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OPINION Now is Davao City’s time to help again BY VIC N. SUMALINOG

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Members of the Matigsalug tribe renovate their tribal house, one of the 11 tribal houses at the Kadayawan Village at Magsaysay Park, in time for the opening of the village on Aug. 5. BING GONZALES

‘Temporary setback’ • Veto on bill expanding franchise ‘of DLPC a hiccup’, says group BY CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

THE veto on the proposed expansion of the Davao Light and Power Co. franchise to include all of Davao del Norte is just a temporary setback in the long-awaited improvement in the power industry of the province, a consumer group said. Ave Rose Castillo, Marcos Jr. on the proposal continue their crusade. convenor of the Davao which the previous Con“We view this as just Consumer Movement, said gress approved, it will not a hiccup on our call for although her group is dis- stop her and all the people the government to allow appointed with the action of the province seeking for us to experience what our of President Ferdinand a better power industry to neighbors in the province

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have experienced. We don’t want to continue to be just a `second citizen’ of the province in terms of power services,” said Castillo. In vetoing the proposal, the President pointed out that, among others, the bill as a “collateral attack”

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on the franchise of North Davao Electric Cooperative (Nordeco), the service provider of the area in contention as well as Davao de Oro. Castillo pointed out that it is saddening that while their neighbors in


the city of Panabo, towns of Carmen, Sto. Tomas and Braulio Dujali have been experiencing better power services and lower rates, the rest of Davao del Norte has been enduring the inefficient services of ( / ILLEGAL / 10) mindanaotimes




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COUNCILOR Al Ryan Alejandre (left), Kadayawan executive committee spokesperson, says all systems go for the holding of the Kadayawan sa Davao festival in an in-person setup. With him during the I-Speak forum at city hall is City Agriculturist Office officer in charge Edgardo Haspe. BING GONZALES

New rules implemented for COVID-19: official BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

LOOSE guidelines will be implemented for those with COVID-19 and their close contacts provided they are vaccinated, a top official said. Dr. Michelle Schlosser, individuals will have to symptoms, the isolation COVID Task Force spokes- quarantine for at least 14 will be for 10 days. person, said under the new days from exposure. However, if the sympguidelines, fully vaccinated Those who are asymp- toms are severe regardless close contacts that do not tomatic who have under- of the status, the isolation have symptoms of the in- gone testing will be isolated will be for 21 days, she fection will not undergo or are suspected to have added. quarantine. been infected, Schlosser “With these luag na “Only if they really said, adding that if they are (looser) guidelines on quarhave no symptoms,” she fully vaccinated, the isola- antine and isolation, gasaid as she added that tion will just be seven days hangyo gyud mi sa mga tao those who are partially If they are partially na ayaw gyud mo pamakak vaccinated or unvaccinated vaccinated or unvaccinated (we are asking the people asymptomatic close contact and are manifesting mild ( / NEW / 10)

14 SSR teams Deployed to help quake victims T H E M I L I TA RY d e ployed 14 search, rescue, and retrieval teams (SRR) to areas affected by the 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Northern Luzon on Wednesday. Col. Jorry Baclor, Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office chief, said the incident, the

24th Infantry Battalionhas helped evacuate the patients in a hospital in Bangued, Abra. Baclor said 71stIB also deployed personnel to rescue affected residents in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. He added the 54IB, 72nd Division Reconnais(

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Tuesday floods affected 259 families: CDRRMO THE City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said 259 families were saved from the swelling of Talomo and Matina rivers on Tuesday. Alfredo Baloran, CDRRMO head Alfredo Baloran, said the incident did not result in any casualty as his office advised people to

always vigilant and follow city government advisories on floods and landslides. "We are still experiencing La Niña and this is coupled with the rainy season and localized thunderstorms. We must always be prepared kay ang pag-ulan (we must always be prepared because the

rain) will cause flooding of creeks and river overflow," Baloran said. The office, in commemorating the National Disaster Resilience month, office aims to ensure preparedness during disasters by conducting training to provide an immediate re( / TUESDAY / 10)

Residents 20 or older urged to undergo diabetes checkup

THE CITY government has residents 20 years old and above to avail of the free diabetes assessment and screening offered in all barangay and district health centers. This is in line with the City Health Office’s heightened campaign against the chronic disease in celebration of the National Diabe-

tes Week (July 25-31). The CHO Technical Division Chief Julinda Acosta, during the Madayaw Davao program aired over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday, said data from 2019 revealed that 6.3 percent of Filipinos had been diagnosed with diabetes, and that there are more than 463

million diabetic patients in the world. “Now, if we don’t do something about it, talagang mag-increase ito up to 700 million by 2030,” Acosta said. Chona Dazon, the CHO Non-Communicable Diseases Program Coordinator, urged Dabawenyos to avail themselves of the

free diabetes screening in barangay and district health centers offered every Friday. “Our health facilities are always open. Naa ta’y ginatawag na Diabetes and Heart Day every Friday (We have what we call the Diabetes and Heart Day every Friday),” Dazon said. (


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Palafox turns over proposed tourism master plan to the city ARCHITECT and master urban planner Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr of Palafox Associates turned over the proposed 25-year Davao City Tourism Master Plan to City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte in a ceremony held last July 26 at the Pinnacle Hotel, Davao City. Since July 2021, Palafox Associates has conducted assessments, research and workshops in order to determine and map the city’s physical, natural, built, cultural, and social resources as well as identify industry prospects. Consultations were also conducted with local tourism stakeholders and tourism related enterprises, along with local government agencies and barangays. "We have high hopes for Davao City especially that its government has political will, good organizational and urban planning, including tourism planning, good design and architectural engineering, and excellent management," said Palafox during the ceremony. Meanwhile, the Mayor thanked Palafox Associates, leaders and stakeholders of the local tourism industry for crafting the said master plan. He also committed

DAVAO City Mayor Sebastian Z Duterte

DUTERTE and Palafox with DOT XI regional director Tanya R. Tan and CTOO chief Julieta Catacutan

A copy of the executive summary of the master plan

to support the "road map to the future of the industry" in spite of the challenges that Davao City is facing today. "If I see things that are fit and beneficial for the city, then I will do it," said Duterte. The PhP32 billion intial master plan includes proposed designs for Marilog Mountain Park, Chinatown Night Market, Sta Ana/Magsaysay Park Waterfront, and the Catigan-Eden-Toril Eco-Tourism Adventure Park. Palafox later joined Duterte in the unveiling of the proposed tourism slogan "Definitely Davao" logo, which will be used for the city's toruism branding and marketing. City councilors Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz and Al Ryan Alejandre, Department of Tourism XI regional director Tanya R. Tan, acting City Administrator Atty. Francis Mark Layog, former City Councilor Susabel Reta, former City Tourism officer and Office of the Vice President Satellite office head Generose Tecson, and City Tourism Operations Office chief Julieta Catacutan were also present during the ceremony.

