of digital signature, Belgica said ARTA is pushing for a unified online payment system for all fees, contributions, and taxes across NGAs and LGUs. “We have already initial talks and discussions with the

concerned agencies, and we are proposing that the Land Bank of the Philippines as one of the government banks to be the payment aggregator of all of these payments,” he added. Along with the implementation of e-payment, the ARTA chief said they are currently ironing out the guidelines in the issuance of electronic copies of receipts by the NGAs and LGUs. Belgica said the use of e-signature and e-payment in government transactions is part of the administration’s push to automate services and processes in public offices. President Rodrigo Du-

terte said in his State of the Nation Address in 2020 that the government should “adjust and adapt to (a) paperless type of business and work performance” as this will empower people to avail government services at the comfort of their homes, particularly during this pandemic. “It will enable our bureaucracy to better transition into the new normal and cut and minimize red tape,” Duterte then said. “Panahon na para mawala ang pila, para mapagsilbihan ng gobyerno nang walang kahirapan sa tao (It is time to eliminate queuing for government services and ease the burden of the public).” (PNA)

tional delivering challenges. We welcome GerWeiss for joining us, and embracing this digital shift.” said Frederic Levy, Chief Commercial Officer of GCash. “GerWeiss is first and foremost a sustainability company providing transportation solutions in the Philippines. We are an internationally acclaimed organization, with a mission to eliminate air pollution, starting in our backyard. With sustainability at our core, it is essential that we operate with likeminded organizations such as GCash, especially during the new normal. On top of the benefits of the partner-

ship, we genuinely see value in cashless payments as well,” said Gabby Villoria, Chief Operating Officer at GerWeiss. GerWeiss is an awardwinning sustainable transportation company recognized by international institutions, such as the UN and the Asian Development Bank, with the goal of meeting growing transportation demands in a cost-conscious and environmentally responsible way. GCash is constantly pushing for the adoption of cashless payments as it supports the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ Digital Transformation Roadmap, where the

agency aims to shift at least 50 percent of retail payment transactions to digital, and to have at least 70 percent of Filipinos have their own e-wallet by 2023. GCash currently has over 33 million users nationwide. Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which operates GCash, is part of the portfolio companies of 917 Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe Telecom Inc. GCash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, kindly visit https:// www.gcash.com/

ate regular check-ins in with individual students or classes to share how they are feeling, and help learners better understand how their emotions may impact their learning. • Embedded tools in OneNote and Teams, such as praise badges and sticker packs, help students and educators feel more connected and foster the growth of effective relationships. These will be critical in

helping build students’ confidence and enabling educators to facilitate valuable learning conversations in and beyond the classroom. Enabling safe and secure classrooms Lastly, with more learning taking place outside the physical school, the increase in digital traffic and the number of connected devices brings new challenges: from malicious attacks to uninvited

guests in the digital classroom. To ensure students’ safety in digital and physical spaces, Microsoft is launching Supervised Chat in Teams. Available later this month, this feature allows designated educators to initiate chats with students, while preventing students from starting new chats unless an appropriate educator is present — meaning students can engage in safe discussions.


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entities duly registered with the IPA that cannot be classified as export enterprises. Note, however, that service enterprises are excluded from the coverage. This exclusion covers firms that offer customs brokerage, trucking or forwarding services, security services, insurance, banking and other financial services, consumers’ cooperatives, credit unions, consultancy services, as well as retail enterprises, restaurants, and companies providing other similar services as may be identified by the FIRB. The New Tax Incentives Menu Prior to the CREATE law’s approval, the President

vetoed some line item provisions in the new section. However, Congress may override the veto of the President by a 2/3 vote of all its members. Failing to do so, the vetoed provisions will not be enacted into law. Historically though, Congress rarely exercises this power against the President’s vetoes. Henceforth is a summary of the post-veto tax incentives under Sections 294 to 296 of the CREATE Law: I. Income Tax Holiday (ITH) - This incentive is available for both export and domestic market enterprises for a period ranging from 4 to 7 years, depending on location and industry priorities, without option for extension.

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DONATION PURSUANT to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that the late LUIS PULVERA, who died intestate on April 27, 1979 at Davao City. Decedent had left a parcel of land covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-64556, “A parcel of land (Lot 3894-C, Psd-1100415, being a portion of Lot 3894, Cad-102, Davao cadastre.” situated in the Barrio of Mudiang, City of Davao, containing an area of 765 square meters more or less, has been the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement with Donation made and executed and among his heirs per Doc. No. 138; Page No. 28; Book No. XXVIII; Series of 2005 of the Notary Public Atty. Salvador M. Bijis of Davao City. (MT-May 7, 14 & 21, 2021)

