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OPINION A friend’s thought on the WPS issue CBY VIC N. SUMALINOG

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DAVAO City Police Office members ride a bicycle on their way to Roxas Avenue as part of intensifying police visibility in the streets to deter crimes. BING GONZALES

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• Aguilar: 150 failed to show docus or were on non-essential travels BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

ABOUT 150 individuals on board 35 vehicles were denied entry to the city through its border in Marilog three days after the start of the implementation of the uniform border control system on Friday, yesterday said Captain Rosario Aguilar, Davao City Police Office spokesperson. Aguilar said those who non-essential travels or they failed to present rewere denied entry to the even if they were on sup- quired documents , as the city were found to be on posed essential travels, city started implementing

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the uniform border control system since Friday after the Regional InterAgency Task Force and the Regional Task Force Against COVID-19 issued the resolution regulating

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entry to the region to curb spread of COVID-19. “They already knew (they needed) to present negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test re-


sults,” Aguilar said as those who were not allowed to entry who tried to pass through the police checkpoint in Marilog where the city shares boundaries (

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GEORGE MARTINEZ, 67, gets his vaccine shot against COVID-19 at the Matina Aplaya Elementary School. BING GONZALES


Face mask policy remains even for vaccinated people

MANILA – The Philippine government is not keen on lifting its face mask policy even for people who have already been vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In an interview over on ang pinanghahawakan bakunado na (As of now, Laging Handa, Department pa ho nating kumpletong we know that even a vacof Health (DOH) Under- ebidensiya ang isang ba- cinated person can still be secretary Maria Rosario kunadong individual can infected and infect other Vergeire on Saturday said still be infected and can still people. So we retain our there is no enough evidence infect others. So we retain position, we will not recyet to prove it is now safe our position, hindi pa rin ommend the removal of to remove face masks for ho kami magrirekomenda masks for those who got inoculated individuals. ng ganitong pagtatanggal their shots)," Vergeire said. "Hanggang sa ngay- ng mask kung kayo ay ( / FACE / 5)

Centino is new Army chief, say BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

MAJOR General Andres Centino is the new Philippine Army chief. In a memorandum dated May 14 addressed to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, President Rodrigo Duterte named Centino the new chief of the 100,000-member Army

based on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the AFP Board of Generals. Centino, commander of 4th Infantry Division, replaces Lieutenant General Jose Faustino Jr. who (

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NorthCot to probe spoilage of vaccines vs COVID-19 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of North Cotabato will conduct an inquiry into the spoilage of 348 doses of the Sinovac-manufactured

vaccines intended for senior citizens in Makilala, North Cotabato. In a statement released to the media Friday night, Vice Governor Emmylou Taliño-

Mendoza said the legislative inquiry in aid of legislation aims to dig deeper into the spoilage of the vaccines “considering the sensitivity of the




4,000 blocked from entering the city sans negative RT-PCR results: TFD THE Task Force Davao has blocked the entry to the city of about 4,000 travelers from Luzon and the Visayas who failed to present negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results since last year. Colonel Consolito

Yecla, commander Task Force Davao whose units have supervised key entry points to the city, says yesterday that of the 4,651 travelers, 1343 were escorted to COVID-19 testing centers, 3,306 were escorted to exit points of the city as they were residents of

other areas, and two were brought to a COVID-19 facility. Of the number of travelers, 16 used the Laguindingan airport in Northern Mindanao, 40 were from the National Capital Region, 3,869 traveled by land from Luzon, 23 from

Cebu, 700 were from other parts of the Visayas, 40 from the National Region, and 3 from Nasipit, Agusan Del Sur. Although he said many of the travelers were intercepted in Lasang, Yecla said the unit also has check(

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to respond to the call of the times by launching new products and services to further its vision of making Filipino lives better everyday, with finance solutions made for all.


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STATE-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) is working closely with the Department of Finance (DoF), state regulators and multi-lateral lending institutions in establishing a Local Government Unit (LGU) credit rating system that seeks to mainstream bond flotations as a sustainable financing option for local development projects, a top official said. DBP President and Chief “DBP hopes to institute Executive Officer Emmanuel an LGU-rating organization, G. Herbosa said the proposed much like the credit rating rating system would provide agencies which rate the vithe bond market with credible ability of investments relative risk indicators of individual to the likelihood of default," LGU bonds as well as infor- Herbosa said. “We expect a mation on outstanding bond significant increase in develissues which would help buoy opment initiatives nationwide confidence and improve risk- once the LGU Bond Market appetite of potential investors. has gained firm footing as it

Leasing company earns P9.5-M in first quarter BDO Leasing and Finance, Inc. (BDOLF) posted a net income of P9.5 million in the first three (3) months of 2021, generated solely from investment income following the discontinuance of the Company’s former financing operations and the sale of all its leasing and loan portfolio to the BDO Unibank Group in October 2020. BDOLF’s investments registered a fair value gain of P13.6 million, while total expenses stood at P4.5 million.

