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• Income of 6 in 10 households ‘negatively impacted’ by pandemic BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

TWO-THIRDS of consumers or 66% reported that their household income was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the second quarter of the year. The number is broadly the same as the first quarter of 2021 (up one percentage points). The impact was more Xers (born 1965–1979) cording to new research prominent for middle-aged and 68% of Millennials from insights company respondents – 69% of Gen (born 1980–1994), ac- TransUnion.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, affixes a “Resbakuna” sticker on one of the crates containing Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as he accepted more than three million doses donated by the US government at the Bulwagang Kalayaan in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on Aug. 3, 2021. Malacañang Photo

Davao Sur town prepares hero's welcome for Petecio BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

Cop killer with ASG links falls in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Joint police and military forces have arrested a member of a syndicate who has ties with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and tagged as the primary suspect in the killing of a re-

tired policeman more than a year ago in this southern port city. The Lamitan City Police Station identified the arrested suspect as Jimbo Taning Asani, an alleged member of a gun-for-hire

Hazardous red tide still up in Surigao Sur town bay BUTUAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 13 (Caraga) has continued to warn the public of the dangers of consuming shellfish from Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur as the area is still affected by red tide. In a statement Wednesday, BFAR-13 said Lianga Bay is among the eight areas in the country that continue to test positive for paralytic shellfish poison

(PSP), commonly known as red tide. Based on its Shellfish Bulletin 23, the PSP or toxic red tide in Lianga Bay is beyond the regulatory limit. “All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the area are not safe for human consumption,” the bulletin read. However, fish, squid, shrimp, and crabs gath( / RED TIDE / 11)

and drug syndicate linked with the Basilan-based ASG bandits. Asani was arrested in an intelligence-driven warrant of arrest operation on Monday in Sitio (

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DAVAO CITY – The local government unit of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur is in the thick of preparations for the homecoming of Olympic silver medalist boxer Nesthy Petecio. Raised in Tuban, Sta. Cruz, Petecio will be given honor for bringing pride to the country through a hero's welcome, Mayor Jaime Lao Jr. said Tuesday. Petecio is bringing home the country's first silver medal in women's boxing. The last silver

medal won by the country was in men's boxing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics through Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco. Lao said strict health protocols would be observed during the welcome ceremonies. Petecio would be given

cash incentives but Lao did not disclose the amount. He said he has instructed the local finance committee to realign funds for cash incentives for the lady boxer. Davao del Sur Gov. Marc Cagas said preparations for Petecio's return ( / DAVAO / 11)

Pregnant top NPA leader surrenders THE EASTERN Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) is facilitating assistance to a pregnant leader of the New People’s Army guerrilla unit after her surrender to the joint military forces in Sitio Lamuak, Barangay Catilacan, Pikit, North Cotabato on August 1. She was identified as Ariane Jane Ochate Ramos, the secretary-general of the Guerrilla Front 55 (GF55), Sub-Regional Committee 5, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.

Marikit has long been under the radar of the military for her involvement in several extortion activities and armed clashes with the troops. She was also affiliated with the League of Filipino Students and Gabriela Youth. Marikit was the party wife of Rommel Tausan alias Rommel, the former commanding officer of SRGU/GF 55, SRC5, SMRC who died in an armed encounter with the 27th Infantry Battalion. At

present, she is in a relationship with Daniel Bandalan alias Regoy, the current commanding pfficer of GF55, SRC5, SMRC, and the father of the child she is expecting. Lt. Gen. Greg T. Almerol, the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) commander, said the military will ensure the safety and welfare of Marikit, especially since she is expecting a child. “The command will help Marikit get finan-

cial assistance and other benefits from government programs and the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) as she starts to live a new life,” Almerol said. “We hope that she could also convince her current partner, alias Regoy, to surrender peacefully so that they can start a harmonious life together with their baby,” Almerol added. Almerol said they wanted Marikit to experi(

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PEZA investment approvals up 8.52% in first half of 2021

MANILA – The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) reported on Tuesday an 8.52-percent increase in its approved investments for the first half of the year. “PEZA remains true will continue to transform to its mandate of promot- challenges into opportuniing investments, creating ties so we can ceaselessly employment, generating serve our Filipino people, exports, and attaining total our partners, locators, and economic development in investors,” PEZA Director our country as we maintain General Charito Plaza said and implement strict Cov- in a statement. id-19 protocols and guideTotal economic zone lines in our ecozones. We investments approved from

January 1 to June 30, 2021 amounted to PHP32.057 billion from last year’s approved investments worth PHP29.541 billion. These investments came from 119 new and expansion projects and showcased a considerable growth of 5.31 percent compared to 113 in 2020. Meanwhile, the actual exports for the period of

DA-PRDP turns over facilities to co-op TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (PIA)--Another cooperative is on the track of progress as the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project 10 (DA-PRDP 10) officially turned over the Integrated Coconut-based Enterprise to the Malingao Community Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MCOCO) of Tubod, Lanao del Norte on July 21, 2021. With DA-PRDP’s intervention, MCOCO received a total of P25,024,108.70 worth of assistance which includes warehouse, weaving center, hauling trucks, and machines for weaving, baling, and decorticating, among others. In his message, Tubod Mayor Leoncio C. Bagol recalled the hardships they went through just to get the subproject’s approval. “I cannot help but look back at the days where we have to endure countless sleepless nights just to prepare the business plan. A lot of challenges occurred along the way and it was a tough battle to win. But I always believe that no matter how

