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PEOPLE queue outside the office of the Commission on Elections as the agency resumes its activities after securing an exemption from Executive Order 31-A, a city government order that suspends activities in government offices. BING GONZALES

New feature

• Residents can choose vax schedule using DQR BY ANTONIO L. COLINA IV / MINDANEWS

DABAWENYOS will be allowed to choose their schedule for vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the online booking feature of the Safe Davao QR (DQR) will be up next week to provide convenience and avoid overcrowding at the vaccination sites, a local health official said. Dr. Michelle Schloss- on Wednesday that the de- to Friday to improve the er, focal person for Davao velopers of the DQR will system before it can be City COVID-19 Task pilot test the online book- launched next week. Force, said in an interview ing feature from Thursday Once available, she

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said the Dabawenyos who have already been pre-registered for anti-COVID-19 vaccination can access their existing DQR accounts to set their preferred schedule from among the available dates.

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Those who will have successfully booked via the DQR system will receive an automated confirmation message on the date, time, and venue of their vaccination, Schlosser said.


“At the moment, the system is almost complete. Those who have preregistered, all you have to do is to open your previous account and you can see there ‘schedule an ap(

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Program to provide help to those affected by HPBS

A CONSTRUCTION worker finds time to take a rest at the project site along C.M. Recto Avenue. BING GONZALES


THE CITY government has urged drivers and operators of passenger jeepneys to apply to become beneficiaries of the Social Development Program (SDP) if they are to get affected with the implementation of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS). This as the city government is looking at about 24,000 will benefit from the program when it is implemented. Lawyer Marlisa Gallo said the SDP will cushion the impact of the HPBS, a project that will address the growing transportation demand and reduce traffic congestions, on passenger jeepney drivers and opera-

tors. Gallo said the public consultations as some of those expecting to get impacted by the program were apprehensive of its implementation, while others were welcoming it because of its impact on commuters. “The role of the SDP kay ipasabot sa community nga pipila ka bulan karon, pipila ka tuig karon,

Petecio assured of Olympic medal MANILA – Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio is now assured of at least an Olympic bronze medal after beating Yeni Arias of Colombia in the women's featherweight quarterfinals at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on Wednesday. Despite an aggressive

stance from Arias, Petecio landed the more accurate shots in the opening minutes, earning the nod of all five judges in Round 1. Arias finally began connecting in Round 2, getting the 10-9 score from judges Yaroslav Renev and (

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mao nani ang kausaban sa atoang kadalanan. Mao ni gika-busyhan - ang pagpasabot sa mga tao,” she said. The SDP will also provide its beneficiaries with social compensation packages including educational assistance, skills training, and cash-for-work assistance. (

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Fetching water from well started it all for Hidilyn Z AM B OANGA C I T Y (MindaNews) – As a young girl, Hidilyn Diaz would fetch water from a community artesian well about 70 meters from home, carrying plastic containers in both hands. Hidie, as her parents and family members

would fondly call her, was only eight then, a gradeschooler at the Mampang Elementary School, but she could carry five gallons of water on each hand, recalled her tearful yet proud mother, Emelita Diaz, 58. No one ever thought that the grueling routine

for a young village girl would build her strength that would send her to hero status years later. Following her silver medal victory at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, among Hidilyn’s first project for the ( / FETCHING / 10)

BIFF only has 80 members remaining: Army commander CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews) – A military commander pursuing terror groups operating in Maguindanao and nearby communities said that only around 80 armed members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are left after many of them

had surrendered to authorities and after the relentless operations conducted until this moment. Col. Pedro Balisi Jr., commander of the 1st Mechanized Brigade operating in Liguasan Marsh and nearby communities in Maguindanao, said that

efforts, with the help of the communities, to convince BIFF members to surrender and the military’s focused operations have gained ground. He said that in their latest monitoring, the BIFF’s strength has weakened con(

19 undergo process to return to mainstream society THE military reported that 19 former rebels have been undergoing the de-radicalization process at Balai Pag-Asa, headquarters of 1001st Infantry Brigade,

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PH, SG governments top bill Digital Pilipinas ‘DIGITAL PILIPINAS: a Closer Look at the Philippine Sandbox’, a movement that aims to influence change through technology and innovation across the local and global spheres was launched on July 22 by government and industry leaders from both the Philippines and Singapore. Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Chief FinTech Officer Sopnendu Mo-

hanty, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez all expressed their support for a more technologically-capable and innovation-driven digital landscape in the Philippines and across the ASEAN region. Digital Pilipinas, the movement, has a 12-point agenda to provide solutions

to overcome challenges within the Philippine industry and economic ecosystem, and introduces a method to leverage on ICT-driven opportunities. The 12-point agenda covers FINTECH, GOVTECH, and REGTECH; PROPTECH; DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION; OVERSEAS FILIPINO BANKING; FUTURE OF MOBILITY; INSURETECH; E-COMMERCE; CYBER

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Win renews call for evacuation sites for disaster-stricken families SENATOR Win Gatchalian said the government should seriously consider mandating the establishment of permanent evacuation centers especially in disaster-prone areas in the country. Gatchalian renewed his call saying that the national government should augment the yearly budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to cover the needed appropriations for the construction of the necessary facilities for evacuees. “Sa dami at dalas na manalasa ng kalamidad sa bansa natin, dapat natuto na tayo sa mga trahedyang nagdaan at may nakalatag nang mga hakbang para sa mga nangangailangan ng agarang paglikas sa mula sa kani-kanilang mga lugar,” said Gatchalian, author of Senate Bill No. 747 or the proposed Evacuation Center Act. “Sa gitna ng pakikipaglaban natin sa pandemya, dapat bigyan din ng atensyon ang paulit-ulit na pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin tuwing mayroong kalamidad,” he added. The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI) and disaster preparedness advocacy group Agap Banta have been suggesting since last year for the government to earmark at least P1 billion

annually over the next three years for the establishment of permanent evacuation centers all over the country. Based on their information, 182 municipalities or 67% of 270 vulnerable provinces do not have permanent evacuation facilities for disaster victims. According to reports, typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses that hit the country last year displaced around 545,000 families in eight regions and these incidents exposed the unsafe conditions of the evacuation sites as some barangay halls used as alternative temporary shelters have been flooded or damaged. Gatchalian said the proposed permanent evacuation centers should be located at a safe distance from danger areas or hazards and must also have the most basic amenities such as sleeping area, eating area, shower and toilet, food preparation area, isolation area for potentially infectious people, and pet and livestock holding area. In his bill, Gatchalian said that priority should be given to local government units with the most vulnerable communities and with less secure infrastructure based on the assessment of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).