The company’s 1Q21 performance is not comparable to the P83.3 million profit recorded a year-ago, given that last year’s results reflected business operations prior to the full implementation of the Group’s restructuring of its leasing business. The restructuring entailed the full transition of BDOLF operations to BDO Finance Corporation (BDO Finance), established in 2019 to offer customers continued access to lease products and services. BDO

Finance likewise assumed the lease transactions booked in BDOLF to ensure continuity to the latter’s existing clients. It should be noted that BDOLF already ceased to operate as a leasing company and has not accepted any new leasing transaction since October 2020. Despite the change in direction for the company, BDOLF’s book value per common share for the 1Q21 rose by 5.7 per cent to P2.76 from P2.61 a year-ago.

accords a substitute mode of financing.” DBP is the sixth largest bank in the country in terms of assets and provides credit support to four strategic sectors of the economy, namely, infrastructure and logistics; micro, small and medium enterprises; the environment; and social services and community development. Based on latest government data, there are around 81 provinces, 144 cities, 1,490 municipalities, and more than 42,000 barangays across the country which fall under the

administrative supervision of the Executive Branch through the Department of Interior and Local Government and the DoF. Herbosa said that DBP's extensive experience with the LGU sector would help advance the LGU bond market as an essential financial resource to bankroll essential critical infrastructure and social development projects which are commonly heavily dependent on appropriations from the National Government through the Internal


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TWO hundred and seventy-four days since the pandemic took over and changed the lives of many in drastic ways. The health contagion’s aftermath has led to a revision of plans due to the continuous postponement of licensure exams, arduous struggles of applying for jobs, and waves of panic and anxiety. At this pace, we can’t help but be skeptical if there’s still an opportunity that awaits us even if we are now walking through a thin line of certainty. A hundred and six days. Notification alerts buzz early in the morning as review rooms begin to be filled by diverse NEYM OBEDENCIO reviewees who all have the same goal – to pass the licensure examination and get that three-letter title. Most of us are having heated preparations as the board exam date draws near. Many also experience a variety of emotions as they are about to face the last phase of their journey. The last phase. This is it. Fifty-seven days. The global economy was stirred with uncertainty when the coronavirus that surfaced in a Chinese seafood and poultry market in December 2019 spread to nearly every country, upending life, derailing the global economy, and taking millions of lives all over the world. Preventive precautions have been set by governments by imposing nationwide lockdowns. This highly affected not just the industry of business but also the academe.


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Swim your way to health at Legacy Leisure Residences

FACT: a swimming pool in your home increases its property value. You’ll be swimming in that gratifying thought if you’re looking at your home as an investment. For Haroon Caballero Cali, bemedalled Although a swimming pool one of the amenities of any residential development, swimmer, triathlete and Holiday Gym & Spa’s vertical or horizontal, one may depart from resident instructor and trainer, Legacy Leisure the ordinary swimming and go extraordinary. can be a perfect residence, where can he can At Legacy Leisure Residences, the condo- live, train and teach. “Swimming has a lot of advantages. Health minium’s pool is not just the usual adult lap pool but an Olympic size swimming pool. Not wise, the most important thing to know is that extraordinary enough? How about another the strokes can save you from a stroke,” says pool? There is one for kids. Not just a plunge Haroon. Put the pool to good use and swim your way pool but a splash and spray pool park. Two pools, how’s that for a home investment? to good health. “Swimming is a low-impact exercise. The Wise enough? weightlessness in the water allows more mobilLegacy Leisure Residences is the maiden project of homegrown company, CrisRon ity and has less impact on the muscles and joints Holiday Builders, Inc. The world-class devel- compared to jogging. It’s an ideal exercise for opment is designed to be a wellness-focused, mature people, those suffering from arthritis or resort-like vertical village. It will be an “eve- sclerosis. It’s even great for pregnant women.” Haroon says the cardio activity exercises ryday staycation” in the center of the city, and the specialized water feature aids in achieving all the muscles in the body at the same time, including the most important one—the heart. this vision. Aside from increasing estate value, a pool The lungs are targeted as well. Done regularly, has numerous advantages. It’s a great way it builds stamina and strength. A lockdown during an epidemic poses a to cool oneself during the hot season and an excellent source of year-round recreation. The lot of challenges, like dealing with inactivity, outdoor activity is a good way to bond with the improper diet and anxiety. As swimming is family and the co-residents. Most importantly beneficial for the body and heart, it is the same for mental health. During prolonged indoor swimming is beneficial to your well-being. Residents who are “water babies” will confinement the activity is a great stress buster, love Legacy Leisure’s pools. If you haven’t it improves sleep and the calorie burning prediscovered your love affair with water yet, this vents obesity. future residence of yours might pave the way.

HAROON Caballero Cali triathlete and Holiday Gym _ Spa’s resident instructor and trainer, _ Having a pool in the property means all the health benefits are at your doorstep

LEGACY Leisure Residences Olympic sized Pool, health leisure at yoiur doorstep

“Over all, swimming is healthy and therapeutic. Personally, the beauty of having a private Olympic size pool is I can do competitive training at any time of day, any day. As a teacher, I can teach aqua aerobics and hold private swimming lessons to the residents, young and adults. By experience, Summer and school breaks are always the best time to engage youngsters to an outdoor activity like swimming. It’s healthy, physically and mentally, and instills

SUMMER and school breaks are always the best time to engage youngsters to an outdoor activity like swimming. It’s healthy, physically and mentally, and instills discipline, shares Haroon

discipline. Community wise, the pool is a good venue to establish good rapport with the neighbors. Legacy Leisure is a place I can live in where I can grow as a person, an athlete and an instructor.” Having a pool in the property means all these benefits are at your doorstep, the easy, private access to one lessens the risk of exposure to the virus. Invest in your health, invest in Legacy Leisure Residences. It’s your winning move.