hard the trials are, as long as we are united and we are helping each other, success is within our reach," he said. "Now that the enterprise is already turned over, the fate of its success lies in our hands. Let’s aim for the cooperative to prosper and let’s show to those who helped us achieve this project that we deserve it. More importantly, let us aim for the progress of our enterprise so we can provide more livelihood to our fellowmen. It is such a sweet thought that we are being paid while we provide income and services to one another,” said Bagol. Meanwhile, Carlene C. Collado, regional executive director of DA-X and project director of DA-PRDP, congratulated the MCOCO and the local government units of Tubod and Lanao del Norte for successfully completing the subproject. “Here in Northern Mindanao, this is the only subproject of its kind and has given pride to the cooperative and the officials of Lanao del Norte. Now that the enterprise is turned

over, I would like to ask the workers, members, officials of the cooperative, and even the officials of the LGUs to take care of this and fully utilize its potential in order to provide livelihood and quality life to people in the locality. I hope that your operation will be smoother, which will boost your production and income, so the workers and the employees will greatly benefit from it,” Collado said. MCOCO was initially assisted by the Mindanao Rural Development Program. Through the enterprise, the cooperative envisions to expand their current enterprise, benefiting at least 2,000 coconut farmers, providing additional livelihood to the residents, especially the women of the barangay and its neighbors. Also present in the said event are officials and staff of LGU Lanao del Norte headed by Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, officers and staff of LGU Tubod, officials and members of MCOCO, DA-10 personnel, and DAPRDP 10 staff. (DA-PRDP)

January 1 to May 31, 2021 amounted to USD24.781 billion with 1,604,877 generated employment. Compared to the same period in 2020, PEZA showcased a 23.35-percent growth for exports and an 8.58-percent increase in employment. The majority of the investments came from (

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BPI-Philam opens jobs for Filipinos BP-PHILAM announces it has opened over 700 posts to aid Filipinos struggling to find a job amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority puts the country’s unemployment rate at an estimated 7.7% (3.76 million individuals) in June. As the economic impact of the health crisis persists, BPI-Philam offers Filipinos a stable livelihood and an opportunity for career development to help jobseekers and their families recover eventually. Most available positions are for Bancassurance Sales Executives, who are tasked to guide clients in determining their insurance needs. The company is looking to recruit those who have a genuine concern for people and an entrepreneurial mindset, while a background in sales is an advantage. Accepted applicants will be stationed in BPI branches or assigned to work from home as ap(

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NorMin ex-rebels go into vinegarmaking, farming CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Former rebels and members of communist organizations in Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon provinces have received livelihood programs through government initiatives. On Tuesday, the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (4Mech) based in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte initiated a vinegar production project for former rebels while their enrolment to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is under process. Lt. Col. Rommel Pereña, 4Mech commanding officer, said they have enough resources to provide needed training while waiting for reimbursement from the ECLIP, without affecting the battalion. Pereña said the project is easier and quicker to produce and the return is also high. “We thought of making turmeric tea, but it takes a longer time to produce. We have a friend who makes vinegar similar to the pinakurat of Iligan. We thought this is easy to teach and the earnings are also quite high," he said in a statement. Pinakurat vinegar is made from coconut fragmented sap, also known as tuba, and blended with local chili labuyo. Pereña said the ex-rebels would be under the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drug Administration to institutionalize sukang kalasag (kalasag vinegar), hoping they will pursue the livelihood after

their enrolment to the E-CLIP. Other livelihood projects are hog raising through the Department of Labor and Employment, and dressmaking and knife making through the assistance of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Farm inputs in Bukidnon Meanwhile, the Municipal Agriculture Office of Cabangalasan under the Department of Agriculture Region-10, together with the 88th Infantry Battalion, handed over farm inputs consisting of 14 bags of hybrid corn seeds and 98 sacks of fertilizer to 28 former members of underground mass organizations. Dr. Anita Macabugto, Municipal Agriculturist Officer, said the beneficiaries can use the farm inputs for their livelihood and share additional knowledge on basic farming with their peers. The recipients are mostly residents of Sitio Mainaga in Barangay Iba. The community is one of the strongholds of communist rebels, where the Guerilla Front Malayag operates. The Army described it as a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area where most of the residents are peasants and land issues are exploited by communist groups. With the Community Support Program, 63 individuals who used to be sympathetic to communist rebels have surrendered in July. (PNA)


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Davao City’s centenarian gets second dose of anti-COVID jab

NOW FULLY vaccinated after getting her second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday, Davao City’s oldest vaccinee has encouraged other senior citizens to avail of the anti-COVID vaccination for their protection and safety against the risks of the coronavirus disease. For 103- year-old Genoveva “Lola Bebang” Yuson Lanutan, there is a feeling of safety and relief being fully vaccinated and there is nothing to fear in getting the vaccine. “Magbakuna sila, wala may sakit, para dili sila matakdan sa sakit, magpabakuna gyud (They should get vaccinated, it is not painful, this way they won’t get infected),” said Lola Bebang. Her eldest daughter, Annie Lanutan Laburada, who accompanied her to the vaccination site in Mabini Elementary School, Bangkal, Davao City, said that she and her siblings were relieved and happy of their mother’s full vaccination after a long wait for the second dose. She said that this will help her mother, especially since COVID-19 cases are prevailing and the existence of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the city. “Malikay na siya sa tanang sakit ug dili sya maglisud pananglitan naa may muabot na balatian

dali ra kaayo maagapan (She can now avoid illnesses (related to COVID) and in case she will get sick, there is a remedy and it won’t be difficult for her),” Laburada said. Lola Bebang took her second dose at around 9 in the morning on Tuesday. She was well assisted by the medical frontliners at the vaccination site. Vaccine Cluster Representative, Dr. Erica Ababa, who monitored the blood pressure (BP) of Lola Bebang after the vaccination, said that her BP was normal and she does not have any COVID-19-related symptoms. She said that all the senior citizens who availed their vaccination were all attended in all processes. Recall that Lola Bebang took interest in getting the vaccine after her sibling availed of the antiCOVID vaccination. She then took her first jab on May 19, 2021. No stranger to medical procedures, Lola Bebang even at the age of 97 underwent laparoscopy

