KUWTT: OCTA and DoH differ on Metro risk level | June 17, 2022

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READ: OCTA, DoH differ on Metro risk level

INDEPENDENT Covid-19 tracker OCTA Research has classified the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) as at moderate risk of Covid infection, although the region has maintained its Level 1 alert status until the end of the month. In an interview on CNN Philippines on Tuesday, OCTA Research lead researcher Dr. Guido David said the group had raised Metro Manila’s risk level to moderate based on the increase in the daily attack rate. average of 0.99, reproduction rate of 1.56 and test positivity rate of 3.3. percent. But in a statement, the Department of Health (DoH) reiterated that the NCR remains at low risk, noting that while the region has shown a positive growth rate over two weeks, its average daily attack rate is still below the six cases required per 100,000 population. .

READ: Giant LED screens installed for BBM grand opening

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is coordinating with President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s camp as well as various local government units to install large LED displays for his inauguration on June 30, 2022. Mgen. Valeriano de Leon, director of operations for the PNP, said regional police directors have begun talks with Camp Marcos and LGUs to identify where the screens will be installed. The LED screens will be for people who cannot physically attend Marcos’ inauguration at the National Museum building in Manila, de Leon said. In the case of Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio’s June 19 inauguration, de Leon said at least six large LED screens will be installed in Davao City. He said the PNP expects a large number of Marcos supporters to attend his swearing-in, but the National Museum can only accommodate 1,200 people. De Leon said he was coordinating with Intramuros Golf Course management outside the museum to see if they could allow people into the course. The golf course can accommodate up to 10,000 people.

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READ: Hospital group backs Herbosa as health chief

The Association of Private Hospitals of the Philippines (PHAPi) on Thursday endorsed emergency medical expert and special consultant to the National Covid-19 Task Force (NTF), Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, as the next secretary to the Health. During a government briefing, PHAPi President Dr. Jose Rene de Grano said their endorsement is in line with endorsements made by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and its allied organizations. PMA President Dr. Maria Minerva Calimag and outgoing President Dr. Benito Atienza said in an earlier briefing that Herbosa has “extensive experience and expertise” in health care systems, public health, hospital administration, trauma surgery, emergency and disaster medicine. Herbosa was also endorsed by Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd, but he also endorsed infectious disease expert Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana for the job. Concepcion said having Herbosa or Salvana in the Department of Health (DoH) will help the government keep Covid-19 under control and keep the healthcare system in “good standing”. In return, this would keep the economy running, De Grano hopes President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will accept their endorsement.

BUSINESS: High interest rates in the US will impact PH economy

Heading things up, the current round of interest rate hikes in the US will have a negative impact on economic indicators in the Philippines. International and local analysts told the Manila Times on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its federal funds rate target by 75 basis points to 1.50%-1.75%. Wednesday, the biggest increase since 1994, in an effort to cool the economy without triggering a recession. Besides the obvious implications for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) policy rate hikes, ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Antonio Mapa believes aggressive Fed tightening is likely to translate into a broad-based dollar gain American (USD) in the near future.

SPORTS: esports is knocking on the doors of the UAAP and the NCAA

In sports, the national esports organization of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has expressed optimism that there will come a time when esports will be included in collegiate leagues such as the University Athletic Association of Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Speaking at the Manila Times esports forum on Tuesday, the acting executive director of the Philippine Esports Organization, Marlon Marcelo, noted that he is well aware that some schools, such as De La Salle University, already have clubs. and esports organizations. He said it would all depend on the “insistence” of the UAAP and NCAA that esports can truly become a legitimate sport.

READ: Opinion and Editorial

Stephen CuUnjieng and Ruben Torres are today’s front page columnists. CuUnjieng discusses the ideology and reality of inflation, food prices, and security, while Torres continues to discuss gun laws in the United States.

Today’s editorial discusses the government’s confusing methods of using e-bikes. Read a full version in the opinion section of the newspaper or listen to the voice of the times.

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On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Friday.

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