SWIMMING is healthy and therapeutic

Clients urged: Think twice before you post on social media THE PHILIPPINES remains the world’s social media capital, ranking at number one for the 6th straight year in the annual report by research agencies Hootsuite and We Are Social, which tracks global social media and internet usage. In 2020, Filipinos logged in four hours and 15 minutes on social media every day. This record not only breaches its average of three hours and 53 minutes in 2019, but also the global average of two hours and 25 minutes in 2020. With this much time spent on social media, BDO Unibank cautions the general public to be careful of the information they share. Scammers lurk online to steal personal information, which they use to access online bank accounts and steal money. They can also use it to open new bank accounts. What can bank customers do to outsmart scammers? For one, BDO advises clients never to post documents with their full name, birthday, and other information that scammers can use to answer security

questions on social media. Other useful reminders that clients can do are the following: • Review your profile. Reconsider sharing your full name, birthday, education background, employment, and other personal information. • Choose the people who can see your posts. Social media platforms have privacy settings you can adjust to filter what others can see. • Only add people you actually know, especially if you’re sharing personal moments like birthday celebrations, family photos, or professional achievements. Unfriend those you don’t really know. BDO encourages clients to report suspicious incidents to ReportPhish@ bdo.com.ph, or get in touch with its representatives by logging in Messenger and looking for BDO Customer Care with the blue verified checkmark from Facebook. Clients may also call its hotline at 86318000.

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with North Cotabato in the South Cotabato-North Cotabato-Sultan KudaratSarangani-General Santos Region and Bukidnon in the Northern Mindanao Region. However, in other borders of the region, only non-essential travelers have not been allowed to enter because of the absence of the executive orders from other local government


units sharing borders with other regions, said Major Eudisan Gultiano, spokesperson of the Regional Police Office. “ Wa l a n g t a y o n g hinuhuli dahil walang RTPCR; ang action taken ay pinapauwi but this is for non essential travel,” said Gultiano. Under the guidelines, the local government units are tasked to craft their

respective executive order, similar to what the city government did, in adopting the regional resolution on the uniform border control system. Under the uniform border control system, those allowed to enter the region - defined as authorized persons outside residence (APOR) - are required to present authentic documents.

Those non-APOR who are entering the region from other regions must submit documents to show that their travel is essential. They can only stay for 24 hours, unless they can submit other documents that will substantiate that they need to stay longer. Those entering the region only for visits must need to submit negative RT-PCR test results


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issue at hand and the scarcity of the vaccine supply.” The probe also aims to propose measures to improve the guidelines on the proper handling of vaccines to prevent a repeat of the incident and avoid yet another spoilage. Quoting the incident report prepared by the Municipal Health Office, Lito Cañedo, spokesperson of the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force (MIATF) said the power interruption and failure to switch back the connection of the Ice Lined Refrigerator (ILR) from the generator set to the power outlet of the cold chain room may have damaged the vaccines. Cañedo added that power outage hit the town on May 7 from 12:38 p.m. to 2:08 p.m. but when the power was restored, the personnel on duty failed to switch back the ILR from the back-up generator to the electric outlet of the storage room at the local police station. The incident report noted that it was only on Monday, May 10, the scheduled vaccination rollout for senior citizens, when

it was discovered that the ILR was still connected to the power generator set. When they turned on the ILR on Monday, the temperature of the vaccines was 11.3 degrees Celsius. The Chinese-made vaccines require two to eight degrees Celsius. ILR stored at police station According to the incident report, the ILR was initially stored at the Bids and Awards Committee office beside the Municipal Engineering Office because the Rural Health Unit building was damaged by the series of strong earthquakes in 2019. “The vaccines should be manned by police personnel 24/7. But there was a time when during the inspection, there was no police manning the storage facility” so the MHO and local government officials requested that the ILR be moved inside the police station, Cañedo said In a text message, Makilala MHO Dr. Georgina Sorilla said their new RHU building is still under construction and may be

72-hours before their travel which the Department of Health would validate, Also required of them are accommodation bookings and other similar documents. Even returning residents who went out of the region for non-essential travels are also required to present negative RTPCR test results taken 72 hours before their travel

finished by June. Sorilla admitted that they are still sharing a temporary office at the back of the municipal hall. She recalled that even before the pandemic, when they vaccinate, they would share space with other offices. Dr. Eva Rabaya, chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, refuted the claim of provincial IATF spokesperson and 2nd district board member Dr. Philbert Malaluan that the vaccines were stored in an ordinary refrigerator. “It’s not true, we have ILRs. It was just an unfortunate incident that somebody forgot to switch back to the regular electrical supply after the brownout,” Rabaya explained. Rabaya said over the phone that the Department of Health (DOH) provided the MHO with ILR long before the pandemic. Rabaya disclosed that in future shipments of vaccine for Makilala, these will be stored at the Amas Provincial Hospital and transported directly from the provincial hospital to the vaccination

site in Makilala. The provincial hospital is about 21 kilometers away from Makilala town hall. Isolated incident On Friday, Rabaya said they were still waiting for official confirmation from the DOH Regional Office-12 on the status of the Sinovac vaccines. She explained that based on their experience with ordinary vaccines, they are considered spoiled once it goes beyond the required temperature, even if this happened within an hour. “Dili na namo ginagamit (We do not use anymore). So the same with the Sinovac, considered na pud na damaged,” she said. Rabaya clarified that the IPHO and the MHOs have prepared for contingencies before the vaccine rollout during this pandemic. What happened in Makilala, she said, was just an isolated incident. Cañedo noted that vaccination rollout has been smooth since March.

and documents that would prove their residency. LGUs from other regions also need to fetch their returning residents from overseas who use the airport. The city government also passed a law that requires incoming passengers using the city airport to present negative RT-PCR test results taken 72 hours before their flight.

