Here’s a Heads Up from reportr on news that you need to know today, July 12.
- Is there a “standard” adobo? The DTI wants to come up with a cooking technique so that food businessmen will capture its authentic taste.
- The Philippines has received over 3 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine --- more than 1 million from Japan and another 2 million from the COVAX facility.
- Apart from AstraZeneca jabs, a total of 170,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to the Philippines over the weekend --- its biggest shipment of the vaccine so far.
- To ensure legitimacy, Quezon City has begun adding "tamper-proof" security seals on COVID-19 vaccination cards it issues.
- Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who are considering running for president and vice president respectively in the 2022 elections, are set to announce their final decision on Aug. 5.
- President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed openness to run for vice president next year. What do experts think about this?
- Brothers JV Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada are both eyeing a Senate return in 2022. A political scientist thinks only one should run for a higher chance of an Estrada comeback.
- Ahead of the July 17 PDP-Laban national party assembly, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and his camp expelled Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, who is pushing for Duterte’s vice presidential bid.
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- Lanes along EDSA corner North Avenue will be temporarily closed for 80 days to make way for construction on the MRT-LRT Common Station.
- Meralco will increase its rates again for July due to the persistently high cost of buying electricity.
- The Department of Foreign Affairs advised the public to avoid using GCash in paying for passport applications for now as it addresses payment issues.
- How far can your TikTok videos take you? Now, it can land you a job, as the social media network launched a recruiting platform.
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- It is up to local government units to decide if they will accept vaccination cards as an alternative to the RT-PCR test requirement for domestic travel, Malacañang said.
- Children aged five and above can now go outdoors in areas under GCQ and MGCQ.
- Benefits due health workers under the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act will continue to be given despite the expiration of its funds last June 30, its proponent in the Senate said.
- The Philippines is among the five emerging economies around the world that are highly vulnerable to the Delta coronavirus variant, according to a JPMorgan analysis.
- The Comelec said it is on track to meet its target of at least 61 million voters for the upcoming 2022 elections.
- The Philippine passport ranks 82 out of 116 based on visa-free score, according to a global passport index, adding that holders can enter 66 territories without presenting additional permits.
- A 90-year-old woman who died of COVID-19 was infected with the Alpha and Beta virus variants at the same time --- a phenomenon that may be underestimated, researchers said.
- Researchers have warned of "an international public health risk" after finding antibiotic-resistant superbug in different types of raw dog food.
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