KUWTT: PH still without Omicron | December 7, 2021

Good day. Here are the articles from the Manila Times of Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

READ: PH still without Omicron

THE Philippines remains free from the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Department of Health (DoH) reported on Monday. Most of the sequenced cases primarily resulted in the highly infectious Delta variant, the DoH said. Of the 629 samples, almost 91%, or 571 samples, exhibited the Delta variant, while one sample each had the Beta and Alpha variants. Of the 253 people who arrived in the Philippines from South Africa from November 15 to 29, before the African country was placed on the red list of countries at high risk of Covid, 80 had been located. Four of them, three foreigners and a Filipino, are at Negros Occidental. They were retested and found negative for Covid-19. The remaining 76 have yet to be tested, the health ministry said. Only eight of the remaining 253 arrivals have not been located while another batch of 165 arrivals from South Africa is being verified. Under Secretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire said that of the 80 people located, 71 are in quarantine at the facilities, four are in home quarantine and five have been released after completing the quarantine period. Samples of other individuals who arrived during the week of November 15 to 29 who tested positive for Covid-19 have been sent to the Philippine Genome Center, with results expected today December 7 or Wednesday December 8. Vergeire said studies on Omicron’s transmissibility are still ongoing, so it is difficult to compare the variant with other variants of concern.

READ: The safest place in PH to enjoy Christmas – Concepcion

DESPITE the imminent threat of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Philippines is still one of the safest countries to visit, especially during the holiday season, Presidential Entrepreneurship Advisor Jose Maria “Joey said on Monday. “Concepcion 3rd. With the daily average of cases among the lowest in the world and most indicators showing that the Philippines is unlikely to see another increase in the number of cases this year, Concepcion believes the country is one of the most ideal places to visit. spend the holidays, especially for Filipinos based overseas.

READ: ASEAN Countries Should Unite in South China Sea – Alunan

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Should Act as “Fulcrum” and Unite to Prevent US and China from Completing Their Unilateral Agenda in the South China Sea (SCS), former Home Secretary Rafael “Raffy” Alunan 3rd said Monday. The chairman of the Philippine Council on Foreign Relations (PCFR) made the remark during a panel discussion with The Manila Times chaired by its chairman Dante Francis “Klink” Ang 2nd. Retired Colonel Alejandro Flores, lawyer Rafael Morales and retired General Eduardo Adan, respectively president, secretary general and fiduciary of the PCFR, also shared their views on security and economic issues related to the conflicting claims in the SCS or the West Philippine Sea. Alunan said the problem in the SCS mainly concerns the “great power rivalry” between Washington and Beijing.

READ: In-person classes open in the NCR

TWENTY-EIGHT schools in Metro Manila again welcomed students on Monday for in-person lessons after nearly two years of distance learning. The schools joined the 118 other public and private schools that started face-to-face classes last November. Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Malcolm Garma visited Pasig Elementary School in Pasig City to observe grades 1 and 2. He reminded students to always wear masks during class. Garma was joined by the mayor of Pasig, Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” Sotto, who ensured that the city’s pilot schools are adequately ventilated. The local government also provided learners with a cloth mask to use in addition to their disposable masks as an extra layer of protection against the virus. Students should also disinfect their hands and have their temperature checked before entering their classes. With only two weeks to go before the Christmas break starting on Dec. 20, Garma said pilot schools in Metro Manila must submit their course evaluations in person.

READ: Isko proposes to adopt Duterte

The mayor of MANILA, Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, on Monday supported the presidential candidacy of President Rodrigo Duterte and proposed to adopt it as his party’s fourth bet for the Senate. During a “listening tour” to Lapu-Lapu town in Cebu, Domagoso said he would be grateful, honored and humbled to include the president in his senatorial lineup. The Mayor of Manila justified this by highlighting the many achievements of Duterte, the main one being the “Build, Build, Build” initiative which not only saw the construction and completion of bridges, highways and others. infrastructure, but has also generated thousands of jobs for Filipinos amid the pandemic. He also praised the president’s support for the three-day “Bayanihan Bakunahan” which has called on the services of vaccinators from cities like Manila that have already exceeded the target of 70 percent of its population. However, he clarified that Aksyon Demokratiko will not adopt bets which are also invited candidates from other parties. Domagoso said he was extending the offer to Duterte following Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go’s decision to withdraw his candidacy for the presidency. Go, however, has not yet seized the electoral commission to formalize the withdrawal of his certificate of candidacy.

BUSINESS: the PH banking system will recover in 2022

On business, debt observer Fitch Ratings said the financial performance of the Philippine banking system is expected to recover moderately next year. In its “Fitch Ratings 2022 Outlook: Asia-Pacific Emerging Market Banks” report released on Monday, Fitch said the outlook for the sector is improving. Fitch Ratings said loan growth is expected to increase 8% in 2022 from the 3% forecast this year. The projection takes into account a weak base effect and the gradual economic recovery. The rating agency had previously forecast 6.8% growth in the Philippine economy in 2022.

SPORTS: Sotto’s entry into FIBA ​​WCQ uncertain

In sports, the availability of Filipino NBA prospect Kai Sotto for Gilas Pilipinas in the first window of the 2023 FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers in February next year is still unknown. CJ Bruton, Sotto’s coach at Adelaide 36ers in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL), said he, team management and Sotto had yet to discuss the matter. The NBL would be in the middle of its 2021-2022 season in the February window of the playoffs.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are today’s top columnists. Contreras warns of academic institutions that undermine academic freedom, while Makabenta speaks of leadership standards and principles of the country’s national tradition.

Today’s editorial is about Russia emerging as a new player in the Indo-Pacific theater. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section or listen to Voice of the Times.

READ: ‘Times’ Forum Highlights Opportunities in Mindanao

Business opportunities in Mindanao will be in the spotlight in the Manila Times virtual forum, “Mindanao: Mind it now”, today December 7th. He will be joined by BDO Network Bank Chairman Jesus Antonio Itchon, Founder of LeBien Medical Group Dr Edwin Bien, Chairman of Anflo Group of Companies, Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo and Elizer Betinol, Senior Director of Advisory Services at Reyes Tacandong. & Co. Broadcasting live on The Manila. Times Facebook page and YouTube channel and Dailymotion from 10am to 12pm, the forum will be moderated by Times CEO Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd and columnist Ben Kritz. We’ll see each other there!

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For the Manila Times, it is Paulo Dimaapi.

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