UNVEILING of the proposed tourism slogan "Definitely Davao" logo

FORMER CTOO officer Generose Tecson


ARCHITECT Felino Palafox Jr




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It’s August sale at SM Home

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Power firm deploys ‘robots’ to improve customer service, operational efficiency ABOITIZ Power Corporation (AboitizPower) made a recent technological breakthrough after concluding its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bootcamp wherein participants successfully developed 23 “robots” meant to improve the company’s customer service and overall business operations. Among these is a robot, created by a team member from Cebu-based distribution utility Visayan Electric, that has the capability to consolidate high-volume data from various sources and generate accurate and actionable reports. “This process involves more than 200,000 customer records. From more than 10 hours it normally takes us to finish the task, we were able to do it in less than half an hour with the robot. That’s more than a 95 percent improvement,” said Gratz Redoble, system operations supervisor at Visayan Electric. The RPA bootcamp trained team members from various different AboitizPower business units with some participants having minimal to no experience or knowledge in IT. “The program really helped me gain new skills given that I had no background in programming. It opened a new interest that I would never have imagined indulging in,” said Marc Daryl Lao, Quality Assurance Specialist at Davao Light. Not to be confused with mechanical robots, RPA technology can be described as “metaphorical software robots” that use artificial intelligence to deal with manual and repetitive tasks that would otherwise be very tedious to complete. These tasks may include capturing customer information, sifting through power outage data, and fast-tracking internal processes in the case of AboitizPower and its distribution utilities like Visayan Electric. The newly developed robots have brought down turnaround and processing schedules across participating teams by an average of 50 percent, not only saving time, money, and effort but also freeing up team members to do more value-adding work. AboitizPower Vice President for Innovation and Digital Transformation Chat Balita said they intend to transform the organization into a progressive and digital workplace by nurturing the culture of innovation and “digital citizenship.” “We envision our people 'leaping' from our ordinary roles into digital skills and competencies, to be future-ready and prepared to take on the tall order of disruptive technology. This

is what it means to be a digital citizen,” she added. The RPA Bootcamp is only one of the programs under Aboitiz Power’s DigitaLeap program which aims to integrate innovation and digital initiatives across all its business units and inculcate a digital-ready mindset within the organization. With the Aboitiz Group’s Great Transformation towards becoming the Philippine’s first “techglomerate,” further enablement programs will take place so more team members can be upskilled with digital competencies. ### About AboitizPower AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities.

The company is one of the largest power producers in the Philippines with a balanced portfolio of assets located across the country. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, the company’s brand for clean and renewable energy with several hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar power generation facilities. It also has thermal power plants in its generation portfolio to support the country’s baseload and peak energy demands. The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, including the country’s second and third largest private utilities. AboitizPower, together with its partners, is the Philippines’ largest owner and operator of renewable energy based on installed capacity. In the next 10 years, the company will significantly expand its Cleanergy portfolio, in support of the government's efforts to promote renewable energy in the country. AboitizPower will build an additional 3,700 MW of renewable energy, growing its existing Cleanergy capacity threefold by 2030.

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All measures eyed vs risk in inflation, peso


MANILA – All possible measures to rein in risks to inflation will be tapped following another 75 basis point increase in the Federal Reserve’s key rates, which is seen to negatively impact the Philippine peso. In a statement on Thurs- basis points last May, and 75 thorities’ “assessment of the day, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipi- basis points last June. domestic and global developnas (BSP) Governor Felipe The BSP’s policy-making ments that affect the outlook Medalla said the additional Monetary Board (MB) has for inflation and growth.” increase in the Fed funds increased the central bank’s He said the BSP’s policy rates, targeted to tame US’ key rates by a total of 150 actions are geared towards four-decade high consumer basis points to date -- 25 ba- bringing the rate of price price index along with the sis points last May, 50 basis increases back to “a targettightening of global financial points last June, and 75 basis consistent path over the meconditions and uncertainties points this month. dium term.” on the global economy, “could The recent rate hike was “Further monetary policy continue to drive exchange made off-cycle, or not during adjustments will be carried out rate movements in emerging a policy-rate meeting, after the in the coming months commarkets” like the Philippines. US reported further accelera- mensurate with the primary “In order to manage the tion of its inflation rate in June objective of preventing inflaspillover effects of such ex- to 9.1 percent, which is seen to tion from becoming further ternal developments, the BSP further weaken the Philippine entrenched,” he added. is prepared to utilize the full peso, among others. Medalla said the central force of available measures in To date, the local cur- bank “believes the Philiporder to address the potential rency is trading at 55-lev- pines’ robust economic prosrisks to Philippine inflation el against the US dollar, pects continue to provide expectations arising from an an improvement from the enough room for further tightovershooting or excessive past days when it closed at ening of the monetary policy depreciation of the Philippine 56-level and almost hit the stance.” peso,” he said. latest record-low of 56.45 “As always, the BSP’s The latest Fed rate hike to a greenback, registered on future monetary policy decibrings to 225 basis points the Oct. 13, 2004. sions will remain guided by increase in its key rates thus Medalla said any policy data outcomes for the Philipfar this year following the 25 measures will continue to be pine economy,” he added. basis points last March, 50 guided by the monetary au- (PNA)

PH, US reaffirm commitment to Mutual Defense Treaty MANILA – The Philippines and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to upholding the Mutual Defense Treaty. This took place during the visit of US Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro to the Department of National Defense (DND) on July 26

to discuss developments in bilateral defense relations with senior Philippine defense officials. "Incoming Undersecretary (Franco Nemesio) Gacal welcomed Secretary del Toro to the Philippines, who is visiting the country for the first time as the US Secretary of

Navy. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty," DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a statement Thursday. During the meeting, Del Toro commended the professionalism and dedication of the Philippine Navy.

