Senators shine at UNTV Cup off season games

UNTV News   •   June 9, 2017   •   5570

MANILA — The Senate Sentinels vow to intensify their plays against the BOC Transformers on June 11, and expressed their support to Kuya Daniel’s innovative basketball league.

Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva lead the Sentinels’ roster.

“Salamat sa lahat ng sumusubaybay sa UNTV, sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa Senate Sentinels. Mabuhay po kayo, God bless,” Sen. Angara said. (Thanks to all the audience of UNTV and to all the supporters of Senate Sentinels. Long live, God Bless!)

Sen. Joel Villanueva, “We gonna have fun so, kudos to UNTV for having this special league, talagang saludo kami [we salute you].”

The Senators team showed last week that they can go against other teams in the UNTV Cup Executive Face Off.

They even gave the DOJ Justice Boosters its first loss on June 4 with final scores 84-77.

Sen. Angara added, “Nagkataon sa mga nakaraang game kulang tayo ng tao, eh. Ngayon, medyo kumpleto, tamang tama hindi masyado na pagod. Kasi last two game kinapos kami sa last quarter. So ito, medyo may gasoline pa kumbaga.” (It so happened that in the previous games we were short on players. But now we’re almost complete, it’s not too tiring anymore.  In the last two games, we lost steam at the last quarter. This time we have enough gasoline, so to speak.)

Sen. Joel Villanueva commended, “Great addition si Senator Angara dahil may isa pa na pwedeng magdalangbola, isang leader na kahit wala sa stats yung makikita mo sa kaniya, he gives so much sa team.” (Sen. Angara is a great addition, because there will be another one who can bring the ball (play point guard). He  is a leader who, even though you can’t see it on the stats sheet, he gives so much for the team.)

On the other hand, the Transformers, led by the BOC Chief, Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, expressed their commitment to the league despite their standing, in the name of public service.

“We’re not here just to win but to have some fun saka to support the league, the [UNTV] Cup. Serbisyong bayan ‘to so napakaganda. So kahit alam naman namin na from the start, wala naman talaga kami pool ng players but we still fill in our players para masaya.”

(We are not here just to win but to have some fun and to support the league, the UNTV Cup, the league of public servants. This is public service so it’s awesome. So even though we knew from the start that we don’t have a competitive pool of players we still fill in our team line up to enjoy the league.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

Angara wants more COVID-19 mega quarantine facilities in Cebu

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday called for the establishment of more mega quarantine facilities in Central Visayas, especially in Cebu as it emerges as the new epicenter of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

“The Department of Health should step up its response in Cebu City because the only way that we can flatten the curve is if all areas of the country are able to control the spread of the disease,” Angara said in a statement.

As of June 28, 2020, Region 7 has breached the 8,000 mark on the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with Cebu City accounting for 4,962 of these infections.

A total of 252 COVID-19 deaths have also been recorded, with 157 of these from Cebu City.

Cebu City is the only area in the country placed under enhanced community quarantine.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) earlier said it is now looking for possible sites to construct additional isolation or quarantine facilities in Cebu City.

Angara noted that a newly-constructed quarantine facility in the city, which can accommodate more than 300 patients, was opened on Monday, June 29.

The senator, a COVID-19 survivor, also called on more hospitals in Cebu City to consider using convalescent plasma therapy to treat severe cases of coronavirus disease.

Some hospitals in Metro Manila and Cebu undertook efforts to use convalescent plasma therapy and hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange as possible treatments for COVID-19 patients.

The hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange involves the removal of bad plasma from a patient and replacing these with good plasma from donors.

Gov’t urged to restore TESDA’s scholarship fund for workers displaced by pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva on Friday called on the national government to restore the funding of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) scholarship programs to help displaced workers become more employable despite the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, Villanueva said the agency’s capacity to provide training for displaced workers and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) was “severely hampered” when part of its budget was realigned for the government’s COVID-19 response.

The senator said about P2.3 billion of TESDA’s budget under the 2020 General Appropriations Act was realigned for COVID-19 fight under the Bayanihan Law.

“Mas mabilis at madali po sana ang pagbangon ng ating mga manggagawang nawalan ng trabaho kung may kakayahan ang TESDA na magbigay ng training para sa mga in-demand na trabaho,” Villanueva said.

“Sa panahon natin ngayon mas kailangan ang tech-voc upang i-ahon ang ating mga manggagawa sa kanilang sitwasyon,” he added.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier estimated that around five million Filpino workers will be displaced by the pandemic by the end of the year.

Villanueva, who chairs the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, stressed there is a need to restore TESDA’s scholarship fund to help OFWs who have lost their jobs, as well as online sellers trying to make a living amid the pandemic.

“Isa po ang tech-voc training sa mga mabisang sandata ng gobyerno laban sa problema sa kawalan ng trabaho,” Villanueva, who previously served as TESDA secretary, said.

He also appealed to the finance and budget departments to allocate more funding to help TESDA technology institutes (TTI) to purchase the appropriate equipment and software to be able to adequately and effectively deliver blended learning in light of the new normal.

TESDA likewise needs to build up the capacity of its trainers by training them to use learning management systems, and purchasing the necessary tools such as laptops, the senator added.

“The shift to blended learning delivery entails a lot of cost, but rather than seeing it as an expense, our government should look at it as an investment for our workers,” Villanueva said.

“After all, it is our workers who will jumpstart and sustain our economic recovery,” he added.

PH gov’t urged to prioritize plight of workers in economic recovery plan

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the national government to include the welfare of workers among its top priorities in creating a recovery plan for the country amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Villanueva, who chairs the Senate committee on labor, lamented that in the past few months, workers’ welfare was “glossed over” in the policies and programs implemented by the government.

“The tough economic climate is already punishing workers with layoffs left and right. How do we expect our people to provide for their families if they are jobless? Our government cannot simply look away from their plight, and keep on overlooking their condition,” he said in a statement on Monday.

“We urge our policymakers to consider the welfare of workers as they draw up the economic recovery plan of our country. After all, it is our workers who will fuel the engines of our economy,” he added.

Villanueva said that despite the implementation of emergency employment programs, “a significant portion of workers were still not a able to receive any form of assistance from the government.

He said only about 657,000 workers of the 2.6 million workers in the formal sector reported to DOLE received government assistance through the agency’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, which gives a one-time cash assistance of P5,000 per individual.

The senator also said that some 330,000 workers in the informal sector, which is estimated to be over 30 million in 2018, benefitted from the labor department’s cash for work program called Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers.

Villanueva asked the government to pour more funds to programs that would generate employment so that workers have a means to earn a living for their families while the economy picks up its pace.

He also proposed funding scholarship programs for displaced workers and returning overseas Filipino workers at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, for upskilling and retooling.

“The Senate version of the ‘Bayanihan 2’ bill placed a P1 billion fund for the agency’s scholarships to encourage displaced workers to upgrade their skills to become more employable.

The lawmaker also pointed out while government assistance to businesses was necessary, it must be hinged on their commitment to keeping workers in their ranks.


The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel) (General inquiries)


UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.