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A SENIOR citizen is one of the first to be inoculated with a Pfizer vaccine during the ceremonial rollout of the vaccine inside the Molecular Laboratory of Southern Philippines Medical Center. BING GONZALES

Rogue cop?

• Police corporal nabbed for shabu BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

MEMBERS of the Talomo Police Station collared a non-commissioned police official during an operation against illegal drugs at an inn on Sunday. Major Sean C Logro- Room 502 of Oh George Kapatagan, Digos City, nio, Talomo Police Station Drive Inn. Davao del Sur, is among commander, said Corporal Logronio said Luna, the top five personalities Andy Gibbs Jaum Luna, assigned in 1105th Police in the list both of the Police 36, was arrested inside Maneuver Company in Regional Office and Phil-

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ippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for involvement in illegal drugs. Lt. Cesar Aaron Robles, leader of the team that arrested Luna, vowed that the arrest would result in

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more arrests. "Anticipate additional future arrests,” said Robles, adding that investigators have been digging deeper into Luna’s activities. Robles said Luna was


allegedly involved in "sexdrug scheme," where he would give a woman illegal drugs in exchange for sex. He added that Luna’s arrest was a result of an (

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City to fast track vaccination: Sara

MORE senior citizens wait for their turn during the rollout of Pfizer inside the Southern Philippines Medical Center Molecular Laboratory. BING GONZALES


THE CITY government is intensifying vaccination against COVID-19, tracing and testing of the vulnerable sectors as Mayor Sara Z. Duterte noted the increase in the number of daily active cases in the last few days. In her weekly Monday saying that there was a in the hospital, the Southprogram over the Davao surge, but clearly that (the ern Philippines Medical City Disaster Radio, Du- number of daily cases) is Center, and the temporary terte said that based on increasing,” she said. treatment and monitoring the report of Acting City Another measure that facilities, she added. Health Officer Ashley proved that the number However, she pleaded Lopez, cases are increas- was increasing, was the with the public not to panic ing. “Although he was not increasing number of cases ( / CITY / 10)

PNP vows prompt action to complaints MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) aims to improve its action to citizens' concerns through the launch of its enhanced complaint referral and monitoring system dubbed as 'E-Sumbong'. “Dito sa ating im-

proved complaint referral system, bawat natatanggap na reklamo o hinaing ay itinuturing na urgent. Dapat laging isaisip ng mga pulis na time is of the essence tuwing makatatanggap ng tawag o text message mula ( / PNP / 10)

Mayor Duterte still nixes regular face-to-face classes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) — Mayor Sara Duterte revealed Monday that she is still not considering the resumption

of regular face-to-face classes, fearing the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city will further rise.

She made the announcement during her program aired over Davao City Disaster Ra(

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Official: City gov’t extends use Of Crocodile Park for swabbing BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE City government has extended the use of Crocodile Park as a testing site for COVID-19 for the vulnerable sectors. "We have submitted a letter to Mr. (Sonny) Dizon

(whose family owns the park) and we request [to extend] from May 17 to another six months," said Dr. Ashley Lopez, Focal Person of the Covid-19 Task Force.

He said the management of the park has approved the request. The city government, he said, decided to extend the use of the park after receiving positive

response from the private sector about the park being a venue for swab testing because it is more spacious and has fresh air. Initially, the city gov( / OFFICIAL / 10)


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Economic reforms to boost private sector role in recovery MANILA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the private sector plays a “very crucial” role in the country’s economic growth and recovery amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Malaya, in an eco- growth,” he said. nomic forum on Friday, In the same forum, said amending and re- C e n t e r f o r S t r a t e g y, moving restrictions in E n t e r p r i s e , a n d the Constitution will help Intelligence (CenSEI) to facilitate investments executive director Gary from private entities. Olivar said reforming the “That is why we want economic provisions in to be able to bring foreign the Constitution will also capital because our in- help in attracting foreign vestments and gross capi- investments. tal formation decreased He added that big forby negative 18.3 percent eign investors in the councompared to previous sta- try should be seen as parttistics. So while it’s true ners for growth instead of that the government has being competitors. an important role to play, “Ang pagpasok private sector investment ng malalaking foreign is very crucial to economic i n v e s t o r s a n g s i y a

ngang tutulong sa mga medium and small scale industries. Hindi po sila kakompetensya (The entry of large foreign investors will help the medium and small scale industries. They are not competitors),” said Olivar. He added that there will be more business partnerships between foreign investors and local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) if the Constitution will ease the entry of foreign investments into the country. He said most of the foreign investments here are in the manufacturing sector, but the proposed economic reform would enable to attract more foreign capital in important

sectors like agriculture. Moreover, Malaya said the proposed Bayanihan to Arise as One Act (Bayanihan 3), which is currently in deliberation in Congress, would be an economic stimulus package that would provide more assistance to microenterprises and SMEs and the local economy. “I think Bayanihan 3 would be one of the important measures that the government can do. Unfortunately, it might not be enough. We need to ensure greater consumer confidence, we need the private sector… and of course, amending and removing the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution,” he said. (PNA)

Firm committed to future-proof network vs disasters, hazards GLOBE reiterates its commitment to build a resilient network designed to withstand natural disasters and climate-related hazards. This commitment will in turn, give Filipinos reliable lines of communications especially during calamities. “The standards in the Philippines have gone up because of the many learnings brought by natural disasters and climate change. We have to make adjustments so that our network is at par with the new standards. These efforts will protect not only our structures but also the avail-