He also underscored the commitment of US President Joe Biden to a positive and productive relationship with the Philippines, saying they look forward to working closely with the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. "Undersecretary Gacal


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Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office No. 11 Libby Road, Bago Gallea, Davao City

Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office No. 11 Libby Road, Bago Gallea, Davao City

Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a TH FREIGHT TRUCK Service. Case No. R11-NC-TH-2022-7-053

Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a TH FREIGHT TRUCK Service. Case No. R11-NC-TH-2022-6-042

ISABELLA B. JARANILLA, Applicant. X------------------X

BONIFLOR D. ABRASADO, Applicant. X------------------X



In the application filed on July 15, 2022, applicant requests authority for a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a TH FREIGHT TRUCK SERVICE for the transportation of freight on the route: WITHIN DAVAO CITY AND FROM SAID PLACE TO ANY POINT IN THE PHILIPPINES accessible to motor vehicle traffic and vice versa with the use of ONE (1) unit.

In the application filed on June 17, 2022, applicant requests authority for a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a TH FREIGHT TRUCK SERVICE for the transportation of freight on the route: WITHIN SANTA CRUZ, DAVAO DEL SUR AND FROM SAID PLACE TO ANY POINT IN THE PHILIPPINES accessible to motor vehicle traffic and vice versa with the use of ONE (1) unit.

NOTICE is hereby given that this application will be heard by this Board on August 23, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at this office at the above address.

NOTICE is hereby given that this application will be heard by this Board on August 23, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at this office at the above address.

At least TEN (10) days prior to the above date applicant shall publish this Notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao.

At least TEN (10) days prior to the above date applicant shall publish this Notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao.

Parties opposed to the granting of the application must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time.

Parties opposed to the granting of the application must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time.

This application will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

This application will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

WITNESS Dir. NONITO A. LLANOS III, Regional Director, this 15th day of July 2022 at Davao City, Philippines.

WITNESS Dir. NONITO A. LLANOS III, Regional Director, this 20th day of June 2022 at Davao City, Philippines.

(SGD) Atty. ERNEST BENZ S. DAVILA Attorney IV EBSD/hoc Copy furnished: Applicant, Isabella B. Jaranilla, 120 Diamond St., Purok 1, Landmark 1, Panacan, Davao City Counsel, Atty. Ibrahim K. Silongan, Jr., Door 4, Ciudadano Bldg., CM Recto St., corner San Pedro St., Davao City. NOTE: Affidavit of Publication and newspaper where notice was published must be submitted (3) days before the scheduled hearing.

(SGD) Atty. ERNEST BENZ S. DAVILA Attorney IV EBSD/hoc Copy furnished: Applicant, Boniflor D. Abrasado, Purok Aguila, Sitio Isum, Inawayan, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur Counsel, Atty. Ibrahim K. Silongan, Jr., Door 4, Ciudadano Bldg., CM Recto St., corner San Pedro St., Davao City. NOTE: Affidavit of Publication and newspaper where notice was published must be submitted (3) days before the scheduled hearing.




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To continue to live for the hope of it all BATANG MINDANAO BY VEDA SACHI C. DALILING

Now is Davao City’s time to help again IT looks like President Bongbong Marcos Jr. is met with one great test of his administration in only less than a month. A major catastrophe hit the northern provinces of the country including the President’s own Ilocos Norte. The other day just about 9 in the morning a magnitude 7.3 earthquake rocked Abra, Benguet, Ifugao and the Ilocos and the temblor was felt in various intensities in neighboring Luzon provinces including Metro Manila. The earthquake destroyed both private and public buildings as well as several government infrastructures like roads and bridges. Houses were leveled to the ground, others are leaning, and heritage buildings and sites were put in precarious conditions making it unfit for use or entry. Electricity was out including cellular phone signal making it even more difficult for people to communicate. Due to fear of strong aftershocks residents in areas most affected converged in evacuation centers and in some kind of tent agglomerations to stay away from danger. The President who said he was in Malacanang when the temblor struck, also said that immediately he coordinated with concerned agencies like the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PhiVolcS), DILG, NDRRMC, Department of Social Services and Development (DSWD) and others. His purpose is to ensure that immediate assistance is given and infrastructures damaged by the quake will be immediately restored. So in 30 minutes DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo was already flying to the quake struck areas. In less than an hour he was already seen supervising the distribution of government assistance in in kind and processing for the release of financial aid. PBBM immediately ordered the mobilization of DPWH people and mandated the agency to have the damaged infrastructure looked into, assessed, and assist the local governments in addressing the mobility needs. Yesterday morning PBBM together with the Secretary of the DILG, Usec of Phivolcs and some others flew to Abra, the most ravaged, and later met up with DSWD’s Tulfo and the representatives of various Regional Offices of concerned agencies, and the local governments where he got first hand reports on the situation on the ground. Initially the President looks like he is able to meet the expectation of the people in the quake-destroyed areas more so in terms of his promptness in giving the necessary instructions to government agency responders. He was also quick in personally visiting the areas which act is some kind of assurance Correspondents:

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to the people that the government is on top of the situation and ready to help alleviate their misery. Of course the test of the President’s mettle has just begun. It will continue for a much longer period of time. And it is on the aspect of having the work on the restoration of the affected areas back to its pre-catastrophe condition carried on the fastest way possible. Also, it is how the national administration assists in bringing back to normal the lives of the residents in the quake-hit areas. We have no doubt that only the soonest PBBM restore to normalcy all the economic activities in the areas as well as the continuous delivery of government social services to the people can he claim that he successfully passed his first major test. ********************* In the past major calamities that hit the Visayas and some parts of Southern Luzon like the Yolanda super typhoon and the earthquake that leveled most part of Bohol and Leyte some years back the local government of Davao City which is known to be well-endowed financially, was quick to send either in-kind or in-cash assistance or both. With what happened in the Northern Luzon provinces which are now suffering similar devastation as those that were calamity-struck in the Visayas and even in certain Mindanao provinces, we are keenly awaiting the action the City of Davao will take. Will it be the first to fork into its calamity funds in order to help the devastated provinces; or will it just act like watching a sailboat pass by? Frankly we have no idea if so far dome city councilors have already in mind sponsoring a resolution in the City Council for the city to give assistance to the quake-hit provinces using its hardly used calamity funds. We do not also know if Mayor Baste has already called for a meeting among key Executive and Legislative Departments people to brainstorm on the matter. But if none from both departments has had the idea then we call on our media friend councilors in the Sanggunian like Tek Ocampo or Al Ryan Alejandre to introduce the resolution or request for a meeting with the city mayor for the purpose. If they will consider the urgency of the matter they have to initiate so Mayor Baste can call for a special session to take up the issue. Of course anybody from among the councilors can be a taker to the suggestion if only to start the ball rolling. Layout Artists:








