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Tough rescue competition to mark 4th UNTV Rescue Summit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

UNTV News and Rescue, together with the Marikina City Government, has detailed the line-up of activities for the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit set on April 28, 2019.

The highlight of the event is the rescue competition among the participating teams, as well as the disaster response capability display, disaster preparedness seminars and a concert to be staged by media partner, Wish 107.5.

The nine participating teams for the event are the Palawan PDRRMO, Balanga Bataan CDRRMO, Nueva Vizcaya Search and Response Unit, Bulacan PDRRMO, Laguna PDRRMO, Cagayan Valley Rescue, San Pedro Laguna CDRRMO, Ilocos Sur PDRRMO, and the Camarines Sur Fire and Rescue.

UNTV Rescue Manager Benedict Galazan said, “In line pa rin ito sa preparasyon sa ‘The Big One’. Noong nakaraan, sinubok natin ang kanilang endurance, kanilang stamina. Ngayon dinagdagan natin ng technical rescue aspect. Dinagdagan natin ng konsepto ng water rescue, ng high-angle rescue kaya mas magiging exciting ito.  Itong konseptong ito ng competition siyempre, in collaboration with Marikina Rescue 161.”

(Because this is still in line with the preparation of ‘The Big One’. In last year’s rescue summit, we tested their endurance and stamina. Now, we added on technical rescue aspect such as water rescue and high-angle rescue. This concept of the competition is in collaboration with the Marikina Rescue 161.)

The participating teams said they are all excited for the event, especially the rescue competition where the Bureau of Fire Protection of Marikina City will stand as one of the judges.

Even the organizers themselves announced that they have also undergone the challenges in the competition that they conceptualized.

UNTV News and Rescue, meanwhile, reiterated the importance of the 4th Rescue Summit.

“Itong Rescue Summit hindi lang ito para sa mga responder, hindi lang ito para sa mga taga-sagip buhay. Ito ang pinaka-target natin dito ay yung atin mga kababayan na kailangan natin matutong lahat. Sabi nga ni Kuya Daniel Razon, kung tayo kung alam na natin ang gagawin natin kapag nagkaroon ng emergency, mababawas na tayo sa alalalahin ng mga taga sagip buhay natin,” UNTV Rescue manager Benedict Galazan said.

(This Rescue Summit, it’s not only for the responders or the rescuers. It is primarily targeting the public, for them to be educated. As Kuya Daniel Razon always says, if we know what to do in times of emergency, we will be one problem less for the rescuers or responders.)

As the organizers of the 4th Rescue Summit, UNTV and the Marikina City Government, invite the public to attend the free-admission event on April 28, which will start at 6am at the Marikina Sports Center. –

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4th UNTV Rescue Summit, a huge success; CamSur tops rescue race

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Camarines Sur’s Search and Rescue unit in action

Over 15,000 individuals trooped to the Marikina Sports Complex on Sunday (April 28) for the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit.

Organized by UNTV, in partnership with the Marikina Government, the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit showcased rescue and disaster preparedness seminars, as well as equipment and gears from different rescue units both in national and local government.

Rescue groups that participated in the summit showed off their skills in the rescue competition wherein Camarines Sur’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office took home the championship.

CamSur’s Search and Rescue and Fire Rescue unit head, John Manaog, attributed team effort and coordination to their win. According to Manaog, their team remained determined no matter what obstacles they faced.

“Iyong naging susi namin sa para maipanalo ang kampeonato, siguro ang team effort, coordination, mayroon kaming isang command and napaganda namin ang communication and distribution of tasks (Team effort and coordination was our key in winning. We have one command and we had good communication and distribution of task),” he said.

The champion team received a cash prize of P2,000,000.

The former rescue champion, Nueva Vizcaya PDRRMO took home the second prize of P1,500,000. In third place, Balanga City, Bataan DRRMO received P1,000,000. Laguna PDRRMO took home P500,000 for landing on the 4th spot.
The rest of the participating teams’ prizes are as follows:

  • 5th Place Ilocos Sur PDRRMO – P100,000
  • 6th Place Cagayan PDRRMO – P100,000
  • 7th Place San Pedro City DRRMO – P50,000
  • 8th Place Palawan PDRRMO – P50,000
  • 9th Place Bulacan PDRRMO – P50,000

Meanwhile, over 2,000 attended the rescue and disaster preparedness seminar.