Additional ITH duration incentives may be granted if the registered business enterprise relocates outside of NCR, or in areas recovering from armed conflict or a major disaster which must be 3 years or 2 years, respectively. II. Special Corporate Income Tax (SCIT) - The SCIT rate shall be 5% of the Gross Income Earned (GIE) effective July 1, 2020 in lieu of all national and local taxes. This incentive may be availed right after the expiration of the ITH period by Export Enterprises for a maximum duration of 10 years in lieu of the enhanced deductions. III. Enhanced Deductions - This may be availed by both export and domestic market enterprises, albeit for a different duration depending on the industry and location of the taxpayer. The following allowable deductions are “enhanced”, as additional deductions may be claimed, subject to the general condition that the expenditure is directly related to the company’s registered production of goods and service activities: 1. Depreciation Expense (qualified capital expenditure) – 110% for buildings, 20% for machineries, and equipment 2. Labor expense – 150% 3. Research and Development Expense – 200% 4. Training Expenses – 200% 5. Domestic Input Expense – 150% 6. Power Expense –

150% 7. Reinvesting allowance to the manufacturing industry – Up to 50% of reinvested profit (within 5 years from time of reinvestment) 8. Enhanced Net Operating Loss Carry-over (NOLCO) of 5 years for net operating loss of the registered project or activity during the first three (3) years from the start of commercial operation IV. Duty exemption on importation of capital equipment, raw materials, spare parts, or accessories subject to various conditions for availment and limitations on transfer and disposal V. Value-Added Tax (VAT) exemption on importation and VAT zero-rating on local purchases on goods and services directly and exclusively used in the registered project or activity by a registered business enterprise Based on the foregoing, export enterprises have two primary options: • ITH + 5% SCIT on GIE with a maximum duration of 14 to 17 years (ITH up to 7 years while SCIT on GIE up to 10 years); or, • ITH + Enhanced Deductions (ED) which could last 14 to 17 years (ITH: Up to 7 years and ED: 10 years) On the other hand, domestic market enterprises may only avail of the ITH and the ED thereafter. Depending on industry priority and location of the registered business enterprise, the maximum duration shall be 7 years and

5 years for the ITH and ED availment, respectively. As mentioned, the duration of the incentive depends on industry priority and location. Give and take To whom much is given, much shall also be required. As the grant of tax incentives has to be performance-based and transparent, registered business enterprises are required to meet their target performance metrics, adopt an adequate accounting system, comply with requirements on e-receipts and e-sales, submit annual beneficial ownership, tax incentives, and benefits reports, among others, to retain their tax incentives and avoid penalties, or worse, cancellation of registration. Indeed, foregoing tax incentives went beyond the usual

as the government seeks to level the playing field between incentivized activities vis-àvis forgone revenues of the government. To date, the SIPP is yet to be crafted. Ultimately, this could serve as a guidepost on whether this set of reCREATEd incentives is more equitable and would promote inclusive growth and generation of jobs and opportunities across the country. Atty. Aranas is a senior manager of the Tax Advisory and Compliance Division of P&A Grant Thornton Cebu Branch. P&A Grant Thornton is one of the leading audit, tax, advisory, and outsourcing firms in the Philippines with 23 partners and more than 900 staff members. Email your comments to pagrantthornton@ph.gt.com.


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President hopes trials show ivermectin works

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night expressed hope that local clinical trials of ivermectin would show that they are safe and effective for human use against Covid-19. Duterte, in a pre-re- ang medisina (the medi- an effect in that thing there corded talk to the people, cine) or whatever it is, has that is being introduced into said he believes that “there an effect in fighting Covid your body,” he said. has to be some truth” to the or building the antibodies He said he looks forward effectiveness of Ivermectin in your system,” he said. to clinical trials showing that because some physicians Should clinical trials the drug works that they are willing to risk their show that the anti-parasitic could be used by Covid-19 integrity to allow its use drug is safe and effective, patients in the country. among their patients. Duterte said it may be used “Kung maglabas ‘yan “Maraming doktor bu- for “palliative care” which (When they come out), milib diyan e. Kaya baka focuses on providing pa- that’s what I’m hoping, it (There are many doctors tients relief from pain and will turn out that way we who believe in its effec- other symptoms of a seri- can use it. So that, ako ang tiveness. That’s why), if ous illness. unang mag-ano (I’ll be the there are doctors willing “Maski ano nalang, first). Because inumin mo to put out their neck on the palliative na hindi ka ma- para ano ka (you can drink chopping board, ipusta nila hawa kaagad (Even if we it), at least yung (the) preang integrity nila (risk their use it for palliative, so that ventive,” he said. integrity), so there has to be you won’t get infected imDuterte also expressed some truth in it. Or at least mediately). There has to be hope that experts give

weight to some doctors’ strong belief that the drug can cure Covid-19 patients. “I hope they would also place a little bit of an importance to those doctors who really I said who went out to proclaim the efficacy of itong si (this) ivermectin,” he added. Duterte earlier ordered the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), and FDA to hold local trials for the use of Ivermectin. On Tuesday, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) executive director Jaime Montoya said the DOST will proceed with

