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Sumo Sam @10 at the Abreeza Mall


UMO SAM which had its formal opening last October 1, 2011, is presently celebrating its 10 glorious years at the Abreeza Mall of this City. Sumo Sam is one of the country’s leading chain of Japanese restaurants spearheaded by young and aggressive Manila business entrepreneurs/restaurateurs and renowned Japanese and Filipino chefs. Sumo Sam, a Japanese-American restaurant as the name implies, boasts of a truly extensive menu comprised of popular foods you would want to eat in Japan. These are sashimi and sushi, tempura, Japanese curry, tonkatsu, yakiniku, buta-no-shogayaki, gyoza, gyudon, chicken karaage, beef tepanyaki, among so many others still. This popular Japanese restaurant started serving finicky foodies and gourmands of Imperial Manila in 2005. It is the brainchild of the once teen heartthrob turned chef, Marvin Jay Cuyugan Agustin, and his restaurateur friends namely Raymund Magdaluyo, Rico Laudico, and Robert B. Tenchavez. The Davao franchise of Sumo Sam has included the entry of the bright and hardworking Davaoeno business entrepreneur, Carlo Calma Lorenzana. “Those familiar with my showbiz beginnings know that I was working hard as a waiter to support my family when I was ‘discovered’ to try my luck in the movies. Since that time, I was always dreaming of running my own restaurant or food business someday.

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I was lucky with my show business career. I laboured hard, matched with passion, in achieving whatever awards I got. But the glitter in showbiz is not permanent. There are always younger, better gifted, and good looking talents who can replace you just as easily. Nothing stays forever,” Marvin Agustin stated in a matter-of-fact manner. His rather conscious father accompanied him when he inaugurated Sumo Sam-Davao along with his business partners. Indeed, Marvin Agustin became one of the most successful showbiz personalities in the restaurant business. “I must admit that showbiz served as an CHINO and Janet Tancontian, Michael E. Dakudao at Sumo excellent stepping stone to achieving my dream and Sam to celebrate its 10th year true passion in the more stable food business. I knew what I wanted and I knew what I was getting myself into. I enrolled myself at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management to better prepare myself professionally. I started small but sure with the Ricecapades serving various rice toppings. Happily, it was a successful and smooth start for me which inspired me to open the Oyster Boy Restaurant serving Ilonggo cuisine. But my real baby is Sumo Sam. It was followed by John and Yoko, Café Ten Titas, Marciano’s, Johnny Chow and Samurai Chef,” the actor cum business entrepreneur told me 10 years ago. The other Japanese restaurants, Harajuko and Banzai, were added ( / CULTURAL / 10)

MEETING the Davao media (l-r): Sumo Sam’s Robert B. Tenchavez, Marvin Cuyugan Agustin, Carlo Calma Lorenzana and Raymond Magdaluyo

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PEOPLE queue at the Commission on Elections office inside the Magsaysay Park as the last day of voter registration is on Sept. 30. BING GONZALES


6 barangays monitored for high number of cases BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

THE CITY government has intensified the monitoring of six barangays due to their high number of COVID-19 cases. Dr. Michelle Schlosser, vaccination program of the protektado sila,” she said. spokesperson of the City office of Vice Mayor SebasBased on the data from COVID-19 Task Force, tian Duterte and members Duterte’s office, as Septemsaid that these barangays of the council. ber 19, there were 38,172 are Baganihan, Dacudao, “They are targetting individuals who got their Dalag, New Valencia, herd immunity ani nga first shots, while 1,029 got Tagakpan and Ubalde. She barangays. We want to their second dose. said 72 others are consid- protect these barangays Schlosser added that ered high risk. kay since high risk sila, sila the City Health Office B e c a u s e o f t h i s , tong ubay-ubay og Cov- (CHO) and the Barangay Schlosser said, these ba- id-19 cases so sila atoang Health and Emergency Rerangays are prioritized for paspasan bakunahan aron ( / 6 BARANGAYS / 10)

Los Amigos lab resumes operations

THE CITY government- some of its personnel were run Los Amigos Molecular infected with the virus. The laboratory underLaboratory in Tugbok has went a disinfection to preresumed operations. Dr. Michelle Schlosser, vent the spread of the virus City COVID-19 spokesper- after the employees were son, said the resumption of infected. “All of those emthe laboratory operations started after the intensive ployees na nagpositive disinfection and deploy- naka-isolate na po sila, ment of new personnel as ( / LOS AMIGOS / 10)

Agency amends policy on use of face shield

MANILA – The InterAgency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATFEID) will issue an updated guidelines on the use of face shield, Malacañang said on Thursday.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Technical Advisory Group’s recommendation to mandate the wearing of face shield in areas with “high-risk” activities. Revisions to the cur-

rent policy on use of face shield will be discussed during the IATF-EID’s meeting on Thursday afternoon, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. (

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Group to hold ‘Novena’ for Sara BY CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

A GROUP supporting the call for Mayor Sara Duterte to run for President has launched here and in Cebu a nine-day Novena starting yesterday until October 1, the first day of the filing of candidacy for the 2022 elections. In an advisory posted on the mayor’s official

Facebook page, the Sara for President Movement said the intention of the religious exercise is to pray for the safety of all frontliners and the peaceful filing of certificate of candidacy. Also to be prayed for is “the discernment of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and President Rodrigo Roa

Duterte.” The mayor earlier ignored the call for her to run for President after her father accepted the nomination for him to run for Vice President. Groups calling for the mayor to run for the highest position, like the Hugpong Para Kay Sara, also urged

her father not to run as the mayor said it was a family agreement that only one of them would run for a national position in the upcoming political exercise. Organizers of the religious exercise also called on those who will join to wear green, the favorite (

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Banks’ NPL ratio to remain in single digit until ‘22: Diokno MANILA – Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno is confident that the proportion of non-performing loans (NPLs) of Philippine banks to total loans will remain in single-digit until next year despite the rising soured loans due to the pandemic. In a briefing streamed cial Institutions Strategic ed level of NPLs until next through the central bank’s Transfer or FIST Act.” year “is significantly lower Facebook page on Wednes“We estimate that the than that experienced by the day, Diokno attributed the NPL ratio is likely to pick at banking system during the projected single-digit NPL 8.2 percent in 2022, which Asian financial crisis.” ratio to “banks prudent is twice the current NPL raBSP data show that as credit risk management tio, but it will decline in the of end-July this year, NPL standards, and the opera- years thereafter,” he said. ratio increased to 4.5 pertionalization of the FinanDiokno said the project- cent year-on-year, and the