Economists eye another record-high GIR for PH MANILA – Another recordhigh foreign reserves is projected for the Philippines in the coming months as structural inflows remain resilient and quarantine measures support the improvement in the trade deficit. Preliminary data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday showed that gross international reserves (GIR) reached USD107.25 billion as of end-April 2021, up from the previous month’s USD04.48 billion and nearing the record high USD110.1 billion

last December. “Thus, new record high GIR (is) possible in the coming months amid narrower trade deficit/net imports; continued inflows of OFW (overseas Filipino workers) remittances, BPO (business process outsourcing) revenues, FDIs (foreign direct investments),” Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) chief economist Michael Ricafort, said in a report, BSP said the latest GIR level “represents a more than adequate external liquidity

buffer, which can help cushion the domestic economy against external shocks.” It said this level is equivalent to 12.3 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income and accounts for about 7.5 times the country’s short-term external debt based on original maturity. It attributed the rise in the GIR to the proceeds of the national government’s US dollar-denominated global bond and Samurai bond issuances that have been deposited with the

central bank. Aside from these factors, Ricafort said, “narrower trade deficit/net imports largely brought about by the tighter quarantine standards in NCR Plus since the latter part of March 2021 would have also added to the country's BOP (balance of payment) and GIR.” He said the current foreign reserves level of the country is way higher than the minimum international threshold of 3-4 months and “thereby would help strengthen the country’s ex-

ternal position and, in turn, fundamentally supports/ favorable to the country’s credit ratings.” He added that the “nearrecord high GIR levels would fundamentally provide greater cushion/buffer/support for the peso exchange rate, thereby leading to the stronger peso exchange rate, recently among the strongest in more than 4.5 years or since September 2016, or at least gives greater protection to the peso vs. speculative attacks, going forward.” (PNA)

ability of our services to our customers especially in times when they need connectivity the most,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO. To future-proof its network against climate-related hazards, Globe began to implement key factors in its network operations. These include investing into building better network infrastructure and newer technologies; redesigning and retrofitting of its cell towers which are along typhoon-prone areas; and equipping key sites that provide crucial roles in its entire


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Firm sees hike in user registration AS THE “Saya ng Buhay, Level App” campaign concluded in April 2021, CARD MRI recorded its fastest growth rate in user registration for its konek2CARD mobile application since its launch in 2016. The konek2CARD app is used by the three banking institutions of CARD MRI


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Airline gets support in recovery from COVID-19: report MANILA — The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific, PSE: CEB), has taken another big step towards securing its future as a key low-cost provider of domestic and international travel after raising fresh funds from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the IFC Emerging Asia Fund, and Indigo Philippines LLC, an affiliate of Indigo Partners LLC. IFC, the IFC Emerging Asia Fund, a private equity fund managed by the IFC Asset Management Company, and Indigo Partners, a private equity firm focused on worldwide investments in air transportation, have invested US$250 million in CEB in the form of convertible bonds.

The investment will provide CEB with a longer liquidity runway to help the company withstand the effects of the pandemic until economic activity and travel demand recovers. It will also help maintain trade and the competitiveness required to provide affordable transportation in an island nation where maritime transport alone cannot address the connectivity needs of people, goods, and services. “We view Indigo, IFC, and IFC Emerging Asia Fund not only as capital providers but also long-term partners in driving improvements in the business, as well as accelerating our sustainability agenda,”


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CUSTOMERS pick from various shapes, sizes, and colors of plant pots along Congressional Road in Dasmariñas City, Cavite on Saturday (May 15, 2021). Planting and indoor gardening have become popular hobbies as people are staying home most of the time to avoid Covid-19 infections. PNA PHOTO




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BotiCARD celebrates one decade of serving communities

BotiCARD, the pharmaceutical company under CARD MRI, celebrated its 10th year of serving communities on May 11, 2021. BotiCARD President Rosenda P. Aquino remembers the idea of conceiving the institution. “Poverty has different faces. Our goal is to contribute to CARD MRI’s mission of ending poverty by giving communities access to affordable and quality medicines. Since 2011, we have witnessed the impact of our health care to many families. We always aim to bring what is best to Filipino families at an affordable cost.” Aquino added that the institution also promotes community-oriented programs that benefit the lives of many communities. “We are not just a pharmacy that provides medicines, but we deliver our services with a

heart. Our approach is in line with CARD MRI values as we engage with our clients.” Amidst the health crisis BotiCARD continues to expand its reach despite the ongoing pandemic. It was able to open its 12th branch in Oroquieta City in October 2020. “Our service is needed, especially that we are facing a health crisis. By doing so, we bring closer our health care services to the rural communities in the country.” “We remain steadfast in our mission to deliver our healthcare services to our communities. Our hearts continue to beat for every family who needs our service, especially in these trying times,” emphasized Aquino. Aquino also took the opportunity to thank the staff who stayed despite the threat of COVID-19, “During this

challenging time, I saw how dedicated and compassionate our workforce. Despite the continuous virus threat, they conquer their fear and still manage to serve.” Embracing the new normal To continuously deliver affordable and quality medicines to its clients, BotiCARD also use an online delivery channel, Medhatid. This is an initiative to deliver quality medicines to clients in the comfort of their homes. “We understand that with the travel restrictions and limitations, our clients need us the most at this challenging time. As such, we shifted to a more innovative way of reaching them,” Aquino concluded. To date, BotiCARD already has 12 branches in the country and serves more than 2 million clients nationwide.