Digital transformation boosts policy-making, service delivery MANILA – Data science, analytics, and digital transformation can help make better policies and deliver better services as the Philippines heads to a new and better normal, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. “I have always believed drick Chua said during the and advocated for digital 2021 Analytics Summit PH transformation within the gov- on Tuesday. ernment in order to strengthen Organized by the Analytpolicy-making and service ics Association of the Philipdelivery. The government pines (AAP), the summit and businesses alike need convenes key stakeholders to use data science to make from various sectors to evalubetter policies. This has be- ate and learn more about how come even more urgent in the best practices in data science new normal,” Socioeconomic and analytics will help the Planning Secretary Karl Ken- country take on challenges of


Platform provides fund to 3 startups A DIGITAL platform for non-techy sellers, an online community for K-culture fans, an IT skills training program for increased employability -- these are the first three angel ventures that have successfully secured funding from 917Ventures to bring them closer to their dreams. Two of the ventures, Fanlife and KodeGo, belonged to the first batch which joined 917Ventures’ three-month Velocity bootcamp last December. The third, BentaTV, came from the company’s internal Venture Builder program. 917Ventures is the coun-

try’s largest corporate venture builder wholly owned by Globe. Through the Velocity program, it brings external talent and their ideas into the 917Ventures family, to provide them the opportunity to create businesses with the growth levers and network advantage of operating within 917Ventures and Globe. Each venture is receiving up to P2.5M in initial funding. Vince Yamat, 917Ventures Managing Director expressed pride to have three budding businesses move on to the seed round.


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socio-economic development and service delivery while keeping pace with the 4th Industrial Revolution. The NEDA chief further underscored the significance of digitalization during the pandemic when social protection programs need to be efficiently delivered using information and communications technology (ICT). Chua recounted that the biggest challenge in implementing the social amelioration program (SAP) for

STATE deposit insurer Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) announced that its quality management systems (QMS) for claims settlement operations (CSO) and assessment of member banks (AMB) and support processes have sustained their ISO certifications under the 9001:2015 standards. In its audit report, SOCOTEC Certification International said that the Corporation has maintained the implementation of the two QMS in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 resulting in zero non- conformi-

ties and observations. “The re-certification of these two frontline services is a testament to the Corporation’s continuing pursuit of its vision to be a leading institution in depositor protection. Through our adherence to the highest standards in delivering services to clients, depositor confidence is high and mirrors trust in our ability to carry out our mandates of protecting depositors and promoting financial stability. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we at PDIC will continue to remain responsive to the needs of our clients,” PDIC

President and CEO Roberto B. Tan said. The SOCOTEC report highlighted the positive findings on the information campaign of the Corporation for its new online platform of claims transactions, the informative and intuitive interface of its Insurance Claims System (ICS) for better processing of valid deposit insurance claims, and a well-detailed centralized monitoring tool of legal cases to determine update, status and result of turnaround time per case. SOCOTEC also com-


BY BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN who entered Grade 1 and completed high school. On this basis, only 55% of those who enrolled in Grade 1 finished high school. The low education attainment of nearly half of our population has, by itself, serious implications. When combined with the poor quality of the education received by the other half, we carry a very heavy handicap that prevents us from realizing our potential as a nation. We cannot expect the almost 50% of our adult population who have attained only low levels of education to be judiciously discerning when choosing our elected leaders. More so when one considers that this large sector of our adult population would likely not be predisposed to be keen observers of the country’s day-to-day political events which, if otherwise, may have compensated for their education handicap. This observation is quite evident when one tries to characterize the present day free television daily programming. Unless we are able to substantially improve our education system, it is unlikely that our nation can achieve mature political development that will enable us to acquire having an effective and progress-looking political leadership. If I were the next President, I will endeavor to overhaul our education system to make it a strong force in developing our national well-being.


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International quality seal sustained for services for depositors, banks

Overhauling the Philippine education system THERE is a common acknowledgement that the quality of our education system is quite low. This observation, without doubt, has been validated by the poor results of the performance of our students in periodic international assessments of achieved learning. The most telling of these assessments is the very poor performance of our students in PISA (Programme for International Assessment) in 2018 for 15 year-olds where our students ranked lowest in reading and second lowest in mathematics and science, out of 79 countries. A humiliating results, indeed; but which brought a loud and clear confirmation that may drive us to action. Similarly, we did poorly in the ASEAN assessment in 2019 of Grade 5 students among six ASEAN countries. In addition to the academic issue, the term I use to describe the situation portrayed above, we also have a serious school attendance problem. According to the latest information obtained from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) based on 2015 and 2016 data, the enrollment rate in secondary schools of students of the same age cohort is 74.2% (2016). Of the same age cohort of secondary school enrollees, 74% completed high school (2015). As these rates relate to similar age cohorts, multiplying them together will provide a measure of the proportion of our children

18 million families and the small business wage subsidy (SBWS) for 3.1 million workers was how these critical emergency responses could reach the people, most of whom were unbanked or without access to formal financial services. “At the height of the crisis, there was no single registry or database of Filipinos to identify beneficiaries. At the same time, 71 percent of the total adult population did

