KUWTT: Experts draw a roadmap to normalcy | July 11, 2022
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READ: Experts draw a roadmap to normality
TO help the country’s transition to normalcy, Go Negosyo Founder Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd and the Expert Advisory Council (ACE) have compiled a list of recommendations that they will submit to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. His sentiments were shared by the CAE, which is made up of some of the nation’s foremost authorities on public health, molecular biology, disaster resilience, data analysis and analytics, and economics, which reiterated the importance for the government to prepare an exit strategy from the pandemic. On the panel are former National Covid-19 Task Force Special Advisor Dr. Teddy Herbosa, Covid-19 Technical Task Force Chair Dr. Nina Gloriani, Expert Panel Member on vaccines, Dr Rontgene Solante, infectious disease expert Dr Benjamin Co, Philippine College of Physicians President Dr Maricar Limpin, health reform advocate Dr Tony Leachon, OCTA Research Fellows Dr Michael Tee, Prof Ranjit Rye, Dr. Guido David and Fr. Nic Austriaco, Economist Romy Bernardo and Go Negosyo Senior Advisor Josephine Romero. The list from Concepcion, the former presidential adviser for entrepreneurship, and ACE includes suggestions such as an alert level plan similar to the color-coded system of the National Council for Risk Reduction and Management of disaster. The “traffic light” system uses colors to indicate the different stages of preparation, their corresponding prior actions using healthcare utilization rates (HCUR) and average daily attack rate (ADAR) and rules mask for each region.
READ: BBM better, working in isolation – Palace
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s condition continues to improve and “continues to work in isolation”, giving direction to members of his cabinet, Malacañang said Sunday. The chief executive, who tested positive for Covid-19 in an antigen test on Friday July 8, while suffering from a mild fever, nasal congestion, itchy nose and a occasional mild non-productive cough, underwent a confirmatory RT-PCR test and was confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus disease for a second time. He first contracted the virus during the height of the pandemic in 2020. In a statement, Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles publicist assured that Marcos Jr. was “in the comfort of his home.” and had only mild symptoms now. ‘No fever, no loss of taste and smell,’ Cruz-Angeles said, citing Marcos Jr.’s primary physician, Dr. Samuel Zacate.
READ: Education is an investment – Cocopea
THE Coordinating Council of Private Education Associations of the Philippines (Cocopea) said private education should not be seen as a “commodity” but as an “investment” in the future of children. Guest on the pilot episode of SMNI News’ weekly “Business and Politics” current affairs program, Joseph Noel Estrada, Executive Director of Cocopea, told Manila Times Chairman and CEO Dante “Klink” And 2nd Parents and students should be more responsible for their children’s education. Estrada said private schools across the country were struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with around 400 schools having zero enrollment and more students transferring to public schools. He said education should not be based on a single system that only favors public schools.
READ: Tesda plans more foreign language courses
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) plans to add more foreign language training courses to improve the competitive advantage of Filipino workers locally and overseas. The languages offered are Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Italian and French. Tesda Deputy General Manager Rosanna Urdaneta said the new courses will bolster the National Skills Language Center (NLSC) offerings. The center already offers courses on English proficiency for customer service workers, Japanese language and culture, Japanese language and culture level 2, and Spanish language for different professions. In 2021, the NLSC produced 1,148 graduates – 508 of whom completed English language proficiency for customer service workers; 450 in Japanese language and culture; and 190 in Spanish for different vocations.
READ: P159-M SEA Games Unliquidated Fund
Funds for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, totaling more than 159 million pesos, were unliquidated at the end of 2021, based on an audit report from the Committee on Audit (CoA). The Philippines hosted the 2019 Games and emerged as champions. The CoA report on the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for 2021 noted that P159,929,194.74 of the unliquidated amount was for preparations for the event and the organization itself. P17,627.51 was for the purchase of a 400-minute ANSI Lumnes multimedia projector and 15 x 4GB digital voice recorders. P9,765,000 of the P159,956,587.25 went to coaching 14 athletes from the Philippine Judo Federation in Tokyo, Japan. The report also showed detailed “unliquidated” fund transfers to Phisgoc (Philippines Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee), 10 National Sports Associations (NSAs) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (PoC). and refunds by December 31, 2021. P218,208.13 became a denial and received the notice of denial (ND) on February 22, 2022, the report says. The audit of the accounts of 10 NSAs amounting to 15,279,569.04 pesos was suspended on September 6, 2021 “and has already resulted in a rejection”, he added.
SPORTS: Magsayo fails to defend WBC belt
Sticking to the sport, Filipino pug Mark Magsayo couldn’t defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight belt, losing to Mexican Rey Vargas by split decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday. (Philippine time). Two judges scored 115-112 each for Vargas while a single judge had Magsayo win, 113-112. Magsayo’s failure to defend his belt meant the Philippines no longer had a world champion. This is after Rene Cuarto and Nonito Donaire Jr. recently also lost their World Minimumweight and WBC Bantamweight belts to the International Boxing Federation (IBF). Defending his belt for the first time, Magsayo managed to slightly control the first two rounds before the more efficient Vargas dictated the pace.
BUSINESS: MUFG, Fitch Solutions see CAD more broadly
Leading the business, the country’s current account (CAD) deficit is expected to widen this year due to rising commodity prices and import demand, MUFG Bank Ltd said. and Fitch Solutions. The latest available data, which shows the net energy trade deficit widened to $7.8 billion between January and April, from $3.3 billion in the same period last year, been cited by Japan’s largest bank to back up its view that the current account will be pulled down by a wider trade gap.
READ: Opinion and editorial
Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front-page columnists, as they both discuss the issues surrounding the online news site Rappler and its leader, Maria Ressa.
Today’s editorial discusses the ties between the Philippines and China under the Marcos administration. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section or listen to the voice of the times.
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