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Comelec could ‘take over’ automation — exec

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:50:00 06/29/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics

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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) could “take over” the position vacated by a Filipino firm in a technology consortium tasked automate the 2010 elections so that it would push through, an elections official said.

This is among four “contingency plans” of the Comelec to make sure that next year’s elections are automated, said Ferdinand Rafanan, chairman of the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) that awarded the automation contract to Dutch firm Smartmatic International and its Filipino partner, Total Information Management (TIM). Read the rest of this entry »

HEALTH EXEC SAYS
H1N1 can mutate into ‘milder’ strain

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:53:00 06/29/2009

Filed Under: Health, Diseases, Swine Flu

MANILA, Philippines – The Influenza A(H1N1) virus can mutate, but not anytime soon and not necessarily into a more virulent strain, a health official said Monday.

Viruses need between six months to a year before it can mutate, and even if it mutates, it does not necessarily become deadlier, said Doctor Yolanda Oliveros, director of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Read the rest of this entry »

MANUAL COUNT LOOMS
Firm backs out of 2010 poll automation

By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:14:00 06/29/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics, State Budget & Taxes

MANILA, Philippines — The automation of the 2010 elections was placed in jeopardy after the Filipino partner of the technology consortium that won the bidding for the project backed out, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo said.

Melo said officials of Total Information Management Corp. (TIM) informed him that they were withdrawing from their partnership with Dutch firm Smartmatic International. Read the rest of this entry »

Comelec to winning bidder: No papers, no deal

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:29:00 06/29/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, State Budget & Taxes

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will “call off” its deal with the winning bidder for the 2010 election automation project if it fails to submit its incorporation papers by Friday, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said.

At the same time, Melo ordered on Monday the suspension of negotiations between the Comelec and the consortium of Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM), two days before the scheduled contract signing on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

H1N1 outbreak declaration in Metro mulled

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:22:00 06/26/2009

Filed Under: Health, Diseases, Swine Flu

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DoH) is studying whether or not to declare a full-blown community outbreak of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in the capital, where 70 percent of the 861 cases of the disease were reported, a health official said.

The DoH last week placed Metro Manila under a “low-level” community outbreak, with the spread of A(H1N1) limited to the areas of schools, where students and faculty were infected with the disease. Read the rest of this entry »

No more total school shutdown – DoH

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:05:00 06/25/2009

Filed Under: Education, Health, Diseases, Swine Flu

MANILA, Philippines – Instead of shutting down entire schools, the Department of Health (DoH) said school officials should suspend only the specific classes and offices attended by students or personnel who have Influenza A(H1N1).

The guidelines for the suspension of classes were revised so that classes or offices not attended by the A(H1N1) cases would not be disrupted unnecessarily, said Doctor Asuncion Maderazo-Anden, director of the National Center of Health and Promotion of the Department of Health (DoH). Read the rest of this entry »

H1N1 cases rise to 727, 74% recover – DoH

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:52:00 06/25/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s total confirmed cases of Influenza A(H1N1) breached the 700-mark, but the Department of Health (DoH) said the “rapid” spread of the disease was matched with a “rapid” recovery rate of 74 percent.

On Tuesday, the DoH confirmed 123 new cases, bringing the total to 727, the second highest in Southeast Asia next to Thailand, which has 980 cases according to the World Health Organization. Read the rest of this entry »


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