Undoubtedly, the effects of the widespread incidence of child stunting has a bearing on the poor results of the learning assessments of our children. This environmental issue will be dealt with by the program on combating child stunting discussed in Part 5 of this series. Accordingly, we will implement an additional program of free lunch to those who need it at the primary school level. We will develop a qualifying system to try to capture those children who are likely to drop out. To get an approximation of the cost of this program, I used the non-completion rate of primary schooling of 16% mentioned earlier and the total enrolment in public primary schools in school year 2019-2020 of 11.9 million children as obtained from the Department of Education. While this enrolment number is understated for our purpose because it is already net of those who did not enroll for Grade 1 and those who had already dropped out of primary school, it is useful for approximation purposes. The calculation results to 1.9 million children who drop out of primary school. Combining this information with the estimated cost of P30 per lunch meal and 205 schooldays in a year, the indicative total cost of this free lunch program is about P12 billion for the entire country per year. This expenditure rightly

belongs to the local government units and, as such, the total cost is spread out. We will discuss this matter, as well as the related transportation cost issue, with the LGUs as part of our program to engage them in nation building. As the economy grows, we will study and work out a similar assistance program for those who are likely not to enroll in secondary school, as well as those who drop out of high school. The problems in our education system are very serious. These problems greatly hinder our progress towards the desirable levels of our economic and political developments. I will engage the Filipino people vigorously and persistently to get rid

of these unwelcome inhibitors to progress. Mr. Punongbayan is a well-experienced public accounting practitioner. He founded Punongbayan & Araullo 33 years ago and which is now one of the prominent and leading professional accounting firms in the country. On April 16, 2009, Punongbayan—along with several likeminded Filipinos—founded a national political party under the name of Buklod. As a political party, it aims to replace the present leaders with an entirely new set of trailblazers who do not carry the baggage and ineffectual governance of the past.

mended PDIC’s commitment to quality excellence through notable achievements received by the Corporation such as the Bronze Award for 2019-2020 from the Civil Service Commission under its Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) and a Silver Anvil Award for its Annual Report 2018 from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines. Three other corporate processes -- loans manage-


Clothing brand helps typhoon victims

UNIQLO Philippines, supported by its parent company Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., continues to help the families affected by the typhoons by providing food supplies, clean-up drives, reconstruction of damaged housing, and building preventative infrastructure in areas prone to flooding. This sustainability initiative will be extended until May 1, 2022. The project was introduced in November 2020, when Philippines was hit by super typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. donated 1 million USD (approximately 48 million in PHP) and UNIQLO Philippines provided 300,000 pieces of AIRism masks for the aid and protection of families displaced by the typhoons. In partnership with SM Foundation, Inc., the donation was initially used for immediate food assistance to evacuees. “We are grateful to be welcomed by the Filipino com-


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Digital dementia WITH the health pandemic still raging across the world, the use of technology has become so entrenched in our lives, more so with children who have no recourse but study from home using computers and other electronic gadgets. Their use of technology spills over to the way they keep themselves entertained as going outside to play or explore is not yet possible at this time. Older children who have already been gamers even before the pandemic, are now having more time facing the screen and falling helplessly in the clutches of internet video games. Adults fare no better. From the moment they wake up, the first thing most of them do is reach out for their phones and scroll down to check the latest juicy bit of information from their social media account or new content from an influencer they have been following on youtube, twitter or instagram. Social norms too, have changed. We see friends who, after excitedly taking photos of themselves, the food and the resto, become so engrossed with tinkering, editing and posting their photos on social media that they spend more time working on their phones than actually talking to each other. Most people are now glued to the small screen on their mobile phones, unmindful of the potential for accidents such as walking or driving. For many,

it becomes unthinkable to lose their connection to the virtual world, a world that has become their reality. Neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer has coined the term "Digital Dementia" in recent years to describe “an overuse of digital technology resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities” similar to those who have suffered “ head injury or psychiatric illness.” He proposed that “short-term memory pathways will start to deteriorate from underuse if we overuse technology.” As we grapple with the pandemic and how it has affected our lives, we should also be cognizant of the impact of technology on our family’s mental health.



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NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews) – The final SONA was more or less clean; the patented cussing was suppressed to a whisper. PRRD delivered his last SONA in a record time of 2 hours 46 minutes, in a manner like he was shitting here and there, touching anything glimpsed by his meandering mind, and jumping from one topic to another and back and back again with no conclusion in sight. Towards the end, the drop was on his glorious days as mayor of Davao City, where he cajoled, threatened, and bribed (No mention of any killing this time) to make the city drug- and crime-free. Together, let us rise as a nation from the s... The swan song was distressing in its narrative of contradiction. He flaunted of a drug war that claimed thousands of lives of petty drug pushers and addicts, never mind if the big drug lords known to him have remained scot-free, and the nine PNP generals in the drug trade had not been made accountable for their crimes and their whereabouts remain a secret, such that the drug menace has stayed with us at the end of the day; and never mind if the ICC is now posed to prosecute him and company for their crimes against humanity. A lame duck, and the sword of Damocles over his head, notwithstanding, he had still the audacity to order his underlings to shoot and kill on sight “the enemies of my people.” He prided of raising the salaries and in expanding the privileges and benefits of state security forces for them to be effective in protecting the people from the enemies and to maintain and secure peace and order. Thus, he said, parents would no longer worry today when their daughters walk in the street at night, forgetting the truth that drug-crazed marauders still lurk in some dark corners and petty criminals still ply their trade to survive, especially in this pandemic. His free college education program is flaunted as a landmark social amelioration intervention, never mind if only the well-to-do, the middle class can enjoy it because what is free is only the tuition and matriculation; the bulk of the expenses of college education, such as board and lodging, transportation, allowances for projects and other classroom requirements are beyond the capacity of the poor and the needy; and never mind, if there is no match-up between college-learned skills and industry needs, and the number of graduates and job creation. He flaunted the universal health care as one great social program in his watch, never mind if it has been torpedoed by the humongous corruption in PhilHealth, its financing institution, threatening thereby the delivery of health services to the underprivileged. He flaunted his great strides in fighting corruption in the Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Correction and in other agencies of the government, never mind if only whistle blowers and no top corrupt officials had been dragged to court and jailed. At the end he admitted he can’t abolish corruption unless he overhauls or abolishes the entire government system. He flaunted he has asserted in the UN Assembly the sovereignty of the country in the West Philippines Sea, considered the Hague arbitral ruling now a landmark part of international law, never mind if in the past he dismissed it as a mere piece of paper worthy of the trash can; and never mind if the Chinese maritime militia aka fishing vessels continue to mushroom and exploit the fishery resources of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. (