and gallstone surgery. The vaccination hub supervisor of Mabini Elementary School, Dr. Margie Roa-Rubio said that after Lanutan got her first dose, more senior citizens came to the vaccination hub to have themselves vaccinated. The daughter of Lola Bebang urged other children of senior citizens to encourage their parents to get vaccinated and not to believe in the reports that it may cause harm. “Ang uban mangahadlok tungod sa uban nga istorya sa gawas na kuno makadaot, magpabakuna ka (para) protected kaayo ka. Gihangyo nako ang mga anak nga aghaton nila ang ilang ginikanan aron dili sila matakdan sa sakit (Others are afraid that it may cause harm. They should get vaccinated because it gives protection. I am asking them to encourage their parents so that they won’t get infected),” said Laburada who is also fully vaccinated.

Lola Bebang is one of the senior citizens who availed of the ongoing inoculation for the second dose of the AstraZeneca. The city government hopes to cover more senior citizens, especially those who cannot go to the vaccination sites like Mabini Elementary School. A mo-

bile vaccination for senior citizens will be launched soon to give senior citizens options apart from public vaccination. The mobile vaccination aims to increase the number of senior citizens to be vaccinated which is currently at 76, 472 for the first dose. As of July 25, a total of 27,

365 senior citizens were fully vaccinated. Earlier, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said that the city is still short of vaccination for senior citizens. The city has between 200,000 to 300,000 senior citizens per record of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). CIO

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Senate must act now on ‘End Child Rape’ bill, group

MANILA – The Child Rights Network (CRN) on Tuesday prodded the Senate anew to increase the age for determining statutory rape from the current 12 to at least 16 years old, the international standard. The proposal is the the Age of Statutory Rape, The measure also prosalient feature of Senate also known as End Child poses to remove the “marBill No. 2332 on Increasing Rape bill. riage as forgiveness” clause

to those who are proven guilty and provides equal protection to boys and girls. CRN has been asking lawmakers to hasten the passage of the bill as it will

address the loopholes found in Article 266-A of the Revised Penal Code, which defines rape as an act of sexual assault by any person either by "inserting his

penis into another person's mouth or anal orifice" or inserting "any instrument or object, into the genital or anal orifice of another person". ( / SENATE / 11)

House OKs bill granting private schools tax relief on 2nd reading MANILA – The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a bill that would define the tax rates for proprietary schools to allow them to avail of the 10-percent preferential rate on taxable income. The chamber passed through voice voting House Bill No. 9913, which seeks to clarify that the preferential tax rate of 10 percent imposed on proprietary educational institutions will be reduced to 1 percent from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023, after which the tax rate shall be set to 10 percent under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE). Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, author of the bill, said this will constitute a 96 percent tax dis-

count to private schools from 2020 to 2023, and a 60 percent tax discount thereafter. "That is the largest ever tax cut to any sector ever in the country’s history, and I am proud that we will do it for the sector the Constitution values the most – the education sector,” Salceda said. The bill is meant to intervene in the implementation of the recent regulation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), increasing the tax rate of private educational institutions to 25 percent from 10 percent. “Unless legislative action is taken, these schools will be applied a rate of 25 percent or the regular CIT (corporate income tax) rate, from the 10 percent some of them have

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QUICK CHECK. A motorcycle rider presents his identification card to a police officer before entering the Dasmarinas-Imus border checkpoint on Wednesday (August 4, 2021). Checkpoints have been restored in the city to prevent a possible surge in Covid-19 infections. (PNA photo by Gil Calinga)


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Work life integration WHILE working in Globe Telecom, I remember having an opportunity to chat with Globe CEO Ernest Cu. As the HR Business Partner for Mindanao, I always looked forward to our town halls because it gave me great opportunities to pick his brain while traveling or waiting for people to arrive (he almost always arrived early). On one occasion, I asked him BY JAMBIE DEL ROSARIO about how he balances his work given life’s demands. What he said really struck me and got me into thinking about whether work life balance is really possible at all. He said and this is based on my best recollection— “I don’t believe in work life balance.” I was taken aback when he said that because he is such a cool boss who had a thriving life and a lot of interests outside of work. He then went on to say that “work is my life and life is my work.” He also said that he does not make a distinction between his life and his work because he truly enjoys what he does. Now I understand not everybody is blessed with work we truly enjoy to the point where we do not feel like we are working at all. Although what he said resonated with me because I also really, really enjoyed my job, (albeit it required me to be on call 24/7 to enable me to serve our employees’ concerns as needed), I must admit I wasn’t particularly good at being able to be that fluid between my life and my work. There was a part of me that resented the intrusion into my personal life. I had a tendency to shut down my brain and shift from work mode to life mode. As I climbed the corporate ladder though, I began to see more and more of my work spilling over to my life and vice versa. And I realized that this framework I had for that delicate balance and the dichotomy between my life and my work was an illusion. Which is why, I began to understand that instead of balance, we need work life integration instead. I really don’t know who first coined the term but I first heard it in one of our People Management Association of the Philippines’ learning sessions. At that time, it sounded very chic and avant garde but I didn’t quite fully grasp what the speaker was saying since I was stuck on the ideal that we should spend 8 hours at work, 8 hours on recreation/life concerns and 8 hours on rest. Obviously, I never quite got that down pat as I am sure most of you don’t as well. What is work life integration? To me, it means shedding the guilt I feel when I work over the weekends to beat deadlines. It means not feeling quite frazzled or ashamed that I have to file leaves of absences to address mental health concerns. It means not falling prey to presenteeism, the outward appearance of being at work but not quite being productive. It means not caring about what is my personal time and what is my professional time. It means being able to put my brain on neutral and shift gears seamlessly between my work and my hobbies. It isn’t an excuse to coast at work though or drive yourself nuts trying to get everything done. One of the things that always helped me keep work at bay when I needed to shut down my computer, despite pressing deadlines, is the realization that even in death, my inbox will never be empty. I see my life as a whole now and focus less on compartmentalizing. There are days when I need to bring work home or work earlier in the day to enable me to go to Pilates after work. There were times when I had to work during the weekends because I had to prepare some things for my thesis during working hours (with my boss’ permission of course). Obviously not everyone is blessed with understanding bosses, great corporate cultures, or even a flexible work schedule. But simply shedding the compartments between work and life and looking at it as a whole really helps. Watch out for more on work life integration in my next column which comes out on September 2, 2021, where I will delve deeper into what specific things you can do to achieve work life integration. Author’s Note: I’d love to hear from you! For comments or clarifications, feel free to email me at jambie.delrosario@ psychsiren.com (Mutya ng Dabaw 1997 Jambie Austria-del Rosario spent over two decades harnessing her skills in industrial and organizational psychology as a human resources management professional. She is a Certified HR Professional from the International Federation of Professional Managers, an Associate Fellow in People Management and a holder of a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. For more articles on psychology, check out her blog at www.psychsiren.com.)