NPL coverage ratio stood at 82.4 percent. “We believe that loan quality will remain manageable as both BSP and the banks project the banking sector’s non-performing loan ratio to settle between 5 percent and 6 percent by end-December 2021,” Diokno said in his presentation. He said the operationalization of the FIST Act

Airline makes flying easier, safer THE COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new normal for everyone. Now, customers have it easier as a lot of businesses pivoted their strategies to ramp up digital transformation efforts. Take the travel sector for example - a few years ago, contactless flights were unheard of in the country. But now, Cebu Pacific has made it completely possible for its passengers. CEB leads in digital innovation and transformation while revolutionizing the customer experience and booking behavior through its new technologies, products, and services offered. “Even before the pandemic, our focus has always been the safety and overall journey of our passengers,” said Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President of

Marketing Customer experience. New, self-service options Besides the ease and convenience of digital booking and payments, Cebu Pacific has also enhanced its ‘Manage Booking’ portal to allow passengers to correct and update information as needed, such as misspelled names, birthdates, addresses; manage group bookings easily, and update contact information to directly receive notifications via email or SMS. The airline has also further improved its online check-in experience with self-service bag-tagging kiosks at the NAIA Terminal 3 to further lessen physical interaction between passengers and staff, thus making the journey even safer and

DOT, TikTok launch tourism campaign WITH the easing of restrictions for leisure travel, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and video-making and sharing app TikTok have collaborated once again for a campaign that celebrates the beauty of the country’s islands through #GandaMoPinas. “The DOT is using all channels to promote our reopened tourist destinations and this collaboration with TikTok is one way of enticing people to travel locally while reiterating the importance of following the minimum health and safety protocols when traveling,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. The joint DOT and TikTok campaign will feature the beauty of the Philippines through live video

sessions with nine content creators from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The campaign will feature one content creator every day, from September 22 to 30, in a live TikTok session that highlights the beauty of his/her region or province through various tourism products like natural landscapes, tourist spots, local cuisine, activities, and local products. The content creators will showcase why #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines and how visitors can appreciate #GandaMoPinas through their province or region. The following are the nine content creators and their schedule of Live TikTok sessions that will be streamed via their respective TikTok accounts:

more contactless. Seamless customer experience, available 24/7 Aside from the regular seat sales, CEB offers products to make everyJuan’s experience convenient like inflight meals, seats, baggage allowance, insurance, hotel partners, and transfers. These can all be easily added online via the CEB website or mobile app, conveniently available at your fingertips, within the comforts of your own homes. On top of that, the airline also improved its chatbot named Charlie, who is now able to instantly address more common concerns of guests flying with CEB, such as flight schedule and status, checkin process, itinerary and

boarding pass retrieval; or lead them to the right steps to address their concerns, without having to speak with an agent. World-class sanitation and disinfection Cebu Pacific has also made significant improvements to its safety and sanitation procedures to help safeguard the health of its crew and passengers. All its aircraft undergo stringent sanitation and disinfection, in accordance with global aviation standards, before and after each flight. To date, about 95 percent of CEB’s flying pilots and cabin crew are already vaccinated, and it expects to complete employee inoculation by October this year. ( / AIRLINE / 11)

“will provide banks with a stand-by facility to offload their non-performing assets in case these post a sharp increase.” FIST Act, or Republic Act 11523, was signed into law on Feb. 16, 2021. It is aimed to help financial institutions manage their non-performing assets (NPAs) by encouraging the private sector to manage, collect, and dispose of these

assets and help rehabilitate distressed banks. Diokno said some banks have indicated an interest in disposing of their NPAs under this law. “They are just awaiting advice from the Securities and Exchange Commission as regards to FIST corporations, which SEC has (a) rule for establishment,” he added. (PNA)

Firm adopts new identity BPI-Philam, a strategic alliance that allowed the AIA Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (AIA Philam Life) to offer insurance through the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), has unveiled its new identity as BPI AIA. As a redesigned brand, it will use its global heritage to fulfill its commitment to provide accessible, affordable, and personalized insurance for Filipinos. Founded in 2009, the firm is among the top insurance companies in the country recognized by the Insurance Commission. Bank partner BPI is the

first bank in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, with a heritage of solid trust, financial strength, and innovation over the past 170 years. Then-AIA Philam Life, meanwhile, is a market-leading insurance company for over 70 years. It is under the AIA Group, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group, with a presence in 18 markets across Asia Pacific. Having recently renamed to AIA Philippines, BPI-Philam evolves to follow suit. The change is a move to align with the bigger umbrella that is the AIA ( / FIRM / 11)

A new standard for audits of less complex entities ACROSS the world, it is estimated that (ED-ISA for LCEs). This is a standalone 90% of businesses are small and medi“self-contained” standard, separate from um-sized entities. These smaller, less the ISAs which will not need to directly complex entities (LCEs) make a critical reference back to the requirements or contribution to the global economy and application material in the ISAs for its comprise the great majority of audits application. This will address the chalglobally. Currently, approximately 130 lenges currently faced by the stakeholdjurisdictions of the International Federaers under LCEs and is considered as a tion of Accountants (IFAC) have adopted global solution. The proposed standard or partially adopted the International contains requirements for the auditor Standards on Auditing (ISAs). The ISAs to obtain sufficient appropriate audit are designed to be applied to a wide vaevidence that is intended to enable such BY MEG PUNAY riety of entities, including those whose auditor to provide reasonable assurance nature and circumstances are simpler in the audit of the financial statements and more straightforward (i.e., LCEs) and those with of an LCE. complex structures and transactions. The International Although the ED-ISA for LCEs is based on the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) rec- core requirements from the ISAs, it does not contain ognized that this complexity arising from the application requirements relating to prohibited entities, or where of the ISAs may pose challenges in the audit of LCEs. there are matters or circumstances that would have been Based on the feedback from the IAASB’s 2019 deemed more complex as described in the Authority of Discussion Paper titled Audits of Less Complex Enti- the proposed standard. Accordingly, for example, the ties: Exploring Options to Address the Challenges in proposed standard does not include any requirements: Applying the ISAs and other inputs gathered from the (a) Specific to listed entities, including procedures outreach conducted, the IAASB developed the Exposure related to reporting on segment information (ISA 501) Draft of Proposed International Standard on Auditing for or key audit matters (KAMs) (ISA 701); Audits of Financial Statements of Less Complex Entities ( / LINE OF SIGHT / 10)