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Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide and President Rodrigo Duterte on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of Japan-Philippines Friendship IN CELEBRATION of the 65th Anniversary of JapanPhilippines Friendship, Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shared video messages commemorating this very important occasion. In the video messages, both leaders expressed their well-wishes as Japan and the Philippines marked a milestone in their diplomatic relations. Released on 28 July 2021, Prime Minister Suga conveyed his appreciation for the strong bond between the two countries. In his video message, he remarked that the bond between the two nations has never been stronger, and highlighted their successful collaborations throughout the years. Prime Minister Suga paid special attention to the role Japan has played in supporting the Philippines in its development efforts. For one, Japan and the Philippines continue to work closely together in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Japan has provided the Philippines with ODA loans, vaccines, and medical equipment, all of which have helped in uplifting the Philippines’ response. Likewise, Prime Minister Suga highlighted the infrastructure development in the Philippine. As a huge supporter of the “Build, Build, Build” programme, Japan

DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WILLIAM R. ADAN has been a reliable partner of the Philippines through public and private sector engagement. Among the major undertakings of such a partnership is the Metro Manila Subway Project, the Philippines’ first-ever subway line that will soon serve many Filipinos. Moreover, Prime Minister Suga also announced that Japan has successfully fulfilled its 2017 five-year commitment to public and private financing of one trillion yen (approx. 476 billions pesos) to support the Philippines. The video message also harkens on the legacy of Japan’s engagement in peace-building in Mindanao. Prime Minister Suga reaffirmed this commitment to reinforce Japan’s support in ways commensurate with the progress of the peace process. Japan has been a long time partner of the Philippines in promoting the lasting-peace and development in Mindanao, and will continue to do so in the years beyond. Furthermore, Prime Minister Suga also underscored the shared values of Japan and the Philippines as maritime

nations. With the aim of realizing a “Free and Open IndoPacific,” PM Suga emphasized that Japan will continue to proactively advance cooperation with the Philippines. This includes the collaboration on the enhancement of maritime law enforcement capacity of the Philippine Coast Guard, and its activities in the Sulu and Celebes Seas and their surrounding seas. The message ends on a hopeful note. Prime Minister Suga is optimistic that the legacy of the past 65 years of friendship will provide the momentum for further deepening relations between the two countries. In a similar vein, President Duterte shared the same celebratory message, reiterating that “Japan is a friend closer than a brother.” He highlights that the bilateral relationship of Japan and the Philippines is among those that are deeply transformative, and one that is marked by one triumph after another. President Duterte also shared his well-wishes for the success of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He praised Japan’s hosting amidst the pandemic as an enduring symbol of humanity’s unbowed spirit. The President’s message concludes with his hopes that the shared future of Japan and the Philippines remain bright.

No time to waste for smoke-free environment bill AS THE 18th Congress opens its 3rd and final Regular Session, children’s rights advocates urge legislators to prioritize the deliberation of Smoke-Free Environment Bill. In his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered before the joint session of Congress on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted the passage of the Universal Healthcare Act as part of the Administration’s contribution to health. “This legacy, however, will be made more meaningful if the President and the 18th Congress will see through enactment of laws that protect the health of the Filipinos, especially during the pandemic,” said Mr. Romeo Dongeto, executive director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), the convenor of the Child Rights Network (CRN). Both PLCPD and CRN are members of the Philippine SmokeFree Movement. According to the network, the Administration’s historic contribution to tobacco control in the country—including the issuance of Executive Order (EO) No. 26 or the National Smoking Ban, which was further expanded to include e-cigarettes in EO 106, to the enactment of two tax increases on sin products with Republic Act (RA) 11346 and RA 11467—could be further cemented by the enactment of the Smoke-Free Environment Act pending in both houses of Congress, especially now that the country and the rest of the world are dealing with a global pandemic Upholding children’s right to health, safe environment, and development Child rights advocates also call legislators’ attention on protecting children living under households and


STATEMENT BY CHILD RIGHTS NETWORK (CRN) communities exposed to cigarette smoke. They add that cigarette use is also prevalent among the youth, with the Philippines ranking fifth in Southeast Asia with the highest number of youth smokers. The 2015 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) also revealed that 16% of Filipino students aged 13 to 15 are smokers. “Children are the first to be affected by the pollution caused by adults without knowing and consenting to the harmful and life-long consequences of smoking to their health and environment. We owe it to them to continue striving for a smoke-free Philippines to uphold children’s rights and climate justice,” said Roldan Gonzales, Executive Director of GITIB, a Mindanao-based CRN member organization advocating for ecological rights. Studies show that exposure to cigarette smoke increases the risk of children developing psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment later in life. “When children’s safety is compromised because of exposure to smoke, their development is also at risk.,” added Gonzales. Mitigating Covid-19 with smoke-free environments According to studies, 25% of patients who were hospitalized for severe cases of Covid-19, admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), relied on a mechanical ventilator, or who died were all current smokers while 5% were former smokers. With the presence of the delta variant, a highly contagious Covid-19 virus strain, 16

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His Build, Build, Build infra program was supposed to be funded by the Belt and Road loans from China, but those flaunted completed were mostly past initiated Public-Private Partnership projects, past government projects whose schedule of completion spillovers to the present regime, and some new projects funded by the current government. He claimed the government’s compliance with the Supreme Court mandamus to clean Manila Bay, never mind if the best of its effort is the senseless dolomite beautification of one short stretch of beach front along Roxas Blvd; never mind if the dolomite sands have to be replenished now and then after a heavy downpour and flood in the metropolis. He is grateful to China for responding to his request for vaccine who gave to us gratis 1.5M

doses of vaccine, which is a great help in the the country’s fight against the pandemic, never mind if the vaccine is not that free at all considering the Chinese continuing and unabated exploitation and destruction of our marine resources worth several billions of pesos. At the end, he admitted that despite pandemic control policies and science intervention, the virus persists to stick with us and he therefore encouraged everyone to pray to God, never mind if our God is stupid, so that he will look at our direction and save us and the planet. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.)