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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) – With just a few days left before Swifties begin their 31-day celebration of their national anthem, the song “august” has been a staple for Taylor Swift fans all around the world during the month of – you guessed it – August. As a Swiftie myself, I never particularly liked the song, but my affection for “august” grew and grew gradually, then suddenly, in true Hemingway style. “Wanting was enough. For me, it was enough, to live for the hope of it all…” Many relate to this fan-favorite line in a romantic sense, referring to a person they’ve loved and lost. I, on the other hand, dedicate this line to someone I’ve loved and lost, but quite differently. In the months preceding the elections, I remember living for the hope of it all. When then Vice President Leni Robredo announced her candidacy for the presidency, I felt hope for the country for the first time in my entire life. I was genuinely hopeful for a kulay rosas na bukas. I was never one to be active during election campaigns, but the pink movement ignited a fire in me I didn’t know I had. As soon as they started recruiting volunteers, I immediately applied to the Davao Youth for Leni-Kiko (DYFLK). Despite pink being my most hated color, I began filling my closet with pink clothing. Suddenly, my hair ties, my lipsticks, my phone cases, my nails all had to be pink. I wanted to announce to the entirety of Davao City that not everyone here is a Duterte supporter. I am living in a Duterte stronghold, but I am not afraid of declaring to everyone that I am a Kakampink. I didn’t care about the sneers and the jeers I received – all I cared about was fighting on the right side of history. My Kakampink mother, however, is afraid of what the Duterte supporters are capable of. She repeatedly expressed how wearing campaign materials like t-shirts and wristbands isn’t something she’s brave enough to do in the fear of a rabid DDS attacking her in broad daylight, or not being able to put campaign stickers on our car in the fear of someone crazy enough to slash the tires, which are things she “wouldn’t put past them,” and I don’t blame her for feeling that way. In 2018, she had a column in Mindanao Times where she wrote an article criticizing then President Rodrigo Duterte. The City Information Officer at the time, Jefry Tupas, shared the article on her Facebook account and mocked her, which launched a troll army at my mother. She received many hate messages and threats of violence, and up until today she still does. Though she is till openly anti-Duterte, she lives with the trauma and fear of what could happen. When I attended the Leni-Kiko grand rally in Baguio City, I was overwhelmed, in a good way. Baguio being a Marcos stronghold, I wasn’t expecting many Kakampinks to be there, but I was wrong: the Baguio rally had around 30,000 attendees. Seeing thousands of people who were fighting on the same side as I am gave me so much hope. I was one person in a sea of 30,000 pink flags and banners waving in the air, of 30,000 people raising the letter L with their fingers, of 30,000 voices cheering and chanting as it flooded the entire field, of 30,000 collective hopes and dreams for a better Philippines. When it suddenly started raining during the rally, fellow Kakampinks offered me to take cover under their umbrella, one even offered me his hat. Despite meeting them for the first time, I felt as if I’ve known them for years. The pink movement gave me friends who felt like family. For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel alone. I was starting to think we could actually win this… I wanted to win this. I needed to win this. Not just for me, but for the Filipino people, especially the underprivileged and the marginalized. The results of the elections were devastating to say the least. Until today, I’m not sure if I’ve already grieved enough. I cannot stop thinking about all my Titos and Titas who were tortured, detained, and raped during the Marcos regime, and the PTSD they might have felt to see another Ferdinand Marcos be president again. I cannot help but feel as if I failed them, that I didn’t fight hard enough. Earlier, I said I dedicated the line from “august” to (

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Thoughts the Morning After the First SONA THE first SONA (State of the Nation Address) of PMarcos, Jr., spoke to key concerns of the country—our economy, recovery from the pandemic, the state of agriculture, and perspectives about the health sector and education, among others. These are the same topics on which the election discourse should have focused. Had then-candidate Marcos, Jr., chosen to engage in debates and elaborated on these themes during the campaign, he would have reached more people who are concerned about these matters and given citizens a view of his topic and thematic leadership — or to use a word in the SONA, his “brand.” As it were, because they were elaborated on during the SONA, one wonders whether these are indeed his agenda, or they were only fed to his speech-writing team by government offices and advisers. Having won in Mindanao, and in no small measure because he ran with a candidate from Mindanao, one would have thought that Mindanao would figure strategically in the message of a President who says he will continue the initiatives of his predecessor who is from Mindanao. Instead, Mindanao was only mentioned in relation to a railway project. The Bangsamoro peace process, for which implementation the former President was credited, and whose BTA is currently in the critical stage of extension; and the Marawi crisis, for which the Duterte administration was responsible, did not deserve mention in PMarcos, Jr.’s speech. That his Vice-President wore an attire associated with Mindanao’s indigenous peoples also did not spur PMarcos, Jr., to say anything about indigenous peoples. Although he

COMMENTARY MAGS Z. MAGLANA did pronounce “kalinga,” meaning nurture, the way one would enunciate the word for the Kalinga ethnic group of the Cordilleras. It is strange that one time the President acknowledged civil society organizations (CSOs), he did so in the context of agriculture-agrarian reform. While agri-agra matters are indeed important to civil society, if PMarcos, Jr., had a more up-to-date handle, he would have known that economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental rights (or plainly put, human rights) and peace are themes that CSOs have consistently been espousing. But neither human rights nor peace merited mention in the first SONA. He could have been categorical in his statements about these two themes and good governance because they are the very same concerns that caused apprehensions among civil society, particularly among those who lived through the years of the first Marcos President. That he chose not to is in itself telling. The SONA was peppered with references to things that had become, in reality or by propaganda, associated with Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.’s administration: KADIWA, farming inputs ala MASAGANA Green Revolution, “specialty hospitals,” big-ticket infrastructure, the nuclear power plant, and mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). There was no need to mention the father at all because the spirit of Marcos, Sr., suffused the

74-minute speech. By referring to former-President Duterte as “Tatay” and categorically saying that he will not suspend programs of his predecessor, PMarcos, Jr.’s first SONA came off as a homage to his fathers: his biological one and the one that paved the way for their dynasty’s return. Although he acknowledged key women in the room — ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice-President Sara Duterte, and his wife—he had no key pronouncements for and about women. Even those who delivered the Nation’s Prayer at the start of the activity were all men. While there were statements about the country becoming an upper middle-income country by 2024 and single-digit poverty incidence by 2028, giving land to landless agriculture graduates, putting an end to the poor quality of education materials, and right-sizing national government, the SONA did not signal any bold departure from the Philippines of the past six years. Rather, in a fundamental way, the first SONA of the President whose term of office is from 2022-2028 sounded like a nostalgia for the Philippines of the years 1965 to 1986. He may have ended with “The state of the nation is sound.” But in failing to articulate how our political realities and social structures will be positively and progressively transformed, PMarcos, Jr., might as well have said: “The state of the status quo is sound.” (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Mags Z. Maglana is a Mindanawon who has worked in various capacities for peace, good governance, sustainable development, and the promotion of human rights. She is one of the convenors of Konsyensya Dabaw.)