Rainwater facility turned over Tambobong National High School

FORTIFYING its commitment to support its host communities, Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (Apo Agua), together with Davao City Water District (DCWD), recently turned over its donation of rainwater catchment and handwashing facility to Tambobong National High School (TNHS) in the third district of Davao City. A joint venture company between Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc. and J.V. Angeles Construction Cor-

poration (JVACC), Apo Agua is undertaking Part A of DCWD’s Davao City Bulk Water Supply Pro-

ject (DCBWSP). Part A involves the construction of intake facilities, a water treatment facility, and

PRESENT during the ceremonial turnover of Apo Agua’s donation were (from left to right) Aboitiz InfraCapital Reputation Management Manager Aldwin Dumago, Tambobong Brgy. Capt. Exequil Salandao, Apo Agua President Anna Lu, Tambobong NHS Principal Robert G. Quibete, 3rd District Councilors Hon. Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes and Hon. Alberto Ungab, DCWD Community Relations and External Affairs Department Manager Ruth Jabines, Apo Agua Operations Head Shake A. Tuason, and Justin Vivo, CSR Officer of J.V. Angeles Construction Corp.

treated water pipelines. Once operational, the project will deliver at least 300 million liters of treated water per day to DCWD for the benefit of more than one million Davaoeños. Through Aboitiz Foun-

dation, Apo Agua contributed to the improvement of the school’s roof gutters that serve as rainwater catchment systems. The water from the roof catchment then goes to water tanks that store the rainwa-

(FROM left) Apo Agua Operations Head Shake A. Tuason, Tambobong National High School Principal Robert G. Quibete, and 3rd District Councilor Hon. Antoinette “Petite” G. Principe-Castrodes try out the newly-installed handwashing facility.

ter, before it can be used through the handwashing facility. This contribution complements DCWD’s efforts to provide short-term and long-term access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene facilities to all schools and communities in the city. “Apo Agua is very much committed to delivering water to Davaoeños, including residents of our partner communities who will not directly benefit from the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project, which includes Barangay Tambobong. We are doing this first here in Tambobong National High School to see how effective this system can be. We hope we will be able to replicate this project in other areas as well,” said Apo Agua President Anna Victoria Lu. “We hope that with this facility, we are able to teach our students and (


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Manhunt on vs rebels linked to NegOr killings

MANILA – A manhunt is underway against suspected members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who allegedly killed five persons in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on Sunday. Eleazar assured the sa krimen. Ipinapangako ko crime. We promised to the bereaved families of the po sa mga naulila ng mga bereaved families of the victims that the PNP will biktima na bibigyan namin victims that justice will be exert all efforts to put the ng hustisya ang kanilang served),” Eleazar said in a perpetrators behind bars. pagkamatay (Right now, statement. “Sa ngayon po ay patu- authorities are conductHe said the entire PNP loy ang pagtugis ng mga ing manhunt operations family is offering condoawtoridad sa mga suspek against the suspects of this lences to the families of the

Seizure of pork from Manila legal: Antique prov'l vet aSAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The confiscation of PHP20,000 worth of pork-based products from Manila that were sold by a restaurant in San Remigio town on May 12 is legal, the Antique Provincial Veterinary (ProVet) here said Monday.

In an interview, ProVet chief Dr. Florencio Macuja said the move was in accordance with Provincial Ordinance Number 2020-242. “The Provincial Ordinance Number 2020-242 prohibited the trading of pork-


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victims. “We are getting the statements from the victims’ families and witnesses which will be a big help in identifying the persons behind the killing and solving this case,” he said. Initial investigation showed that the victims were killed in front of their loved ones inside their re-

spective homes in Barangay Trinidad. He said the victims were possibly suspected by the NPA as government informants in the clash between the military and the communist terrorists last March 23, in which 10 NPA fighters died. “Medyo marami, umabot sa 10, ang nalagas sa

NPA kaya isa ito sa tinitignan nating anggulo sa pagpatay sa mga biktima. Maaaring sa kanila gumanti itong mga NPA. May impormasyon din tayong natanggap na dating supporters ng NPA ang dalawa sa mga biktima. Titignan natin lahat ng posibleng motibo sa pagpatay sa mga biktima (

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91% of ECQ aid distributed to NCR Plus MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday said the distribution of aid has reached 91 percent or PHP21.06 billion given to low-income earners in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area as of May 15, the deadline set by the national government. In a news release, the agency said 37 local government units (LGUs) reached 100 percent completion of aid

distribution. DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that amid all the challenges, the LGUs delivered their end of the bargain on the distribution of 'ayuda' to millions of beneficiaries, with most registering a 90 percent completion rate as of May 15. He said the 91 percent distribution rate is a testament to the LGUs' commitment to extend the most help they can give to their constituents.

“Alam ninyo po isang malaking hamon po talaga itong pamamahagi ng ayuda sa panahon ng pandemya at nakakatuwa na we saw the commitment of the LGUs (As you know, the distribution of the assistance at this time of a pandemic was a big challenge. We are elated with the commitment we saw from the LGUs). And now billions of pesos of financial assistance have reached our kababayans. The 91 percent or PHP21.06

billion 'ayuda' distributed to qualified beneficiaries is a victory for the LGUs and the national government,” Año said. He explained that the remaining 9 percent represents the unclaimed 'ayuda' and they have granted the LGUs with unclaimed funds the authority to prepare a new payroll and distribute these to other affected individuals in their respective communities within 10 days.




