UNTV Cup Season 7: Charity organizations receive over P10-M cash prizes

UNTV News   •   March 13, 2019   •   9635

UNTV Cup Season 7 2nd Placer Senate Defenders pose for a photo together with their beneficiaries and UNTV Cup Founder Kuya Daniel Razon. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

Aside from fostering camaraderie between players from different government agencies, participating teams of UNTV Cup are given the
opportunity to help people in need — that alone already makes every team a winner.

In line with the public service advocacy of UNTV Cup innovator, Daniel Razon, the charitable event allows each team to choose a charity institution that will receive corresponding cash prizes.

With the recently concluded UNTV Cup Season 7, chosen beneficiaries of respective teams once again received total cash prizes of ten million pesos tax free.

One of these charities is the Senate Defenders’ beneficiary, Pangarap Foundation Incorporated.

Pangarap Foundation provides shelter and care to street children and abused minors.

“Every year, we allocate the fund. So, yung mga previous na binibigay sa amin, dinadagdag namin sa pagkain because that is the most expensive item that we usually [provide], kasi hindi naman pwede magutom ‘yung mga bata. Pero last year, kasi marami, more than one million, ginamit namin sa pagpapa-aral sa mga anak. So, we have 43 na pinag-aaral at lahat sila ay nasa school,” Executive Director Leah Lanzuela of Pangarap Foundation, Inc. said.

(Every year, we allocate fund. So, the previous cash prizes we received, we used it to augment fund for food because that is the most expensive item. But last year, we had a lot — more than one million— which we used on the children’s education. We are currently sending 43 children to school.

The AFP Cavaliers dedicated their victory to the orphans of more than four thousand soldiers who were wounded or killed in action while on service.

It is the team’s third championship, and the cash prizes they have won from previous seasons of UNTV Cup have helped their chosen charity — the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO) — in rebuilding the lives of the fallen soldiers’ families.

This season, the AFP Cavaliers once again bagged the grand prize for UNTV Cup Season 7, which means, their beneficiary will receive anew the coveted cash prize of four million pesos.

“Maliban sa pagpapa-aral, mayroon kaming mga allowances na binibigay ‘yung per semester and libreng miscellaneous, ‘yung mga libro, mga pangangailangang pang-araw-araw ng mga beneficiary natin,” AFP-EBSO Chief NCO MSG Manuel de Leon said.

(Aside from education, we have allowances provided per semester and free miscellaneous like books and daily needs of our beneficiaries.)

Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva lauded the advocacy of UNTV Cup.

“Napakaganda, talagang modern fairy tales itong ginagawa ninyo para sa ating mga kababayan. At kami naman, very privileged kami na maging parte nito at nagiging instrument kami through the game we love,” Sen. Sonny Angara said.

Sen. Joel Villanueva echoed the same sentiments, saying, “Itong ginagawa nila Kuya Daniel, ng UNTV leadership, talagang kakaiba ito eh. It’s such a great honor na to be part of really something big, something that has never been done before in the history of this country.”

Meanwhile, public service advocate, Daniel Razon, is thankful for the continued opportunity to help and do good for other people regardless of what others might say or think.

“We will always be happy doing it at nagpapasalamat tayo palagi sa Panginoon sa patuloy na pagbibigay sa atin ng pagkakataon na maipagpatuloy ito at dalangin natin na sana habang mayroon pa tayong pagkakataon ay makapagpatuloy tayo na magawa ‘yung ating natutunan na makagawa ng mabuti sa lahat ng mga tao at ‘yung ating paniniwala na ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama,” the UNTV Cup innovator said.

In the next season of UNTV Cup, more teams from other government agencies are expected to participate which will extend help to more of our fellow Filipinos in need. — Asher Cadapan

DOLE, employers reminded to get workers’ consent on any wage adjustment

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker on Wednesday called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to keep a close watch on employers who have implemented salary adjustment and resorted to scaling down company benefits due to the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, Senator Joel Villanueva reminded DOLE to protect the rights of workers and to ensure that employers are implementing wage and benefit adjustments with the full consent and awareness of workers.

“DOLE must ensure that any reduction in wages that would be implemented by employers should be according to the guidelines it issued earlier this month,” Villanueva said in a statement.

“More importantly, both employers and workers must agree to the terms together, and the latter should not be forced or coerced to decide,” he added.

Villanueva, who chairs the Senate labor committee, noted that under the non-diminution principle in the Labor Code employers are prohibited from making cuts on a worker’s basic pay.

DOLE, in its labor advisory issued last week, said that employers may opt to slash allowances or other benefits stated in employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements for so long as employees are informed beforehand and voluntarily agree to the move.

The advisory also stated that all agreements, which must be in writing, should not have a duration exceeding six months.

