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OPINION Time to call for moderating their greed BY VIC N. SUMALINOG

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GRADE 1 teacher Rosalina Caballero of Magallanes Elementary School distributes the modules to parents as classes for public schools officially open on Sept. 13. BING GONZALES

Home isolation?

• City looks at options to unclog quarantine facilities BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE CITY government is set to implement home isolation for mild and asymptomatic patients to prevent the further surge of COVID-19 cases in hospitals and the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF). In an interview during Radio on Monday, Mayor lines for home isolation in her weekly program over Sara Duterte said the city order not to overwhelm the the Davao City Disaster will soon release the guide- health system.

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Duterte was concerned over the surge and the full capacity situation of the hospitals and the TTMF and the shortage of oxygen supplies, thus, a home iso-

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lation option can address the issues. “Based sa discussion with the Department of Health, Southern Philippines Medical Center


(SPMC) and private hospitals, it was very clear that we are on a surge, puno ang atong hospitals and there is a shortage of ( / HOME / 10) mindanaotimes




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WORKERS of a telecommunication company gather the cables that have been removed along Claro M. Recto Street as part of the implementation of the underground cabling system. BING GONZALES

DCPO readies case vs resort, family members over violations Group dismayed by motorists’ lack of respect for bike lanes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews) — The environmental group Interface Development Intervention for Sustainability (IDIS) is dismayed by motorists’ lack of respect for the bicycle lanes demarcated for the use of cyclists and other light mobility vehicles such as e-bikes or kick scooters. Lawyer Mark Peñalver, executive director of IDIS, told MindaNews that the cycling community here has noticed that several motor-

cyclists continue to take the bicycle lanes as “fast lanes,” particularly during peak hours, and as parking spaces of some cars to the prejudice of cyclists. “IDIS, along with our partner biking community, has noticed that bike lanes are used by motorcyclists when overtaking or using the same as a fast lane. More so, we have also noted that there are still motorists who are using the bicycle lanes as

parking spaces defeating the purpose for which they were developed,” he said. He emphasized the need to strengthen the information and education campaign to educate the public, especially motorists, on the purpose of the bicycle lanes. He told the motorists to share the road. “It is time to inculcate into the minds of the road


/ GROUP / 10)


THE DAVAO City Police Office will file a case against the property owner and family members who held a birthday party at a resort in Purok 1, Km. 13 Catalunan Pequeño, Talomo District on Sunday, Sept.12. Col. Kirby John Kraft, 11332 for non-cooperation. monitoring of erring resort DCPO director, said that [Ito ang] ginagawa natin owners violating the minicases are being prepared sa mga nahuhuli kasama mum public health protocol against the concerned fam- ang owner management,” imposed under the General ily and the resort man- Kraft said. Community Quarantine agement. He said that the He further warned the (GCW) with heightened respondents will be charged public against violating the restrictions. with violating Republic quarantine guidelines set by The joint team conAct 11332, or the Manda- the government and seek ducted a random inspection tory Reporting of Notifiable the public’s cooperation to of tourism establishments Diseases and Health Events prevent the spread of the to implement the provisions of Public Health Concern virus amid a surge of cases of the GCQ with heightAct. in the city. ened restriction guidelines, “Ang napa-file namin Meanwhile, the City particularly the MB Family kaso dito is violation of Tourism Operations Of- Resort. ( / DCPO / 10) Sec. 9 of the Republic Act fice (CTOO) intensified its

Doctor’s prescription needed to obtain oxygen tanks - Sara MAYOR Sara Duterte on Monday said there is a shortage of oxygen supply in the city due to the surge of COVID-19 cases. According to Food and Drug Authority (FDA), purchasing oxygen now requires a doctor’s prescription. "We have a group that regularly meets, mao ni ang DOH (Department of Health),

SPMC (Southern Philippines Medical Center), city government of Davao, PhilHealth, private hospitals and FDA. Mao ni ang six groups na nagaistorya didto and we regularly meet. FDA is there because they are the regulatory office for oxygen plants and oxygen suppliers and manufacturers," she said. "Ang atoang mga suppli-

ers, base sa among meeting, according to FDA dunay isa ka ingredient sa oxygen na nahurot sa atoang manufacturers, so kinahanglan pa nila muhulat na muabot to ayha pa sila makasugod napud ug manufacture ug usab. Mao na inyong nakita na dunay announcement of some hospitals sa region nato, tungod sa nagamit na tanan tangke and

dili pud maka-supply dayon ang mga oxygen ang mga manufacturers," she added. The mayor added it should be a pulmonologist who can give advice on what should be an alternative medical grade of oxygen. " Ang pinakama-advice nako sa tanang mga tao na this is not a joke, this is not a


/ DOCTOR’S / 10)

In 2 days, 3 family members succumb to COVID in Agusan SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews) — Three members of a family, who were all unvaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have succumbed to the disease in a matter of two days on Saturday and Sunday in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

Sarah Edison Postrero, 39, confirmed that her husband, her father-in-law- and her younger brother-in-law died due to COVID-19 infections. The three were first rushed to the Bayugan Community Hospital (BCH) on


/ IN 2 DAYS / 10)

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Sara: 9 in 10 COVID patients in 1st week of Sept. unvaccinated BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

MORE than 9 in 10 new were unvaccinated. Davao City recorded 3,304 new cases during the period and only 293 of them were vaccinated, representing 8.86 percent. Meanwhile, from September 5 to 11, Davao City logged 59 deaths. Of this number, 55 or 93.22 percent were unvaccinated while four or 6.77 were vaccinated. Mayor Sara Duterte bared this during the 87.5 Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) program held Monday, September 13. "The unvaccinated is 91.13 percent and then gusto tag breakdown, kining data paunsa nato pagrelate sa atoang regular daily life? Makita nato numbers ni sya nga gikuha nato sa positive cases nato sa COVID-19. Dunay dako nga diperensya kung vaccinated ka o unvaccinated ka. This should guide us nga