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Digital safety THE health pandemic has made the internet a huge part of our daily lives. With the quarantine imposed lockdowns, most of us work and study from home, hooked to the web to get us through the job at hand. For the seniors, social media has become an indispensable tool to maintain connection to the outside world – family, friends, civic organizations – as they wait for the virus to finally settle down. While modern contraptions have made our lives easier than ever before, we have to be mindful of the inherent adverse effects technology brings. We hear reports of many cybercrimes happening, including trafficking, scams and identity theft, to mention a few. Everyone is not spared from people who are out to make big bucks hacking on the internet. Digital safety, as defined, also refers to internet safety, media safety, online safety, or cyber safety which means the way we protect ourselves, our families and those we connect through social media or digital devices. All of us are vulnerable to threats in cyberspace so digital hygiene or how to keep our accounts safe becomes necessary at this time. We should be more cautious online and browse some helpful safety mechanisms to prevent cyber criminals from hacking our account and victimizing family and friends. It is always prudent to protect sensitive personal and profes-

sional data because posting these on social media makes us easy targets for hackers. Here are some tips that you can consider to keep your account safe: Always log out from your social media or e-mail account; do not click on anything which looks suspicious like an offer that is too good to be true; do not accept friend requests from a person who does not have enough details on his post; always remember that anyone can see your post so exercise constraint when you post photos of your personal life. Technology has made our lives simpler and more comfortable, but it also requires all of us to know how to protect our data from falling into the wrong hands.

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Trillanes desirous of repeating a recent history WE CANNOT help but treat the ongoing CoViD 19 pandemic as one, if not an entire, subject of our column every day. Whatever development the pandemic unfolds on a day-to-day basis it’s too hard to ignore. In Mindanao alone, the figure of new active cases is rising daily even if it is admitted that the number of those who are healed is rising as well. In fact, lately, Cagayan de Oro City was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine category. Meaning the infection, especially with the CoViD Delta variant,has risen exponentially. The number of afflicted persons is reaching a new high that the Department of Health in the Northern Mindanao region had to declare a Code Red on the availability of hospital facilities. Nonetheless the city mayor of Cagayan de Oro is taking the right moveby rallying his people not to panic. And the mayor has to, because once he shows any semblance of defeatism the morale of his people will definitely go down and it would be very difficult to revitalize it so the people will be much more prodded to fight the pandemic in order to survive. Meanwhile, in Davao City it seems lady mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio has learned a lesson from an immediate past where there was a sudden surge of new cases and there were attempts to conceal the phenomenon from the public. Of course it was for a good purpose. That is for the Davaoeno public not to be led into reacting to certain alarming situations. These days’ threat of a new surge is taken by the mayor with extreme caution and she is now in the thick of preparation to obviate the surge even before it can rear its ugly head in the city. Now Mayor Inday is making several steps ahead of the potential surge. She is reported to have ordered for an inventory of hospital beds that can be used should such surge finally come or any sign thereof shows.

The mayor is also tracking down the whereabouts and availability of hospital supplies like oxygen and its container tanks. She is also having the existing quarantine and isolation facilities checked as to the level of its occupancy. We are hoping too, that the mayor would have the availability of ambulance service vehicles monitored. These are important support components of any effective response to emergencies, including transport of CoViD patients. We believe that it is important for the mayor to know of the situation of ambulance service in Davao City. On the other hand, we also see the importance of the availability of hospital beds because it is hard to imagine if a similar situation in the hospitals in Kalibo, Aklan will happen in Davao City. We are certain that Mayor Inday is aware of the population level of her city to be much more than the population of the City of Kalibo, or even the entire Aklan Province. And how many public crematoriums does Davao City have? From what we know we have only one although there is another one privately operated.

Of course we are not praying for this morbid scenario to happen in our city as a result of any surge of cases. Far from it; but we have to write about the possibility because the city mayor is undertaking some pre-emptive measures to arrest any possible surge of new and much more critical Delta variant cases of CoViD infection. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure.” We supposed no one will argue with that. ************************ Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s pronouncements in reaction to VP Leni’s reported talking with some other known Presidential and Vice Presidential aspirants in the coming May 2022 elections are a foreboding of things to come should the Vice President pursue her consultation supposedly to be able to come up with only one opposition bet. Actually, Trillanes IV is only making his share in putting flesh to the adage that “history tends to repeat itself. Wasn’t Trillanes himself doing a Robredo when he constantly visited Davao City ptior to the May 2016 national elections to discuss with then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte his intention to tandem with the former should the latter decide to run for President? Trillanes was actually openly courting for the then mayor’s agreement. But politics has its way of getting things happen. Duterte instead selected Alan Peter Cayetano as his tandem. And that started what could be former Senator Trillanes’ insatiable desire to get back at the President to the point of inventing lies so the President can be tried by the International Criminal Court. With this as backgrounder VP Leni indeed should be doubly careful with her succeeding moves. Otherwise she can be a Duterte to Trillanes’ eyes even before the election is conducted. So VP Leni, better beware!