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Post Mactan: What Happened to Magellan’s Expedition? A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: KARL M. GASPAR CSSR

Of Jokes and Jet Skis MALAYBALAY CITY Forces Agreement sugSOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: (MindaNews) – Was Presigest where his position dent Duterte joking when, really lies. H. MARCOS C. MORDENO during a debate in the 2016 Duterte’s ambivapresidential election, he lence though would set a said he would ride a jet ski to the West Philippine dangerous precedent: it could embolden China Sea and drive away the Chinese who have grabbed to extend its territory-grabbing scheme to the a couple of isles and shoals within the country’s Benham Rise, which is believed to be rich in reexclusive economic zone? sources, too.  To the President’s consternation, dismiss Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin ing his campaign promise as a joke has failed to Jr. and National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorendiffuse the heat of accusations he has relented to zana may have issued statements contradicting Chinese designs in the WPS. the chief executive’s stand. However, Duterte’s  Now, let’s concede that he was joking and pronouncements carry more weight in assessing 16 million voters fell for it. Yet, the implications what the country’s policy really is concerning the are no joking matter. It means losing our exclu- resource-rich maritime territory. sive rights to the resources in that area. It means  Duterte must be thinking by now that he killing the livelihood of several Filipino fishermen should have been more nuanced in his approach to and their families. It means endangering the coun- the issue. He could have used the VFA card in the try’s food security. country’s favor. Failing that, it’s awkward at this  At best, Duterte, apparently to fend off stage for him to court US support against Chinese criticisms, has flip-flopped, occasionally saying he aggression. His rashness has thinned his options would assert the decision of The Hague Tribunal, amid mounting clamor to assert the Philippines’ but insinuating surrender to Beijing most of the legal rights in the WPS. time. But his diatribes against retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio   (MindaViews is the opinion section of Minand other critics, the acerbic remarks against the daNews. H. Marcos C. Mordeno can be reached United States, and threats to junk the Visiting at hmcmordeno@gmail.com) 


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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) --- Monday, May 17, 1521 was 63 days later after Magellan’s expedition landed on Homonhon Island. This year, as Filipinos commemorated the quincentennial arrival of the Spanish colonizers to our islands, there have been various events across the country providing the citizens with moments to look back to what took place on March 16, 1521. For Catholics, the opening salvo of the 500th year anniversary was to commemorate the first Mass, supposedly taking place on Easter Sunday of 1521.  For 2021, Easter Sunday was on April 4, so on this day across the country the Easter Mass incorporated a remembrance of the celebration of the first Mass. On April 17, the Masses on that day incorporated baptisms, to commemorate the first baptism of our ancestors as the chieftain Humabon, his wife and their followers got baptized upon the strong suggestion of Magellan.  The next event that attracted media attention was what took place at Lapu-lapu City in Mactan, Cebu. On April 27, 2021, the local government sponsored an event that included a re-enactment of the Battle of Mactan. In his speech at the same event, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go claimed that Lapulapu was a Tausog from Mindanao.   Immediately, many voices were heard across mass and social media attacking Sen. Go’s controversial claim.  The Senator later apologized for how his speech might have come off wrong. He then stated that he was only quoting Abraham Ibarani-Idjirani, the spokesperson of the Sultanate of Sulu while echoing what Pres. Duterte had said publicly earlier in his presidency.  To fully appreciate the significance of the Battle of Mactan, it would be important to situate the context of the central islands during this period. Quoting from my recent book (Handumanan/Remembrance: Digging for Indigenous Wellspring): “Despite Magellan’s impression that all things were going well, he was a bit optimistic of what had been accomplished. For despite was seemed like a successful entry into Cebu, all was not favorable for him.”  The Columban historian. Martin Noone posits:  “ The smoldering resentment at the Spaniards’ intrusion into the people’s lives, the unwanted pressure regarding baptism, the anger of the chiefs compelled to submit to the novelty of a paramount chief would build up and violently explode before many days were out and even the manner they treated the women.”  Unable to understand the natives’ governance system, Magellan assumed that Humabon was a major chieftain whose territory covered a wide area. However, his authority was only over his own baranganic settlement as the neighboring settlements had their own chieftains. By interfering on behalf of Humabon, Lapulapu was being pressured to submit to the authority of another chieftain, which was an insult.   In the process, Lapulapu managed to secure the collaboration of the other chieftains when he decided to resist Magellan if ever the latter would (colonize) Mactan. Apart from underestimating Lapu-lapu’s capacity to mobilize support, the historian Jose Arcilla S.J.  claimed that Magellan “neither took the normal battle precaution to reconnoiter unknown terrain, nor provided for adequate fire support in an amphibious military operation on the Mactan shore.” These and other factors led to the death of Magellan resulting in the fiasco of the colonizer’s plan to subjugate Lapu-lapu.  One more tragic incident took place immediately after. Owing to his deep personality loyalty to Magellan and the manner that he was treated by those who took charge of the expedition after Magellan’s death, the slave Enrique (who acted as translator) managed to convince Humabon to no longer trust the colonizers.  At a banquet prepared by Humabon for them before their departure for the Moluccas, a few of them were killed. In haste, they departed Mactan by May 1.  From the original 265 men who constituted Magellan’s expedition when they left Spain, only 120 survived Mactan and Cebu.  (