million adult smokers in the Philippines and the millions exposed to second-hand smoke are at a higher risk for severe Covid-19 symptoms. Smoke-free environments will not only safeguard the Filipinos from Covid-19 but also from other respiratory and cardiac diseases. “By making the Philippines smoke-free, we are actually saving countless lives in creating a generation that is free from tobacco and second-hand smoke, along with the diseases that they cause. I am a witness of that because I have been a heavy smoker for two decades. However, taking my cue from the Covid-19 pandemic, this worldwide phenomenon has greatly taught us the importance of prioritizing our health and how we, the legislators, the government, the civil society organizations, and other stakeholders, can and must do their part to keep the Filipinos’ health strong, vigorous, and ever-nourishing" said Anak Mindanao representative Amihilda Sangcopan, PLCPD Vice Chair, and co-author of House Bill 8763 or the Smoke-Free Environment Bill in the Champions’ Conference organized by the Philippine Smoke-Free Movement on July 14. “With one last session left this Congress, the upcoming elections in sight, and the ongoing pandemic, we remind our legislators to focus on evidence-based policy making. In the time of a pandemic, Congress should be prioritizing and crafting laws that protect the health of the Filipinos and from activities that can compromise their health. The health and the future of all Filipinos are in the hands of our legislators. Now, more than ever, ensuring that our environments are free from the dangers of tobacco smoke has become more urgent,” said Dongeto.


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nga nag-expired sa bulan sa MAYO 2015. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong HULYO 16 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


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

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


All pawned items that expired during the month of APRIL 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 ABRIL 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 JUNE 02, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL JUNE 18, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO JUNE 08, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO JUNE 26, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO JUNE 28, 2021 222-2494



All pawned items that expired during the month of MAY 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 MAYO 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 JULY 09, 2021 JULY 20, 2021 JULY 16, 2021

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

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) JULY 30, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) JULY 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 @ 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 FEBRUARY 16, 2020 to MARCH 15, 2021. If not redeemed or renewed on or before AUGUST 13, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on AUGUST 16, 2021 at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

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


All pawned items that expired during the month of JUNE 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 MAY 2020, if not renewed or redeemed on or before JULY 15, 2021 will be sold to the public on JULY 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 MAYO 2020. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong HULYO 16, 2021 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.

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


JUNE 2021

AUGUST 12, 2021


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

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

FEBRUARY 16, 2020 TO MARCH 15, 2021 if not redeemed or renewed on AUGUST 13, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on AUGUST 16, 2021 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of JUNE 2021 (Regular Items) and JULY 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 Claveria Km. 7 Lanang

AUTION DATE AUGUST 17, 2021 AUGUST 17, 2021 AUGUST 17, 2021 AUGUST 17, 2021 AUGUST 17, 2021 AUGUST 17, 2021 AUGUST 17, 2021

Tel. No. 327-8832 327-6275 327-8503 392-3022 333-9945 296-8081 235-3473



All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the months of MAY 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 MAYO 2021, kung dili malukat, ibaligya sa publiko niining mga musunod na mga adlaw. EXPIRY DATES MAY 2021







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


All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of ABRIL 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 APRIL 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

15, 2021 16, 2021 11, 2021 04, 2021 22, 2021 15, 2021 17, 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: •

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

JUNE 2021 JULY 2021

AUG. 20, 2021 AUG. 20, 2021


All pawned items that expire during the month of MAY 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 MAYO 2021. Ang tanang prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES




AUGUST 16, 2021



AUGUST 02, 2021


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NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF CORPORATE TERM OF A.C.P. ELECTROMECHANICAL TRADING & ALLIED SERVICES, INC. NOTICE is hereby given that in meetings held on April 30, 2021 at the principal office of the Corporation at Door 1 & 2 Minda Commercia Bldg., Diversion Road, Brgy. 19-B, Poblacion Distrcit, Davao City the majority of the board of directors and stockholders owning at least two thirds (2/3) of the outstanding capital stock of A.C.P. ELECTROMECHANICAL TRADING & ALLIED SERVICES, INC. (“Corporation”) voted to pass and affirm resolutions approving the shortening of the corporate term of the Corporation until May 31, 2021. The Corporation will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission its Amended Articles of Incorporation to shorten its corporate term. All person having just claims against the retired corporation are requested to submit the same to its authorized representative, OLIVER TANTIADO ASNA, at Door 1 & 2 Minda Commercia Bldg., Diversion Road, Brgy. 19-B, Poblacion Distrcit, Davao City. This will serve as notice to the parties concerned of the legal retirement of A.C.P. ELECTRMECHANICAL TRADING & ALLIED SERVICES, INC. from operations in the Philippines. Per Doc, No. 106; Page No. 23; Book No. XI, Series of 2021 of the Notary Public RYAN ERIK C. SANTIAGO of Davao City. Done this _____ day of 19 July 2021 at Davao City, Philippines. (SGD) RICKY ENDRINA PAHANG President

(MT-July 22, 29 & Aug. 5, 2021)

NOTICE OF LOSS I, MARIVIC PADRIGO, of legal age, Filipino, single and a resident of Davao City, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, do hereby depose and say: That I am a holder/owner of the Share of Stock Certificate of University of Mindanao being described as follows to wit: UM Stock                              No. of Share Certificate No. 10210 1 share - Myra Yap/Marivic Padrigo 10207 1 share - Yolanda Dalumpines/Marivic Padrigo 10222 1 share - Alelie Padrigo/Marivic Padrigo 10209 1 share - Ronald Dalumpines/Marivic Padrigo 10208  1 share - Benjamin Dalumpines Sr.,/Marivic Padrigo That the aforementioned UM Share Certificates issued by the University of Mindanao and dully acknowledge by me was lost and misplaced despite diligent efforts to locate the same could no longer be found and in all probability beyond recovery; That I am executing this affidavit of apprise the authorities concerned on the veracity of the foregoing facts and to request the management of University of Mindanao to issue a new Share of Stock Certificate in lieu of the lost one. Per Doc. No. 12; Page No. 04; Book No. 35; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public RAUL C. ESPINA of Davao City, Philippines. (MT-July 22, 29 & Aug. 05, 2021)



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Diaz family was having an artesian well constructed beside their home, Emelita said in an interview at the Diaz residence Tuesday. “We no longer have to fetch water from the common artesian well as we now have our own,” the proud mother said. It was timely because she and her husband Eduardo are now getting old, Emelita said in her soft voice. She confessed she barely slept the night before as she was overjoyed with her daughter’s victory. “Cuando ya mira kami kay ya gana le, bien alegre kami. Saltando, pero llurando na alegria. Ya rindi kame gracias con el Señor una na todo. Ya reza kami prinero (When we saw that she won, we were very happy. Jumping yet crying in joy. But before everything else, we gave thanks to God. We prayed first),” Emelita said. Dream fulfilled For Emelita, the silver medal in Rio de Janiero, then the gold in Tokyo, were a fulfillment of Hidie’s dream. At 30, Hidilyn has been a model of diligence and discipline as an athlete, said her father Eduardo, once a tricycle driver, fisherman and farmer, and now caretaker of three pigs for the family’s livelihood.

