Have a good day. Here are the articles from the Manila Times for Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
READ: Visayas, Mindanao internet to get a boost
The Marcos administration plans to improve internet connectivity in the Visayas and Mindanao with the help of mega-billionaire Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite communications network. Information and Communications Secretary Ivan John Uy said on Monday that Starlink was ideal for such an upgrade because it uses low-orbit satellites. He said telecom companies or telecom operators usually find it difficult to locate in “mission routes” or areas that have few users. A network of low-orbit satellites like Starlink’s is ideal for such an endeavor, he said. Starlink already provides satellite Internet access coverage to 33 countries.
READ: NCR Covid surge to peak in 2 weeks
The increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and surrounding areas is expected to peak within one to two weeks, independent monitoring group OCTA Research said Monday. OCTA said the current rise in Covid-19 cases has exceeded projections, with infections topping the 1,000 mark for the fourth day in a row. The Ministry of Health recorded 7,398 cases from June 27 to July 3, a daily average of 1,057 cases. This is higher than the figure from June 20 to June 26. The NCR or Metro Manila still has the highest number of cases as of July 3 at 663, with 142 cases in Quezon City alone. Cavite, Iloilo, Laguna, Rizal and Cebu have all recorded more than 50 cases. OCTA researcher Guido David also predicted that the Covid positivity rate in the NCR and Calabarzon, particularly Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, would increase. In Metro Manila, the positivity rate rose from 6% on June 25 to 8.3% on July 2. The positivity rate in Laguna and Cavite exceeded 10 percent during the same period. An increase in the positivity rate was also recorded in Batangas, Benguet, Iloilo and Pampanga. David attributed the slight increases to the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants. He said these sub-variants are also responsible for the increase in cases and positivity rate in Western Visayas. David expects a slight increase in the hospitalization rate in Metro Manila as well as Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon).
READ: ‘Optimistic’ Marcos hits the ground running
LESS than a week after taking office, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has been “optimistic” about his job. Publicist Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said the 64-year-old Marcos started in the early days of his presidency. She said Marcos had been “well received” everywhere he had gone so far, including at Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at the Palace. Briefly addressing the participants in the ceremony, the President welcomed their enthusiasm and encouraged them to always give the best of themselves, because that is what the people expect of them. From Malacañang, the president traveled to the main office of the Ministry of Agriculture in Quezon City where he chaired his first meeting as temporary head of the agency.
READ: DILG chief to join police anti-drug raids
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DILG) Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. will join the Philippine National Police Anti-Narcotics Operations to motivate the police force to do better in the fight against social ills such as illegal drugs. Abalos made the announcement during a press briefing on Monday, his first day as head of the DILG. He also outlined his plans for his first 100 days.
READ: PNP gearing up for Marcos SONA
Weeks before President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) scheduled for this month, the Philippine National Police (PNP) had begun making security preparations at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. Mgen. Valeriano de Leon, director of operations of the PNP, said on Sunday that he wanted to draw up the security plan to cover all situations outside and inside the Batasang Pambansa, where President Marcos will give his speech to reveal his plan for the country. . Building on the security success of the national and local elections on May 9, 2022, which were declared the most peaceful and fastest, as well as the inaugurations of Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio and Marcos, de Leon said he was confident that it would be the same for SONA.
BUSINESS: The government is betting on job creation – Balisacan
Leading the way, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the Marcos administration will focus on returning the Philippine economy to pre-pandemic levels and undertake proactive engagement with stakeholders. . According to him, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and the economic team are in “substantial agreement” on the overall objective of the new administration.
SPORTS: Arellano shoots for a place in the Final Four
On the sports side, defending champion Arellano University is looking to make their eighth straight Final Four appearance when they take on Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Season ’97 Women’s Volleyball Tournament ( NCAA) at Paco Arena today, July 5. it’s 2:30 p.m. Buoyed by a four-game winning streak and a 6-1 record, the Lady Chiefs chasing four rounds are poised to make it five in a row and clinch a spot in the semis. final. Led by Kristine Adante, Nicole Sasuman, Princess Robles and Trina Abaya, the second Arellano executed a 25-12, 25-13, 25-23 sweep of Dalta Perpetual Aid System University last Saturday. Lady Chiefs head coach Obet Javier wants his players to treat every game like a league game and not take the Lady Generals lightly, especially with the latter winning their last game against Colegio de San Juan of Letran.
READ: Opinion and Editorial
Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are the front-page columnists today. Contreras dissects Pres. The governance philosophy of Marcos while Makabenta shares three views of a Filipino.
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On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Tuesday.