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UNTV advocates total firecracker ban as gov’t agencies push for its implementation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

 

Kuya Daniel Razon during UNTV Repaso 2017 | PVI

MANILA, Philippines – Since 2010, the UNTV has been deploying its News and Rescue teams across the country to respond to emergency situations such as firecracker-related cases in line with the celebration of the coming of the new year.

Aside from helping others in need, the station has been consistent in encouraging the public to refrain from purchasing and using firecrackers.

“Kasi may ibang mga lugar, pinagmamagaling pa nila na gumagastos sila ng let’s say something like US$200,000. Gagastos ka halimbawa ng US$100,000. Magkano na iyon sa peso?” noted UNTV’s CEO, Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Anong ibig sabihin? Maraming nagugutom. Maraming mga hindi kumakain. Maraming nao-ospital na walang pampagamot. Maraming nangangailangan na pampa-dialysis. Maraming mga nangangailangan na makikita mo sa kalye na wala silang anoman (na) pinaputok lang naman natin,” he added.

 

Kuya Daniel addressing the UNTV News and Rescue teams before deployment for Repaso 2018

Kuya Daniel cited as an example the ordinance in Davao City which totally bans firecrackers and has yielded commendable results.

“Hindi ba sa Davao, may total ban sila diyan na ginagawa? Ang sa atin kasi dapat ang pagpapaputok ng firecrackers, dapat iyan ang nage-execute, kung may i-a-allow man halimbawa…Gusto nila magpa-install, magpalagay. Kung may i-a-allow man iyong may technical know-how na nagse-set up talaga. Hindi dapat i-allow ang nagpapaputok ka ng solo-solo o whatever. Hindi,” Kuya Daniel explained.

 

UNTV News and Rescue Team in action

Several measures are now being pushed in Congress seeking to totally ban or impose stringent policies on the use of firecrackers on a nationwide scope.

These include the bill filed by Senator Nancy Binay which seeks to impose higher fines and imprisonment as punishments for selling firecrackers to minors.

Senate President Vicente Sotto II and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, meanwhile, are pushing to require a special permit from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to those who wish to use firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices only at designated venues.

PNP Spokesperson Benigno Durana Jr, said the PNP is ready to impose new regulations on firecracker use provided that “majority of the stakeholders, after due consultations, would agree to it and it will become a law or policy.”

“We will abide and enforce it,” Durana said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, for his part, said the Department of Health (DOH) is contemplating to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a nationwide total ban on firecrackers in the country.

“The total ban is the way to go. If Davao City has exemplified total ban and therefore zero casualty, why can’t the whole Philippines do it under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte who was once a long-time serving mayor of Davao City?” he said.

However, Duque said, such a plan needs a thorough study considering its possible impact on the country’s firecracker industry.

“Assuming the ban gets implemented or if legislation is forthcoming to absolutely ban this. We cannot be reckless. We have to be very clear: What will be the alternative livelihood programs for people who will be displaced because of the ban?” Duque argued.

But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Malacañang still has several considerations to address that’s why it has not decided on whether or not to impose a nationwide total ban on firecrackers.

“Kasi marami ring involved. Maraming mawawalan ng trabaho. Binabalanse niya pero ayaw niya talaga ng firecracker,” Panelo said referring to the President.

“Marami ring natakot na huhulihin sila. Kasi nuon, hindi strict ang enforcement. Siempre iba na ang panahon ngayon,” Panelo concluded.

In 2017, President Duterte issued an executive order which regulates the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in the country. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

 

 

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PBA Legends roster for Return of the Rivals charity event

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019

The long-awaited reunion of PBA legends on February 17 is almost here.

The charity event, titled Return of the Rivals, will rekindle the best PBA rivalries in recent Philippine basketball history for a worthy cause.