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The official said the public should not compare the Philippines to other nations like the United States that previously eased their face mask mandates, saying such countries already inoculated a large portion of their population. "(D)ito po sa atin, that we are just nearing 3 million people who were vaccinated. So malaking diperensiya iyon at hindi natin puwedeng gawing basehan ang experience ng bansang Estados Unidos para masabi natin na magtatanggal na tayo ng mask ‘pag vaccinated (We are just nearing 3 million for people who have been vaccinated. So there's a big difference and we cannot just use the experience of the US as a basis for us to recommend such policy),"

she added. Vergeire said the DOH is open for such possibility in the future but stressed that it would need more evidence to say that the removal of face masks for the vaccinated population is safe. "(S)a ngayon, we stick to what we have as evidence, hindi po natin maire-rekomenda muna iyan (At present, we stick to what we have as evidence, we will not recommend that yet)," she said. The statement came after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Americans that fully vaccinated people can now resume activities without wearing a face mask, except when they are required. (PNA)

“This incident was just so unfortunate. But all the rest of our vaccination rollout went well,” he said. According to Cañedo, the

vaccination rollout will still continue and they will just wait for another batch of vaccines to replace the doses intended for the senior citizens. (MindaNews)




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A friend’s thought on the WPS issue For the past few days we have been writing about our personal views how and why the issue on the Philippines’ territorial dispute with China on the South China Sea -- or call it West Philippine Sea (WPS) as that body of water is in the west of our country -- has happened and has persisted until today. This after the conflict started six Presidents back and roughly over four decades ago. We assume that there are some people who are probably following us perhaps on a daily basis. And we are happy that one of them is a friend of ours at cyberspace who we have yet to meet personally. We owe this guy some debt of gratitude because he readily provided us the information on the whereabouts of another “still-to-be-met” friend P/Brig. Gen. Michael John Dubria who was a former Davao City Police Office Director. P/Brig. Gen. Dubria is now Regional Police Director in Central Mindanao. This friend at Messenger is Marlu Villarosa. We are not certain if Marlu is reacting to one of our columns, or simply sharing his thought on the thorny issue which if the hot heads’ idea of resolving the conflict will prevail, could wreak havoc to the Philippines and possibly ignite a much bigger scale conflagration both militarily and economically. However, if the idea of the proponents for a more patient and diplomatic approach will continuously be used, the country may be able to retain a more cordial relations with China even as it retains its burgeoning economic partnership with one of the largest export destinations of the Philippines. We, however, find a lot of sense in his discourse of the issue and we feel obligated to share the same to our other readers hoping that Marlu’s discernment could help them understand where the pros and cons on the present administration’s handling of the West Philippine Sea issue come from, and why we should be inclined to take whichever side we believe will end up Correspondents:

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beneficial to the Filipinos in general if the approach succeeds. Honestly, we sought permission from Marlu to carry his thoughts in our column. But we did not get his texted approval. Nonetheless, we just proceed using his thought even if we have to risk his ire. As we said earlier in this column, what our Messenger friend said in his thought packs a lot of sense that to ignore it when we know it can help mold opinion and belief could be a mortal sin. Here is his thought on the long-running controversy that is now being capitalized to the maximum by the administration’s critics: “Vic, at the minimum the Philippines MUST continue filing formal diplomatic protests to the Chinese government and at the world body (UN) addressing China’s occupation and incursions in our WPS territorial zone. In addition, the Philippine government must permanently assign several coast Guard Layout Artists:








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vessels in the WPS zone to protect our fishermen and show China we are serious in protecting our sovereignty, but not to provoke war. To wait till we are economically and militarily able is the wrong option to take. By the time we get ourselves economically and militarily capable (which might not happen until may be generations from now), it will be too late. China would have then expanded further its WPS occupation and importantly, would have solidified its ownership of the area they are claiming. Inaction on our part would prove to be our undoing. And one must not forget that silence means basically an acquiescence to what wrong China is doing to us. “Of course war is never a good solution to resolve conflicts. However, the Philippine government must send a very strong and clear message to China, that we won’t tolerate their ‘occupation’ and incursions in our WPS territorial zone. “For the President and any other high-ranking government officials to make ‘confusing’ statements do not help either. Statements like ‘China has control of the WPS or we cannot do anything…we do not want to go to war’ may appear to the outside world that we are not serious in protecting our sovereignty. “Militarily and individually no ASEAN country has the might that China has. But we don’t see our ASEAN neighbors (Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, even Korea and Japan, and others) backing down when intrusions happen near and within their borders. Formal protests are made. Coast Guard vessels are sent to engage. At times military assets are sent not to engage for war but rather as strong reminder that the country is serious in protecting its border. “It’s high time that we do the same thing, not to engage for war, but to remind China that we are friends and we are serious in protecting our sovereignty. I firmly believe that the Chinese government understands this. “While the above are being done, we should welcome, energize, and increase the number of military exercises in our WPS territorial zone with our allies for regional stability as well as assure the continuing freedom of navigation in the area. “Lastly, let us start leasing to America or our other allies some of our areas so they can construct forward bases for their military assets. This will directly earn dollars and indirectly provide us protection from possibly consequences of our current WPS conflict. Rentals for areas for forward bases could help us pay some of the borrowed money we are using to foot our expenses in fighting CoViD and for the Build, Build, Build program requirements. “Meanwhile, let us not forget that China is one of the countries that hold a UN seat and very influential at that. However, this must not stop the Philippines from seeking the UN intervention on our WPS concern.” Indeed, the thought that must have been wrestling in the mind of our friend can be a good wake-up call for some of us who seem to be totally unconcerned of the issue. And while agreeing with it or disputing it could hardly make a dent on the position of those who are long into the debate, it surely provides some kind of basis for self-analysis from where personal stand on the matter will eventually evolve.