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A quick toy safety guide SAFETY can easily become a second consideration when buying toys for your kids at home. When you’re writing shopping lists, kids can get very excited—and they tend to bombard you too much with toy details and specifications that you always end up brushing safety to the side. This shouldn’t always be the case. The Department of Health includes toy safety in its Philippine Health Advisories and the agency noted that toys should be suitable to a child’s physical capabilities, mental and social development. Toys should be appealing and interesting and at the same time well-constructed, durable and safe for the child’s age. Here are dos and don’ts to keep in mind: Check labels on the packaging and observe precautions appearing in the labels. Ensure that the child will play with a toy suited for his/her age under adult supervision. Dispose plastic packaging accordingly; keep it out of reach of children. For children under age 3, do not buy the following: Balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less so as to prevent choking; Toys that easily break into small parts or pieces (glass or brittle plastics); Toys containing small detachable parts or pieces, which could become lodged in the throat; Toys with sharp points and edges; Toys with electrical parts, unless supervised by an adult;

Toys with parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes, or hair; and Toys with parts put together by straight pins, sharp wires, or nails that are exposed and easily detached. Make more fun memories of play and learning with your kid by choosing the right toy and making safe playing habits. Shop your toys in Toy Kingdom; browse the catalog via and call to deliver thru 0917 826 0369 (SM Lanang Premier) or 0917 815 7807 (SM City Davao).

Shooting hoops and more at Legacy Leisure Residences AN EXCITING array of amenities in one expanse — your address! Living in Legacy Leisure Residences is an everyday staycation experience. Everything that you expect from a welldeserved get-away is right at your doorstep— an Olympic size swimming pool, kiddie spray park, a green oases for a picnic and barbecue, and areas dedicated to bring out the best sportsman in you, be it tennis, running, golf, bodybuilding or basketball. Legacy Leisure Residences can be your dream lifetime vacation or your sports training ground. Let’s head to the basketball court. It’s one amenity that’s present in any community development. Why? First, there’s always that lover of this sport in any community, especially Filipinos. Second, it can be the breeding ground to the next big shot cager. Remember that future stars are born in the most unexpected places. Third, it’s a very versatile space. Its use is limitless, this is why it’s the most utilized space. “Basketball can be a sport or a hobby. People of any age can play it. It can be a team sport or a pastime among peers or family members,” said personal trainer Cocoy Molbog, Holiday Gym’s Assistant manager and sports director. How can one jumpstart the love for sports? Basketball may be one of the most convenient. From infancy to childhood, the

ball is probably the first toy on hand. “At Holiday Gym, we go beyond personal improvement and foster family ties by hosting sports events among members. It builds a more healthy environment which makes you look forward to another day at the gym. This program can be accomplished in a community like Legacy Leisure residences. It’s healthy for both physically and mentally,” says Molbog. School breaks are the perfect time for kids to engage in outdoor activities. Summer basketball clinics can develop

kids’ interest in the sport. To encourage adults to stay active, a professional player can be invited to to hold a clinic to improve their skills in the game. Taking it further and developing community bonding, Legacy Leisure residents can organize a 3 on 3 basketball league. It’s easier to form teams of three for court games. But a full court game with five players in a team can be more exciting. “Make Friday nights the assigned basketball tournament days that may

run for just four Fridays of the month. It’s easier to organize since only a day in the week is required and the weekend basketball game can be a good after-work stress reliever,” Molbog shared. Going beyond the ball game, the basketball court is a great venue for group exercises. Group exercises give you that motivation to be fit like the rest. Aerobics, HiiT (High Intensity Interval Training) or athletic boot camp can be executed in the basketball court. Weekends are good times to get that boost of energy. A boot camp can further develop one’s skills and stamina. How about a mini sports week for the other members of the community as well? Basketball games can be just one of the highlights. Create team events that will include the rest of the family members, like tug of war, or more fun games like egg relay or Pass the message. These are team building games. The good thing about living in a community with its own court is the privacy and safety. A space where residents can play a relaxing game or train to be a better athlete. All that’s needed is the motivation to be active and the drive to excel. The court is there, make the most of it. What does it take to be a good basketball player? One Filipino legendary basketball player said, “Practice, practice, practice. Scouting and studying your opponents.”

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EU virtual educ fair slated on Oct. 1-2 PLANNING to take graduate or post-graduate studies in the EU? Let the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) 2021 guide you to “Go Higher with the EU”. The biggest of its kind in the Philippines, EHEF will give Filipino students, academicians, researchers and university officials the opportunity to connect directly with world-class higher education institutions from across the European Union. The Fair will be inau- tion. Outside of academia, gurated on 1 October at the EU offers limitless 1:30pm and streamed live opportunities for borderat https://www.ehefphilip- less travel to some of the and on the EU world’s best, most iconic Delegation to the Philip- destinations and to impines Facebook. The reg- merse in a wide diversity of istration at https://wwww. cultures. This holistic is free perience is how post-grad and all that is required is students can “Go Higher an internet connection, an with EU”, the motto of this interest in pursuing fur- year’s Fair. ther studies in the EU, and EHEF 2021 will be dreams to go higher in life. the biggest yet, with 140 “The EHEF 2021 promotes European higher education the diversity and excellence institutions offering MA of higher education in the and PhDs that will improve EU,” says EU Ambassador the career opportunities of Luc Veron. “Useful, practi- talented Filipinos wishcal and comprehensive in- ing to study in any of this formation about the differ- year’s participating EU ent mobility initiatives and member states, namely, distinctive higher education Belgium, Czech Republic, programs will be available Germany, Ireland, Spain, at your fingertips.” France, Italy, Hungary, The EU is one of the the Netherlands, Austria, world’s top centres of aca- Poland, Finland, and Swedemic excellence and a den. Participants can look hub for cross-fertilization forward to two days with of ideas and cutting-edge a packed schedule of actechnologies and innova( / EU / 11)

AboitizPower donates P2M worth of facilities to Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital “PANAGSA ra gani ta mahimong malipayon karong panahona, usa ni sa mga instances nga tinuod na malipayon ko despite nga inig open nato sa TV makita nato practically bad news pirme.” (Joyous instances are quite scarce these days. This is one of the few instances where I am genuinely glad despite all the

bad news we see on TV.) These were the words of Davao del Sur Governor Marc Douglas Cagas during the turnover of P2 million worth of facilities to Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital (DSPH) from AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) on September 21. Now in their second year of supporting DSPH

to help enhance its facilities and services, TSI, in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation, built a holding area and donated mattresses to alleviate the overcapacity concerns of the hospital in the wake of the COVID-19 surge. Additionally, TSI constructed a septic vault medical waste storage facility to help DSPH man-