Here’s a look at the roster of the four participating teams:

PUREFOODS TEAM

  • # 1 Bong Ravena
  • # 3 Bonel Balingit
  • # 4 Paul Artadi
  • # 5 Ronnie Magsanoc
  • # 6 Tonyboy Espinosa
  • # 8 Al Solis
  • # 10 Dindo Pumaren
  • # 12 Glen Capacio
  • # 13 Roger Yap
  • # 16 Alvin Patrimonio
  • # 19 Joey Sta. Maria 
  • # 31 Peter Naron
  • # 44 Jerry Codiñera
  • # 55 Richard Yee
  • # 71 Totoy Marquez
  • # 9 Elmer Cabahug
  • Coach – Ramon Fernandez
  • Asst. Coach – Ed Cordero

GINEBRA TEAM

  • # 1 Bal David
  • # 6 Noli Locsin
  • # 8 Bennet Palad
  • # 9 Leo Isaac
  • # 11 JV Gayoso
  • # 12 Vince Hizon
  • # 13 Marlou Aquino
  • # 13 Jayjay Helterbrand
  • # 14 Joey Loyzaga
  • # 16 Benny Cheng
  • # 17 Rudy Distrito
  • # 18 Wilmer Ong
  • # 22 Romulo Mamaril
  • # 25 Pido Jarencio
  • # 32 EJ Feihl
  • # 33 Bobby Jose
  • Coach Robert Jaworski
  • Asst. Coach – Philip Cesar

ALASKA TEAM

  • # 6 Jojo Lastimosa
  • # 7 Roehl Gomez
  • # 9 Rodney Santos
  • # 11 Willie Miller
  • # 11 Eddie Laure
  • # 14 Johnny Abarrientos
  • # 16 Bong Hawkins
  • # 19 Kenneth Duremdes
  • # 22 Jeff Cariaso
  • # 30 Earvin Sotto
  • # 32 Poch Juinio
  • # 33 Bogs Adornado
  • # 35 Tony de la Cruz
  • # 55 John Ferriols
  • Coach – Joel Banal
  • Asst. Coach – Aric del Rosario

SMB TEAM

  • # 2 Denok Miranda
  • #3 Nic Belasco
  • # 4 Elmer Reyes
  • # 6 Ato Agustin
  • # 7 Dondon Hontiveros
  • # 8 Allan Caidic
  • # 10 Alvin Teng
  • # 10 Danny Ildefonso
  • # 11 Nelson Asaytono 
  • # 11 Biboy Ravanes
  • # 14 Benjie Paras
  • # 17 Olsen Racela 
  • # 18 Art de la Cruz
  • # 22 Arnold Gamboa
  • # 23 Bong Alvarez 
  • # 25 Freddie Abuda
  • # 88 Chris Calaguio
  • Coach – Filomeno “Pilo” Pumaren
  • Asst. Coach – Joseph “Jong” Uichico

The proceeds of this event will go to the humanitarian endeavors of the PBA Legends Foundation, particularly for the benefit of the former professional basketball players who are in need.

The idea of forming a foundation for retired PBA players began in April 2015 during an exhibition game between members of the PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

The Return of the Rivals is already a sold out event but PBA fans may still get free tickets if they bring any PBA Legends memorabilia to the UNTV station located at 907 EDSA, Philam, Quezon City, Philippines from February 14 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — UNTV News and Rescue

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UNTV underwater drone: A new first in Philippine broadcast

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – UNTV pioneered drone journalism in the Philippines in 2013 during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda.

Viewers were given a picture of the devastation in a different perspective uncommon to traditional news reporting.

Through the years, UNTV has shown the public the beauty of different places in the Philippines; the extent of damages brought about by illegal mining; the massive fires; the raging volcanoes and other important events in the country.

This year, UNTV has set another milestone in Philippine broadcast industry with the use of a Remotely-Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) drone.

This can be used in exploring the beauty of aquatic bodies and the problems that water creatures are suffering as a result of urbanization.

Such is the case in Manila Bay when UNTV explored its seabed to reveal the extent of the damage in its underwater environment.

During UNTV’s Digital Interactive Broadcast, the station’s drone journalism chief Argie Purisima described how the underwater drone struggled during its exploration in Manila Bay.