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Fast Tracking the Vaccine Rollout: An Imperative NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews) -- The country had an inventory of 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from February to April. As of May 4, only 2 million doses had been administered, that is, at the rate of some 30,769 doses/day. This slow pace is alarming for it may yet put to waste maybe quarter of a million vaccine doses that are said to expire by the end of May. Authorities claimed, however, that it currently administers around 65,877 doses/day, which is more than double the March-April rollout rate. Accordingly, the country is expecting to receive a total of 7,753,450 doses this month of May. At present vaccination pace of 65,877 doses/day as claimed, it would take around 108 days or from May up to the middle of August for such inventory to be expended. This endangers the 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility of the World Health Organization (WHO) that are to expire by the end of June. The current rollout rate needs still doubling so that the inventory is consumed in two months. This is crucial as the country’s vaccine inventory is rising. According to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, 10.05 million more vaccine doses will arrive in June, enlarging, thus, the country’s inventory at 21,829,050 doses by the end of the month. The accelerating global production of COVID -19 vaccine and the facilitation of the WHO in the purchase, acquisition and distribution through its COVAX facility

TURNING POINT: WILLIAM R. ADAN is beneficial to us. M oreover, the standby funds from our annual budget and loans for the purpose will enable us to purchase the needed vaccines with no foreseeable hitches. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) approved a total of $900 million worth of loans for the Philippines’ COVID-19 response in March 2021. The ADB approved a $400-million (P19.4-billion) loan for the Philippines to purchase COVID-19 vaccines. Under the terms, the ADB will pay vaccine suppliers directly, an excellent safety net from fund diversion or corruption. Under the present circumstances, the government ought to focus on the goal of attaining herd immunity at the shortest time possible to hasten the opening of the economy, ensure a resilient recovery and restore jobs and incomes to the populace. Attaining herd immunity requires inoculating 70% of the population or some 77 million of our people. This requires 154 million doses of vaccine. If our target to attain herd immunity is in three years, say, by the middle of 2024, we should be dispensing vaccine at 51 million doses/year

or at around 139,726 doses/day. It’s apparent that the access to the vaccine no longer poses a great problem. The big challenge is on streamlining the vaccine rollout. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Department of Health (DOH) need to constantly revisit their time and motion studies in identifying the critical bottlenecks of the rollout and in making breakthroughs. Meanwhile, the idea of engaging big private establishments in tapping their medical staff and facilities in the vaccination of their employees is worth pursuing as this may expand and fast track the vaccine rollout. Pre-registration and screening of targeted persons for the jab as practiced now should not be limited to a particular priority group but must include the next priority group so immediate substitution may be accomplished. And in the case of vaccines whose expiry date is fast approaching, it might be prudent and practical to administer them to those willing even if outside the priority list. Lest we forget, communication plays a vital role in every aspect of the great endeavor. (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)

Meeting the Philippines at a crossroads in tackling the AIDS, COVID pandemics The Philippines is an inspiring, tenacious, resilient country and a proud nation. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to embark on a two-day virtual mission to the Philippines this month, meeting with representatives from the government, civil society and to meet people living with HIV. Despite the physical distance, I felt close to the Filippino community as they opened their hearts and shared their stories of courage and resilience. Despite having a strong, community-led response to HIV, and active government engagement, the Philippines has one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world. New HIV infections have soared by 237% from 2010 to 2020, with almost 50% of new HIV infections occurring among young people. AIDS-related deaths have also rocketed by a staggering 450% in the last 10 years, despite life-saving treatment being available free of charge in more than 160 treatment facilities across the country. So, what is going wrong? The spread of HIV in the Philippines is being fueled by inequalities. 47% of new HIV infections are among young, key populations, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and prisoners. Stigma and discrimination are still pervasive in healthcare settings, in the workplace, at home and in society. Legal and policy barriers are also a determining factor. Sex work is criminalized as well as drug use, meaning that these key populations are unlikely to come forward to access HIV testing or treatment. In addition, under the Reproductive Health Law young people below 18 years old cannot access contraceptives including condoms without parental consent. The impact of the colliding pandemics of COVID-19 and HIV has further intensified social and economic disparities, exacerbated the vulnerabilities of the country’s health system and disrupted HIV services. Compared to 2019, HIV testing dropped by 61% in 2020. Treatment enrolment also fell by 28% as people living with HIV met additional challenges in accessing treatment due to lockdowns and movement restrictions. But there is good news. The government has confronted HIV with a bold action plan which sets the basis for high impact HIV prevention, testing and treatment strategies. A recent amendment to the Philippine Na-