POWERING HEALTHCARE. (L-R) TSI Reputation and Stakeholder Management Supervisor Jean Karl Huyatid, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jonna Masongsong, DSPH Chief of Hospital Dr. Jaime Razo, AboitizPower Asst. Vice President for External Relations Wilfredo Rodolfo, Yvonne Roña Cagas and husband Governor. Marc Douglas Cagas, TSI Facility Head Abe Nisnisan, and DSPH Administrative Officer Wilrose Bismanos during the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

age its infectious waste as it continues to operate during the pandemic. “I am glad that Therma South, Inc. has continued its support to the Hospital. Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital is the only government hospital in this area, including Davao Occidental. I am very proud of this hospital,” Governor Cagas shared, pointing out how critical DSPH is as it caters to patients even outside of the Province of Davao del Sur. The project was made possible through the partnership between TSI, Aboitiz Foundation, and the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur through the Provincial Health Office. It is the second year of a three-year partnership with DSPH wherein TSI funds P2 million worth of projects for the hospital annually until 2022. “Just like how health and safety are the top pri(

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Loving grandparents well WE are excited when September comes. It’s the beginning of “ber-months”, and it signals the coming of the Christmas season (at least for most of us, Pinoys). But not many of us have noticed that Grandparents’ Day is also celebrated in September. This year, it was on September 12. I saw some posts on social media RUTH SITCHON MORALES that day that were dedicated to their grandparents. Popular or not, I believe it’s a good idea to celebrate our grandparents (or their memories) more than just once a year. A friend, Joan Acosta, has blogged about loving grandparents well, and I am delighted to share what she has written, including some of her wise and practical tips on how to honor our grandparents. Last night, I heard my daughter giggled with her lola as she was given a bath. She came to me saying, “I love taking a bath with Nanay’s help!” On many days, when her dad and I get busy with WFH duties, she would spend time talking and being with Nanay in the garden, as Nanay tended to her plants and fed her dogs. And almost nine months after relocating to Davao City, our daughter is already speaking in Cebuano, thanks to her constant interactions with Nanay. These are just a few of the many ways we have benefitted from having a grandparent in our home life. For the majority of grandparents in the Asian culture, they are expected to live with grown children and their families. The beauty of this setup is that they are able to pass on a rich family history through their talk-times with the younger generation, and they help fill in some of the gaps when parents find it difficult to fully attend to their children because of work demands. Last month, my own mother passed away from diabetes and kidney complications. She was such a good support to my brother’s family in Cebu City, and the children felt and mourned the loss of this very loving grandma. My 8-year old nephew Caleb wrote this goodbye letter to her: Things I thank my Lullula for: Thank you for helping me in my assignments while you were still here. Thank you for coming with me when we go to the bus for Robinson’s choco bread and hot dog bread, SM bus for looking at stuff in SM Seaside and the Beep bus when we go to Ayala. How did you know how to bake sweet cake and pancakes? Why are you only interested in old stuff? Lullula is an awesome grandmother to me and my siblings! Good grandparents are capable of loving and serving their families sacrificially. They deserve to be honored for all they’ve done in raising us up, and what they continue to do by loving their grandkids well. They are our family treasures, and they symbolize hope, strength, resilience, and perseverance to our future generations. To couples whose parents are still living, or who have the privilege of having them live under the same roof with their grandkids, my humble tips for honoring them would be: To recognize their contributions to your life and to your kids by thanking them, not just in words, but also with support (a.k.a. cash incentives). For us, we incorporated their support in our family budget when we lived far away from them in the past. It’s a modest sum since we are Christian workers, but we thought we should still send, since they are retired and not capable of earning anymore. To give them their own space–like a room, at the very least– in the house, plus freedom to pursue their favorite hobbies. To spend quality time with them through special occasions and bringing them to outings. To those who live far away from each other, it’s good to keep in touch at least weekly through video chats. ( / FAMILY / 7)


6 Degrees of separation IN 1929, Frigyes Karinthy, a Hungarian poet wrote a short story “Chains”, and hinted (rather humorously) at a novel idea: all of us could be connected to each other via a mere six-step link. Many years later, an American (who else) snatched up his view and churned out a play which became an overnight success. Because of this, the 6-step connection gained popularity, and from there, things snowballed. For one, The “6 Degrees of Separation” became a serious theory, and papers and academic discussions on it sprouted left and right. Hollywood movies about it were made, and even a popular song of the same title hit the airwaves just a couple of years ago. That reality of having ‘friends of friends’ (ad infinitum) on your social media account will attest that the 6DS theory might indeed prove to be correct. True believers say that because of our growing inter-connectivity brought about by technological advances, such as the internet, six degrees might even be lower, at like five or four degrees. Experiments in the US in 2001 by mathematicians and computer analysts alike, point out that the degree of separation results in both their e-mail and Twitter experiments were actually down to 3 to 3.5 respectively. Sad to say, there has been no report yet of a worldwide testing for the 6DS because It has really got me interested. For one thing, I’ve experienced it myself. My mate has a friend who lives in the Netherlands, and he has recently married. To her surprise, he had wedded, of all people, her Davao-based officemate. This Dutchie, unbeknownst to me, happens to be the second-degree relative of my longtime friend, who in turn is the godson of my parents. That’s only four degrees right there, but the synchronicity of it all just boggles the mind. It’s a small world. Correspondents:

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Then while in Perth Australia many years ago, we were introduced to a lady, who brought us to a quaint pinoy restaurant. She introduced us to a waiter whom we befriended. As all introductions go, he got around to saying he once lived in Davao. Okay, that was cool. Then he said, he lived right in our own suburb, in the same block as ours, and surprises of all surprises, used to reside in the lot right in back of our house! As all these may amuse us and hint at a rapidly shrinking world, there is likewise a sense of foreboding that goes with it. Not only does this tell me to be wary and expect the unexpected as I now realize why Buddha preaches that we be fair and kind always. It’s better to be careful in all dealings, for you never know, the next person from across the world we clash swords with might turn out to be a relative, a future in-law, or worst, a future spouse. And you know how that goes. As my favorite TV show likes to say, the night is dark and full of terrors.