Standing straight and cool in most of her pictures displayed at home, her vlogs portraying a humble Zamboangueña lass from the coastal village of Mampang, Hidilyn is bound to get a hero’s welcome even though she hasn’t set foot in the country yet after winning the historic gold medal in weightlifting at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She has been away too long, stranded while training with his coach in Malaysia because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Her first coaches, according to her parents, have all contributed to her professional growth and development as a world class sportswoman – from Catalino Diaz Jr. (a cousin now based in Davao), to Elbert Atilano (now a city councilor), to Antonio Agustin. “We were all rejoicing when we first saw it on TV,” her mother shared, struggling to convey her emotions in words, halfconscious that a group of reporters were also waiting outside her humble home. “Ta salta salta gat kami anoche, kay bien alegre, y llurando pa (We were jumping and jumping last night because we were very happy, and we were crying),” Emelita said.

“This was her dream ever since. She was eyeing the Olympics gold medal since she was young,” Hidilyn’s mother added. She was, in fact, only 17 when she joined her first of four Olympics, in 2008 in Beijing. After finishing her elementary years in the village school, Hidie went to the Universidad de Zamboanga Technical High School on a scholarship, being already an awarded athlete at such a young age. It was her intention to finish college, and thus pursued a BS Computer Science degree, also at Universidad de Zamboanga. But it was not meant to be as she was asked by the Philippine Sports Commission to move to Manila in 2012 as part of her preparations for the Rio Olympics and other international sporting events. Meanwhile, she was recruited to the Philippine Air Force in 2013 but given the time to train for her weightlifting endeavors. But her plan to finish college was rekindled when she got a scholarship at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde to study BS Management. She was reportedly attending online classes in 2020 because of the postponement of the Olympics. (Frencie L. Carreon / MindaNews)

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Richard Villanueva, Department of Transportation community development officer, said the target beneficiaries will also include those allied workers, with about 17,000 of them being drivers and operators. “Right now, we are in the process of accepting applications. Before we start accepting, kinahanglan mapahibalo nato sa tanang drivers ug drivers/


operators nga kinahanglan magpa-rehistro sila. Aduna tay application form, that’s the first nga kailangan i-accomplish,” Villanueva said. Those who want to apply should bring their identification cards and visit their office located at Door 7, Magsaysay Park Complex, R. Magsaysay Avenue, he said. He said the city government has received 7,000 applications.

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Zhang Guo, but the other three judges, Sidali Mokretari, Roberto Servide, and Maksim Sulejmani, gave Round 2 to Petecio. Servide found Arias the better boxer after Round 3 but the other four judges had Petecio winning the final frame, and Petecio eventually got the unanimous decision win. “I am so happy for this moment. This is my first Olympics and I have won my first medal. I don’t really know how I feel right now,” Petecio said. “This tournament is proving so special to me, I am just so blessed.” Coupled with weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz's historic gold, the Philippines will be bringing home two or more Olympic medals for the first time since 1932, when high

jumper Simeon Toribio, boxer Jose Villanueva, and swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso won bronze medals in Los Angeles. Petecio is assured of at least a bronze medal but her stint is not yet over. She will face Irma Testa of Italy, also a unanimous decision winner over Canada's Caroline Veyre in another quarterfinals, in the semifinals on Saturday with the winner entering the gold medal bout and assuring herself a silver at least. Petecio also became the first boxer to win an Olympic medal since Onyok Velasco won the silver during the 1996 games in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Remedy Rule's stint in the Tokyo Olympics came to an end as she missed out on making

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pointment’,” she said. The local government, Schlosser said, hopes to address the complaints of several Dabawenyos who have not received a schedule of their vaccination even after preregistering via the DQR system. The pre-registration feature of the DQR system started on May 25. Based on the data published on, 330,945 Dabawenyos received the first of the two-dose vaccines while those who completed two doses reached 149,122, comprising 12.42% of the target of 1.2 million to achieve “herd immunity.” There are 21 operational vaccination sites in the city. As of July 27, Department of Health (DOH)Davao reported that total COVID-19 cases in the city reached 29,853, with 2,393 active, 26,446 recovered, and 1,014 died. Schlosser urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The second confirmed local case of the Delta variant in Davao Region was a 28-year-old female patient in Davao City who was exposed to a confirmed positive at her workplace last month. A 22-year-old female patient was the region’s first confirmed local case of Delta variant, detected in Tagum City. Both cases have been tagged as recovered. According to the DOHDavao, the two Delta cases were detected from among the 593 samples sent for genome sequencing by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit to the University of the Philippines - Philippine Genome Center from June 3 to July 1, 2021. Aside from Delta, 27 cases of Alpha variant and 50 cases of Beta variant were also detected: Davao City, four Alpha and five Beta; Davao del Sur, four Beta; Davao del Norte, 14 Alpha and 36 Beta; Davao de Oro, two Alpha and two Beta; and Davao Oriental, two Alpha and three Beta. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews) the finals of the women's 200-meter butterfly event. Rule finished last in Heat 2 of the semifinals at the Tokyo Aquatics Center and placed 15th overall out of 16 with a time of 2 minutes and 12.89 seconds, slightly slower from her finish in the preliminary heats the night before. (PNA)




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siderably. Balisi said that even at this moment, military troops are moving to capture or dismantle the BIFF. But he did not disclosed the exact location of the operation. Datu Piang Mayor Victor Samama confirmed that the roaring huge explosions and gunfire at night in his municipality since last week are military activities against the BIFF. Last December, the BIFF has managed to penetrate the town center of Datu Piang and traded fire with the military and police force. They burned a newly donated police car. Today, 11 more members of BIFF, led by certain Kumander Bin Ladin under the wing of Bungos group and has operational commands in the municipalities of Datu Anggal Midtimbang and Shariff Aguak, have yielded to the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division, bringing with them high-powered firearms. These include an old model of a caliber .50 anti-aircraft machine gun, caliber .30 machine gun, M-203 grenade launcher, a sniper rifle, RPG launcher, Garand rifles, carbines and several ammunitions.