tional AIDS Law in 2018 reduced the age of consent to HIV testing from 18 to 15 years old, a decisive move to increase access to HIV testing by giving greater freedom to young people to take control of their sexual health and rights. To advance the response further a number of steps need to be taken. Firstly, ramp up community engagement. UNAIDS is already actively supporting this action in the Philippines because communities have the know-how and experience to reach the most vulnerable and ensure that no one is left behind. During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities delivered HIV treatment to people’s doorsteps, established hotlines to offer psychosocial support and mobilized partners to help people displaced by the pandemic. These approaches now need to be institutionalized and scaled up. Secondly, efforts need to be redoubled to ensure that by 2025, less than 10% of people living with HIV and key populations experience stigma and discrimination. To achieve this, all legal and policy barriers that block access to HIV services need to be removed, and stigma and discrimination reduction interventions scaled-up. Thirdly, young people should be at the centre. I had the privilege of meeting with some young people and hearing about their concerns and ideas firsthand. A wealth of ideas can be gained from them to identify what interventions work best for them. For example, they have pinpointed that one single HIV prevention approach alone cannot stop the epidemic. Meeting the ambitious 2025 targets requires focused combination packages that offer a mix of proven high-impact HIV prevention interventions, including PrEP and self-testing. Likewise, comprehensive sexuality education in and out of school and sexual and reproductive health services should be provided nationwide. Lastly, as the world confronts the challenges of the

difficult fiscal situation exacerbated by COVID-19, we see a growing recognition that investments in health are not unaffordable expenditures but vital investments for recovery and development. Together, we must find and allocate money to ensure we leave no one behind, not in rhetoric but in reality. The Philippines has the means to turn around its HIV epidemic. My virtual mission came at an opportune time, just before the United Nations Member States, including the Philippines, will come together on 8-10 June 2021 for the United Nations High-level Meeting on HIV and AIDS. World leaders must seize the opportunity offered by this new high-level meeting to maintain their focus and commitment to ending AIDS as a public health threat as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. AIDS is unfinished business and must be ended for everyone everywhere. As the United Nations, we are not only by your side right now, but for the years ahead. We are with you as you work to tackle inequalities, to tackle HIV and to tackle COVID-19. Together, in solidarity, we can do this.


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 MARCH 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 MARSO 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 MAY 04, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL MAY 21, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO MAY 11, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO MAY 26, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO MAY 28, 2021 222-2494



All pawned items that expired during the month of MARCH 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 AMRSO 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 MAY 07, 2021 MAY 21, 2021 MAY 14, 2021

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

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) MAY 28, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) MAY 14, 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

MONDAY, MAY 17, 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 MARCH 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 MARSO 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

21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021 21, 2021

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

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.



MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021


staff of the 4th Infantry Division, among other previous posts. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree at the PMA, and finished his Masters degree in the National Resource Strategy at the National Defense University, Washington. He also completed his Diploma in Master in Management at the University of the Philippines and earned his credentials for the Strategic Business Economics Program at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

viable risk model that is flexible, pragmatic and forwardlooking,” Herbosa said. “Once all LGUs are rated effectively, DBP could easily align its marketing efforts and provide strategic support, especially to those who need financial

assistance.” "We shall continue to explore innovative and sustainable financing solutions so that communities can continue to recover and rebuild from the crippling effects of the public health crisis," he added.

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is retiring. Centino is credited for the anti-insurgency campaign in Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region. A member of the Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988, Centino during his stint as commander of the 4th Infantry Division, focused his attention on the activities of the New People's Army (NPA) in his area. He also served as deputy chief of staff for operations of the AFP, commander of the 401st (Unity) Brigade, chief of


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Revenue Allotment. He said through the credit-rating system, LGUs would be able to diversify funds sources which would be based on needs, revenue-earning capacity, and financial maturity. “DBP would establish a


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points in Lacson in Calinan and Sirawan in Toril District. The task force has required those from Luzon and the Visayas who are entering the city through the checkpoints to present negative RT-PCR test results taken 72 hours before their travels. Also required to present the same results are those incoming passengers using the city airport. "Those who cannot present RT-PCR test negative results (are either) escorted to testing centers or exit points," said Yecla, emphasizing that those brought to COVID-19 testing centers were residents of the city, while those brought to exit points were on the way to other places. He said the teams at the checkpoints rely on key pieces of information that travelers provide to them to assess whether they were from Luzon or the Visayas. “Usually (they) do not volunteer themselves (information) during inspections. Our personnel have to look for indicators first then subject them to questioning,” he said. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