Why not a Philippine-style Federalism? “AS the tendency of countries that have been tyrannized over, when they have shaken off the yoke, is to adopt the freest government.. By a law of reaction , the Islands (Philippines) will probably declare themselves a Federal Republic..| (JOse Rizal, “Las Filipinas Dentre de Cien Años”) “Upang maitindig natin ang bantayog ng ating lipunan, kailangang radikal nating baguhin hindi lamang ang ating mga institusyon kundi maging ang ating pag-iisip at pamumuhay. Kailangan ang rebolusyon hindi lamang sa panlabas kundi lalo na sa panloob! (Apolinario Mabini, “La Rebolucion Filipina”, 1898) -oOoRIZAL was talking above of System or Structural Reform while Mabini was talking of the big picture of Social Change. Mabini, if my memory serves me right, was the one who introduced a Federal System with three Federated States during the Malolos Constitutional Convention. Hence, Andres Bonifacio’s revolution remains unfinished. Sad to note, after a little more than a century, “wala pa rin” Pederalismo sa bansa!” Part of the FOREWORD written by Atty. Aristeo Vicente Albay, Chairman of KPP, of the 2017 Manual on “How to Federalized the Philippines”, 2017, a Project of “Tagapagtanggol ng Mamamayan Development Center (TMDC), Inc. through the Kilos Pederal Sa Pagbabago (KPP) Movement, states: “We Federalist Filipinos are dauntless. Through the years, our kindred souls have relentlessly pushed for Federalism: the framing of the 1898 Malolos Constitution, the Federal State of Visayas, the Republic of Mindanao and the Republic of Cebu. KPP proposed to initially create five Federal Regions in our country.” Other proposals ranged from two to eighteen Federated Regions. Yours truly, has been studying, writing on and advocating for Federalism for, more or less forty years now. The recent Supreme Court’s decision correcting our Executive Branch’s erroneous interpretation of the 40% share of Local Government Units (LGUs’) of all national taxes radically changed my earlier thinking about the

RANDOM THOUGHTS

BY CHITO R. GAVINO III

federalization of our country. The financial aspect, no doubt, should be one of the major factors to be considered in going federal. Surely, LGUs would strongly fight to maintain their 40% allocation and rightly so. Our reasons for still pushing for Federalism in the Philippine are manifold. These are: 1. It is the most democratic government system in the whole world. 2. It follows the Principle of Subsidiary, Solidarity, Just Distribution of Good and Common Good of the Catholic Church’s Social Doctrine. 3. It will bring the government closer to the people and therefore promote participatory governance and hasten delivery of government services. 4. Balance Development shall be achieved for it addresses the issue of “Manila Imperialism.” 5. As an antidote to the Mindanao secession movement. 6. Graft and corruption will be greatly minimized. 7. Overall reorganization (“Slim and mean” of our bloated government became politically doable. Excess personnels of the national government shall be absorbed by the Federal Regional Governments. 8. To continue the advocacy of the PDP-Laban. This is a challenge to this Party. 9. And for other reforms.

Taking account of current realities, this Federalist writer is now proposing a Philippine-Style Federalism with three Federal Regions of 1) Luzon Federal Region, 2) Visayas Federal Region , and 3) Mindanao (including Sulu and Palawan which was the ancestral domain of our Bangsamoro) Federal Region. There shall still be only one sovereignty in our nation in this proposal. All national taxes shall be shared following this formula: 40% for Federal National Government, 2) 20% for Federal Regional Government, and 3) 40% for Federal Local Governments. The three existing Development Authorities of Luzon, Visayas shall be appropriately expanded to form the new three Federal Regional Governments in the country. All existing Administrative and Autonomous Regions shall remain undisturbed. Hence, three Federal Regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao shall be established. Of course, this will require an honest-to-goodness Constitutional Reform (CORE). The three Federal Region Governments shall be limited to one Branch of Government-the Executive Branch. Each Government shall be headed by a Vice President. The election of the President with his three Vice Presidents shall be in block for the sake of unity. The different Federal Region Department Secretaries shall be appointed by their respective Vice President and shall form his Cabinet. On Federal Region Executive Branch Elected Vice President for each specified Federal Region. Department Secretaries per Federal Region. On Federal Region Judiciary Branch Extension of the National Supreme Court (SC) with three SC Justices in the Federal Region of Visayas and Federal Region of Mindanao. On Jurisdictions Specific Jurisdictions Shared Jurisdictions This must be well-studied by the government financial and political clusters to ensure viability.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 2021 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31,05, 2016

All pawned items items that expired during the month All pawned that expired during theof APRIL 2021, if not renewed or redeemed on or before month 2021 of MAY, notpublic renewed or reAPRIL will be2015 sold toif the on JUNE 16, deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be 2021 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

sold to the public on JULY 16, 2015 at 9:00 Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang FIRST COLOR a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa ABRIL ang 2021.tanan Ang tanan ibaligya Gipahibalo na prenda ang FIRST sa publiko karong HUNYO 16, 2021 sa alas COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa 9:00 tanansa buntag.