The free seminar aim to raise awareness about the “The Big One” or the potential massive earthquake that would result in the movement of the West Valley Fault.

Public Service Advocate and BMPI-UNTV President-CEO Kuya Daniel Razon highlighted the importance of helping others and commended the volunteers for risking their lives to save others.

“Higit na mahalaga ay ang pananatili ng ating puso na mayroong pagnanasang na tumulong sa ating kapwa tao malagay man ang buhay sa panganib. And I would like to commend everybody. Hindi naman kayang mabayaran talaga iyong ating pong mga serbisyong ginagawa sa ating kapwa tao na kung minsan ang inyong mga buhay ang nalalagay sa peligro, (What’s most important is to always have a desire in our hearts to help others despite the risks. And I would like to commend everybody. The willingess to risk your lives to save others cannot be repaid by any amount of money)” he said.

The whole-day event was capped with the concert organized by Wish 107.5 with OPM’s hitmakers and up and comming artists like Sponge Cola, Shamrock, Grace Note, Plethora, Bradz, Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Mark Michael Garcia and Le Chazz. — UNTV

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Sponge Cola, Shamrock, Gracenote, other artists get ready for 4th UNTV Rescue Summit Big Jam

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

Attendees of the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit will not only enjoy watching and participating at the rescue competition, exhibits and seminars, they will also be treated to great music and thrills as the event will be capped with a concert to be staged at five o’clock in the afternoon.

READ: Are you ready for the Big One?

Early 2000 OPM bands Sponge Cola and Shamrock will lead the bill of performers that will surely set the audience in jamming mode.

Gracenote, a synco-pop punk and rock/alternative band will also perform.

Meanwhile, BMPI Talent Center will also showcase its roster of music gems at the rescue summit’s post-event festivity.

Plethora is a four-piece band with a wide-variety of genre on their playlist: from classic rock to new wave to pop, ballad and alternative. Recently, they have released their latest single “Hindi Na Bale”.

While Bradz, formerly as “The Voysing”, is a three-piece band that specializes in covering the Beatles and Eraserheads.

Wishcovery Season 1 and 2 winners ‘Wishfuls’ and Rhea Basco of Camp Jungee Marcelo will also showcase their musical talent at the event.

Talent search semifinalist and ASOP interpreter Mark Michael Garcia and comedian Le Chazz will also grace the after-event concert.

Standing guard to ensure that attendees are guaranteed a truly entertaining night is the iconic Wish 107.5 bus.

To top it all, admission is FREE for the whole event. — Raymond Lacsa

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Are you ready for the Big One?

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Experts warn of the so-called “Big One” – a staggering 7.2 magnitude earthquake brewing in the West Valley fault that could wipe out 114,000 homes in Metro Manila and claim 34,000 lives in one devastating hour.

The West Valley Fault is a 100-kilometer fault line that traverses the cities of Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig, Makati, Muntinlupa, and other nearby provinces.

The fault moves every 400 years. Its recorded last move was 357 years ago. This means that the West Valley Fault is now ripe for another strong quake that could occur anytime.

A study conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), paints a harrowing scenario of the Big One’s aftermath.

Around 10% of the buildings in Metro Manila will be severely damaged while seven bridges are expected to collapse.

Predicted to be severely affected are providers of utilities such as power, water and telecomunication.

Around 4,615 kilometers of water pipes will be subjected to 4,000 points of breakage. Thirty kilometers of electric cables will be cut resulting in a massive black out. Meanwhile, 95 kilometers of telecom cables will be disconnected, causing mobile phone services to be congested and out of use.

Fires are also expected to occur due to short circuits and gas leakages. Twenty thousand people are estimated to perish from being trapped in these burning buildings.

Aside from Metro Manila, some parts of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite will also be affected.

So, the question to all: Are you ready for the Big One?

Public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon, through his “Tulong Muna Bago Balita” campaign, has been hosting a UNTV Rescue Summit to help the government prepare the public and local government rescue units for the eventual movement of the West Valley Fault.

In partnership with the Marikina City government, the 4th Rescue Summit will be held on April 28, 2019, Sunday at the Marikina Sports Center.

Starting at 6:00 AM, the whole day event will be packed with rescue competitions, seminars and exhibits which will be capped by a mini-concert to be hosted by the Rescue Summit’s radio partner, Wish 107.5.

Prepare yourself and your family for the Big One. Join the 4th UNTV Rescue Summit. Admission is free. — Raymond Lacsa

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