“At this critical time, we appeal to both employers and workers to look out for each other. The only way we could overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic is to align the interests of each other. Workers’ welfare and dignity would always translate to the success of enterprises,” Villanueva said.

DOLE also urged employers earlier to adopt work-from-home arrangements and alternative work schemes to preserve the jobs of workers.

These arrangements must be reported to DOLE for documentation and proper monitoring.

‘Some refused to deliver essentials to our home’: Sen. Angara’s wife bares difficulties amid COVID-19 quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Days after Senator Sonny Angara confirmed he tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), his wife, Elvira “Tootsy” Angara took to social media to bare the difficulties they have to deal with amid their household quarantine.

In an Instagram post, Tootsy revealed that some have refused to deliver essentials to their home after news about the senator’s health condition broke out.

She also said that a neighbor wanted them out of the village.

“As soon as the news came out, some have refused to deliver essentials to our home, a neighbor wished to have us out of our neighborhood, and I don’t blame them,” she said on her profile on Saturday.

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I miss my Sonny boy 💖 the last time we held hands was during the Ama namin as we watched the online mass as a family 2 weeks ago. It was sad i couldnt give him a big tight hug to say it was going to be okay when he got his results. It pains me that i am not able to take care of him the way he took care of me when i was sick ..i feel sad thay we cant be there for him and he has to go through this physically alone.. its lonely for all of us but we know its just a matter of time 💖 As soon as the news came out… some have refused to deliver essentials to our home .. a neighbor wished to have us out of our neighborhood… and i dont blame them … To our other neighbors who showed us acts of kindness, thank you💖 I had to reach out and ask for help.. our entire household quarantined for 14 days…family and friends sent us drinking water when we ran out, they sent us oxygen too.. the 2 most essential things in life.. water and air 💖 some sent us fruits, vegetables, medical supplies ,cleaning aids, vitamins for our household 💖 The doctors.. the dear doctors who have been patiently answering my messages , my inquiries and questions.. i cannot thank you enough 🙏🙏🙏 I am forever grateful for all the beautiful and kind souls God blessed us with. I do have moments of weakness where i break down and cry ..because i miss him a lot and dont know what i can do to help.. but i choose to be strong and realized that prayer calmed my heart and made me believe Sonny was going to be okay.. I have faith God will help him get through this.. When I feel sad or scared I pray the rosary by myself of with other ladies on zoom or listen to the online masses. The kids and I have to stay healthy physically and spiritually because at this point that is all the counts.. then before we know it, sonner than later with GODs healing power we will have our dearest strong, healthy and funny Papi back.. 💖 To all our dear friends, may i ask for your prayers for Sonnys complete recovery 🙏 🙏🙏🙏 and pls keep yourselves safe 💖💖💖

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She, however, said there are those who helped the household as they undergo a 14-day quarantine. Some have sent them drinking water and food, vitamins and cleaning supplies.

“To our other neighbors who showed us acts of kindness, thank you… Our entire household quarantined for 14 days, family and friends sent us drinking water when we ran out, they sent us oxygen too, the 2 most essential things in life, water and air, some sent us fruits, vegetables, medical supplies ,cleaning aids, vitamins for our household,” she said.

She also thanked the doctors who patiently answered her messages during her husband’s battle against the virus.

“The dear doctors who have been patiently answering my messages, my inquiries and questions. I cannot thank you enough, I am forever grateful for all the beautiful and kind souls God blessed us with,” she said.

Angara’s wife also shared that she feels sad and pained for not being able to take care of her husband who is in quarantine, and admitted to breaking down amid the difficult situation.

“I do have moments of weakness where I break down and cry, because I miss him a lot and don’t know what I can do to help. But I choose to be strong and realized that prayer calmed my heart and made me believe Sonny was going to be okay,” she said.

“I have faith God will help him get through this,” she added.

Angara is the third Filipino senator to have contracted coronavirus following Koko Pimentel and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Senator Sonny Angara tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara on Thursday confirmed he has tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I regret to announce that today, March 26, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,” Angara said in a statement.

He said he has been feeling some of the coronavirus symptoms like mild fever, cough, headaches and general weakness.

The lawmaker assured he has not been in contact with the public since he took a test for COVID-19 last March 16.

Angara on March 12 announced he has subjected himself under self-quarantine after a resource person who visited the Senate premises later tested positive for the virus.

“I ask for your prayers that together we are able to pull through this tremendous challenge,” the lawmaker said.

“Let us continue to support all efforts to fight the further spread of the virus. Let us support our frontliners on the streets, in the emergency rooms as they are key to the effort,” he added.

Angara is the third senator to contract the viral disease after Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed they have tested positive for COVID-19.

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