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

DAVAO FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP

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

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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE A L L PAW N E D I T E M S EXPIRED ON JUNE 2021 AND GADGETS THAT EXPIRES O N J U LY 2 0 2 1 W I L L B E DISPLAYED IN A PUBLIC AUCTION ON AUGUST 17, 2021 AT 9:00AM.

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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

All pawned items that expired during the month of JUNE 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 HUNYO 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 AUG. 10, 2021 AUG 24, 2021 AUG 18, 2021

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

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) AUG 31, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) AUG 16, 2021 (084) 628-842

ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Email us @ rosegoldpawnshop@gmail.com 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

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

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

AUCTION DATES

JUNE 2021

AUGUST 12, 2021

GOLDSTANDARD PAWNSHOP

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

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

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

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


THURSDAY, AUGUST 05, 2021

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

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

AUCTION DATES JULY 21, 2021

EURO CIRCLE PAWNSHOP SAN PEDRO ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-0521

EURO MAIN PAWNSHOP ILUSTRE ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-7511 MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTAL - TEL. NO.: 306-0665

EURO STAR PAWNSHOP ILUSTRE ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-0667

EURO SUN PAWNSHOP

SAN PEDRO ST., DAVAO CITY - TEL. NO.: 227-3321

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

PAWNS NOT REDEEMED/RENEWED WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS AFTER EXPIRY D AT E S W I L L B E A U C T I O N E D O N AUGUST 16, 2021 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE RESPECTIVE PAWNSHOPS WHERE THE ITEMS WERE PAWNED.

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

AUCTION DATE

General Lao, Toril

JUNE. JUNE. JUNE. JUNE. JUNE. JUNE. JUNE.

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: Jrosefinejewelry@gmail.com • www.jrosejewels.ph

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

GABBY’S BRILLIANT PAWNSHOP INC. / GABBY’S INFINITE PAWNSHOP INC. TEL NO.: 321-2185 / 234-4844

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

AUCTION DATE

TEL. NOS.

SAN PEDRO

AUGUST 16, 2021

321-2185

ILUSTRE

AUGUST 02, 2021

234-4844

COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE for Motorcycle display area, appliance store, convenience store Baguio Proper, Baguio District

Call (0932) 372 7799


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NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE

M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS will sell at the Public Auction on AUGUST, 18 & 19, 2021, all overdue pledges left in the same in all the branches below up to MARCH, 2021. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts. Ang M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS mag subasta karong AGOSTO 17, 18 & 19, 2021 sa tanang butang na naremati diri sa tagsa-tagsa ka buhatan gihinganlan sa ubos. Tanang butang nga giprenda hangtud sa MARSO, 2021 nga wala malukat/maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo.

BRANCHES­ ML – San Pedro ML – Abreeza Mall ML – Bajada ML – Buhangin 1 ML – Buhangin 2 ML – Buhangin 3 Nccc Mall ML – Cabaguio ML – Cabantian ML – Garcia Heights ML – Obrero ML – Mandug ML – Ulas ML – Catalunan Grande ML – Matina Aplaya ML – Bago Gallera ML – Mintal ML – Calinan ML – Agton ML – 1st Crumb ML – Talomo ML – Matanao

ML – Bolton 1 ML – Bolton 2 ML – CM Recto ML – Ilustre ML – Boulevard ML – Trading ML – Sandawa ML – Ma-a ML – Matina ML – Matina Crossing ML – UM Matina ML – Toril 2 ML – Toril 3 ML – Digos 1 ML – Digos 2 ML – G.Mall Showroom ML – Luna ML – Sta. Cruz ML – Prk. Santan ML – Hagonoy

ML – Agdao 1 ML – Agdao 2 ML – Agdao 3 ML – Bunawan ML – Tibungco ML – Panacan ML – Sasa ML – Uyanguren ML – Babak ML – Penaplata ML – Damosa ML – Padada ML – Sulop ML – Kiblawan ML – Sta. Maria ML – Malita ML – Kapatagan Rizal ML – Bansalan ML – Quirino Magsaysay ML – Malalag

AUCTION SALE

M. LHUILLIER PHILS. SAN PEDRO BRANCH SAN PEDRO ST., DAVAO CITY

AUGUST 17, 18 & 19, 2021 @ 9:00 A.M. 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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pect they’ll be unable to pay bills/loans, middle generations plan to use money from savings (47% of Millennials and 42% of Gen Xers), refinance/ renegotiate payments/rates (10% of Millennials and 12% of Gen Xers), and take out a personal loan (both at 14%) – more than other generations would. Among Gen Z (born 1995–2003), for instance, 40% plan to use money from savings, 8% plan to refinance/ renegotiate payments/rates, and 12% said they will take out a personal loan. Middle generations also reported having saved more in emergency funds (50% of Millennials and 48% of Gen Xers, versus 40% of Gen Z) and paid down debt faster (24% of Millennials and 19% of Gen Xers, versus 15% of Gen Z). However, they still have greater credit needs – 52% of Gen Xers and 50% of Millennials said they plan to apply for new credit or refinance existing credit within the next year, compared to only 44% of Gen Z. Specifically, Philippine consumers plan to apply for new personal loans (23%), credit cards (16%), and mortgages (16%). “The second quarter started with stricter quarantine restrictions anew as the Philippines faced a surge in COVID-19 infections. The economic consequences of the pandemic remain prevalent across many aspects of our study data, and in some cases, we are seeing worsening results – from consumers’ inability to pay bills and loans to being targeted and falling victim to fraud schemes,” said Pia Arellano, TransUnion Phil-