On the Planned Teachers’ Pay Hike MATALAM, North Cotabato (MindaNews) – A lot has already been said and written about the plan to raise the salaries of teachers, but until now, this is more of lipservice and rhetoric than a reality. Just recently, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education and Ways and Means, raised (again) the issue of the teacher being underpaid and overworked. This was confirmed by a survey commissioned by the good Senator. We agree on this but there should be a better justification, otherwise, other professions will lay claim for the same entitlement and for exactly the same reason. In reality, the nurses are more overworked than the teachers. While teachers enjoy their holidays, weekends, and long summer vacations, the nurses do not. At present, the entry salaries of teachers, nurses, and policemen are the same after the basic salaries of teachers and policemen were raised during the past administration to equal that of other professions. One may opine that teachers are required to serve during elections while nurses do not. True, but they are compensated for such extra work. When you are compensated for extra work that is not overworked per se. The principle of the salary standardization law is “equal pay for equal work.” In Indonesia, for example, the entry pay for teachers is equivalent to P66,099 compared to the P25,439 entry level pay for Filipino teachers. Of course, at face value that discrepancy is quite a lot. But when you make a comparison between two countries or more, you should factor in the element of the so-called “purchasing power”. When I was in Korea sometime in 2017, I asked for the price per kilo of rice even as I had no intention of buying rice save for the curiosity of knowing the cost. I was shocked to know that it was 379 Korean Won (P150) per


THINK TALK BY MAUGAN P. MOSAID kilo. That time a well-milled and good quality rice in our country was P36 per kilo. If you compare the absolute values without considering “purchasing power”, that price difference was super duper big! Yet, at P150 per kilo of rice in South Korea, nobody was complaining and it was because their income could afford them to buy rice at that price. This is what we call “purchasing power”. Please do not get me wrong. I have no objection about increasing the salaries of teachers and other professions for that matter. My point is: if only the teaching profession should be given such incentive it will create a domino effect or open the floodgates for other professions to follow suit aside from the fact that it will trigger inflation. The other issue would be the funding requirement. Assuming that, to be fair for all, Congress agrees to increase the salaries of government workers and peg the entry salary at P66,099 to get even with Indonesia. We are talking about increasing the basic salary of government workers by about P30,000. Multiply this with 2.2 million government workers and you get P66 billion in one month or P792 billion every year. This is about 20% of the national budget. I don’t think the national government is in a position right now to shell out this much amount of money at a time that there is an urgent need to lower the debt-to-GDP ratio as an after effect of massive government borrowings to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. The President (PBBM), in his first SONA was very emphatic in saying that first and foremost in his administration’s

agenda is to expedite economic recovery through sound fiscal management, among others. The other point, as I had already mentioned, is it will create a domino effect. High salaries for government workers will encourage the private business companies to increase prices of their products so that they can offer, more or less, the same benefit to their workers. If all other commodities increase by leaps and bounds, we are creating a ripe scenario for high inflation rate. First, let us understand inflation rate and how does it affect the economy. Inflation is the rate of increase in prices over a given period of time. The inflation rate thus becomes the broad measure for cost of living in a given country. It follows that, when the cost of living in a country, as for example the USA, Canada, UK, and some European countries is high, the income of people is also relatively high. Inflation rate cannot increase in a manner that will deprive the people to afford the cost of living. Thinking from out of this world, the topic of increasing the salaries of teachers is always an interesting one, especially if it translates into a political agenda. As usual, politicians who push this idea will always have some kind of political advantage. And why teachers over nurses is quite understandable. Teachers deliver more votes than nurses for two reasons: they are more in numbers and they man the voting precincts during elections. We hope this is not the (only) motivation of the good senator. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Maugan P. Mosaid holds a doctorate degree in rural development. He is a freelance writer, planning consultant, and teaches Statistics and Methods of Research in the graduate school. He can be contacted at mauganmosaid6@gmail.com.)

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someone I’ve loved and lost. You might have thought I was referring to Leni Robredo, but really, I’m talking about the Filipino people. In the spirit of honesty, I wasn’t fighting for myself. I was fighting for the Philippines of my dreams. I was fighting for a country where activists and writers like my mother can freely criticize the government without it being a death sentence, a country where our freedom of speech and expression is upheld. I was fighting for a country where Kian delos Santos can freely go to school, a country where Chad Booc can freely teach Lumad children, a country where our indigenous peoples aren’t kicked out of their own land and slaughtered. I was

fighting for a country where a mother can freely attend her daughter’s graduation without getting killed, a country where a culture of impunity is not fostered. But then again, perhaps wanting was enough. Perhaps, the wanting, the wishing, the hoping, was enough. Today, I feel as if the campaign period was years ago, during a time where hope was thriving and alive, a time where we were all living for the hope of it all. Many have lost hope for the future of the Philippines, and I am even tempted to be one of them… But I continue to believe that hope is not dead. We cannot let the circumstances kill the hope this campaign ignited in each one of us. Just like

what my favorite musical, Hamilton, says, “this is not a moment, it’s the movement.” This will not be merely a passing moment – we have been part of a movement that will leave a mark in history, and will continue to leave its mark, as long as we keep on fighting with the hope we have. (Batang Mindanaw is the youth section of MindaNews. Veda Sachi C. Daliling, 21, is a fourth year BA Communication and Media Arts student from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. She is currently an intern at MindaNews.)