COVID-19 patients contact-traced from Sept. 5 to 11 magdecide magpabakuna na (The unvaccinated is 91.13 perecent and if we want a breakdown, how can we relate this data to our daily lives? We see the numbers of our COVID-19 positive cases. There is a big difference if you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. This should guide us to decide to get inoculated)," the mayor said. Of the 293 vaccinated COVID-19 cases, she said 148 received Sinovac shots; 72 had AstraZeneca; 62 got Pfizer, six with Moderna; four were jabbed with Johnson & Johnson; one had Sputnik. Mayor Duterte said the city rolled out more Sinovac vaccines, which explains why the China-made vaccine brand has logged more COVID-19 cases than the rest of vaccines although all of them only

manifested mild symptoms or are asymptomatic cases. Of the four vaccinated deaths, two got Sinovac jabs while the other two received Pfizer shots. Some vaccinated individuals who either become severe or critical COVID-19 cases and eventually die usually have not yet received their second doses. The mayor also said, "Dili na ta kinahanglan mupili og bakuna because there's that chance sa tanang klase sa bakuna nga magpositive gihapon ka sa COVID-19. Ang importante lang dapat masabtan sa tanan dili ta severe or critical case nga kinahanglan ta musulod dinha sa ospital og magpakitabang sa atong mga doctors og mga health care workers nga overwhelmed na, gikapoy na sila, wala na ( / SARA / 11)






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5% inflation rate eyed this month

MANILA –The domestic rate of price increases is expected to breach the 5-percent level this month as weather disturbances and higher fuel prices continue to push prices of commodities and utilities up.

The inflation rate last August surged to 4.9 percent, the highest since the 4.4 percent in January 2019, due to faster increases in the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages index.

Peso weakens MANILA – The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended Monday sideways as investors awaited economic data releases from the United States while the peso weakened against the US dollar. The main equities index shed 0.03 percent, or 2.37 points, to 6,968.14 points.


/ PESO / 11)

“We expect inflation to move past 5 percent as recent and approaching storm systems will undoubtedly figure into this month’s fruit and vegetable inflation numbers. Fish and meat prices will also likely (

remain elevated at a time that energy costs rise as crude oil has stayed close to USD70/barrel,” ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Mapa said in a report on Monday. / 5% INFLATION / 11)

T-bill rates little changed due to a strong demand MANILA – The rates of the Treasury bills (T-bills) moved sideways on Monday as demand for the debt paper remained strong on the back of the central bank’s assurance of continued support for the pandemic-hit economy. The average rate of the 91-day paper stood at 1.079 percent, the 182-day at 1.402 percent, and the 364-day at 1.604 percent.

These were at 1.078 percent, 1.405 percent, and 1.609 percent for the three-month, six-month, and one-year papers, respectively, during the auction last Sept. 6. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) offered all the tenors for PHP5 billion each and made full awards. Tenders for the 91-day T-bill amounted to PHP17.645


/ T-BILL / 11)

Biz group nixes plan to ease protocols for vaxxed individuals MANILA – Contrary to the suggestion of other stakeholders in the business sector, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has expressed its concern about relaxing protocols for vaccinated people.

In a statement Monday, PCCI opposed the proposed policy to allow vaccinated individuals in sectors that are currently restricted for everyone, as this would not really revive economic activities. “Many of the vaccinated

people are senior citizens and those with comorbidities, while the unvaccinated youth, the bulk of consumers, may not even be allowed to go out,” PCCI acting president Edgardo Lacson said.


/ BIZ / 11)

FARIDA Mangcaan, head of office of CFSI Sub Office Iligan, Johary Lumna of Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office, together with keypersons from the local governments of Butig municipality and Marawi City inaugurate the 150 meters Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) along barangays Sundig, Cabasaran and Dolangan. (TFBM Field Office)


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WHILE staying home during the past year, many have embraced the sporting life to keep healthy, happy and fit. They’ve turned to home gyms or online fitness classes instead of heading to the gym center; converted a part of their home into a yoga studio; biked their way to well-being through stationery bikes or cycled their way to the office; and have turned to their backyards to keep active and busy. More than that, wellness has evolved from a lifestyle choice to a new status symbol, with an increasing number of fitness buffs showcasing their healthy lifestyles in social media, posting photos of them wearing athleisure apparel for all kinds of activities.

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Countertops? Go for quartz! - Merlgen CREATING a new kitchen? Renovating? upgrading? While Merlgen can help you create the kitchen —and bathrooms— of your dreams by transforming an area into a highly efficient space, they make sure the appointments are on point. The cabinetry they create considers your space. It’s maximized and correct. By correct, it means the ergonomics of the installation is taken into account and everything is in its assigned storage. The most used items within easy reach while the rest are accessible, and most importantly, the aesthetic pleases you, the user. Beyond beautiful cabinetry is the right countertop to complete the look. What does Merlgen have? “We highly recommend the quartz countertops. Merlgen’s collection has seven colors: Absolute Black, Bianca Carrara, Super White. Dream Beige, Nice Gray, Crystal Black and out bestseller, the Crystal White,” said Honeylet Lim, manager of Merlgen Euro Designs. “Among the quartz assortment, the Absolute Black and Bianca Carrara are the top of the line. These are beautiful

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MERLGEN has 7 quartz tabletop choices. This Bianca Carrara quartz is a favorite among the two top-of-the-line selections

Although a downside to the quartz countertop is its lack of resistance to high heat, the pros of the material clearly outweigh the cons. Quartz countertops are ultra-durable, non-porous, low maintenance, stain-resistant, and comes in a very wide range of sleek, modern and natural designs. Along with quartz countertop’s aesthetic and durability, there is another factor that can seal the deal— Merlgen Euro Design’s after sales service. Expect the extra attention.