ippines president and CEO. “Despite this, many respondents are still hopeful that their finances will recover which is a good sign of their economic outlook. Our results show the provision and availability of credit is a big feature for Filipino finances and consumers’ ability to balance household finances in the coming months. Lenders need to make informed decisions so they can extend consumers the products best suited to their individual needs and circumstances, and help build a sustainable recovery whilst also managing risk effectively.” Consumers optimistic Among all the respondents, 74% expressed positive feelings about their financial outlook, with 61% classifying their financial situation as hopeful – where their household income has decreased, but they think their finances will recover. On the other hand, 8% said their financial situation was either stable or thriving – where their household income has not decreased and their finances in 2021 are stable or better. Meanwhile, 5% said they were resilient as their household income has decreased during the pandemic (currently or in the past) but their finances have fully recovered. Philippine consumers indicated they plan to increase or at least retain their household spending over the next three months. Seventy-two percent said they will increase or at least retain their spending on digital services and 61% on retail (clothing, electronics, etc.). However, everyday living pri-

orities are still in order as 77% said they will also increase or at least retain spending on medical care/services, 74% on bills and loans, and 62% on retirement funds/investing. To further understand the financial impact of COVID-19, the Consumer Pulse study also includes a section on financial inclusion. It found that 86% of respondents (a drop of four percentage points from the previous quarter) believe access to credit is at least moderately important to achieve their financial goals. However, only 32% (a drop of two percentage points) said they have sufficient access to credit. The older the respondents are, the more they felt they have enough access to credit and lending programs: 42% of Baby Boomers (born 1944–1964) share that belief, whereas only 31% of Gen Z say they do. Despite this, 77% of all respondents believe that monitoring credit is very or extremely important. More than two-thirds (68%) also monitor their credit at least monthly. Significant increase in digital fraud activity Of Philippine respondents, 57% expect their number of online transactions to increase over the next three months. However, alongside increased online activity levels, fraudsters keep taking advantage. During the pandemic, there was an increase in fraud activity, with digital fraud attempts from the Philippines increasing 19% when comparing the first four months of 2021 with the last four months of 2020, as reported in TransUnion’s most recent global

fraud study. In the Consumer Pulse study, meanwhile, 42% (an increase of three percentage points) said they have been targeted by a fraud scheme but did not become a victim of it. Unfortunately, 6% (an increase of two percentage points) acted on a fraud scheme and became a victim. Phishing (40% of those targeted) and third-party seller scams on legitimate retail websites (29%) remain the most common COVID-19-related digital fraud schemes encountered by consumers in the Philippines, with shipping fraud (24%) coming in close at third. “We’ve seen in both the digital fraud attempts monitored by TransUnion’s fraud analytics solutions and the responses of consumers on ground that fraud remains a persistent global problem. As we continuously work to regain our economic progress, it is crucial that businesses, consumers, and the government approach recovery holistically. This entails creating programs and actions in response to insights similar to those we’ve shared, while at the same time maximizing the available digital solutions that can help fast-track results and accelerate growth in areas that it is needed most,” Arellano said. PR *TransUnion’s global Consumer Pulse study highlights the ongoing financial impact of COVID-19. The most recent survey includes responses from 1,100 consumers in the Philippines and was conducted online between June 1 and June 16, 2021.


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had been discussed even before her fight at the Tokyo Games. “Right before her fight, we already have a meeting and we discussed that we will prepare something for her whether she will win or not. As to the prepara-

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tion, we are yet finalizing it especially in accordance with COVID-19 rules,” Cagas said. Petecio is among the Mindanaoans who will arrive home with Olympic medals around their neck. Weightlifter Hidi-

lyn Diaz from Zamboanga is the first Filipino to bring home an Olympic gold medal. Petecio's fellow boxers, Eumir Marcial and Carlo Paalam, are also assured of bronze in their respective categories. (PNA)

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Sayugan, Barangay Maganda, Lamitan City, Basilan. He is the primary suspect in the killing of Edwin Solis, a retired policeman on March 11, 2020, in Barangay Sangali, here. Solis was buying a cigarette from a store when the suspect arrived and shot the victim. Asani is on the list of

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they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs, such as gills and

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 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:

intestines, are removed before cooking, the advisory added. (PNA)

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ence redemption through the government’s deradicalization and reintegration programs. Meanwhile, Almerol is expecting some members of GF55 to surrender in the coming days sincem historically speaking, a surrender of an NPA leader encourages other members to follow suit. “I commend our troops who are working tirelessly day and night just to go after the communist terrorist groups which had been the reason why economic growth in some Eastern Mindanao areas are slow. Indeed, persistence and determination to positively transform our communities are the keys to achieving our goal,” Almerol reiter-

ated. Marikit is one of the several NPA leaders who surrendered this year, along with Pedro Arnado, chairperson of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (KMP-SMRC) and national treasurer; Ruel Dum-ogan alias Regan, commanding officer of HQ Force Neo, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) and his wife DN Saritao, Platoon Medic of Platoon 1 of the same unit; Marvin Magrano alias Loloy, former provincial coordinator of Bayan Muna in Sarangani Province and also the vicechairman of the now defunct Guerrilla Front Tala’s

Pambansa-Demokratikong Paaralan and Regional Headquarters, SMRC; Eping Iligan Salahay alias John, commanding officer and Milisyang Bayan of GF21C, NEMRC; Romeo Bontulan, team leader of Squad Abe, RHQ, SMRC; and alias Dala, a former commanding officer of SYP Gabon, Guerrilla Front 88. Almerol urged the remaining NPA members to heed the government’s call for them to surrender peacefully and avail of the many benefits such as financial and livelihood assistance, housing, scholarship, and others that await them through the E-CLIP. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