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Dinky Soliman and the DMGENCO NOW we know why the Davao Multi-stakeholders Group on Energy Concerns (DMGENCO) is so passionate in its desire to extend its condolences to the family of the late Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary during the previous administration Corazon “Dinky” Soliman who died recently. The late Secretary was quick in responding to the proposal of the multi-sector group for an agreement to establish a resettlement area for the most vulnerable sector of the population within the vicinity of the site where the Aboitiz Coal-fired Power Plant was to be constructed in Sirawan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. The agreement was part of the strategies recommended by the DMGENCO to Aboitiz Power to “soften” the position of the people in the community against the plant construction in the place. In that agreement, as disclosed in the book Power, Peace, and Place: Why firms account for their actions, a copy of which we were lucky to have in our possession, it was learned that the power conglomerate proposed to donate a 5-hectare lot for resettling the affected residents. The local government of Sta. Cruz, then under former Mayor Joel Lopez, was very receptive of the proposal. The Aboitiz Power group and the LGU, according to the book written by Phil Champain and published by International Alert Philippines, saw the wisdom behind the DMGENCO recommendation. Thus, together with representatives from the LGU of Sta. Cruz and leaders of the community presented the proposal to the then Secretary of DSWD. Soliman was quick to realize that providing relocation not only of the land but the houses, was the best option there was, and that was one opportunity for the government to implement with less expense and hassle its Core Shelter Assistance Program which was under Soliman’s Department. Through Soliman’s intervention, the DMGENCOproposed strategy was immediately put in papers and the agreement among the LGU of Sta. Cruz, the Aboitiz Power, the Civil Society and the community with the DSWD committing its assistance based on the estimated value of each core shelter, was immediately signed.

Through the agency the government committed a grant of P17.7 million based on the P70,000 estimated cost per unit of the relocation house. Soliman in fact immediately downloaded P12 million to jumpstart the project while the Aboitiz power group was to ready its donation of a 5-hectare lot. Unfortunately though the very innovative and noble proposal crafted by the DMGENCO was hampered by the usual bureaucracy in government transactions until it was finally overtaken by the election where there was a change in local governance administration. What followed was of course changes in priorities. How it affected the resettlement project and the community closest to the plant site we’d rather not tackle it here. It might create some political undercurrent. However, it is clear that the members of the DMGENCO could not seem to forget how Dinky Soliman readily saw the viability of the project in addressing community concerns on the people’s fear of environmental degradation and the supposed effects of the plant’s operation on their physical health. Perhaps it is the reason why the members of the multistakeholders group based in Davao could not help but be indebted to Secretary Dinky for her unqualified support to

their proposal. So their sincerest condolence to the family of the late Secretary is to them, the best they can to repay a debt of gratitude. Surely, to the members of DMGENCO Soliman will live forever in their hearts and minds. DMGENCO by the way is composed of the following persons representing the sectors of stakeholders they belong: Dr. Iris Melliza, Fr. Danny Montana, RCJ; Manuel ‘Bobby’ Orig, Jason Magnaye, Steven Bernard Getes, Lou Deligencia, Magno ‘Jun’ Adalin, Francisco ‘Pancho’ Lara Jr., Nikki Phillinr dela Rosa, Peter Lavina, and community leaders Flor Salandron, Sobrecarey Hasan, Camar Sumping, Datu Amado Mansabid, and Juvilyn Inguito. Of course working closely with them were Aboitiz Group and International Alert Philippines. The latter serves as adviser of the group and acts as “referee” during open and frank, sometimes heated discussions of issues involved or encountered in the coal power plant’s journey to realization. ********************** As usual we will remain consistent with our hunch that outgoing President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not pursue his announced plan to run for Vice President under the banner of his administration. Apparently however, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno who recently signified that he is running for President in the May 2022 elections is already picking a fight with the President. In fact it is apparent that the Manila Chief Executive is still convinced that President Duterte will really proceed with his plan for the second highest position in the land after he leaves the Presidency. And Moreno is spiting him. The Manila mayor is picking Dr. Willie Ong as his tandem, pitting the latter in direct match with the incumbent President. We are not underestimating the qualifications of Dr. Ong. But to our mind having him as his Vice Presidential tandem is another way of saying that Isko totally believes in the weakness of Duterte as a vice presidential candidate that any Tom, Dick and Harry can beat him to the pulp. Bring it on Isko!

Child Rights Network lauds Senate for passing on 2nd reading bill raising age to determine statutory rape SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 – Child Rights Network (CRN), the largest alliance of organizations and agencies pushing for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines, lauded the Senate for passing Senate Bill 2332 or the “Increasing the Age of Statutory Rape” Bill, more popularly known as the End Child Rape Bill, on second reading Tuesday, September 21. “We express our unequivocal gratitude to our Senators for listening to our urgent call. Passing the End Child Rape Bill on second reading is a bright ray of light amid the bleak times, especially concerning giving our children and future generations a fighting chance in finally ending child rape,” CRN Convenor Romeo Dongeto said. The House of Representatives already passed on third and final reading their version of the bill – House Bill 7836 – back in December 2020. The bill has the wide support of the Filipino public, with an online petition supporting the bill ( already raising over 300,000 signatures as of writing. “In truth, we waited with bated breath for the Senate to resume deliberations on the End Child Rape Bill. With SB 2332 moving to the third and final reading phase, child rights advocates all over the country are finally able to heave a sigh of relief. We are now optimistic that even before the 2022 national elections uproar grinds the Senate to a virtual halt, we will already have a final bill for the President’s signature,” Mr. Dongeto shared, estimating


that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the bill will be signed into law on or before November 20, which is celebrated around the globe as “World Children’s Day.” “Passing the End Child Rape Bill is a veritable gift, not only for Filipino children of today but to all future generations who will be afforded the fullest protection of the law against the heinous crime of rape,” Mr. Dongeto stressed. Landmark legislation SB 2332 amends pertinent provisions of Article 266A of the Revised Penal Code and the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, which sets the age to determine the crime of statutory rape – or the crime that involves sexual contact with a child below the age of sexual consent – to the age of 12. In the draft bill, the age is raised to 16 years, which currently stands as the global standard. “By increasing the age to determine statutory rape from below 12 to below 16 years old, our legislators are creating an extra layer of protection that saves children from the harrowing experience of testifying in court how they were raped, a traumatic experience causing revictimization,” Mr. Dongeto noted, explaining that for statutory

rape, only two things need to be proved: the child's age and that the sexual act happened. SB 2332, like its counterpart bill passed in the House of Representatives, also provides equal protection for boys and girls and adopts a "close-in-age exemption" to avoid criminalizing adolescents of similar ages for engaging in factually non-abusive and non-exploitative sexual activity. “By passing SB 2332, we are effectively stripping perpetrators of the convenient excuse of using Article 266-A’s legal loophole to claim sex with children is consensual and is thus not a crime. For decades, such misuse of Article 266-A has enabled rapists to simply get away with their crime. With this potent law, that situation comes to an end,” Mr. Dongeto explained. CRN also maintains that passing the End Child Rape Bill aligns with the Philippines’ obligation of enacting measures to protect children against violence, as a State party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. “We trust that the Senate will not drag its feet in finally passing SB 2332. Once passed into law, this potent piece of legislation will undoubtedly afford wider protection for the most vulnerable sector of our society, even as the pandemic situation even worsened their vulnerability to sexual abuse and exploitation,” Mr. Dongeto said. Child Rights Network is the largest alliance of organizations and agencies pushing for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines.