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Time to call for moderating their greed

Too much katol THERE was just too much Katol (mosquito coil) lit in the garden and in the back of the house to deter denguecarrying mosquitoes. As a result, my son at first complained, then later developed a mild cough which later graduated, not with honors, but to colds and fever. It had been one week before when we first noticed that a migrating horde of striped flyers had established their main camp near our front gate. The matter kind of intensified quickly when one day, the city government sent its fumigating team at the street next us because they already had three reported cases of Dengue among the children there. I had hoped that the fumigators would also reach our block but no. So, it was back to the good old cheap pinoy poison my elder brother had used in college, as he slept in the living room of our apartment in Mabini. For the uninformed, katol is really effective, just as long as your nose is out of the way. During our singing days in the Ermita circuit, our way station was Bilibid Viejo near San Sebastian church in Quiapo. It was there that I admit, was the first time I had used katol. Even now, I can still imagine the smell of that very first whiff and could even still picture the foggy look that it gave our small room, dreamy. Then whenever our Katol wasn’t enough for the flying suckers, we would buy a small bottle of Ginebra gin, wash it up cleanly with Seven-Up and then before that took effect, we would then promptly hail a cab bound for Malate Park, where we’d sleep Correspondents:

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till it was morning. Then it was time to go home again. I remember thereafter during the late 80s when we returned to singing here, it would always be that we would all crash for the night at an abandoned run-down house owned by the late Bong Durias. The mosquito coil had been a reliable friend then, keeping them insects of darkness at bay, till the morning. Then we’d go home to our respective abodes to prepare for a gig again come nighttime at the folk house owned by a Chinese named Johnny. Inasmuch as I would have loved to park all these fond memories along with the pleasant ones, I’d rather they stand unique and uncategorized. As for the cough and fever of my son, he eventually passed these on to his mom, like a misdirected inheritance. From her, she passed it on to yours truly, where it remains at the moment. In this pandemic time, what do you think people would think when someone suddenly has fever and cough? Worse, if it involved the whole household, yes? The two are presently on their way to be swabbed, as the tele-consultation results had requested. As for this old man, I will await the results, although I’m optimistic that all will be fine. As far as we know, we have never left the house to mingle with people, so that I already have a ready excuse in case the good doctor asks how I got my cough. Quite simply, I will just say, too much katol. Layout Artists:








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LAST Monday was the first day of School Year 2021-2022. But it can be gleaned from comments of parents with children either in elementary or high school years that they are not quite happy with the situation where their children are still doing the on-line learning or module or the two procedures combined. We too are among those disappointed lot because while we do not have children of school age anymore, our grandkids -- three of them – are all in their secondary years. But of course we are aware that this is the best that the government can do in order not to disrupt the learning process of the Filipino children amidst the turmoil heaped on the education system due to the global pandemic. And we have also observed that despite the realization of parents that the various moods adopted to continue the learning system in the country are far from satisfactory compared with the usual face-to-face instructions, many parents and children still pursue their dream for education. In Region XI the initial figure reported by the Department of Education Regional Office shows that the response is still encouraging. Imagine a total of 1.1 million children of school age have enrolled on line! It only shows how the Filipino learners desire to get the education they so badly want. And of course we are certain that there will still be more who will awash the computer data boxes after this week. Many more who have some second thoughts during the enrollment period given by the DepEd may finally overcome their hesitance and join the on-line throng of students. Our only wish is that schools, both public and private, will be able to reciprocate the response of students and parents by upgrading their facilities, equipment and other requirements to make the on-line classes worth the students’ and parents’ patronage of their institutions. For now, the students’ including our grandchildren, the most common complaint is that teachers, or the schools for that matter, suddenly become inaccessible because of weak signal or loss of Internet connections. Perhaps the DepEd can look into this protestation and do something to address it. Otherwise the enthusiastic response of students and their parents will not be given the appropriate justice. ******************* Hospital authorities at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) as well as at the Davao Regional Hospital based in Davao del Norte are now sounding the alarm bells on the looming shortage of medical oxygen supplies in the Davao Region. This is because of the undeniable fact that many victims of CoViD infection are already requiring oxygen support to stabilize their breathing. Somehow, the shortage claim is buttressed with video clips of long queues of people in oxygen supply establishments waiting for their turn to be attended to and provided with their tanks. Of course, this scenario of panic among patients’ immediate relatives is being assuaged by the authorities at SPMC who claim that the hospital is operating its own oxygen plant other than the three private plants that are currently providing the SPMC needs. But with this shortage already rearing its ugly head on the Davao Region’s CoViD situation we cannot help but implore the suppliers to “moderate” their greed for profit. If the oxygen suppliers make the growing demand for their products an opportunity to rake in more profits, then they are adding more problems to the already problem-laden pandemic situation. Yes, the temptation for doing so may have already become too irresistible. What with the large money expected to deluge their coffers if the demand becomes so big with the continuing rise of CoViD cases! Conscience though, has its way of softening the hearts of even the most greedy entrepreneur. ( / ROUGH / 7)

