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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

READ: Wrestling the plastic monster

For its size and despite being, otherwise, considered more a victim of the climate-change problem than a source of it, the Philippines is a prodigious producer of plastic waste. While characterizations of the country as being "among the world's worst" in this regard may be unfair, Filipinos have long recognized the problem. Despite this, efforts to curb plastic pollution through national — and local-level — laws have only had modest results.

READ: 'Florita' disrupts work, suspends classes

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President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. suspended government work and public school classes in all levels in Metro Manila and several other provinces beginning Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday, August 24, due to Severe Tropical Storm "Florita."

READ: DepEd surpasses enrollment target

The Department of Education or DepEd breached its 28.6 million enrollment target on Tuesday, August 23, after 28.79 million learners were recorded to have enlisted for the school year 2022 to 2023 for a 104.49-percent increase from last year's 27.56 million.

READ: Health pass a requirement for incoming intl travelers

The Office of the Press Secretary reminded on Tuesday all inbound international passengers to first register online for the One Health Pass before embarking on their trip as this was one of the requirements needed for their entry into the country.

READ: 500,000-MT fertilizers to arrive in 2 weeks

Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban said on Tuesday at least 500,000 metric tons of fertilizers would arrive within two weeks from Malaysia and China under government-to-government negotiations.

READ: More sugar hidden in warehouses – DA exec

An official of the Department of Agriculture or DA believes that more sugar will be uncovered as the government continues to raid warehouses across the country.

READ: CA upholds indictment of Sycip son

The Court of Appeals or CA has upheld the indictment of George Sycip and officers of tuna canning firm Alliance International Inc. that were charged with estafa and violation of the Corporate Code of the Philippines.

In regional news,

READ: PH needs to import refined sugar

There is a shortage of refined sugar in the country and the Sugar Regulatory Administration is consolidating data as to how much sugar is needed to be imported.

In world news,

READ: Australia to prevent PMs from getting extra powers

Australia's government will launch an inquiry, aimed at preventing a premier from ever again secretly amassing new ministerial powers, Prime Minister or PM Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday.

READ: Kyiv: 9,000 troops dead since invasion began

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has already killed some 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers since it began six months ago, a general said, and the fighting on Monday showed no sign that the war was abating.

In business,

READ: BSP seen making lower key rate hikes

An economist sees the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP making one or two 0.25-basis-point key rate increases for the rest of 2022.

And in sports,

READ: TNT, SMB brace for another tight battle

It couldn't get any closer. Game 1 in the clash between two heavyweight teams for the championship of the PBA Philippine Cup had to be decided by a buzzer-beating jumper from veteran guard Jayson Castro, who towed the TNT Tropang Giga to an 86-84 triumph over the San Miguel Beermen last Sunday.

Rigoberto Tiglao and Marlen Ronquillo are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Tiglao exposes

READ: A billion pesos worth of sugar hoarded

Ronquillo chimes in by

READ: Debunking the myth of complacency, inefficiency and laziness

In The Times editorial, it is recommended to

READ: Balance short- and long-term responses to food crisis

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This is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have a great day ahead.