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Make it a government policy LATE last week we heard it on television the owner of the Samal resort Isla Reta saying his firm will sue the transgender who complained publicly through the media that he/she was discriminated against by the management of the establishment. According to the transgender he/she was ordered out of the women’s comfort room when he/she wanted to use it for washing him/herself. Well, it is not that we want to side with the resort management. However, there is clearly some issues in determining the truth as to the real sex of a person entering women’s comfort room. Definitely when a woman enters a man’s lavatory, even if she is wearing a man’s outfit, she is still a woman. And only a woman who has some problem with her mind will ever do that. However, when a transgender get inside a woman’s comfort room, there will immediately be some doubts as to his/her motive. He is still a male individual and it would be too cumbersome if the management of any establishment demands that a person claiming to be a transgender will have to show proof/s that he is. What if the transgender is only faking his personality to get the opportunity of satisfying his voyeurism desire? Thus, we cannot really blame if management will establish some guidelines for the use of its firm’s facilities intended for women only. But since the existence of the so-called “third sex” is now an accepted global phenomenon, it should be the responsibility of governments to make it a matter of policy that there will not exist any opportunity that the so-called “third sex” or those who prefer to change their sexual orientation be discriminated against. Meaning, at the national level there should be a law enacted by Congress that transgenders and other members of the LGBT groups be provided their own facilities in establishments where there is likely a mix of people using comfort rooms at any given time. And to make this national mandate work according to its intentions, the local government units will

have to introduce enabling ordinances. We believe that without this mandate the management of any establishment catering to the public cannot be forced to put up facilities to respond to the needs of some people whose real sexual orientation cannot be determined by their action or mannerism alone. But with a national and local policy in place, with some provisions for penalties if violated, then the problem of discrimination will eventually be solved. ********************* The flooding in various areas of Davao City, both in the urban center and in the peripheries last week-end at the height of storm “Crising” once again brought into the open men’s excesses in the past and the government’s failure to come up with serious and effective regulations. It also exposed how our lack of discipline has aggravated the situation of having clogged up drainage canals and pipes. Why ado our creeks and rivers easily overflow? Any observant resident can see how fast the volume of water coming from the upstream inundates the city’s plains and into the low-lying streets and areas especially at the downtown portion. This is because our mountains are already

bald after loggers, both legal and illegal, wantonly cut every standing tree thereat. And closely following them in vanishing what remains green standing were the upland settlers and native residents who readily slashed and burned the logged over areas for highland farming purposes. Then, on the river banks of the different rivers and creeks of the city run amok the sand, gravel and boulder quarry exploiters. They scoop the river materials to supply construction projects both public and private. Then we have the residential subdivision developers who are now invading what used to be coconut and rubber farms thereby cutting off huge number of palm and tree trunks that could have helped in preventing the soil erosion down the rivers. What used to be hundreds of hectares of soil from the surface down under, are now cement house floorings and subdivision roads. And we have many of our residents in these subdivisions and all other residential enclaves in the city throwing their garbage in open canals and in busted portions of the underground drainage system. The refuse contains almost all kinds of household waste notably plastics and other non-biodegradable materials. So, what happened during the last stormy and rainy week-end? Flood immersed every low-lying area of the city as well as in areas where drainage canals and pipes are blocked with every kind of garbage from the households and from some irresponsible individuals and establishments that sees every vacant space and canal as receptacle for their waste. Yes, today we are complaining of the outcome of the omissions of those who came to Davao ahead of us and of our lack of discipline. And above all, we are now suffering from the inability of our government leaders to come up and enforce effective regulations that would suit our own desired plan for the city. Yet, many will argue that this changing landscape of the city is in the name of development. Really?

Prioritize children and health over profit in the regulation of e-cigarettes In the Philippines, 11.7% of students have ever tried or experimented with electronic cigarettes, according to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey in 2015. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute in 2019, one of five vape users in the country are adolescents or 19 years old and below. The first reported case of EVALI or electronic cigarette or vape-associated lung injury in the country involved a 16-year-old girl who started using flavored e-cigarettes for a few months and then shifted to the conventional cigarette stick. The girl was hospitalized and eventually needed care at the ICU. Bills seeking to promote Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or vapes in the guise of regulation are currently being discussed in Congress. With the resumption of the 2nd Regular Session and with only three weeks to go before the adjournment, the Child Rights Network and its convenor, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) call on legislators to put the interests of Filipinos, particularly children and youth first, and not the industry, in the deliberation of these bills. The bill is currently under the Period of Sponsorship in the House of Representatives. And we, together with health advocates, are warning legislators and the public against the dangerous provisions of the current version


of the bill that reverse the adequate regulatory framework established by a recently enacted law, Republic Act (RA) 11467. RA 11467 puts the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in charge of the regulation, bans sale of these products to young people below 21 years old, and bans flavorings. These are the safeguards that protect the public, particularly children and young people, from the harms of electronic cigarettes. The current version of the bill as sponsored in the plenary of the House of Representatives has dangerous provisions. Rather than tightening the regulation, the bill reverses the regulation introduced by RA 11467 by removing the regulation from FDA and assigning it to the Department of Trade and Industry, where it will be treated as just another consumer product, lowers the age restriction to 18, and expands the list of flavors allowed. We urge our legislators to change their view towards

these products from a standpoint of non-use and harmlessness, rather than in the scale of harmfulness (harmful vs. less harmful) as promoted by the industry. There is enough evidence to prove that these products cause significant harm to its users, whether they are shifting from traditional cigarettes or are new users altogether. The industry also targets children and young people as their new users through their attractive flavors and trendy marketing. The United States Centers for Disease Control has declared an outbreak of EVALI with a total or 2,807 hospitalized cases or deaths as of February 2020. More than half of those were 24 years old and below, with 15% under 18 years old while 37% were 18 to 24 years old. One case of EVALI in the Philippines should be enough for us to take precautionary measures through strict regulation. Under this global pandemic, the health of every Filipino should be our topmost priority. Let us protect children and young people from the harms of these products and the deception of the industry behind it. #TobaccoFreeGeneration #SmokeFreeNewNormal #SmokeFreePH – Contact person: Au Quilala 09171463068, plcpdfound@plcpd.org.ph

the profound consequences of a clash of cultures, when in 1521 Ferdinand Magellan and three Spanish ships make landfall in the Philippines. His Malay slave, Enrique, acts as the go-between the conquistadors and the islanders. “However, Magellan’s disastrous attempt to colonize the islands not only complicates Enrique’s life but alters irrevocably the character and destiny of the archipelago. This innovative virtual dramatization mixed pre-recorded segments with live acting, as well as virtual scenography in an example of a new and innovative approach to online theater.”  The actors who played the various parts of this production involved a global cast from New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Manila. It is directed by Claro de los Reyes, with creative design by Francis Estrada, Charles

