KUWTT: Printing of ballot papers begins | January 19, 2022
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READ: Ballot printing begins
The Electoral Commission said it was confident it would be able to complete the printing of more than 67 million ballot papers for the May 9 elections on time despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
READ: Clinics, pharmacies operated as jab sites
The government’s pandemic task force has called on private pharmacies and clinics to help with its vaccination campaign.
READ: Duterte OKs expanded face-to-face classes
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the Education Ministry’s proposal to expand the conduct of limited face-to-face classes in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in other news….
READ: Sara Duterte secures victory for Gibo
Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is confident that former Defense Chief Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro will win a Senate seat in the 2022 election.
READ: Boosts antibody levels, Covid protection ‒ experts
Two experts, who are part of the government’s vaccine panel, have cited the importance of getting vaccinated after four overseas studies showed promise for increased protection from booster doses.
READ: Covid flu booster shot possible in 2023 ‒ Moderna
Moderna aims to roll out a combined Covid-flu RSV booster vaccine in late 2023, the U.S. pharmaceutical company said Monday (Tuesday in Manila), hoping a joint vaccine would encourage people to get vaccinated every year.
READ: Workers exempt from ‘no work, no commute’ policy
The Department of Labor and Employment clarified on Tuesday that workers were exempt from the “no vaccine, no commute” policy.
In regional news,
READ: Army locates NPA weapons cache in Nueva Vizcaya
The Philippine Army’s 84th Infantry Battalion recovered high-powered firearms and ammunition from a suspected New People’s Army or NPA weapons cache in the municipality of Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya.
In world news,
READ: UN calls for denuclearization of Korea
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for diplomatic talks between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and all parties concerned with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, his spokesman said.
READ: Winter storm covers the United States and Canada
A severe winter storm blanketed parts of North America in snow on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) as it sliced through the east coast of the United States in Canada, disrupting travel and knocking out power to thousands of homes.
In the business,
READ: ING Bank raises 2021 PH growth estimate
ING Bank’s local unit raised its estimate for the Philippines’ gross domestic product growth for 2021, but warned that economic expansion this year is expected to fall short of the government’s target.
And in sports,
READ: Hawks end 10-game home losing streak
Trae Young scored 30 points for the struggling Atlanta Hawks who trailed for much of the game before rallying for a 121-114 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), snapping a 10-game losing streak in residence.
Rigoberto Tiglao and Marlen Ronquillo are the Times’ featured front-page columnists.
READ: Enforce US-backed arbitration award and we’ll lose our Kalayaan island group
Ronquillo laments the state of being
READ: Out of sync and with disparate messages
In the Times editorial, it is recalled that
READ: RCEP ratification key to economic recovery
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With Aric John Sy Cua, Paolo Dimaapi and Christian Maghanoy, this is the report by Dafort Villaseran. Good year!