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Narrative clips on the 2013 Zamboanga Siege TDOHA, Qatar (MindaNews) -- At around 3:30 a.m. on September 9, 2013, I was awakened by the sound of chaos outside. My phone alert for messages kept ringing. I did not become aware of what was going on outside until I read my friend's messages. “Māguy na kami kanda Ina’ sabab simud na in MILF magbunu' na iban sin parinta!” I was not alarmed then perhaps due to my past experience of being sandwiched in an armed conflict. Nevertheless, I performed ablution and prayed the Fajr then sat on the bench outside of our rented rooms sipping my morning tea with my maternal grandfather. But the exchange of gunfire was getting closer. To be honest, I was not afraid for my life, but for the lives of my mother, my younger sister and my grandfather. I was thinking, how will I save them if the situation worsened? As the sound of gunfire was coming closer and some of the MILF troops kept knocking on every house, I stood up and went to perform ablution again, donned my veil and grabbed my father’s “barung.” In my thought, if I will die today, I will not die without a fight. I will protect my family no matter what. I know “barung” is futile against bullets. Nevertheless, I did not intend to die without a fight if anyone from the combatants will do something wrong to my family. With “barung” on left hand and my “mushaf” on my right, I went out again, sat on the bench and read a few verses of the Qur’an. I waited for someone to barge into our home and threaten my family. At sunrise, my worries mounted. I was not worried for myself but for my mother and my grandfather, and my sister. My younger brother then was not with us during that crucial moment. He stayed at his friends’ boarding house near Universidad de Zamboanga Tetuan campus because they have an exam early morning that day. The

TAOSUG IN DOHA: GAMSON JR MAWALLIL QUIJANO phone signals got jammed. And the only thing we could do was to pray and pray harder for the safety of everyone. Around 10 am, a ceasefire happened. All the trapped civilians were allowed to go, and we were among them. Alhamdu Lillāhi, for us, we didn’t have to walk. We were able to board the car of the kindhearted owner of the place we rented. But along the way, I saw people, young and old, carrying their things to nowhere. No one believed that day was going to change our lives forever. The siege of Zamboanga lasted a month, and the damages were tremendous. And the things I was able to save from my handful of belongings were some of my books, clothes, and important credentials. Just like other people, I thought that armed conflict would only last a few days, then we could go home, but I was wrong. Narrative of my wife, Nur Aisa I had just graduated from college in 2013. Most of the time I spent reading books because I was preparing for my upcoming nursing licensure exam. I can vividly remember the 9th day of September 2013, around 3 a.m. when I heard our neighbors shouting outside as if there was some commotion happening. They anxiously knocked on the door of our sari-sari store shouting, “Hji, wake up, allow us to buy load!” My parents wondered what was happening outside. Why were our neighbors fretfully shouting and wanting to buy load in the wee hours of the morning? They wanted to immediately contact other members of their families because MNLF forces were milling around outside. After that, my mother immediately went up and woke us up, gathered all of us then told us, “I can foresee skir-

mish is about to take place.” She encouraged us to wear secured garments such as Abaya, pack our valuable things individually, and secure our important documents. My sister Aisha and I separately packed our things. Mother called us again and reminded us that whatever it takes, we need to have a presence of mind and be steadfast. When the Fajr time came, my father, who is the regular “muaddzin” at Sta. Barbara Masjid went to the Masjid to do the call for prayer for Fajr. We were so worried for his safety since lots of military were present outside and possible encounter between them and the MNLF might transpire anytime. We were afraid that he would be trapped in the crossfire. We pleaded with him not to go anymore but out of this devotion to do the Adhan for Fajr prayer, he assured us, “don’t you worry, Allah is with me.” Finally, we heard my father’s voice calling for Fajr prayer reverberating across barangay Sta. Barbara. According to him, when he was on his way home, he heard gunfire nearby. As soon as he reached home, he told us, get ready to leave because almost all of our neighbors have already evacuated. Together with our remaining neighbors, we carried our valuable belongings, left our houses and headed to the safe area fronting Zamboanga City Medical Center. What we went through during our evacuation was extremely hard. To flee safely and not to be trapped in a crossfire, we needed to transfer from one house to another. We also climbed individually to the metal house rooftop then jumped into that area fronting the hospital. Children, adults and elderly underwent that difficult process because we didn’t have any other way out. As the gunfire continued, I could clearly hear both children and adults screaming out of fear. (TOMORROW: Surviving the siege)

On Atty. Harry Roque's UN Law Body Bid Competence must go with Consistency and Credibility PURSUANT to its hitherto discreet protests and vigorous reservations on Philippine Presidential Spokesperson's bid to be elected to the UN International Law Commission, the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) wishes to publicly confirm its principled opposition to Atty. Herminio "Harry" Roque Jr. 's latest legal caper. The NUPL is a voluntary and progressive nationwide association of pro bono Philippine human rights and public interest lawyers and law students. It is an active member of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), Confederation of Lawyers in Asia and Pacific (COLAP), and has close linkages and collaboration with several international law groups and bar associations like the Union Internationale des Avocats, International Bar Association, International Commission of Jurists and many others. Mr. Roque was a voluble and visible Filipino public interest lawyer who has regrettably transmogrified into a legal chameleon who uses legalspeak to spin reality and reinterprets many established legal notions and principles to suit official political narratives. He has disingenuously justified and continues to justify to unbelievable lengths his principal President Duterte's several questionable and even bizarre policies and pronouncements on the rule of law, due process, justice and international accountability. He has publicly rationalized extrajudicial killings


STATEMENT BY NATIONAL UNION OF LAWYERS IN THE PHILIPPINES in the so-called War on Drugs, humored his principal's misogynist remarks, enabled political repression including weaponization of the law, scowled against legitimate criticism and dissent, intimidated members of media, berated and insulted health professionals critical of failed pandemic measures, undermined international accountability bodies like the International Criminal Court and the UN Human Rights Council, its mechanisms and treaty bodies, and downplayed or justified many official actions of dubious legal and constitutional validity. Like many decent human beings and honorable members of the legal community, we also humbly submit - and this is evidenced by abundant record - that despite his apparent academic and professional "bragging rights," he is morally undeserving to be part of this august international legal organ. He is even perceived by not a few as a disgrace to the legal profession and academic community. While nomination is a matter of right, self-promotion leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

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********************** Here we are again. Seemingly, it appears that it has come to the attention of Davao City Mayor Sara that there are still many Davaoenos who prefer certain brands of anti-CoViD vaccine over others. Yes, instead of grabbing the opportunity to have themselves inoculated with whatever vaccine brand available, many still opt to wait for this or that vaccine brand to be administered on them. And sadly, we have noted that their being hesitant to get the jab is due largely to fear of negative side effects.

