KUWTT: ‘Secrecy’ in Ballot Printing Under Attack | March 12, 2022

Good day. Here are the stories from the Manila Times for Saturday, March 12, 2022.

READ: The ‘secret’ in ballot printing is under attack

THE National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) calls on the Electoral Commission (Comelec) to ensure the transparency of the electoral process as the printing of ballot papers and the configuration of secure digital (SD) cards for voting machines continue took place under a veil of secrecy. With just nine weeks to go until Election Day, the polls watchdog has tagged Comelec for banning representatives of political parties and credentialed groups from observing the printing of ballot papers at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City and the configuration of SD cards at its technical center. in Sta. Rose, Lagoon.

READ: Go Negosyo rewards 17 women entrepreneurs

Seventeen women from different fields and backgrounds were celebrated at the recent Women 2022 Entrepreneurship Summit organized by Go Negosyo. Outstanding entrepreneurs were honored on March 11 by sharing how they inspired other women to start their own businesses based on inclusive, innovative and sustainable business models. Among them is a woman who teaches mothers how to start a home-based business; the head of one of the largest conglomerates in the country; an accountant; and a farmer promoting coconut oil and calamansi as agricultural products.

READ: Russian envoy assures PH ties intact

The crisis in Ukraine will not affect the existing agreements between the Philippines and Russia in the fields of defence, energy and people-to-people exchanges, assured the Russian ambassador. During a panel discussion, he asked the Manila Times on Friday, Ambassador Marat Pavlov affirmed his country’s deep friendship with the Philippines. Among the companies he mentioned is the draft nuclear energy agreement between the Russian company Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation and the Department of Energy (DoE) for a feasibility study on the implementation place of nuclear installations in the country as an alternative source of energy. However, in a statement on Wednesday, the non-resident Ukrainian ambassador to the Philippines, Olexander Nechytaylo, called on the Philippines to stop doing business with Russia and to stop being “complicit” in war crimes committed against the Ukrainian people. . Nechytaylo said the Russian invasion killed thousands of civilians, including dozens of children, and caused widespread destruction of homes and critical infrastructure. Due to sanctions imposed by several countries, financial transactions with Russia are now “impossible”, he said. The Philippines condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine, but refrained from imposing any sanctions against Moscow.

READ: Covid-19 pill gets FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved another pill for emergency use for patients with Covid-19. The Paxlovid pill, according to its developer, US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, is 89% effective in preventing hospitalization or death in high-risk adults. The emergency use authorization (EUA) was issued to Pfizer on March 10, FDA official Dr. Oscar Gutierrez said. This allows the Department of Health (DoH) and the National Task Force Against Covid-19 to procure supplies of the pill and distribute it to Covid-19 patients free of charge. The pill contains two antiviral compounds, nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, and must be taken twice a day for five days after diagnosis of Covid-19 for adults aged 18 and over. It is not recommended for pregnant, breastfeeding or childbearing women.

READ: 6,100 schools across PH are holding in-person classes

THE Department of Education (DepEd) reported on Friday that 6,122 schools across the country have physically reopened for the gradual expansion of face-to-face classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. DepEd Assistant Secretary for Field Operation Malcolm Garma told a press conference that more than 8,200 schools have been designated by their respective regional offices to participate in in-person classes – 7,893 public schools , 208 private schools and 143 unclassified schools – and are in the process of being validated by the department.

BUSINESS: AMRO raises PH growth prospects

On the business side, the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) raised growth prospects for the Philippine economy, but its forecast remains below the government’s target as the Covid-19 pandemic remains a major risk. The growth forecast for 2022 is an upward revision from AMRO’s previous projection of 6.2% in its Asean+3 regional economic outlook, which was released in January. However, it falls short of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) target of 7-9%.

SPORTS: Tolentino includes Obiena in SEA Games list

In the field of sports, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has included Ernest John “EJ” Obiena in the list of Filipino athletes participating in the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi. POC President Bambol Tolentino announced the development in an interview with Playitright TV on Wednesday evening.

READ: Opinion and Editorial

Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are the front-page columnists today. Contreras has a word for educators, while Makabenta comments that climate change is the talk of war and peace.

Today’s editorial thinks the United Nations could be the biggest casualty of the war in Ukraine. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section 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 weekend.

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