In my experience, having a grandparent with us has blessed my child immeasurably. I see how this setup is a godsend to us, especially during this time of pandemic. I’m very appreciative of the growths I’ve seen in their time with each other…growth in both skill and in character. Such a blessing for my daughter to grow up with a loving grandparent in her life!

To all grandparents, have a happy celebration of your special month! Joan is a full-time staff of Cru, an international, interdenominational Christian organization. She and her husband, Reuben, have one child, Rachel, and they are now working with FamilyLife Philippines, a ministry of Cru.


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To make sure they have their minimum of twice-ayear medical checkups. To assure your parents by letting them see that you’re doing your best to raise up their grandkids, and not dumping the sacred responsibility of parenting to them. Besides, they should not be burdened anymore with the major needs of our kids, because they already had their time with us.

SEPTEMBER 24, 25, & 2021 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31,26, 2016

All All pawned itemsitems that expired duringduring the month pawned that expired the of JULY 2021, if not renewed or redeemed on or monthJULY of MAY, if not or rebefore 20212015 will be soldrenewed to the public on deemed on or before JULY 14, 2015 will be SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 at 9:00a.m. at our pawnshop sold to the public on JULY 16, 2015 at 9:00 premises.

a.m. at our pawnshop premises.

Gipahibalo ang tanan na ang FIRST COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan Gipahibalo ang tanan na nga angnag-expired FIRST sa bulan sa HULYO 2021. Ang tanan prenda ibaligya COLOR PAWNSHOP magasubasta sa tanan sa publiko karong SETYMEBRE 16, 2021 sa alas nga sanag-expired sa bulan sa MAYO 2015. 9:00 buntag.

Ang tanan prenda ibaligya sa publiko karong HULYO 16 sa alas 9:00 sa buntag.


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

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


All pawned items that expired during the month of 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 24, 25, & 26, 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: •

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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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to the list of Marvin Agustin’s successful restaurant empires later on. I could still remember the soft opening of Sumo Sam at the Abreeza Mall a decade ago when I had the opportunity to truly savour its delicious offerings with the kindly franchise owner, Carlo Calma Lorenzana, and Sumo Sam-Davao’s then manager, chef Gemma Herradura, joining me for lunch. I was not at all disappointed with my orders of what I’d consider my Japanese comfort food of chicken teriyaki, pork tonkatsu curry, gyoza, miso shiro, agedashi tofu, chawan mushi and of course, the grilled delights like Mt. Fuji steak, baby back ribs, and rib eye, to mention some. Carlo urged me to try the Davao roll (with a subtle taste of durian and dear Olive Puentespina’s Malagos gourmet cheese) and the Mt. Apo roll, a truly delicious tuna roll with a play on textures. During Sumo Sam’s grand opening, the foodies of Davao excitedly feasted on the specially prepared culinary delights as soon as they sat themselves which


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“Inaasahan po natin na aamyendahan ng IATF ‘yung guidelines na naapektuhan dahil nga po doon sa kautusan ng ating Presidente (We expect that the IATF will amend the guidelines [on use of face shield] following the President’s directive),” Roque said in an online press conference. In a taped Talk to the People, Duterte said Filipinos no longer need to wear face shield, unless they are in “3Cs,” or in “closed and crowded” places, and in

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE STATE OF MARIA JOSE FLORIAN VALERA CUBARRUBIA WITH WAIVER 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 MARIA JOSE FLORIAN VALERA CABARRUBIA, who died intestate on December 16, 2019 in Davao City, leaving all his undivided 1/6 rights, titles, participation and interest over the following five (5) real properties to wit: TITLE NO.



TCT No. T-122904

17,055 square meters more or less

Poblacion, Peñaplata, Davao;

TCT No. T-122897

18,659 square meters more or less

Poblacion, Peñaplata, Davao;

TCT No. T-122902

12,330 square meters more or less

Poblacion, Peñaplata, Davao;

TCT No. 142-2012001730

732 square meters more or less

Brgy., of Peñaplata, IGACOS;

TCT No. 142-2012001724

641 square meters more or less

Brgy., of Peñaplata, IGACOS;

Has been the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of the Estate of Maria Jose Florian Valera Cabarrubia with Waiver made and executed by and among her heirs per Doc. No. 217; Page No. 45; Book No. 73; Series of 2020 of the Notary Public Jose Edgar J. Ilagan of Davao City. (MT-Sept. 24, Oct 1 & 8, 2021)

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF ALICIA C. PELAYO and PANTALEON V. PELAYO JR. Pursuant to Sec. 1 Rule 74 of the Revised Rules on Court of the Philippines, notice is hereby given that the state of the late ALICIA C. PELAYO, who died intestate on April 10, 2021 in Davao City and PANTALEON V. PELAYO JR., who died on April 16, 1996 in Davao City; Whereas, Alicia C. Pelayo is the absolute registered owner of the following parcel of lands as Exclusive Properties to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 0-332, situated in the Barrio of Matina, City of Davao, containing an area of 7,577 Square Meters more or less; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-338493, situated in the Barrio of Matina Pangi, City of Davao, containing an area of 800 Square meters more or less; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-134876, situated in the Barrio of Marapangi, Toril, City of Davao, Containing an area of 6,492 Square meters more or less; Conjugal Property of Alicia C. Pelayo and Pantaleon V. Pelayo Jr.; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-115290, situated in the Poblacion, Municipality of Compostela, Province of Davao del Norte, containing an area of 494 Square meters more or less; Has been the subject of Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate of Alicia C. Pelayo and Pantaleon V. Pelayo Jr., made and executed by and among their heirs per Doc. No. 229; Page No. 47; Book No. XVIV; Series of 2021 of the Notary Public RYAN ERIC C. SANTIAGO of Davao City. (MT-Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 8, 2021)


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sponse Teams (BHERTs) intensify the monitoring of the villages. “Always mi naga update sa atoang mga barangay to give them continuous education, advisories kung unsay mga buluhaton nila when they belong in the critical and high-risk barangays,” she said. The official urged the residents to continue being vigilant and practice


prompted Marvin Agustin, Robert Tenchavez, Raymund Magdaluyo and Carlo Calma Lorenzana to do away with their planned ribbon cutting. Sumo Sam’s version of Japanese cuisine is truly tasty and impressive enough. Not to mention the friendly and quick service from the black-uniformed food servers. “We are hoping to replicate our Sumo Sam success in Davao City. I believe Sumo Sam has been successful in Metro Manila owing to its good location, familysized food servings, and affordability,” the smart Marvin confidently told the guests then. “I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t fail my business partners in Sumo Sam at the Abreeza. With this new venture I got myself into, I can only work hard and pray even harder that the experience will be inspiring enough for other food businesses to follow,” quipped Carlo Calma Lorenzana and I sincerely wish him good luck especially in this challenging time.

minimum public health standards. She also urged them to get vaccinated as soon as possible so they could get protected from the effect of the virus. “Magpakabana ta kay naa jud tay mga instances nga karon nga week walay cases, tapos pag abot sa couple of weeks tingala na lang nga nag saka na,” she said.