This is the kind of attitude of Davaoenos that the mayor wanted changed. She knows that the longer the people delay their decision to be vaccinated the longer the time to reach the so-called herd immunity. In such a situation no other ethnic groups will suffer from the continuing risk of CoViD infection but the Davaoenos. And to that effect the mayor’s leadership may also suffer because it could paint a picture of a weak leader in her. And it could possibly affect her plan for a national leadership position.

Competence is meaningful only with consistency, integrity and credibility. To elect him to the Commission is to diminish its respectability, mock its objectives and may taint its integrity. On top of our forthcoming formal submissions to the UN General Assembly, the NUPL - - and hopefully other lawyers and bar associations, together with the UNaccredited IADL, its national associations worldwide, and other allied international lawyers organizations -- would continue to campaign and lobby with UN member states and their respective Missions until such elections in November this year. With no sense of pleasure, we respectfully dissent as a matter of principle against this hypocritical ambition of a fellow Filipino lawyer to reinvent himself, especially one supported by an administration widely disdained in the international community for its human rights violations and its fluctuating adherence and even regressive positions on vital international law and principles. NUPL National Council by: Edre U. Olalia NUPL President IADL Transitional President


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


All pawned items that expired during the month of JULY 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 HULYO 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 SEPT. 03, 2021 321-8705 (Beside NBI Office) BABAK SAMAL SEPT. 22, 2021 301-4019 SAN PEDRO SEPT. 10, 2021 227-6772 CABAGUIO SEPT. 28, 2021 321-6223 TIBUNGCO SEPT. 29, 2021 222-2494



All pawned items that expired during the month of JULY 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 HULYO 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 SEPT. 10, 2021 SEPT 21, 2021 SEPT 17, 2021

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

PANABO’S PAWNSHOP, INC. Panabo (Main) SEPT 19, 2021 (084) 628-8418 Panabo (Branch) SEPT 14, 2021 (084) 628-842

ROSEGOLD PAWNSHOP & JEWELLER Main – San Pedro Cor. Anda Street Davao City Tel. Nos. (082) 221-1477; (082) 221-0355; (082)222-5039 Email us @ Valuable Items Highest Appraisal and Low Interest Rates at 3% Wholesaler and Retailers on all kinds of jewelry Rosegold Pawnshop Lapu-lapu Street, Agdao Davao City Tel. No. (082) 225-3637

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre St., Davao City (Fronting Limso Hospital) Tel. No. (082) 222-2104

Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre Street, Davao City (Beside NCCC Hardwaremaxx) Tel. No. (082) 295-6199

Rosegold Pawnshop KM6 Crossing Buhangin, Div. Road, Davao City Tel. No. (082) 241-2355

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All Jewelry and other articles pawned at Rosegold Pawnshop San Pedro-Main, Rosegold Pawnshop Ilustre, Rosegold Pawnshop Bolton, Rosegold Pawnshop, Agdao and Rosegold Pawnshop Buhangin from MARCH 16, 2021 to APRIL 15, 2021. If not redeemed or renewed on or before SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 at Rosegold Pawnshop San PedroMain from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

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


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

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


JULY 2021



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

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

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

MARCH 16, 2021 TO APRIL 15, 2021 if not redeemed or renewed on SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 will be sold to the Public Auction on SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 at our Pawnshop premises from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE All pawned items that expired during the Months of JULY 2021 (Regular Items) and AUGUST 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


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

SEPTEMBER 15-16, 2021


All pawned items at METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP that expired during the month of JULY 2021, if not renewed or redeemed on or before SEPTEMBER 17, 2021, will be sold to the public on SEPTEMBER 21, 2021. Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang METRO GOLDBRILL PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan nga nag-expired sa bulan sa HULYO 2021, kung dili malukats, ibaligya sa publiko karong SETYEMBRE 21, 2021. EXPIRY DATES JUNE 2021







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


All pawned items of GOLDVISION PAWNSHOP, INC. that expired during the month of JULY 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 HULYO 2021. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko sa mga petsa nga nakabutang sa ubos, sa oras nga 9:00 sa buntag. BRANCHES


General Lao, Toril


Agton. Toril Buhangin Magallanes Tagum Saavedra, Toril Agdao

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: •

17, 2021 17, 2021 14, 2021 07, 2021 24, 2021 17, 2021 21, 2021

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

JULY 2021 AUG. 2021

SEPT. 17, 2021 SEPT. 14, 2021


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




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oxygen, atong Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs), as well puno sila sa bed spaces na available, so base sa DOH ug Department of Interior and Local Government orders on isolation we are already preparing that guide for home isolation (Based on discussion with the Department of Health (DOH), Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and private hospitals it was very clear that we are on a surge. Our hospitals are full and there is a shortage of oxygen. Our TTMFs as well are full and there are no bed spaces available. So based on DOH and DILG orders on isolation we are already preparing that guide on home isolation),” the mayor said. She added that it is only a matter of time for the guidelines to be released to the public. “It only needs to be released to the public gibuhat na siya sa health group of the response cluster of the