Reynoso, and Cynthia Alberto. The play’s co-sponsors were the NYU Sulo: the Philippine Studies Initiative and NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) and Atlantic Pacific Theatre. One can still view it through this link: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=wqq8d7knSH0&t=116s.  Copies of  Handumanan  are available online through Shopee and Lazada.  [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar is a professor at St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute (SATMI) in Davao City and until recently, a professor of Anthropology at the Ateneo de Davao University. Gaspar is a Datu Bago 2018 awardee, the highest honor the Davao City government bestows on its constituents.]


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Quoting from Handumanan: “From Cebu they headed down the south channel of Bohol Strait and anchored off Maribohoc Bay. From there they were criss-crossing the islands of Negros, Palawan, then Borneo (followed by passing through Brunei Bay), then Zamboanga, Basilan, Maguindanao and Sarangani where they were stranded because of a storm. It was only by October 1521 when they were on their way to Moluccas, passing through the luster islands of Talaud and Sangihe until they reached the Moluccas by 6 November.  If the reader would like to watch a play detailing these events in Cebu and Mactan, on YouTube is the video production of a full-length play entitled Black Henry, written by the imminent Filipino-American writer, Luis H. Francia.  The blog describing this play states the following:  “Black Henry explores


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 DECEMBER 16, 2020 to JANUARY 15, 2021. If not redeemed or renewed on or before MAY 18, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on MAY 21, 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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All jewelry and other articles pawned at Goldstandard Pawnshop San Pedro, Goldstandard Pawnshop Ilustre from

DECEMBER 16, 2020 TO JANUARY 15, 2021 if not redeemed or renewed on JUNE 18, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on JUNE 21, 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

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 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

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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 MARCH 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 MARSO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES




JUNE 16, 2021



JUNE 01, 2021


JUNE 18, 2021

All pawned items expired on APRIL 2021 - MAY 2021 Will be displayed in a public Auction On JUNE 18, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.



TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2021


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intensified surveillance. Seized from him were four sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P15,000, a cellular phone, his expired police identification card, and other personal items. The suspect then surrendered his service firearm



(from page 2) sa ating mga kababayan. Ito iyong assurance ko sa ating mga kababayan na ang sumbong nyo, eh aksyon ko (With our improved complaint referral system, every complaint or concern that we will receive will be considered urgent. Police officers should keep in mind that time is of the essence whenever we get a call or text message from our fellowmen. This is my assurance to our fellowmen -- that I will immediately act on your complaints),” PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in a press briefing in Camp Crame on Monday. The project is among Eleazar’s priority programs when he assumed as the country's top cop earlier this month. The 'E-Sumbong' platform includes the PNP's official hotlines, social media accounts, and email where the public may file reports, complaints, or concerns that need immediate action. Eleazar urged the public to report any complaint or concern on their community or even PNP personnel involved in any irregularities through its official SMS hotline -- 0919-1601752 (Smart); 0917-8475757 (Globe). Information may also be forwarded to their email address: e-sumbong@pnp.

govph or through social media - facebook.com/OfficialPNPhotline and web portal (https://e-sumbong. pnp.gov.ph). Eleazar, meanwhile, added that the PNP's Information Technology Management Service continues to work on necessary adjustments and technological upgrades of the system. “The concerned unit commander and supervisors can monitor the system. For example, the concern is about a police station. The provincial director and regional director can have access to monitor the update on that, especially on the matter compliance and they can also give other instructions. Eleazar said each complaint is checked manually by a designated PNP personnel and each valid report will be forwarded to the concerned police station or office for proper action. “So only those we consider as valid or legitimate complaints, we will include that in the system with the corresponding format and we will also include the details of the text,” he added. Having full access to the system, the PNP chief can personally give directives to a police officer concerned should he find it necessary. E l e a z a r, h o w e v e r,

warned that the PNP AntiCybercrime Group (ACG) will run after those using the system to fool cops. “The ACG will have access to the system for the conduct of investigation on hoax complaints. These will be documented and for those who commit violations, you will be held liable by the ACG," he said. Eleazar said he hopes to regain the community’s trust and confidence in the PNP through the 'ESumbong' “Kung mabilis ang pagresolba sa mga reklamo o kaso, natitiyak ko rin na mas magiging mapayapa at maayos ang ating mga komunidad (If complaints or cases are resolved quickly, I am also sure that our communities will be more peaceful and orderly),” he added. (PNA)


cases continue to increase in the coming days, the option open for the city government is to tap private hospitals. She added the city government is also intensifying the vaccination process as last week, senior citizens have started getting their shots. She said that she read a study which mentioned that even for an initial dose, the number of daily active cases is reducing. “We hope vaccination can catch up and we are also told that there are more vaccines arriving,” Duterte added. The mayor said the city government is also continuing to test members of the

vulnerable sectors after it initially tested drivers and public utility vehicles and delivery services as well as workers in public markets. Lopez said among those to be vaccinated are sidewalk vendors, laborers, passenger boat operators, wharf and fishport workers, victims of fire incidents, and government and private company employees. Lopez also said the city government is also setting up more swabbing centers in district health centers. “Most of our district health centers conduct swabbing,” he added, pointing out that also being requested to undergo swabbing are those who experience influenzalike symptoms.