Ang makikita nyo po sa seabed is puro burak. Maraming mga basura. Katunayan nga, pag-ahon ng drone natin, lahat po ng elesi natin, itong tatlong elisi, punong puno ng basura. Puro mga plastic, (What you can see on the seabed is pure mud. A lot of trash. In fact, when the drone emerged, all its blades were tangled with trash, plastic trash,)Purisima said.

UNTV’s underwater ROV drone can go up to 150 feet underwater.

In Manila Bay, it was able to reach 10-feet deep but the environment was already zero visibility.

Mayroon diyan kuha akala mo corals, parang corals na mga basura. Then iyong iba, burak talaga (In one shot, it looked like corals, corals made of trash. The rest was mud),” he added.

UNTV drone journalism is the brainchild of the company’s
chief executive officer (CEO), Daniel Razon who has contributed a number of innovations in the Philippine broadcast industry.

UNTV is proud to be the only TV station that was given three licenses by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in June 2015:

*Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Controller Certificate of Registration (license for drone pilots)   

*Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Certificate of Registration (license for drone units)    

*Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Operator Certificate of Registration (company license)     

These certificates attest that all drone units of UNTV are safe to use and can be used for commercial purposes like in news broadcasting. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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AFP still unbeaten; Judiciary snaps losing streak at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Best Players of the Game Vicente Evidor AFP #19 produced a total of 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal to go with co-awardee Boyet Bautista’s 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. (Charles Ember Paña / Photoville International)

Two-time champion AFP Cavaliers maintains its pristine record after routing the GSIS Furies, 93-87, in a match held on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Best Players of the Game, Vicente Evidor and Boyet Bautista, led the AFP with their combined scores of 40 points and 9 rebounds.

This fourth victory earns the AFP a ticket to the second-round eliminations while the GSIS Furies bid farewell to this season after failing to win any of their games.

“Hopefully, magtuloy tuloy. It’s a long way to go. Syempre, hindi pa kailangang mag-relax,” AFP Cavaliers Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat said.

(Hopefully, our winning streak will continue. It’s a long way to go. Of course, we should not relax yet.)

The AFP is set to face the Season 6 champion Senate Defenders in a match on November 8, Thursday.

Two-time champion Judiciary Magis, meanwhile, finally barged into the win column after clobbering the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 104-65.

Richard Litonjua and Edu Mustre’s combined 24 points led the Judiciary to victory which has now climbed up in the rankings with one win and three losses.

“Itong huling ensayo namin, hard practice na kami, more on defense na kami dahil yun ang nagiging problema,” Judiciary Magis head coach said.

(Our last practice was a hard one, we practiced more on defense because that’s where we are lacking.)

The Judiciary is set to battle with PhilHealth Plus, who keeps two-two win-loss record, in a knockout game on Sunday.

The Ombudsman meanwhile will collide with the NHA Builders in a non-bearing game on November 8.

The rookie team PITC Global Traders also gained a bigger chance to advance to this season’s second round eliminations after defeating DOJ Boosters, 74-60.

Rod Vasaloo and Haddi Porto earned the Best Players of the Game title after bucketing 22 and 15 points, respectively.

“Kaya masaya kaming lahat dahil alam namin na this game is very important to the team. We promised Boss Dave [ Alamarinez] na pag-uwi nya may lalaruan pa sya na liga. So eto nag trabaho naman lahat,” PITC coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(We are happy because we know how important this game is. We promised Boss Dave Almarinez that when he returns he still has a league to play in. So, everyone worked hard for it.)

Meanwhile, DOJ Justice Boosters Coach Reynaldo Tomas Jr. said, “Back breaker talaga yung dalawang tres ng (PITC) imbes na apat na lang yung lamang nila naging sampu agad, eh. So kahit papaano nakakabawas ng moral yun…kaya hindi na namin kinaya noong huli.”

(The 2 consecutive three-pointers of PITC were back breakers. Instead of catching up only 4 points, it ballooned to 10 points. It was quite demoralizing; we failed to recover.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

 

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