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(b) When the auditor intends to use the work of internal auditors (ISA 610, Revised 2013); and (c) With respect to group audits (the requirements of ISA 600 on group audits have been omitted). There are many differences between the ISAs and EDISA for LCEs. Three significant areas where the requirements are broadly different include the following: (a) Accounting estimates – Specific procedures, in relation to the use of complex modelling and detailed requirements to address situations where there are higher estimation uncertainty, have not been included (e.g., the estimate is not calculated using recognized or common measurement techniques or there is a highly specialized entity-developed model for which there are no observable inputs) as they are not expected to be relevant for the types of accounting estimates in an audit of a typical LCE (b) Where the entity uses a service organization for processing transactions – Because the requirements in the proposed standard have been designed for the typical nature and circumstances of an LCE, basic requirements for circumstances where an entity uses a service organization for processing transactions have been included (because, for example, many LCEs may have payroll processed by a service organization). However, situations that are deemed more complex relating to the entity’s use of a service organization have not been addressed within the proposed standard. For example, requirements relating to an auditor’s ability to rely

areas where there are activities that “promote close contact.” Duterte said his fresh directive should take effect immediately. Roque said the updated guidelines might include list of “3Cs.” “Hintayin po natin ang guidelines mamaya (Let us wait for the guidelines later),” he said. On Dec. 14, 2020, the IATF-EID issued Resolution 88 which requires all persons to wear full-coverage face shields on top


of face masks in all public spaces to curb the spread of Covid-19. D u t e r t e , h o w e v e r, made a “presidential policy” in June this year to ease the government’s face shield requirement by allowing its use only in hospitals. He eventually decided to keep the IATF-EID’s original policy on its mandatory use of face shields in public places because of the presence of the more transmissible Delta coronavirus variant. (PNA)

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na-decontaminate na ang area and that is why as of the moment functional ang Los Amigos Molecular lab, there are also a new set of employees,” Schlosser confirmed. She said although the operations of the facility have yet to reach the maximum level as it only analysis the tests of those who are direct contacts of infected individuals and those experiencing influenza like symptoms. This is because the laboratory of the Southern Philippines Medical Center

has yet to resume operations as it also underwent repair, and that there was a limited supply of detection kits. “Hopefully we are pushing that within this week, or early next week everything will be fully operational again,” Schlosser said, pointing out that secondary and tertiary contacts can also secure test results in private swabbing testing center, unless they start manifesting COVID-19 like symptoms. By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

on reports on the operating effectiveness of controls from the entity providing the services (e.g., ‘Type 1’ and ‘Type 2’ reports) are not included as it is anticipated that where transactions are less complex, the auditor would be able to obtain the necessary audit evidence without difficulty from records available (including, if applicable, in relation to controls at the service organization). (c) Management amendments to the financial statements after the date of the auditor’s report – Detailed requirements, relating to the reporting on and distribution of previously issued financial statements when these are amended, are not included because in most jurisdictions, this is expected to be rare. The public consultation on this new draft standard is open until January 31, 2022. Once final, the standard will meet the growing global need while reducing the emerging risk of jurisdictional divergence. Meg Punay is a partner and head of P&A Grant Thornton’s Davao Office. P&A Grant Thornton is one of the leading audit, tax, advisory, and outsourcing firms in the Philippines, with 24 partners and more than 900 staff members. Email your comments to com. For more information, visit our website:


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color of the mayor. In Cebu, the event will be held at the Sto. Niño and Simala churches with the last day being in Simala This developed as the mayor also called on her supporters to help those


who need as well as express their love for the country. In a statement, Duterte also thanked the Ituloy ang Pagbabago Movement, which her party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, launched to encourage her to run for the highest posi-

tion. “Kahit nasaan man tayo sa mundo, kahit anong position man tayo manungkulan, magkaisa tayo sa pagtulong sa ating kapwa at sa pagmamahal sa ating Pilipinas,” said the mayor in a video.

All these efforts have led to Cebu Pacific being awarded a 7-star safety rating for its COVID-19 compliance, the highest safety score that bestows upon airlines. “CEB has been revolutionizing the future of travel in the country through its numerous digital innovations. We believe this is the way forward and we

are on the right track as we continue to empower our passengers through our self-service processes. You can count on us to continue improving our service for everyJuan for #MoreSmilesAhead,” added Iyog. Fly easy, going online is key! Visit www. to learn more about their latest offerings, safety protocols, and travel reminders.

unprecedented changes to our customers’ lives, and as their life protection partner, we also evolve to deliver the support they need and deserve. As BPI AIA, we’d like to assure our clients that this initiative only strengthens our company’s stability and commitment to service, so they can brave the new world and face a new tomorrow,” said BPI AIA Chief Executive Officer Surendra Menon. Policyholders can expect to continue to enjoy all the benefits and privileges of their policies bought under the BPI-Philam brand with an ever-increasing range and standard of ser-

vices geared to how their lifestyles are changing in the evolving environment at the speed that is comfortable for them. This includes all rewards earned and can be earned for products with AIA Vitality. Any concerns by policyholders can be easily raised with their respective points of contact for appropriate resolution. BPI AIA ultimately aims to close the protection gap in the Philippines through its comprehensive life, health, and income protection plans, while encouraging clients to live healthier and bring their dreams to life.

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Moreover, the company likewise strives to ensure that all its passengers have access to the most affordable RT-PCR tests as they prepare their requirements for travel. It currently offers an exclusive rate as low as PHP 2,500 for RT-PCR tests through its laboratory partners, and PHP 675 for antigen test. Award-winning safety services


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:


(from page 3) synonymous with the insurance industry for over a century now. Along with the name, the rebranding entails a streamlining of systems and processes as well as development of new ones that will seamlessly elevate the service experience that the company provides its clients. After all, BPI AIA not only bears the name of two industry giants but also carries within itself their combined values, expertise, and commitment. “We are truly excited to venture into this new chapter in our journey. The challenges we all experienced in the past year brought


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ority in the power plant, we also extend the same mindset towards our host communities. We hope that the second year of our support to DSPH will help alleviate overcapacity during the COVID-19 surge and also ensure that the Hospital’s infectious wastes are well-managed as it operates through this pandemic,” TSI Facility


Head Abe Nisnisan said. Wholly-owned AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) is the owner and operator of the 300-Megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant located in Binugao, Toril, Davao City. Upholding the standard of conducting sustainable business operations, TSI is certified in four ISO standards, name-

ly Quality Management (ISO 9001:2015), Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2015), Occupational Health and Safety Management (ISO 45001:2018), and Asset Management System (ISO 55001:2014). Along with Therma Luzon, Inc. and Therma Visayas, Inc., the three primarily compose the Coal Business Unit of AboitizPower.