“In some court transcripts secured by CRN, child rape victims get asked if they enjoyed the abuse, even in cases of incest. The current law facilitates legalized victimblaming. It is unsurprising why many victims would rather stay silent than relive the trauma," he added. A study by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund showed sexual violence results in severe physical, psychological, and social harm. “Victims experience an increased risk of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and other sexually transmitted infections, pain, illness, unwanted pregnancy,

social isolation, and psychological trauma. Some victims may resort to risky behaviors like substance abuse to cope with trauma. And as child victims reach adulthood, sexual violence can reduce their ability to care for themselves and others,” a study indicated. The House of Representatives has already passed on final reading its version of the End Child Rape bill in December 2020 while the Senate has yet to commence plenary proceedings. The bill hurdled the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, in October last year.

vate schools from 10 percent to 25 percent by defining proprietary educational institutions as private and non-profit entities. Salceda stressed the need to immediately pass the bill to help private schools hire more teachers and keep exist-

ing staff through tax relief. “It will help private schools keep their teachers. They already had to fire teachers due to the pandemic. I think the whole committee agrees we should provide them relief,” Salceda said.

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"Under our law, sexual intercourse with a child as young as 12 is not automatically considered as child rape. We have seen numerous cases of children recounting in court their experiences of abuse in the hands of sexual predators because they still have to prove the absence of consent," CRN convenor Romeo Dongeto said in a statement. For statutory rape, the child only needs to prove two things: age and that the sexual act happened. Dongeto said children who have been “groomed” by their rapists would often choose to remain silent rather than speak against their abusers in court.

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hire and drug syndicate formerly led by the late Abner Muharram alias Small Boy. Currently, the police said Asani is believed to be under the gun-for-hire and drug syndicate led by Danny Hajiri Bairulla, who is linked to ASG members based in Basilan's Tuburan town. (PNA)

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ered from Lianga Bay are still safe for human consumption, provided

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Regional Top Priority Target of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PROBAR) and the seventh most wanted person of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) for the crime of murder. The police said the suspect was a member o f t h e l o c a l g u n - f o r-

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complied with previously, if not now, then at some future point,” Salceda said. He noted that the BIR has suspended the implementation of Revenue Regulation No. 5-2021, which would have increased the income tax of pri-

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tive benefits, and qualify to incentives and recognition programs. “Finding the right career is not easy and even more so in the middle of a pandemic. BPI-Philam understands the current plight of jobseekers and would like to invite them to explore opportunities in the insurance industry. It’s the kind of career that allows them to touch the lives of customers while at the same time securing their own, since the industry is built to remain stable amid disruptions,” said Surendra Menon, BPI-Philam Chief Executive Officer. Exploring new professional opportunities With its effect on the global economy and the uncertainties alongside it, the pandemic has made it difficult for some to explore and expand their horizons in terms of professional growth. As a company that protects individuals from the unpredictable, BPI-Philam encourages professionals to continue pushing forward and discovering new opportunities amid the current circumstances. This holds especially true for workers from industries like tourism and hospitality, which suffered the most when the pandemic hit. With the resilience and

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stability of the insurance industry, there is always a great opportunity for long-term career growth. BPI-Philam has managed to quickly adapt to the changes by accelerating its digital transformation to become a more agile and efficient company. In fact, jobseekers can easily apply to BPI-Philam’s different job boards without leaving home with the assistance of its recruitment chatbot Mandy. This proves its commitment to its customers and employees. At present, BPI-Philam is expanding its workforce to meet the increased demand for life and health protection among clients. To thrive in the insurance industry, the bancassurance leader advises jobseekers to develop a driven attitude and a results-focused mindset. Professionals who value perseverance and innovation would also fit well within its teams. Insurance professionals generally enjoy competitive benefits including a steady paycheck, incentives package, recognition events, comprehensive medical and insurance benefits, and exciting trainings and employee engagement activities. “The welfare of our workforce is a top priority at BPI-Philam. Alongside the professional experience

that they gain, we ensure that they continue to enhance their skills and learn new ones, while still enjoying work-life balance. We have developed a diverse and dynamic yet high-performance culture that enables them to deliver excellent outcomes in our shared mission of making insurance accessible and affordable for every Filipino. We are looking forward to further expanding our teams and to have the most driven professionals join the company,” said Menon. In addition to the competitive benefits, favored jobseekers will also get to be a part of a dedicated team of professionals who will help insure millions of Filipinos, enabling them to live healthier, longer, and better lives. BPI-Philam is one of the fastest-growing life insurance companies in the country. It is recognized by the Insurance Commission as the country’s top bancassurance firm in terms of premium income in 2020, retaining the spot for the eighth consecutive year. To check out career opportunities, visit the BPI-Philam Careers page on Facebook <fb.com/ bpiphilamcareers> or JobStreet <www.jobstreet.com. ph/en/companies/690737-bpiphilam-life-assurance-corp/ jobs>.

Among the 62 recently approved projects, 22 projects fall under information technology (IT) enterprises, 20 for export manufacturing enterprises, 13 for facilities, and seven for ecozone development projects. “These projects are essential especially as we continue to go back to our vibrant and booming economy,” Plaza said. As the country aims for population protection and reopening the economy, Plaza is optimistic that PEZA can fulfill the last few months of 2021 with

“flying colors”. “The Covid-19 pandemic cannot stop us from performing at our best and ensuring that we continuously attract more investments, generate exports, and produce jobs for millions of Filipinos even postpandemic,” she said. PEZA continues its advocacy in promoting the creation of special economic zones, particularly in the countryside, by identifying and transforming idle lands into ecozones to help accelerate economic and employment development in the Philippines. (PR)

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various countries such as Japan, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, and China. Western countries also include Germany, Austria, France, Canada, and the United States. In terms of regions in the Philippines where the investments will be located, the top-performing region is Region 4 with PHP10.010 billion, followed by Regions 7, 11, and National Capital Region. For the month of June, Plaza said the PEZA Board has approved 62 new projects.


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