PURSUANT to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that the late EMMA VILLANUEVA PERALTA-NEBRAN, who died intestate on March 27, 2020; that deceased during her lifetime she left several bank accounts to wit: Land Bank of the Philippines at Alabel Sarangani, Province with Account No. 2077-0832-62; Banco de Oro at Santiago Branch General Santos City with Account No. 006238015869; Metro Bank at General Santos City with Account No. 2-211-00696-7; Bank of the Philippine Islands at General Santos City with Account No. _____; and RCBC at General Santos City; That the deceased also have the following properties under here name to wit; A parcel of land covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. 147-20120000831 situated a Lago, General Santos City, containing an area of 165 Sq. Meters more or less; A parcel of Land Covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. 14720120000832, situated at Lagao, General Santos City. Containing an area of 165 sq. Meters more or less; A parcel of Land Covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-99927 situated at San Isidro, General Santos City; A parcel of Land covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-99928, situated at San Isidro, General Santos City, containing an area of 203 Sq. Meter more or less; A parcel of land Covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No.T-99929, situated at San Isidro, General Santos City all properties of the Register of Deeds of General Santos City, has been the subject of Affidavit of Self Adjudication made and executed by and among her heirs per Doc. No. 136; Service No. 35-36; Series of 2021 of the Notarial Certificate of Tanya Faye O. Ramiro - Vice Consul of the Republic of the Philippines, Consul General of the Philippines New York, New York United States of America. (MT- May 3, 10 & 17, 2021)



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Academic and review classes were conducted via online platforms. With this, we are now on wit’s end and in a quandary given that there is a probability of postponement of the board exams. Preparations and schedules became more hectic as exam takers struggle to reach their goals in this unnerving pandemic. While many seem hopeful and exude an aura of confidence, doubts still surface fueled by the uncertainty on whether the exams will push through and if there is a need to reconsider plans already made. Most of us became apprehensive about the odds and possibility of conducting the examination in the middle of this pandemic, a time when people are already at the peak of hoarding survival kits to avoid getting the virus. We were left distressed for everything did not go according to plan. The effects of the pandemic became one of the challenges we have to hurdle , challenges that altered the way we live. Because of this, we must step up our game by continuously applying for jobs. In my experience, I patiently waited for employers’ responses for months since most of the companies began to implement freeze hiring and layoffs. I also had a hard time applying for jobs since employers are looking for experienced applicants and I am still a fresh graduate. The struggle was indeed arduous, to the point that giving up became a bittersweet thought for me. With the consecutive postponements of the licensure examination, exam takers like me walk through a thin line of uncertainty if things will still pan out well for us. Then, I became part of P&A Grant Thornton. I will always be grateful for the opportunity that the Firm has given me. P&A is among the auditing firms that invest in the skills of CPAs in the making. I can’t even contain my joy for the

unexpected blessing that came after months of enduring job rejections. At first, I was hesitant to be part of the team, crippled by thoughts that I’m not good enough and that I don’t have the necessary skills to be a good addition to the Firm. But then again, I decided to be part of this for this can be an avenue for me to learn through my experiences. As I, along with my junior colleagues, venture out through the reality of the auditing profession, P&A continues to show me how to embody the qualities of a competent professional by adhering to the company’s culture and the growth that it instills in its employees. Also, through our respective managers and seniors, they mold our technical skills by letting us have firsthand experience dealing with clients in various business industries. As we await our board exams, it is a great investment also for us since we are also updated on the recent amendments of the standards including the latest one which is the signing into law of the CREATE Bill. Four hundred and nine days have gone by since the start of the pandemic which detoured our plans. In defiance of the situation we are in, we must see things with a hopeful prospect that these are all in accordance with God’s plan for us. Uncertain as it seems, one thing is for sure –there’s always an opportunity in every corner. Dreams delayed are not dreams denied. So, if you happen to know a deferred CPA, give them a pat on the back because they deserve it. Ms. Obedencio is a Junior of the Audit and Assurance 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.


MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021


Along University Ave., Juna Subd Matina, Davao City Call


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:

(0932) 372 7799


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GCash as a platform has enabled Filipinos with digital finance which is easily accessible through their phones. With 1 in 3 Filipinos currently using the app after growing its user base from just more than 20 million in January 2020 to over 40 million to date, GCash is going beyond just providing seamless and secure transactions through cashless payments. This does not stop the leading mobile wallet to just be still and not look forward to the future. The organization has anchored its thrust towards building robust financial services offerings, extending the app capabilities to fit the lifestyle of its users, empower businesses and entrepreneurs across different enterprise sizes, and anchor the app’s ecosystem, partnerships, and capabilities to be a change agent and to commit to doing its part of nation-building. With new financial and lifestyle services, GCash now allows its users to shop, save, invest, get insurance coverage, and more -- all within the GCash app. That not only means having a more frictionless user experience and convenience for all, but more importantly, it means that many Filipinos will now have access to services that could help unlock a better everyday, and eventually, a brighter financial future. “We want to make a real difference in the lives of every Filipino and break the existing boundaries to enable finan-

cial freedom. We envision a Philippines where people have equal access to financial opportunities and lifestyle choices, where everyone, whether rich or poor, has a chance to unlock and achieve their dreams,” shared Martha Sazon, President and Chief Executive Officer of GCash. Unlock Your Financial Potential GCash continues to stand by its commitment of making finance accessible to all with its 2021 suite of affordable products and services built to kickstart success for everyone. Consumers can now unlock their life goals at any stage with GInvest, the new easy investment feature found in the GCash app that lets you invest for as low as P50 in professionally-managed local and global funds. Amidst the pandemic, those who are looking for affordable coverage can turn to GInsure, where they can get insurance for medical emergencies such as Dengue, COVID-19, and accidents for as low as P300. With this, consumers can also get financial assistance via Cash For Medical Costs and the recently launched Cash For Income Loss due to any cause - all accessible through GInsure within the GCash app. For easy money management, GSave is the fully digital, secure, and hasslefree savings account that was built in partnership with CIMB Bank, wherein the only requirement to start is an ID