COVID-19 Task Force, so i-release nalang nato ni siya sa public. Nag-istorya na sila with our district health offices unsaon mag manage ug home isolation (It only needs to be released publicly, the Health Group of the Response Cluster of COVID-19 Task Force already drafted it, so it only needs to be released to the public. The health group has already reached out with district offices on how to manage the home isolation),” the mayor said. The mayor said the home isolation plus a lockdown can be done only for mild and asymptomatic cases. “Dili pwede mugawas ang tao nga naa sa sulod because one naa na na sa inyoha ang positive case, taas kayo chances nga magtakdanay (The individual positive of COVID will not be allowed to go because there is a high chance of transmission ),” she said. Besides the home iso-

lation, the mayor said the city has resumed the operation of the care for patients awaiting transfer (CPAT) wherein those who cannot be catered in the TTMFs and isolation areas are managed in their households. “Gina-manage nato sila sa balay ginahatagan nato sila ug CPAT kit ug naa didto ang instructions unsa ang gikinahanglan niya, unsa iyang himuon sulod sa balay (We are managing them, we are giving them CPAT kits with instructions on what to do while staying at home while in the said condition),” she said. The mayor said the city also approved the home care programs of the Davao Doctors Hospital that are done to extend care to patients who cannot be accommodated in the hospitals. As of September 11, 2021, Davao City has 8,521 active cases of which the majority are asymptomatic and mild cases.

the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) that she has been receiving complaints and reports from cyclists that the bike lanes are being used mostly by motorists. “May I remind the motorists that when you say bicycle lanes, it does not mean ‘motorcycle,’ it means ‘bicycles’ which are pedal-driven. So, you are not supposed to, especially when you overtake, use the bicycle lanes,” she said. Last July 20, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) inaugurated the 54.74-kilometer Metro Davao Bike Lane Network in this city to provide a “safer road” for cyclists amid the pandemic. The P145 million project, funded by the Republic Act

11494, also known as the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act of 2020, was completed on June 30. The bicycle lane network is a convergence project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and DOTr. According to the data released by DPWH-Davao, the bicycle lane network was placed along Davao-Cotabato Road, ABS-CBN Quimpo Boulevard Diversion Road, Sandawa Road, Roxas Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Elpidio Qurinio Avenue, E. Jacinto Extension Street. Dr. A. Gahol St., Mabini Street, F. Torres Street, Loyola Street, Porras Street, Iñigo Street, and Nicasio Street. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

Based on the report, the establishment was caught hosting a birthday party with about 20 guests including adults and children. The guests and resort owner reportedly violated the Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution Number 130-A series of 2021 for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IAT-MEID), the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Memorandum Circular No. 21-28 series of 2021 under Category III. “MICE and social events are not allowed. Pools also are

not allowed to operate under DTI advisory 21-16 Guidelines in GCQ,” the report said. On the other hand, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, in an interview on Monday on the government-operated radio station, reminded the public to observe the safety protocols and veer away from unessential activities. "This is not a joke. This is not a conspiracy. Wala mi nagsabot sa mga pasyente nga nagtapok karon sa mga hospitals nga nanginahanglan ug oxygen. Ang pinaka maadvise nako sa inyuha, you get yourself vaccinated and you

get your two doses of vaccination (This is not a joke. This is not a conspiracy. We did not plan this with the patients in the hospitals who are in need of oxygen. My advice to the public is to get yourself vaccinated),” Duterte said. She emphasized that the quarantine restriction has a purpose, which is to control the movement of the public in a bid to curb the rising cases of COVID-19. She reminded the Davaoeños to go out in their respective residences for essential purposes only such as work, business, access to food, and medicine.

issued on Saturday Executive Order (EO) No. 17 placing the whole of Barangay Maygatasan, four sub-communities in Poblacion, and one subcommunity each in Barangays Taglatawan, Salvacion, Cagbas and Calaitan under granular lockdown. The granular lockdown shall remain in force until further notice, and may be extended. The EO ordered “a fo-

cused containment, community quarantine, and strict and mandatory quarantine in these areas.” “No person shall be allowed to go out of his or her house. All residents of these particular areas shall be subjected to quarantine protocols and testing procedures as directed by the City InterAgency Task Force (CIATF),” Asis said in the EO. All activities in these

barangays shall be suspended starting Sunday, except for businesses that cater to essential services. Entry and exit points in these areas will be manned by the police and the members of CIATF. Most of the new cases in Bayugan City were concentrated in the six barangays subjected to the granular lockdown. (Chris V. Panganiban / MindaNews)



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conspiracy. Wala mi nagsabot anang mga tanan na pasyente na nagtapok karon sa hospitals nga nanginahanglan ron ug oxygen. Ang pinakamaadvice nako sa inyuha is you get yourself vaccinated and you get your two doses of vaccination," she further said. Meanwhile, she said that the city has alloted a budget for an oxygen plant with accessories and a warehouse that needs accessories installation worth P11 million. She added the city also ordered for the purchase of 1,000 units of oxygen tanks with regulators and this is P12-million. "Ang suppliers they come

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when they see naay projects for bidding. Pero kung cost estimate atong istoryahan, dunay mga suppliers nagpakita sa ilang cost estimate para basehan nato para sa pagbuhat sa project design para sa procurement," the Mayor said. She added all the project is part of the use of the city's disaster funds. "The city government also requested the Task Force COVID-19 na tagaan ang atong BAC ug resolution requesting for emergency purchase or other forms of procurement para mapapaspas ang pag-acquire niani. Pero in reality sa government

procurement medyo dugaydugay gyud na and duna siya’y time period na taas. Makita na ninyo sa biyahe sa atong COVID response ang crematorium took us almost a year. Ang atoang laboratory took us almost 14 months," she further said. "Basta government procurement tungod sa documentary requirement and procedural requirements medyo naay taas na period of time. But according to sa allowed sa law na pwede siya papaspason mao nana atong ginabuhat sa pagkakaron," she added. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

