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

UNTV News   •   March 13, 2019   •   10229

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

PH gov’t urged to open more off-site passport services

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva has called on the government to open more off-site passport processing centers in malls outside of Metro Manila as the easing of COVID-19 cases prompts Filipinos to hunt for overseas jobs again.

In a statement, Villanueva said the move of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to open six Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (DFA-TOPS) in NCR last month was “a great solution that should be replicated and scaled up” nationwide.

Passport processing, he added, is “an important employment assistance not only to OFWs but to first-time job seekers.”

“Well, in a sense, you can view it as job generation activity,” Villanueva said.

As travel restrictions get rolled back globally, the senator is optimistic that this will open up economies that will take back furloughed workers, many of whom were Filipinos.

Citing a report from the DFA, Villanueva noted that some 420,205 OFWs affected by the COVID economic slowdown were repatriated with government help since the pandemic shut down businesses.

“For many of them, the forced vacation is over. And some of them may have expired passports. The rush to renew this indispensable travel document is what is causing the logjam in passport applications,” Villanueva said.

In anticipation of the global economic reopening next year, he said the government should make sure that OFWs have the necessary documents with them.

He said even non-OFWs will benefit from more passport processing centers.

“Kasama rin po dito yung mga lolo at lola na sabik ng makabisita sa kanilang mga anak at apo na naninirahan sa ibang bayan,” he said.

The DFA forecasted 4.2 million pieces of passports processed in 2020 but ended the year with 1.73 million passports issued.

It also targeted 4,556,325 pieces of passport issued this year but as of July 2021, only 1,281,836 had been released.

“Dahil sa COVID surges, marami pong kababayan natin ang hindi nakapag-apply ng passport. Dagdag pa ang domestic travel restrictions plus health protocols. Kaya pag bumaba po ang mga cases ng COVID, asahang tataas ng applications for passports,” he said.

Villanueva is one of the authors of Republic Act 10928, which extends to 10 years the validity of Philippine passports.

Provisions guaranteeing the ease of securing passports and other work documents are also highlighted in his bill that seeks the creation of the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos.

GMK hosts hailed as ‘Best Morning Show Hosts’ at PMPC Star Awards for TV

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—All hosts of UNTV’s morning show ‘Good Morning, Kuya’ (GMK) were hailed as ‘Best Morning Show Hosts’ at the 34th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Television held on Sunday (October 17).

UNTV’s Kuya Daniel Razon, Angela Lagunzad, Angelo ‘Diego’ Castro III, Rheena Villamor, Barba-Cabodil-De Vera, Dr. Joseph Lee, and Dr. Bong Santiago have proven their dedication in providing morning entertainment and valuable information.

The recognition is based on content and on-air programming aired last 2019. The awards night had been delayed due to the pandemic but was eventually held digitally last Sunday.

Razon expressed his gratitude to the PMPC for the said recognition.

“Thank you for this award. It is with pleasure that I, on behalf of Good Morning Kuya co-hosts, received this wonderful recognition. I believe that PMPC knows and recognizes the many works that come into broadcasting a show,” he said.

“This award means a lot to the show and to the rest of the cast of Good Morning Kuya. I’d like to mention my appreciation to my co-hosts who have been there day-in and day-out, and the men and women who are working relentlessly in ensuring that the show airs daily. I appreciate all your hard work and dedication. Most importantly, thank God for this and to God be the Glory,” he added.

GMK airs every Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on UNTV and other social media platforms. AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

Villanueva hails ratification of Labor Education Bill as ‘golden opportunity’ for harmony in the workplace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Joel Villanueva has hailed the Senate ratification of the Labor Education Bill, saying it is a “golden opportunity” for harmony in the workplace.

Under the said bill, labor education will be included in the curriculum of colleges, universities, and in technical and vocational schools.

The Senate on Monday (March 15) ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill.

In a statement, Villanueva, chairman of the Senate labor committee and head of the Senate contingent in the bicameral panel, said education is a good setting to instigate change in the workplace.

“We give our nation a golden opportunity: to attain a situation where labor rights are highly respected, where workplace harmony is the rule and not the exemption, and where our workers can lead a fulfilled life. We made the right decision of where this change must begin – in our schools, right inside our classrooms,” he said.

He also added that the bicameral conference committee adopted the Senate version which also empowers the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to develop the program.

“We are one step closer to an empowered workforce, one where both employer and employee are informed of their respective rights and obligations under the law,” Villanueva said. AAC

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