and a smartphone. It’s fully accessible once the account is created; and has no maintaining balance, no fees, and no initial deposit. As a better alternative to high interest loans and borrowing money for emergencies, GCredit serves as a fully-verified user’s personal credit line within the App, with the ability to provide those with high GScores up to P30,000 credit line and up to 3% prorated interest rate; the earlier the due is paid, the lower the interest rate. “At GCash we want to be able to democratize access to financial services,” shared JF Darre, Head of Financial Services and Advanced Analytics of GCash. “We aim to break down barriers of entry for Fillipinos and make them realize that saving, investing, or even insuring one’s finances can be accessible to all.” Unlock a new lifestyle with GLife With the aim to provide more than just convenience, GLife is an e-commerce feature within the GCash app that now allows users to shop and avail themselves of exclusive deals from a wide array of merchants including GOMO, Gong Cha, Kraver’s, McDonald’s, Puregold and PureGO, Lazada, Recess, Boozy, Bo’s Coffee, Mama Lou’s, GawinPH, KFC, Datablitz, Cherry Shop, Gameone, Goama Games, and more. Users and merchants alike can leverage the GCash payment system making it an easier

e-commerce experience for everyone, and making GCash the new super life app. “Accessible right from the GCash dashboard, you can already enjoy more than 35 brands across retail, food, gaming, entertainment and transport. And we have more coming every week that will surely cover all your lifestyle needs.” said Winsley Bangit, Chief Customer Officer of GCash. Unlock The Entrepreneur in You with GCash QR on Demand As part of its mission to help mobilize the economy and support all types of entrepreneurs, GCash introduces GCash QR on Demand: a new and better way to securely send and receive money without having to worry about “wrong sends” due to incorrect numbers, or giving away personal information such as their mobile numbers. Users can easily generate their own Personal QR and use this in place of giving their GCash number, for safe and hassle-free payments whether for personal use or for small businesses.

For fellow Filipinos abroad, GCash intends to aid and empower OFWs to take control of their finances by making the same products and services accessible to them. Every OFW with a verified account can now cash-in to his/her own GCash wallet via international remittance partners, and remit those funds instantly in the app. Through GCash’s upcoming GPadala service, OFWs can also send money to a non-GCash user for cash pick up anywhere in the country. “We have great ambition for 2021 for MSMEs and Filipinos in every corner of the globe; we know how this whole sector will be more critical than ever for our economy, and GCash can make a real difference in this sensitive situation. People need it. The country needs it.” shared Fred Levy, Chief Commercial Officer of GCash. Unlock Social Impact As part of its holistic sustainability agenda for 20212025, GCash is one with the nation as it aligns itself with the UN's Sustainable Devel-

opment Goals. This includes pursuing efforts beyond business results such as helping make financial literacy and education accessible for all. Plans to make this happen include the Kaya Mo, GCash Mo Roadshow, the design and roll-out of Future-Ready Hackathons, and the launch of G NA! IDEAS Para Sa Pinas. This 2021, GCash continues to pursue collaborations to achieve even bigger things with efforts like GCash For Good and the GForest platform. “At the end of the day, we will all go back to our core purpose— to help one another in times of need and indeed unlock our desired impact on the society as a whole,” said Chito Maniago, GCash’s Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. GCash is all about breaking existing boundaries through efforts to democratize access to financial opportunities and lifestyle choices, while making sure that all these innovations and initiatives lead to a better and healthier community for all.

CDO imposes longer curfew due to spike in COVID cases CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews) – The city government has imposed a longer curfew and prohibited the sale of intoxicating liquor amid a spike of COVID-19 cases in the city. From May 15 to May 31, Mayor Oscar Moreno said curfew would be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. instead of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Selling liquor is prohibited during the curfew. Es-

tablishments violating the ban will be penalized with cancellation of business permits, according to Executive Order 0-41 signed by Moreno on May 14. “The continuing rise of COVID-19 cases pose clear threats to the Critical Care Utilizaton Rate of our hospital system,” he said. The City Health Office in its May 15 report recorded 78 new cases, bringing to 876 the

total number of active cases out of the total 5,770 cases since March last year. Of 87 active cases, 219 are admitted in hospitals while 657 are in temporary treatment and monitoring facilities. Of 5,770 total number of cases since March last year, 4,650 have recovered while 244 have died. City Hall spokesperson Maricel Casino-Rivera, said

data from contact tracers indicate many of those who were infected had attended funeral wakes, family reunions, parties or dined together in workplaces. “We have been urging the public to stay at home and if they go out, they should have a face mask, face shield and alcohol,” Rivera said Moreno said the spike of COVID-19 cases has strained the hospital sys-

tem including the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), which is the referral center for the serious cases in Region 10. He said the NMMC has dedicated three of its six floors for serious COVID-19 cases and plans to add several Intensive Care Units. Moreno said the city government is already using the newly inaugurated Center for Emerging and Reemerging In-

fectious Diseases’ (CERIED) 50-bed hospital in Barangay San Simon for the not so serious COVID-19 cases. He said they also converted several hotels in the city for those who tested positive but were asymptomatic. Moreno said he the city government bought eight units of high flow oxygenation machines bringing the number to 13. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)




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