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programs and will bring the spirit of the slogan alive.” On why it was formed, it said that among the key factors were that challenges that the country is facing need “new approaches, structures, abilities and commitment;” because of weak party system as “exemplified by turn-coatism;” the presence in politics of mere traditional politicians and oligarchs who only want to protect business empires; and political parties that are “not responsive to the needs of their members.” Heading the police party as its chair and director general is Leonardo A. Fer-

nandez, a businessman and political strategist; social development worker Edgar B. Diares as secretary general; journalist Emmanuel C. Roldan as director of party institute; former Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor commissioner Romeo L. Lagahit as head of the national committee on education; and, former Laac, Davao de Oro councilor and administrator Nestor Abellanida as national treasurer. Aside from the businesses owned by its chair, the party is also supported “by some friends in the business sector,” “some friendly partylists and local

politicians.” Among its key projects for economic development are the establishment of a first integrated steel mill and smelting plant in Zamboanga Sibugay, the implementation of freerange chicken dispersal and marketing project with the Subanen tribe also in Zamboanga Sibugay, and forest product and marketing project. On the political front, the party is pushing for the national industrialization policy, a political party development policy that will end turcoatism and amendment to the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.


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tivities including webinars on specialised courses and programs, country presentations and live chats with representatives, alumni, and scholars from participating institutions. Regional partner institutions for this year include Wesleyan University (Luzon), Silliman University (Visayas), and Xavier University –Ateneo de Cagayan (Mindanao), which will host clustered presentations for students and other members of the academe. University partners for this year are the following: University of Sto Tomas, University of the


Cordilleras, Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas, Mabalacat City College, St Louis University, Rizal Technological University, Trinity University of Asia, Ateneo de Manila University, Visayas State University, Jose Rizal Memorial State University and Mindanao State University’s (Marawi) College of Public Affairs. The Fair is supported by Campus Erasmus and the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities. Media partners this year include: Business World Spark Up, Cebu Daily News, Gadgets

Magazine, Inquirer Super, Panay News, Subselfie Online, Philippine Star, Manila Times, Adulting Millennials Podcast, The Philippine Business and News (thePhilBizNews. com) and SunStar Davao. The Virtual EHEF 2021 is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, together with EU Member States’ Embassies, education services and Institutes and in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education. If you’re ready to Go Higher with EU, register for EHEF 2021 now at https://

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Lourdes Subdivision, Little Panay and neighboring areas. Meanwhile, two sets of two 30-minute power interruptions will be conducted on September 26, Sunday, affecting cu s t o m ers i n Ba j a d a , Lanang and Buhangin. The first set of two 30-minute power interruptions will be conducted anytime between 3:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.. Customers affected are from Robinsons Cybergate Delta in Bajada to N. Arroyo Street in Lanang, via J.P. Laurel Avenue, including Palm Drive, Rivera Village, Margarita Village Road, Rimas Street, Rambutan Street, Plainview Drive, Park Avenue, Carmelite Road, Mamay Road and neighboring areas. These service disruptions will be

necessary to facilitate relocation of poles affected by the DPWH road widening project along J.P. Laurel Avenue, from MK Central to SM Lanang Premier. A separate set of two 30-minute power interruptions will be conducted anytime between 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. to facilitate erection of 138 kV poles along BuhanginLapanday Road from HB3 Hardware to Davao Basic Steel. These will be experienced by customers from Davao Light Bajada Substation going to Panorama Homes, via Buhangin Flyover, Buhangin-Lapanday Road and Mandug Road, including Camella Northpoint, Ladislawa Village, San Pedro Village, Spring Valley, Pag-asa

Homes, Pioneer Village and neighboring areas. A l s o a ff e c t e d a r e customers along Diversion Road in Buhangin, from crossing Milan going to crossing Angliongto Street, including NHA Buhangin and nearby areas. Davao Light apologizes for the inconvenience brought about by these scheduled power interruptions. But it will exert all efforts to restore electric service as scheduled or earlier. However, there may be instances where restoration may extend beyond the schedule due to unavoidable circumstances. Please contact our 24/7 Customer Contact Service at 229-3572, 655-3572 (Panabo), 0917-864-2793 (Globe) or 0920-970-1357 (Smart) for any power interruption that will fall outside the given schedule.

SEPTEMBER 24, 25, & 26, 2021

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Another party supports Sara’s presidential bid BY CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

A NEW political party is set to hold its national directorate convention on September 28 as it has expressed its support for the possible candidacy of Mayor Sara Duterte in case she changes her mind and decides to run for President in the 2022 electoral race. Based on its primer, grassroots-oriented initiaCarrying the slogan Partido Pilipino sa Pagba- tive, added that it filed an “Una sa lahat ang Pilibago (PPP) said that it is application to become a pino,” the political party also “willing to coalesce national party in February said that plans to establish a with other national and lo- as it is hoping that it would “Pilipino-block in congress cal parties in the candidacy be approved before the start that will enact pro-Pilipino of Mayor Sara.” of the filing of candidacies legislative measures and The city-based party, a next month. ( / ANOTHER / 11)

30-minute power interruptions on Sept. 25, 26 in some areas

MEMBERS of the Partido Pilipino sa Pagbabago install a tarpaulin calling for Mayor Sara Duterte to run for President in the 2022 elections. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

DAVAO Light and Power Co., Inc. will conduct sets of 30-minute power interruptions on September 2 5 a n d 2 6 , a ff e c t i n g customers in Bajada, Lanang and Panabo City. Two 30-minute power interruptions will be conducted on September

25, Saturday, anytime between 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.. These will be necessary to facilitate relocation of poles near Sea Oil Panabo. Specifically affected are customers from Davao Light Panabo Substation

in Cagangohan going to Panabo Bus Terminal, including Wharf Road Barangay Cagangohan, Niceville Subdivision, Crystal Plains Subdivision, Via Vida Townhomes, Barangay Gredu, White Plains Subdivision, ( / 30-MINUTE / 11)

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