clinical trials of ivermectin for human use against Covid-19. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) DirectorGeneral Eric Domingo said he expects local clinical trials to be completed within six to eight months while international clinical trials may be completed in the next one to two months. Domingo said it is best to wait for “clearer evidence” that the antiparasitic drug can benefit Covid-19 patients. “Ang sinasabi lang naman po ng mga espesyalista natin (Our specialists are saying), is that we wait for the evidence…There’s a possibility po that it is

useful but there’s also that possibility na (that) it’s the same as not taking it. Kailangan lang po hintayin natin ang clearer evidence ng effect (We just need to wait for clearer evidence of its effect),” he said. To date, the FDA has granted at least two hospitals special permit to use Ivermectin for its Covid-19 patients, acknowledging there was some "pressure" to approve it. The medical community is divided as to whether Ivermectin should be given to Covid-19 patients or not, but reminded the public that there is a lack of data and evidence on its efficacy against Covid-19. (PNA)

Support new PNP chief, outgoing head tells cops MANILA – Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Debold Sinas on Thursday urged all members of the police force to rally behind his successor, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. “I urge you to give my classmate, Police Lt. Gen Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar, the same 100 percent support you gave during the past six months under my watch,” he added. Sinas will retire from the service on Saturday upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. He will formally relinquish the PNP's top post to Eleazar in a change of command ceremony in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday. “Every Chief PNP appointed to the post carries with him the full trust and confidence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, therefore, he deserves the unqualified support of all the officers and personnel under his command,” Sinas said. Sinas, meanwhile, believed he was able to do his best to serve the country during his stint as PNP chief. “It has been probably the longest six months tour of duty we have served together to accomplish our mission for the Filipino people. And I honestly believe we have been able to deliver more than what we promised to the President and the Filipino people, because everyone stood by me, from the ranking officers in the headquarters to the last beat patroller in the streets,” he added.

Both Sinas and Eleazar are members of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1987. Eleazar graduated cum laude as Top 4 of the class. He gained popularity in 2016 when he took the helm of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) where he waged relentless anti-crime and anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of notorious street criminals; dismantling of notorious robbery-holdup groups; and arrest and neutralization of drug targets including rogue police personnel involved in crime. Under his leadership, QCPD was recognized in a survey commissioned by the National Police Commission as the “most trusted Police District in NCRPO”. He was eventually promoted as regional director of the Police Regional Office 4A (Calabarzon) and the National Capital Region Police Office. In 2019, he rose to the PNP Command Group after being named chief of the directorial staff, the fourth top post in the police force. He was later elevated to the position of deputy chief for operations where he concurrently headed the Joint Task Force Covid Shield, the law enforcement and public safety arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATFEID). He was then promoted as deputy chief for administration in September 2020.

CUSTOMERS avail of their preferred personal care service in a beauty salon in Bagong Silang-Kanan, Caloocan City. Beauty salons, barbershops, and nail salons are allowed 30 percent capacity but clients are reminded that they, too, are required to properly wear face masks and shields. (PNA photo by Ben Briones)

Cotabato to revive “No Movement Sunday” after spike in virus cases COTABATO CITY (MindaNews) – The Cotabato City Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 is set to re-implement the “No Movement Sunday” policy beginning May 9, due to a rise in infections in the city. In March, the city recorded 63 COVID-19 cases and 115 in April. Mayor Cynthia GuianiSayadi, IATF chair, said the decision was reached during the task force meeting to reevaluate the city quarantine protocols. Sayadi also noted that lately the city recorded almost every week a COVID-19 related death. “There is a shortage of

oxygen tanks all over the city hospitals as high demand came from the confined COVID-19 patients,” she said during a public address Wednesday. The city had 354 cases in October 2020, the highest so far. “We thought we were already doing fine, considering that we had days when the city recorded zero cases,” Sayadi said. The mayor noted the rise in cases happened at a time that the vaccination has started and with stricter protocols in airports and other entry points. “It really shows that the virus is just circulating within the city,” she said.

She blamed the increase in cases on the lax observance of COVID-19 protocols by people who love to attend birthdays, weddings or weekend getaways. She cited that since the “No Movement Sunday” was lifted in April “more cases are being recorded every day.” In re-imposing policy, Sayadi also directed all establishments, offices, churches, terminals, markets, and other places that are frequented by people on a daily basis, to scan the digital IDs in their entrance and exits. The official lifted the policy on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday to allow Catholics to observe the Holy Week,

and on April 18, 25 and May 2 to allow Muslims free movement during the fasting month of Ramadan. She pointed out that since the “No Movement Sunday” policy, wearing of face masks and physical distancing are already a city ordinance, violators will be penalized. The city will implement stricter border control points that will require even Authorized Persons Outside of Residence and VIPs and their escorts to undergo QR scanning. She urged everybody’s cooperation and appealed to neighboring towns to sincerely impose COVID-19 prevention efforts.

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