Good day. Listed here are the tales for The Manila Occasions for Saturday, March 12, 2022.
READ: ‘Secrecy’ in poll printing assailed
THE Nationwide Motion for Free Elections (Namfrel) is looking on the Fee on Elections (Comelec) to ensure transparency within the electoral course of amid considerations that the printing of ballots and configuration of safe digital (SD) playing cards for voting machines had been being held underneath a veil of secrecy. With solely 9 weeks earlier than election day, the ballot watchdog scored the Comelec for barring representatives of political events and accredited teams from observing the printing of ballots on the Nationwide Printing Workplace (NPO) in Quezon Metropolis and the configuration of SD playing cards at its technical hub in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
READ: Go Negosyo acknowledges 17 ladies entrepreneurs
Seventeen ladies from totally different fields and with totally different backgrounds had been feted within the latest Girls 2022 Entrepreneurship Summit organized by Go Negosyo. The excellent entrepreneurs took the highlight final March 11 as they shared how they impressed different ladies to start out their very own ventures primarily based on inclusive, revolutionary and sustainable enterprise fashions. Amongst them is a lady who teaches moms to start out a home-based enterprise; the pinnacle of one of many nation’s greatest conglomerates; an accountant; and a farmer selling coconut oil and calamansi as agri-products.
READ: Russian envoy assures ties with PH intact
THE disaster in Ukraine won’t have an effect on current agreements between the Philippines and Russia within the fields of protection, vitality and people-to-people change, the Russian ambassador has assured. In a roundtable dialogue, he requested with The Manila Occasions on Friday, Ambassador Marat Pavlov affirmed his nation’s deep friendship with the Philippines. Among the many ventures he talked about is the deliberate nuclear energy deal between Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Vitality Company and the Division of Vitality (DoE) for a feasibility research on organising nuclear energy amenities within the nation instead supply of energy. Nonetheless, in an announcement Wednesday, non-resident Ukrainian Ambassador to the Philippines Olexander Nechytaylo appealed to the Philippines to cease doing enterprise with Russia and cease being an “confederate” to the conflict crimes being dedicated in opposition to the Ukrainian individuals. Nechytaylo mentioned the Russian invasion has killed 1000’s of civilians, together with dozens of kids, and precipitated widespread destruction of houses and significant infrastructure. Due to sanctions imposed by a number of nations, monetary transactions with Russia are “unattainable” now, he mentioned. The Philippines has condemned the Russian assault on Ukraine, however stopped wanting imposing any sanction in opposition to Moscow.
READ: Covid-19 capsule will get FDA approval
THE Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized for emergency use one other capsule for Covid-19 sufferers. The Paxlovid capsule, in line with its developer, American drug big Pfizer, is 89 % efficient in stopping hospitalization or demise in high-risk adults. The emergency use authorization (EUA) was issued to Pfizer on March 10, FDA Officer in Cost Dr. Oscar Gutierrez mentioned. This enables the Division of Well being (DoH) and the Nationwide Process Drive In opposition to Covid-19 to obtain provides of the capsule and distribute it freed from cost to Covid-19 sufferers. The capsule has two antiviral compounds, nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, and must be taken twice every day for 5 days after analysis for Covid-19 for adults ages 18 above. It’s not really helpful for ladies who’re pregnant, lactating or these with child-bearing potential.
READ: 6,100 colleges PH-wide maintain in-person lessons
THE Division of Training (DepEd) reported on Friday that 6,122 colleges nationwide have bodily reopened for the progressive enlargement of face-to-face lessons amid the Covid-19 pandemic. DepEd Assistant Secretary for Area Operation Malcolm Garma, in a information convention, mentioned greater than 8,200 colleges have been nominated by their respective regional workplaces to take part in in-person lessons — 7,893 public colleges, 208 non-public colleges and 143 unclassified colleges — and are being validated by the division.
BUSINESS: AMRO raises PH progress outlook
Over to enterprise, the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Analysis Workplace (AMRO) has raised the expansion outlook for the Philippine financial system, however their forecast stays beneath the federal government’s goal as Covid-19 pandemic stays a key danger. The 2022 progress forecast is an upward revision from AMRO’s prior projection of 6.2 % in its Asean+3 Regional Financial Outlook, which was launched in January. Nonetheless, it falls wanting the interagency Growth Funds Coordination Committee’s (DBCC) intention of seven to 9 %.
SPORTS: Tolentino contains Obiena in SEA Video games checklist
In sports activities, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has included Ernest John “EJ” Obiena within the checklist of Filipino athletes competing within the coming Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games in Hanoi. POC President Bambol Tolentino introduced this improvement in an interview with Playitright TV on Wednesday night time.
READ: Opinion and editorial
Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are right now’s entrance web page columnists. Contreras has a phrase for educators, whereas Makabenta feedback on local weather change being the dialogue over conflict and peace.
At this time’s editorial believes the United Nations will be the greatest casualty of the conflict in Ukraine. Learn a full model on the paper’s opinion part or take heed to the Voice of the Occasions.
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On behalf of The Manila Occasions, that is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a protected weekend forward.