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Representatives from Datu Anggal Midtimbang and Shariff Aguak, led by former Mayor Nathaniel Midtimbang and Shariff Aguak administrator Anwar Emblawa, promised during the turnover ceremony that they will assist in the transformation of the surrenderers. They noted that the provincial government is also giving out farm tractors under the Agila-Haven program. Balisi said this development only proves that “the security landscape in the area is changing” and that they were able to contain the

momentum of the terror groups. The surrenderers were not around during the press conference after they reportedly requested to not be exposed to the media and the public, but they had a photo session with the military inside the camp. Maj. Gen. Juvemax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Central, lauded the efforts made by his men and the cooperation made by local government units to convince the rebels to go back to the folds of the government and live normal lives. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)

said the program the former rebels as they are reintegrated to the mainstream society. Bergante also thanked the former insurgents for finally deciding to abandon the armed struggle and live with their families. On the other hand, Torres acknowledged the efforts of the Davao de Oro provincial government in the implementation of the Whole of Nation Approach to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict. “Sa atong mga partners, daghan kaayong salamat sa inyong makanunayong pakigkuyog alang sa kalinaw ug kalambuan diri sa atong

dapit ug sa inyong pagsuporta sa atong programa para matagaan ug bag-ong tyansa sa kinabuhi ang atong mga igsoon nga mga former rebels nga nailad sa komunistang grupo,” Torres said. Zamora also thanked the former rebels for embracing peace instead of continuing to bear arms. “Nasayod ako nga dili sayon nga proseso ang DERAD alang kaninyo,apang kaning unang adlaw mao kini ang unang tikang nga inyong gihimo. Diri palang daan sa unang lakang nga inyong gihimo, magmadaugon kitang tanan” Zamora said. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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“We are happy to find ideas that are aligned with our vision of improving the digital lifestyle of Filipinos and helping solve social issues through technology. These ventures are already getting ready to spin off into a company so we are here to provide them with the support they need. We look forward to seeing them grow and take off to be successful digital pioneers,” he said. With K-culture being very popular in the Philippines, Fanlife brings fans closer to their favorite K-Pop or K-Drama stars through exclusive experiences such as virtual concerts and livestreams, and official merchandise. Aside from Korean artists, Fanlife also connects the fans to their other local and international favorites all within the website. “Velocity has been a great platform for us to finally get this idea into fruition, to finally have something for artists and fans to keep connecting despite the pandemic,” said Aya VillaReal, Fanlife Venture Builder.


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This is to inform the general public that LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL, particularly under DISTRICT 301-E, MINDANAO has not authorized any person or entity to solicit funds as regards to the delivery of vaccines to the public.

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

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Brgy Mapaang, Maco, Davao de Oro since Monday. The program is part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Integration Program and normally lasts for 10 days. Among those who graced the opening ceremonies were Major General Ernesto C Torres Jr., commander of the 10th Infantry Division; Reverend Father Emerson Luego, priest of Sto Nino Parish, Mabini; and Davao de Oro Vice Gov. Carmen S Zamora. In his welcome remarks, Brigadier General Luis Rex D Bergante, 1001st Infantry Brigade commander,




KodeGo, on the other hand, is an online bootcamp for those who would like to learn or improve in various areas of IT so they can land the right jobs. It offers a “learn now, pay later” model where students can focus on learning without financial stress. Students only start to pay a percentage of their income once they land a job with a PHP30,000 minimum income threshold. “We want to produce great innovators, so we equip our students to become frontrunners in digital transformation. Technology is continuously moving forward, and more companies are looking for excellent software engineering skills. We want to help Filipinos get better chances of improving their lives through increased employability,” said Joshua Sta. Ana, KodeGo’s previous Venture Builder. Sta. Ana, who is now 20 years old, joined as a 19-year-old sophomore. He has fully entrusted KodeGo to 917Ventures to focus on his studies. Meanwhile, BentaTV is an online seller platform that simplifies

live-selling and social media selling processes for non-tech-savvy informal merchants. This allows sellers to easily start and grow their online business with just a mobile phone and an internet connection. “Many online selling platforms are already competing in the Philippine market but we saw the lack of focus on the sellers. With the pandemic restricting face-to-face transactions, many merchants are taking the online-selling route, mainly live selling, to showcase their products. We envisioned BentaTV to make it smoother for these sellers to make the transition,” said Gio Tantoco, BentaTV Venture Builder. 917Ventures continues to ideate, launch, and accelerate new business ideas that have the potential to grow and scale fast. It also provides venture builders the advantage of working with companies and other startups under 917Ventures and the Globe group to maximize their reach and opportunities.