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the power cooperative. Panabo City and the other towns have been under the franchise area of Davao Light since 1976. Castillo pointed out that previous local officials of the province as well as other causeoriented organizations like those in the business sector and even small tricycle organizations have pushed for the approval of the proposal. Gov. Edwin Jubahib and the previous provincial board, then headed by former vice governor and now Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, unanimously supported the bill based on the approved resolution of the local legislature. Although in the previous elections they were

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partymates, Jubahib and Uy ran under different parties in the last elections. “We hope that the proposal will be spared from politics because we are talking here of better services and affordable rates, two things that will not only impact on the economic growth of the province but more so on the livelihood of the majority of the residents,” Castillo said. She urged that the proposal be revived and that infirmities be addressed so that the President will not have second thoughts in approving it. “We hope the national government, most especially President BBM, will heed our call. Sir this is not for politicians, this proposal is for everyone,” she added.

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not to lie), please. Because, this will really put our city at risk,” Schlosser said. “Ga-awhag mi sa tanan to not lie about your symptoms, because dili lang ang imong sarili imong gibutang sa risk but also your

loved ones, your colleagues at work kay mutrabaho man ka kay walay quarantine, and those that you will be interacting with— mga strangers na walay kamuwang-muwang nagadala na diay kag virus,” she added.


(from page 2) sponse such as the Basic and Talomo Proper. Incident Command SysThree families from tem (ICS) that involved Catalunan Pequeño evacumember offices of the ated to higher ground. A toCity Disaster Risk Re- tal of 21 families from Taal duction Council and also 1, Taal 2, Bulusan, NHA training for offices for Bangkal, Teacher's Village, Rapid Damage Assess- Morio-morio, Buluan, and ment and Needs Assess- MBC Homes in Barangay ment (RDANA). Talomo Proper evacuated The overflowing of the to Central Park Gym. Matina River affected MatApart from the Matiina Crossing, Matina Pangi, na and Talomo rivers, the and Matina Aplaya and overflow of Akliban Creek resulted in the evacuation also prompted one family of 139 families who took from Barangay Sto. Nino, shelter at the Matina Cross- Purok 23 to take shelter at ing Barangay Hall. Of those the Old Public Market in evacuees, 78 from Golden Barangay Sto. Nino. Valley, 33 from Teacher's All of the evacuees Village, 20 families from returned to their respective Bamboo Village [Arroyo residences by 6:35 am. Compound] and 8 families Apart from flooding from Santiago Village. The in communities, street remainder were from Km. flooding was also noted 6.5, Km. 7 and Km. 9 in at La Verna Corner DiverMatina Pangi who also sion Road in Barangay took shelter at the Km. 7 Cabantian, Puroks SarCovered Court, Km. 9, and phil and New Salmonan Matina Pangi Elementary in Barangay Wilfredo School; and Pag-asa Ex- Aquino, Near Airport tension took shelter at the View Diversion Road, Barangay Matina Aplaya Barangay Communal and Covered Court. Damosa Road in front of The Talomo River Yellow Cab in Barangay overflow affected ba- Angliongto. By Rhoda rangays Catalunan Pequeno Grace B. Saron

BRP Antonio Luna joins aircraft carrier defense exercise MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Thursday said missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise where the Filipino warship and its foreign counterparts helped defend a carrier strike group from a simulated attack. Navy spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said this maneuver is part of the so-called war at sea exercise (WASEX) that took place last July 24 (US time). "During the WASEX, BRP Antonio Luna, together with other counterpart warships, rehearsed a sustained large-scale live maneuver and the protection of the Carrier Strike Group from opposing forces conducting anti-ship

operations for a 48-hour window within a defined, highdensity battle space for RIMPAC 2022," he added. A carrier strike group is a naval formation consisting of an aircraft carrier, its escorting warships, and replenishment vessels. In the exercise, BRP Antonio Luna searched for and engaged hostile surface warships, Negranza said. He added that this helped the ship boost its proficiency and communication capability, especially in the conduct of joint interoperability. "This exercise further developed the PH Navy frigate's capability to defend against maritime threats while working with partner navies,

improving interoperability and experience in large-scale formations such as the Carrier Strike Group operations," Negranza added. The RIMPAC, considered the world's largest maritime exercise, is held biennially to promote regional stability in the Pacific region. About 25,000 personnel from 26 participating nations are set to participate in the 28th iteration of RIMPAC, which was first conducted in 1971. This year's RIMPAC began on June 29 and runs until August 4. Negranza earlier said Naval Task Group 80.5 would help develop, maintain and enhance the Navy’s pursuit of maritime collaboration with its counterparts through

the exercise. The PN's participation in RIMPAC 2022, themed “Capable, Adaptive Partners,” will be the third after its maiden participation in 2018 and its sophomore run in 2020. In the 2018 RIMPAC, the Navy deployed the offshore patrol vessel, the BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17), and the landing dock, BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602). In the 2020 iteration of the maritime exercise, the PN sent the country's first missile frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150). Both the BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna are capable of anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and electronic warfare operations. (PNA)

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(from page 2) sance Company, 502nd Infantry Brigade, and CAFGU Active Auxiliary units helped in road clearing, provided transportation assistance, and conducted search and rescue operations in different areas in Northern Luzon. The military also directed the 525th Engineering and Construction Battalion, Philippine Army; 505th Search and Rescue Group of the Philippine Air Force; and the Naval Installation Command of the Philippine Navy to provide rescue teams to help in the rescue efforts in most affected areas in Northern Luzon. Lt. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr, commander of the AFP's Northern Luzon Command


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Danzon said the free screening is available to individuals as young as 20 years old because cases of juvenile diabetes has been on the rise globally. People with obesity and history of diabetes in the family are also highly encouraged to avail themselves of the free screening, she said. Those diagnosed with the disease are advised to register under the CHO’s Diabetes and Heart program. Under this program, patients with diabetes can be given free medication. The CHO offers both oral medicines and insulin shots to diabetic patients. The CHO also teaches diabetic patients the proper foot and wound care. The CHO’s nutritionists also give Medical Nutrition Therapy and recommenda-

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(NOLCOM), has also ordered the utilization of one C208 aircraft for the aerial survey since yesterday. Soldiers have continued the search, rescue, and retrieval operations while other units are helping the DSWD distribute relief goods to the affected populace. The AFP leadership has ordered its units through the Northern Luzon Command to maximize the utilization of personnel, equipment, and other resources to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts of the local and national governments in badly hit areas to alleviate the situation of the affected residents. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

tions regarding a patient’s daily calorie requirement and healthier food substitutes. The CHO also offers assistance to amputee patients through its partnership with the Davao Jubilee Foundation. Through this public-private partnership, amputees are given the chance to walk again with the help of prosthetics. Diabetes is a chronic disease to which there is currently no cure. Symptoms are undetectable at its early stages. Advanced stages of diabetes include symptoms like polyuria (excessive urine production), dry mouth, extreme fatigue, numbness due to nerve damage, sudden weight loss, blurring of vision, kidney damage, poor wound healing, and even heart attack. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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echoed the statements of the President in relation to an independent foreign policy and reaffirmed the DND's mission to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Philippines," Andolong said. Del Toro also cited the importance of ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific, as well as respecting rules and inter-

national laws. It was emphasized that both the Philippines and the US can learn from each other during education and training exchanges. "The meeting ended with the two officials reaffirming the friendship, partnership and alliance between the Philippines and the US," Andolong said. (PNA)