kindergarten to post-graduate level until a new order shall be issued to lift the ban. It added that limited face-to-face or in-person attendance for higher educational institutions and post-graduate courses is allowed for purposes of examinations and laboratory learning, provided that the distancing of not less than one meter between individuals is strictly observed. It said gathering for eating, meeting or group practice is strictly prohibited. “We will only allow it if it’s a requirement or doctor-recommended but if it’s not part of a therapy or part of the doctor’s recommendation, we do not allow it as of now. We would like to ensure that our youth is protected,” she said. Dr. Ashley Lopez, acting head of the City Health Office, confirmed on May 5 that the Davao Medical School Foundation and

Brokenshire College Inc. manifested their intention to pursue limited face-toface classes for students enrolled in their medical courses. Lopez added that faceto-face activities will be strictly limited to laboratory learnings and examinations of students. As of May 16, the Department of Health-Davao reported 160 new cases, bringing the total cases to 25,006, with 1,620 active, 22,365 recoveries and 1,021 deaths in the region. Out of the total, Davao City, which reported the highest COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, tallied 15,304 cases, with 709 active, 13,886 recoveries and 709 deaths. Davao de Oro reported 1,717 COVID-19 cases, Davao del Norte with 4,556, Davao del Sur with 1,662, Davao Occidental with 246 and Davao Oriental with 1,521. (Antonio L Colina IV / MindaNews)

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dio (DCDR 87.5). Earlier, the Department of Education floated the possibility of allowing limited face-to-face classes for school year 2021-2022 in some parts of the country. However, Duterte said her disapproval of the regular in-campus classes is not absolute as her judgment is based on the current trend of COVID-19 cases, and that she could not predict with certainty how many people will get vaccinated when the next school year opens. “As of today, definitely it’s a no because we’re heading for a surge,” she said. But she noted that the local government may allow limited face-to-face or in-campus attendance if recommended by health experts. Section 19 of Executive Order 12 dated March 12 provides that face-toface or in-person classes shall be prohibited from

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ernment used the park as swab testing site for drivers of public utility vehicles and delivery services for a week ending on May 8 based on Executive Order No. 18, an order that ordered for the heightened surveillance and response of Covid-19 cases. Lopez said the park will serve as extension site

pang sirain ang binigay na oportunidad sa kanya na makapag trabaho ng maayos,” he said. He urged other members of the force to “show our respect and love for the PNP by giving our honest and genuine police service.”

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as she has not panicked. “What we need to do is be faithful with our implementation of the minimum health standards,” she added. Lopez said among the factors that resulted in the increase in the daily active cases is the intensified tracing and testing of the vulnerable sectors. Based on the report of the regional office of the Department of Health, on Sunday, the city had 96 new cases, 66 on Saturday and 61 on Friday. The total number of active cases in the city as of Sunday was at 709, the same number of deaths recorded since a year ago. The mayor said if the


and police badge. Logronio commended his team for the arrest, adding that Luna destroyed his future. “Napakaraming tao na gustong maging pulis pero hindi nabigyan ng tsansa tapos heto sya at nasa serbisyo na ay nagawa

to decongest the Sta. Ana Health Center, which is the main swabbing site for influenza-like illness cases. "Dili lang siya murag drive thru but it will cater pati katong atong mga private companies nga kinahanglan i-swab as part sa atoang expanded contact tracing and surveillance," he said.


TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2021


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


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network. These sites include those which are first to recover and last to be disrupted once a natural disaster occurs. “A resilient network means a network that never fails as much as possible. Kailangan matibay at maaasahan. Globe has always stood on principles of agility and efficiency. To be quick to pivot whenever necessary. Pag andyan na ang bagyo ready na kami, wala nang tulugan yan,” explained Peter Tan, Globe SVP for Network Operations. Globe is also fortifying its transport facilities and complementing backup batteries with higher capacity gensets to address commercial


power outages to overcome concerns usually brought up by the effects of natural calamities and climate change. Since Typhoon Yolanda, the government has implemented stricter requirements that all major installations can withstand super typhoon levels of up to 260 to 340 kilometers per hour and 7.0 intensity earthquake based on the National Structural Code of the Philippines. “It has been said that this is the last generation that can actually help save the planet. Companies should make a very visible move towards environmental conservation. Not only companies but also

this generation should be the ones to initiate and make important decisions for future generations,” added Cu. Globe continues its builds and upgrades in key areas around the country. It is also ramping efforts to have 4G LTE everywhere and 5G in more areas. Globe is aggressively replacing old technologies like 3G and copper cables. Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) particularly UN SDG No. 9 that highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development.

related jobs, according to a report by the Air Transport Action Group. It contributed $3.5 trillion to the world economy in 2018, while air freight carries 35 percent of global trade by value. However, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the sector, resulting in grounded fleets, significant financial losses and a loss of customer confidence. This makes longterm and experienced partners critical to helping airlines get back on track. “We are delighted to partner with CEB, a market-leading carrier and one the region’s best-performing airlines,” said Jean-Marc Arbogast, Country Manager for the Philippines at IFC. “Maintaining low-cost travel services is essential in an island nation like the Philippines, and airlines will play a critical role in driving the country’s economic recovery. CEB will play a leading role in that recovery, providing connectivity and jobs, preventing disruptions in supply chains, and supporting the tourism

sector at a time when it’s needed most.” “Indigo is excited to invest in CEB, and work with their team to take advantage of the many growth opportunities ahead as travel demand increases post-pandemic,” said Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners. “We have a great deal of respect for what the Gokongwei family has achieved with the airline, and we look forward to a strong partnership.” IFC has been an active investor in private-sector airlines in emerging markets around the world, with 19 investments since 2000. Projects with low-cost carriers include supporting the expansion of Brazil’s GOL Airlines and helping to launch Mexico’s Volaris. Indigo Partners specializes in investing in the aviation sector. Its current airline investments include Frontier Airlines in the United States, Volaris in Mexico, Wizz Air in Europe, and JetSMART in Chile.