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our innovation quotient as a country and as a people to remain competitive. More importantly, we need to demand a technology and innovation quotient from our future leaders. In his keynote speech, Mohanty said, “You must ensure that the sandbox will benefit all the citizens for public good. We are promoting technology for people to progress, so the public good is important to make the sandbox successful.” He added, “If there’s one market in Asia which has the biggest potential to completely transform, it’s the Philippines.” Lopez supported this in his keynote speech and said, “Before the pandemic, the government has already been utilizing digitalization to push the ease of doing business. The adoption of e-commerce facilitated the digital transformation of business. The government remains committed to its role in enabling different stakeholders in our country to ensure our people benefits in ecommerce.” Dominguez affirmed this in his keynote speech, saying, “Our economies will need to adjust to modern technologies if they want to remain viable. Even before the pandemic, the Philippine government encouraged the rapid rise of FinTech in our country, and our revenue agencies have fully embraced digitalization." With the theme, ‘A Whole of Nation, Whole of Society Approach

for Technology and Innovation’, the panel discussion was led by Global Impact FinTech (GIFT) Co-Founder and Chairman Malik Kotadia. He was joined by Mohanty, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Director Ace Alvaro, DTI Asec. Mary Jean Pacheco, AFIN/APIX: ASEAN Financial Innovation Network Director Pieter Franken, and Overseas Filipino Bank President and CEO Leila Martin in an engaging discussion about the importance of technology and innovation as a means for national progress and prosperity. The first segment of the fireside chat led by Maclang and FinTech Philippines Trustee Ida Tiongson gathered innovation market leaders in an engaging discussion about how they are dealing with industry issues and challenges and how they are pushing boundaries through tech. They shared how they applied what they learned from the transformation of their companies to the tech development of their industries to make it even more competitive. They were joined by Dragonpay President Robertson “Dick” Chiang; MYNT Chief Customer Officer Winsley Bangit; Insular Life First Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Gwendolyn Kelley; KPMG in the Philippines Head of Cybersecurity and IT Advisory Jallain Manrique; Union Bank of the Philippines Senior Executive Vice

President and Chief Technology and Operations Officer Henry Aguda; and Tier One Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Tryke Gutierrez Meanwhile, the second segment of the fireside chat moderated by best-selling Filipino NFT artist and NFT63 Co-founder and CEO Luis Buenaventura focused on emerging voices in the tech industry. The discussion centered on the groundbreaking methods they used to persuade people to embrace innovations like cashless payments, cloud tech, online education, and e-commerce. He was joined by Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca; The Bow Tie Duck Co-founder Julien Marie; Kimstore Founder and CEO Kim Lato; Locad CEO and Co-Founder Constantin Robertz from Locad; Philippine Coding Camp President Gabriel Avelino ‘Gino’ Sampedro; UNObank CEO and Co-founder Manish Bhai; 8Ventures Chairman & CEO Jay Ricky Villarante; and Xendit Philippines Managing Director Yang Yang Zhang. The Digital Pilipinas movement is a multi-month series of activities that will culminate on November 11-12, 2021 at the World FinTech Festival Philippines, which will gather the top tech leaders in the country to share their insights on trends and how organizations can become stronger in the new normal. To support the move-


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have bank accounts, making it difficult to efficiently disburse the subsidies. This is why the President gave the directive to accelerate the implementation of the Philippine Identification System or PhilSys to provide all Filipinos a unique and digitalized ID,” he said. To cope with the pandemic, the Philippine Statistics Authority has adopted a three-step registration system to ensure the safe and efficient implementation of PhilSys. Since October 2020, over 38.7 million individuals have been registered for step 1 or the demographic data collection. Some 20.1 million individuals have completed their step 2 registration or biometrics capture, and more than 4.8 million have applied for bank

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and the opening of bank accounts. It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions. Apart from PhilSys, he also identified the Public Service Act, the Foreign Investment Act, and the Retail Trade Liberalization Act as priority legislations to help attract investments in key industries to support digital transformation. “In particular, opening up the telecommunications sector, through the Public Service Act, will help improve internet services and strengthen our foundation for digitalization. With better and cheaper internet, digital services like cloud computing will be more viable,” Chua added.

(from page 4) assessment and ISO certification services to organizations in 26 countries from Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, India and the Middle East. * * * * * The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) was established on June 22, 1963 by Republic Act 3591 to provide depositor protection and help maintain stability in the financial system by providing deposit insurance. Effective June 1,

2009, the maximum deposit insurance coverage is PhP500,000 per depositor. All deposit accounts by a depositor in a closed bank maintained in the same right and capacity shall be added together. A joint account shall be insured separately from any individuallyowned deposit account. PDIC news/ press releases and other information are available at the website, www.

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munity when we opened our first store in 2012. We would like to show our appreciation by doing what we can to support relief and recovery efforts. LifeWear is not just about clothing. It’s a commitment to make people’s lives better in any way we can and improve their quality of life,” says Masayoshi Nakamura, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Philippines. Food supplies were continuously provided to more than 32,000 families in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Rizal, Marikina City, Bulacan, Isabela, and Cagayan Valley last December 2020 for those who were still stranded in evacuation cent-


accounts. Moreover, over 558,000 registrants have received their PhilID cards. “We envision PhilSys to spark the widespread use of banking services and electronic payments, thus accelerating the growth of the digital economy. PhilSys may also facilitate the vaccination of the general population and the implementation of digital vaccine credentials in the future,” Chua said. Signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the PhilSys Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens. The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrollment in schools,

ers for Christmas, and during major lockdowns, when they had limited access to resources. UNIQLO also provided construction materials to help more than 1,000 families rebuild their homes that were damaged by the typhoons. In preparation for the safety of the communities in the coming rainy season this year, evacuation centers in Marikina, Cagayan, and Bicol were cleaned and refurbished. UNIQLO has also started renovating select barangay health centers in Camarines Sur, Albay, Marikina City, Bulacan, Isabela, and Cagayan Valley. These health centers will pro-

vide families in need a quick access to immediate medical care. The centers will have basic medical equipment and supplies. It will be children and senior citizens friendly as it will also include a Mobile Play Cabinet and waiting lounges. Through these efforts, UNIQLO strives to make a positive impact to the society. For more updates on our Sustainability efforts, please visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at philippine-sustainability and download the UNIQLO APP via Google Play Store or Apple Store.

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ment and materialize the vision for a digitally-empowered Philippines, conferences, forums and other initiatives aimed at addressing the 12-point agenda will take place, spread across several months. The series will be composed of

pioneers, change-makers, and leading voices in the tech and innovation industry as well as emerging startups that flourished as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Pilipinas ecosystem is made up of frontrunners in the technology and in-

novation scene including national line agencies, foreign and local industry groups, and corporations. Maclang, who also moderated the panel discussions, reiterated, “We are not truly free until we control our digital destiny as a country.”

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