PBBM: Gov’t to aid quake-hit residents rebuild their homes MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday vowed to assist residents in rebuilding their homes after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Abra and its nearby provinces. “Tutulong kami, siyempre. The immediate -- lalo na sa lindol, ang immediate concern is shelter kasi nga kahit na titingnan mo ‘yung bahay mukhang matibay, hindi mo malalaman hanggang nainspeksyon nang mabuti ‘yun (We will be helping, for sure. The immediate concern during earthquakes is shelter because if you look at those houses they appear to be sturdy, you

wouldn’t know until you conduct a thorough inspection),” Marcos said when asked by reporters about government support during a press briefing in Malacañang. For the time being, he said authorities would not allow people to return to their homes, considering the dangers posed by the aftershocks that could last for days. Authorities must explain to the people the need to conduct thorough inspections of houses and buildings before they are permitted to return to their dwelling places, Marcos pointed out.

“In the meantime, it is up to us, the government, to provide shelter for them to be able to feed them while they are in the shelters. And to inspect their residences, their places of business para makita natin kung puwede na silang bumalik, puwedeng magtrabaho ulit, puwede na bumalik sa kanilang mga bahay (and make sure they can now go back and work again as well as return to their homes),” he said. Asked if he would issue a directive to LGUs for regular inspection of residential houses in their areas, the President said there’s no need to issue

such an order. There is an existing procedure for regular assessment of residential houses and other structures, he said, adding that LGUs usually struggle to conduct inspections because of lack of qualified engineers or personnel. “I think the better way is to educate people (not to build houses on hazardous zones and make sure that they use standard materials to make sure their houses are built strong enough to withstand earthquakes and typhoons ) na huwag niyong — huwag kayong magtatayo ng bahay sa delikadong lugar,

make sure that maayos ‘yung mga materyales na ginagamit at maging matibay para ‘pag sakali mang magka-lindol o magka-bagyo ay hindi naman kayo mabiktima (not to build houses on hazardous zones and make sure that they use standard materials to make sure their houses are built strong enough to withstand earthquakes and typhoons),” Marcos pointed out. “So yes, it’s something that we would like to be able to do. We have yet to have the capability to do it extensively. Sa urban areas nagagawa, pero sa rural areas hindi gaano (In

urban areas these are being done but in rural areas it’s not quite the same),” he said. Despite the devastation brought by the quake, Marcos said there is no need to declare a state of national calamity at this time, as the tremor only affected the Ilocos Region and the Cordillera Administrative Region. A state of national calamity is declared automatically if a disaster hits three regions. Aside from Abra, the tremor affected the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Benguet. (PND)


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Abra quake generates over 800 aftershocks in 24 hours MANILA – Over 800 aftershocks have been recorded almost 24 hours after a magnitude 7 earthquake jolted Abra, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported Thursday. A total of 815 aftershocks were recorded as of 8 a.m. Of these, 168 were plotted or located, and 24 were felt. Magnitudes of these


aftershocks ranged from 1.5 to 5. On Wednesday, the strong tectonic quake struck 3 kilometers northwest of the municipality of Tayum at 8:43 a.m. It was 17 km deep. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr., in a public briefing, said the quake was caused by the movement along the Abra River Fault. Typically, the first two

days would generate many aftershocks, and the number would gradually decrease, he said. Solidum advised the public to inspect damaged infrastructure first and refrain from staying there for the meantime. Further, he urged the local government to identify areas that must be avoided for safety reasons. (PNA)


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 May 2022. 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 Mayo 2022. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

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wines to Davao’s elite gourmands in her well-appointed Tita Cely at the Victoria Plaza. Then, of course, there was the iconic Claude’s Le Café de Ville, the pioneering French restaurant in Davao City owned and managed by the late chef Claude Le Neindre who popularized French cuisine paired with wine in the city in the 1990’s. Since then, Davaoenos have gone a long way in their taste for pairing food and wine. “The food and beverage scene in the city is set at a high note by Dusit Davao for the month of July as it partners with the Paris-based brand, Moët Hennessy. Better known under the roster of products of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, the multinational company and conglomerate specializes in luxury goods with 75 other house brands,” revealed the charming Ariesha Faith Dimaano, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Dusit Davao. Dusit Davao’s GM Christoph Kuch added, “We are very excited to welcome Moët Hennessy in Dusit Davao. This special event would surely be a treat for our avid diners and all the Dabawenyos,” said GM Christoph Kuch as he and Dusit Thani Cluster Director for Sales and Marketing Lannie A. Merilo welcomed the lucky guests at Benjarong last July 16, 2022. The previous day, Davao’s gastronomic special began with a Bar Takeover at the Siam Lounge in dusitD2 Davao. This special event introduced the multi-awarded mixologist, Auie Benisano. Currently a corporate mixologist based in Manila, Auie has garnered awards through the years including wins at the Pisco Bauza Competition, La Maison Cointreau, and Diageo World Class of 2021. This July event, he showcases crowd favorites for his special concoctions like the Fak Thong

Sour featuring Genmorangie; Southeast Highball with Belvedere; The Prodigy with Hennessy VS; Makrut Sazerac featuring Gelenmorangie and Hennessy VS; and the Pride Land using Belvedere. Last July 16, Benjarong, one of Taltler Dining Philippines’ best restaurants, had a food and wine pairing dinner with the theme,”Thailand Meets Argentina Wine Dinner.” Benjarong’s best dishes were showcased in a 4-course dinner matched with premium Argentinian wines and spirits. The delightful Thai cuisine included Chicken Satay, Tom Kha Gai, Nua Yang and Pla Sam Ros (grilled tenderloin and deep-fried pompano), and ending with the Mango Sticky Rice for dessert. For the wines and spirits, some of the featured beverages were Chandon Brut, Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Chardonnay and Malbec, Chandon Delice. The Moët Hennessy brand ambassador, French national Kevin Charuel, presented ever so charmingly the various wines during the special dinner event while narrating interesting stories and the background behind the wine brands. “We look forward to more partnerships like this with Dusit Davao, as we start opening our doors to this part of the region,” Kevin Charuel stated as he ended his presentation. Oh yes, this French guy is a lover of Olive Puentespina’s Malagos cheeses. “Oh yes, we did a collaboration with Kevin and The Tasting Club which he founded. First was the Filipino Artisan Cheese and Fine French Wine Masterclass. Then there was Rosita with AOC Bordeaux White 2016 by Chateau Tour de Goupin; Peppato with AOC Santenay Vielles Vignes Red 2013 by Domaine Lucien Muzard; and many others still…We were happy

EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION AMONG HEIRS Notice is hereby given that the estate of the late ARSENIO EPIFANIO and wife ROSA MARTIN, who died intestate on October 15, 1981 and on June 8, 2016, respectively, which property is hereunder described more particularly, to wit: ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. (P-15858) P-5783, LOT NO. 1357, PLS – 532-D situated in Barangay San Jose, Samal City; “beginning at a point marked “1” of Lot No. 1357, pls-532-D, being S. 16-40-E, 3427.77m. from B.L.B.M. No. 1, Pls-532-D, thance N. 80-27 W., 355.89 M. to point 2: N. 36-56E/.131.11m. to point 3; N. 11-21 W., 157.58m. to point 4; N. 64-02 E., 136.86 m. point 7; S. 17.51 N., 284.50 m. to point of beginning. Containing an area of SEVENTY FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED TEN (74,510) SQUARE METERS, more or less; That pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules of Court of the Philippines, the above described property has been the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION AMONG HEIRS, made and executed by and among heirs of Arsenio Epifanio and wife Rosa Martin per Doc. No. 291; Page No.59; Book No. V; Series of 2017 of the Notary Public MARDOCHEO S. CAMPOREDONDO. (MT-Jul. 29, Aug 5 & 12, 2022)

we learned new skills and we were able to reconnect with our client base…,” revealed Olive Puentespina. The following day, July 17, the Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort launched its campaign with a sunset bar takeover and dinner for its soon-to-open Ga-Ti Thai Restaurant. The Dusit team gave an amazing glimpse of the resort’s sunset area for this exclusive invitational event which

EXTRAJUDICIAL DEED OF PARTITION KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: This AGREEMENT OF PARTITION, entered into by and between: NOEL D. SANCHEZ, of legal age, Filipino, married to LILIAN ALFEREZ, with residence and postal at Barangay Macambol, City of Mati, Davao Oriental, hereinafter called the FIRST PARTY; and HEIRS OF CHARLITO D. SANCHEZ, Namely: Charlie C. Sanchez, Charlen C. Sanchez, Daisylen C. Sanchez and Cherrylen C. Sanchez, all of legal ages, Filipino and a residence of Barangay Macambol, City of Mati, Davao Oriental, hereinafter called the SECOND PARTY; That the PARTIES are the registered co-owner of the parcel of land described in TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. CLOA NO. 546, of the Register of Deeds for the Province of Davao Oriental, more particularly described to wit: LOT: BCS-11-000013 (AR) (portion of Lot 549 and 3676, Cad. 286, Mati Cadastre; LOCATTION: Barangay Macambol, Municipality of Mati, Province of Davao Oriental; AREA: TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTEEN (25,816) SQUARE METERS, more or less; That pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules of Court of the Philippines, the above mentioned described property has been the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL DEED OF PARTITION made and executed by and among heirs per Doc. No. 207; Page No. 47; Book No. VIII; Series of 2016 of the Notary Public ARNULFO M. AGLERON, SR. (MT-Jul. 29, Aug. 5 & 12, 2022)

still featured Auie Benisano and LV brand ambassador, Kevin Charuel. “It is our utmost pleasure to be working with Moët Hennessy for these special events. We look forward, indeed, to present more delightful offerings to our highly valued guests and diners in the coming months as the situation eases postpandemic,” says Director of F&B Ryan Dela Cueva.

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE LATE BALDOMERA ARQUESAR AMONG HEIRS Notice is hereby given that the estate of the late BALDOMERA AGQUESAL who died intestate on December 15, 1941 at Peñaplata, Samal, Davao; during their life time with her husband they were able to acquire their conjugal property a parcel of land with improvements situated in the Barrio of Mambago, (Now Municipality of Babak) Province of Davao del Norte, covered by ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 2306 of the Registry of Deeds for the Province of Davao, described to wit: Beginning at the point marked 1 on plan H-150168, N. 17 dog. 87’ E., 5612.50 m. more or less from B.L.B.N. No. 3, Barrio of Peñaplata, District of Samal, containing an area of 23.5435 hectares more or less. That pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules of Court of the Philippines, the above mentioned described property has been the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE LATE BALDOMERA ARQUESAR AMONG HEIRS made and executed by and among her heirs per Doc. No. 172; Page No. 49; Book No. XXI; Series of 1970 of the Notary Public PRAMIN R. DIANCO. (MT-Jul. 29, Aug. 5 & 12, 2022)

JULY 29, 30, & 31, 2022


Dusit Davao’s Benjarong Introduces Moët Hennessy Wines

(l-r): Faith Dimaano, Dr. Bernie and Cherry Al-ag, Michael E. Dakudao, Marilyn Roque, Lannie A. Merilo

IN THE past decades or so, Davao was oblivious to gastronomic fine dining paired with good wines. Coke or beer was it to match the intensity of bold-flavored ihaw-ihaw food eaten especially at the Lizada family’s iconic Harana Restaurant. Then the wellloved Tagala superstar of Filipino food, tita Cely Kalaw, who is well regarded as “the Mother of Pinoy Buffets” and reputed to be the woman who started the “eat-all-youcan” culinary phenomenon in the history of Philippine dining came to Davao; and thus helped in changing the dining scene in this ihaw-ihaw republic of ours starting in the 1980’s. The late Cely Kalaw introduced fine dining matched with good (

/ CULTURAL / 11) TERRAZAS de los Andes Reserva Chardonnay

FOOD loving couple Raffy and Carmina del Rosario

DUSIT Davao’s GM Christoph Kuch, Benjarong chef Suthin Songmuang, LV Moet Hennessy sommelier Kevin Charuel

Dusit’s Christophe Kuch, Lannie A. Merilo and Faith Dimaano strike a pose with Davao’s media reps