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Friday after their health conditions worsened. They were having cough and fever and suffering from shortness of breath. They were transferred to the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital in Prosperidad town, the provincial capital, as the BCH had ran out of oxygen and the doctors there were already overwhelmed with patients. “We decided to transfer them since there’s no longer a physician to check on their health condition,” Postrero said. The father-in-law, 65, who had hypertension, was the first to pass away on Saturday morning. Her husband, 42, who was diagnosed with recurring diabetes, died at around 4 a.m. Sunday and his younger brother, 28, who was

also suffering from diabetes, expired on Sunday evening. Postrero said that she and her husband, along with her father-in-law, had intended to get vaccinated last May, but did not push through after the attending physician found out that the couple was having shots of anti-tetanus vaccine due to a motorcycle accident while the elderly man had hypertension. Her husband started to deteriorate after the oxygen tank ran out of supply Saturday evening, with the replacement coming in at around 12 midnight. “His condition had already worsened even with the new oxygen, and did not survive at dawn,” she said. Postrero said that she and her three children aged 12,

13 and 18 have been isolated at a government quarantine facility in Bayugan, after three of them tested positive of COVID-19. The result of the swab test of the other child is yet to be released Postrero noted that she and her children are all asymptomatic. She said that another brother-in-law, who is younger than her late husband, was brought Monday to the Caraga Regional Hospital after he also showed symptoms such as hard coughing and recurring fever. He, too, is waiting for the swab test result. As this developed, at least six barangays in Bayugan City were placed under granular lockdown starting Sunday due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. City Mayor Kirk Asis

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users that roads are shared with everyone,” he said. He said the provision on the bicycle lane has been incorporated in the amended “Amended Bicycle and Light Mobility Vehicle Ordinance of Davao City,” which was passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last July 19. Peñalver, an environmental lawyer, said paragraph 2 of Section 9 of this ordinance prohibits motorized vehicles are not allowed “to use, stop, or park on marked bicycle lanes” but is “silent as to the prosecution of this act.” He said his group has yet to get the response of Mayor Sara Duterte whether she has already signed the ordinance. Last Sept. 6, Duterte told


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silay pahulay, nangahadlok

na sila. And in fact, very recently, namatyan sila diha sa SPMC og health care worker (We don't need to choose a vaccine brand because there's that chance that all kinds of vaccines will still not prevent you from getting infected with COVID-19. What's important is for everybody to understand that we won't be a severe or critical case that would need to be hospitalized and get help from our doctors and health care workers who are already overwhelmed, tired, without rest, and scared. Just recently, an SPMC health care worker died)."


She also cautioned vaccinated individuals not to be complacent in going out for social gatherings since 90 percent of the city's population is not yet vaccinated. Practicing minimum public health standards such as wearing of face mask, frequent hand washing, and social distancing will help prevent COVID-19 infection. As of September 12, Davao City has 8,700 active cases of the total 43,039 COVID-19 cases since March 2020 with 33,027 total recoveries and 1,312 deaths. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

percent. Total volume reached 1.75 billion shares amounting to PHP5 billion. Decliners led advancers at 119 to 76, while 49 shares were unchanged. “Philippine shares traded quietly as investors are awaiting the release of the US inflation rate on Tuesday and the retail sales report on Thursday,” said Luis Limlingan, Regina Capital Development

Corporation head of sales. Meanwhile, the peso weakened against the US dollar after closing the day at 49.975 from its 49.865 finish last Friday. It opened the day at 49.97 and traded between 49.95 and 50.07. The average level for the day stood at 50.005. Vo l u m e t o t a l e d USD843.45 million, higher than the previous session’s USD774.19 million. (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 June 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 Hunyo 2021. Ang tanang prenda dungan nga ibaligya sa publiko sa mga sumusunod nga dapit og petsa:

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All Shares rose by 0.05 percent, or 2.07 points, to 4,304.86 points. Most of the sectoral indexes ended on the negative with the Property index rising 0.72 percent; Mining and Oil, 0.51 percent; Holding Firms, 0.37 percent; Financials, 0.36 percent; and Industrial, 0.15 percent. Only the Services index gained among the sectoral gauges with a jump of 1.56


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while it reached PHP25.312 billion for the six-month paper and PHP20.316 billion for the one-year paper. “Market (is) taking cue from (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) Gov(ernor) (Benjamin) Diokno statements on BSP support to NG (national government) towards accelerated and sustained recovery including this morning’s to extend direct advances,” National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon told journalists in a Viber message on Monday.


Mayor Duterte added that people must understand that with the COVID-19 response, the hospitals can avoid being overwhelmed since hospital beds, oxygen tanks, doctors, and nurses can no longer take more patients. "Magpabakuna ba ko bisag there is a chance nga magpositive ko? Yes! Kay makatabang nga dili ka maging severe or critical case (Will I still get vaccinated even if there is a chance that I'll be infected with COVID-19? Yes! Because it would help you not to become a severe or critical case)," the local chief executive said.