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said Lance Gokongwei, President and Chief Executive of CEB. “This will further strengthen CEB as we recover, so we may continue fulfilling our commitment to improve the lives of people in the communities we serve for a long time to come." As an archipelago of over 7,600 islands and a major tourist destination, the Philippines relies heavily on air travel. Tourism generated 12.7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2019, while remittances, which depend on the movement of Filipino workers abroad, generated a further 8.9 percent. As the largest domestic airline in the Philippines and one of its leading international carriers, CEB will play a critical role in the country’s recovery postCOVID-19. Air travel is an important contributor to the global economy. Air transport supported 87.7 million jobs worldwide prior to the pandemic, including 11.3 million direct jobs and 44.8 million tourism-


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(At least 10 were killed from the NPA side and this is one of the possible motives of the killings. The NPA might have taken revenge. We have information that two of victims were former NPA supporters. We will look into all possible motives),” he said. Eleazar assured the public that the PNP will always be ready to protect the citizenry, particularly residents of barangays in Guihulngan City,

against atrocities by the NPA and other lawless elements. “Inatasan na natin ang ating lokal na pulisya na makipagtulungan sa mga opisyal ng lokal na pamahalaan para mas higpitan ang seguridad sa barangay at mga karatigpook nito (We have directed our local police to coordinate with our local government officials to intensify security in barangay and nearby places),” he said.

Eleazar said the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are in control of the situation. “We are ready to protect the community against atrocities by the NPA and other lawless groups,” said Eleazar. He said the PNP will respond to the appeal of Mayor Carlo Joan Reyes of Guihulngan City to maintain peace and security of the residents.


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namely CARD Bank, CARD SME Bank, and CARD MRI Rizal Bank Inc. Among the banking institutions, CARD Bank contributes the largest number of users with 478,975 users followed by CARD SME Bank with 197,054 clients and then CARD RBI with 131,981. The total number of konek2CARD users is now at 808,378 from 536,024 in December 2020. Ms. Cynthia Baldeo, Head of the konek2CARD campaign and CARD SME Bank President and CEO, attributes the surge of users to CARD MRI’s unity in the pursuit of digitization. “With the leadership of our Founder and Chair Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip and the cooperation of the whole CARD MRI, from the executives to the operations, our message of promoting and converting to digital transformation is wellreceived as it translates to the numbers.” Besides the buy-in of the institution to the intended


of our konek2CARD agents in the barangays, doing banking transactions became more convenient and time-saving for our CARD MRI clients.” Currently, CARD MRI has 3,701 konek2Card agents nationwide. Tailoring different marketing campaigns to the wide range of konek2CARD users made CARD’s target message more understandable. Promotions on various platforms in social media and following social media trends increased the reach of the campaign and making the application more inviting to the clients. CARD MRI vigorously campaigned for the application as a way of supporting clients amidst the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing their services at the palm of their clients’ hands, CARD has provided a safer way of banking. CARD MRI aims to have at least 2 million registered users by the end of 2021.

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the residents not just about protecting our watersheds, but how to conserve and recycle water as well,” she added. For his part, Tambobong National High School Principal Robert G. Quibete said that while it’s not the full scale solution, the facility could be the starting point for a more long-term access to water. “We are thankful because this project is not really a 100% solution, but it could bring a big help for us. We, Tambobong National High School, assure you that we will take good care of this facility,” he said.


message, the appointment of team leaders or “champions” helps in tracking the progress of the campaign. A konek2CARD hour, an hour-long online meeting, was held weekly so that all CARD MRI staff will be equipped in the delivery of promotional messages to clients. This meeting enabled staff to gain the necessary information in answering clients’ inquiries and concerns about konek2Card. Participants also raised concerns they encountered during meetings with clients. “CARD MRI have been working with communities for nearly 35 years. We have provided many women and their families opportunities for growth and development. One of these is enabling them to become konek2CARD agents,” Baldeo explained. She further discussed that these konek2Card agents also contributed to the increase of users, “Because

The handwashing facility also supports the city government’s efforts to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in communities they serve. Third District Councilors Hon. Alberto Ungab and Hon. Antoinette “Petite” G. Principe-Castrodes also expressed their thanks to Aboitiz Foundation and Apo Agua for donating the facility when the community needs it the most. “Access to safe water is a basic right of every human being. Today, in this time of the pandemic, the ability to access and use clean water anytime

and anywhere has been more urgent and needed. Every person, especially the vulnerable sectors such as women and children, should have ready access to clean water,” said Hon. Principe-Castrodes. “I was elated to hear that Aboitiz Foundation, Apo Agua, and JVACC have collaborated to bring safe water to Tambobong National High School. The water supply system and handwashing facility are expected to benefit not only the school, but also the families and the communities in the immediate area,” she added.

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based products anywhere in the country affected by the African swine fever (ASF),” he said. H o w e v e r, R u b y l i z a Leong-on, owner of the

East Road Overview Restaurant in Barangay La Union, San Remigio, questioned the act, saying she thought the items were to be returned to the point

of origin and would not be confiscated. In a Facebook post, she also questioned if the confiscated items were indeed disposed.




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