Aside from the monetary policy measures that the central bank has been implementing since last year, the BSP has extended funding support to the NG to help in the government’s pandemic-related programs. The BSP has extended three provisional advances amounting to PHP540 billion each to the NG since last year, with the last one approved by the policy-making Monetary Board (MB) in July. Diokno said MB’s latest

approval was made after the NG had fully paid the previous cash boost. Under the Central Bank Act, the BSP is allowed to extend bridge financing to the NG, with the amount to be based on NG’s average revenues in the last three years. The bridge financing is on top of the repurchase deal with the Bureau of the Treasury (BSP) for PHP300 billion worth of three-month securities, which may be extended for another three months. (PNA)

viduals are currently being finalized. Meanwhile, the PCCI also reiterated its opposition to hard lockdowns. “Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a pharmaceutical problem and cannot be solved by a militaristic solution like a lockdown,” the group said. The country’s largest business group also recommended further accelerating the deployment of vaccines and make Covid-19 screening free to encourage people to be inoculated and tested. “After having taken dra-

conian lockdowns and a variety of quarantine protocols to no effect, the government is now open to other measures to address the spread of the virus. Mass inoculation should not be the single criteria due to the limited supply of vaccines that has delayed population protection,” Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. chair and former PCCI president George Barcelon added. (PNA)

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The business group also warned against complacency among vaccinated people, as they can still be virus carriers even if they are asymptomatic. “The policy of discrimination is a half measure that could complicate the early opening of the entire economy, since the elusive herd immunity according to medical experts is impossible to achieve even if the entire population is fully vaccinated,” Lacson added. Over the weekend, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the guidelines on giving more mobility to vaccinated indi-

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Mapa said utility prices will also contribute to accelerated inflation rate following the announcements by utility firms, as well as retail fuel companies of another round of price hikes. Inflation slowed to its lowest for the year at 4 percent last July before the big jump in the following month. The average inflation in the first eight months this year stood at 4.4 percent, above the government’s 2 percent to 4-percent target band until 2023. Mapa said while the expansion in imports “may be a sign of renewed demand, it also reflects an improvement in domestic production that could help increase the supply of basic goods and services.” “Despite this, the price pressures appear to be accelerating at the worst possible time with base effects unfavorable in September,” he said, referring to the 2.3-percent inflation rate in September last year. With these developments, Mapa said monetary

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF BRENDO Q. UCAT WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that estate of the late BRENDO Q. UCAT, who died intestate on December 24, 2018, in General Santos City; The deceased at the time of his death left a parcel of land covered by TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 146-2015002581 situated at Barangay Tugbok, City of Davao, containing an area of Two Hundred Twenty (220) Square meters more or less has been the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of the Estate of Brendo Q. Ucat with Deed of Absolute Sale made and executed by and among his heirs per Doc. No. 461; Page No. 94; Book No. LXV; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public PLACIDO A. GARDE, JR. of Davao City. (MT-Sept. 9, 16 & 23, 2021)

authorities will continue to be in a dilemma even after the aggressive rate cuts last year to ensure that economic activities remain robust despite the pandemic. Last year, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) policy-making Monetary Board (MB) slashed the central bank’s key policy rates by 200 basis points to record-low 2 percent for the overnight reverse repurchase (RRP) facility to encourage lending activities. It also cut banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) by as much as 200 basis points and allowed, for a certain period, banks’ lending to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as RRR compliance. However, bank lending has slid and is even in contraction as financial institutions remain wary of borrowers’ ability to pay because of the pandemic. “Adding an angle of complication is the recent depreciation spell of the peso in the months leading to the eventual Fed taper, which has

added fuel to the inflationary fire,” he said. Mapa said, “a rate hike at this point would increase the likelihood that the ongoing economic recession devolves into a full-blown economic depression as higher borrowing costs result in an acceleration in NPLs (non-performing loans) while simultaneously snuffing out whatever gains have been made on the lending front.” He said higher interest rates will discourage small businesses, that are already hard-hit by the recession, from tapping loans which will impact their operations further and may result in more job losses. “All these developments may take place while COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) rages on as authorities look to experiment with new guidelines in the middle of the Delta surge. All in all, monetary tightening will have no impact on pricier vegetables or the cost of 95 gasoline but it will surely scuttle the recovery momentum,” he added. (PNA)

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF THE LATE ROMEO CATIBIN WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines notice is hereby given that the estate of the late Romeo Catibin, who died intestate on December 15, 2004, in Davao City; The deceased at the time of his death left a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Dumlan, Municipality of Maco, Province of Davao de Oro, Philippines identified as Lot 102-C, Psd-11-010988 containing an area of Twenty Eight Thousand Three Hundred Seventeen (28,317) Square meters more or less, and more particularly described in and covered by TRANSFER CERTIFICATE of TITLE No. T-57877 of the Registry of Deeds for the Province of Davao de Oro. Has been the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate of the Late Romeo Catibin with Waiver of Rights made and executed by and among his heirs per Doc. No. 260; Page No. 53; Book No. LII; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public BANSALAN B. METILLA of Davao City. (MT-Sept. 1, 8 & 15, 2021)

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UM has three placers in the top 10 of Librarian Licensure Examinations

THREE UMians successfully earned top spots in the September 2021 Librarian Licensure Examination (LLE) and secured for the University of Mindanao the title of one of the top performing schools in the September 2021 LLE. Iris Jill Duqueza earned 5th place with a score of 86.70, while Ynna Francesca Javier Pidor placed 9th with a score of 86.10, and Samuel Vicente Refugio Jr earned tenth with his score of 85.15.


The three newly registered UMian librarians are among the 113 out of 237 registered exam takers who passed the exams, and the Professional Regulation Commission notes UM has a 100% passing rate for first time takers of the LLE. Their achievements come in the heels of UM’s first topnotcher for 2021 Mr. Alec Christian Cervantes, who placed seventh in the top ten list of examinees for the August 2021 Mechanical Engineer Licensure Examination.



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