UNTV News and Rescue is set to conduct the 4th Rescue Summit on Sunday (April 28) at the Marikina Sports Center.
The summit which will be done in partnership with the Marikina City Government will start at 6 o’clock in the morning with whole day activities showcasing disaster response capability, rescue competition, and disaster preparedness seminars infused with entertainment from guest artists.
Conceptualized by Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon, the rescue summit aims to establish a strong coordination with rescue units in the local government sector and the general public in preparing for the widely-anticipated strong earthquake dubbed as ‘The Big One’.
Partnering with the LGUs
UNTV’s partnership with the Marikina government this year was forged during the station’s annual rescue sendoff ceremony on New Year’s eve at the Marikina Riverbanks when all the UNTV News and Rescue units and volunteers and the Marikina Rescue 161 units joined forces in responding to emergency calls during the revelry of welcoming 2019.
“Baka po pwede magkaroon kami (tayo) ng mga joint exercises para lalong mapatibay ang ating rescue efforts at yung organization natin… hindi para lang sa atin kundi para sa lahat ng mga nangangailangan,” Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro suggested.
Marikina’s Rescue 161 is one of the most established rescue units in the country with a standard 5-minute response time anywhere in the City.
In 2018, UNTV initially partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in mounting the 3rd Rescue Summit at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. It was participated in by various local government units and government agencies, as well as key officials in the national level, such as PNP Chief, Police Director-General Oscar Albayalde, DILG Undersecretary for Public Safety Nestor Quinsay, Jr., and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Usec. Ricardo Jalad.
Learning and competing
The seminars in the 4th Rescue Summit include Disaster Concept and Management, Family Disaster Plan, Wound Management and Limb Injury Management, Hands-only CPR, and Basic Ropemanship and Hazardous Material Orientation.
Aside from the opportunity for advanced learning, nine rescue units will also be participating in a rescue competition.
The nine teams are: Palawan PDRRMO, Ilocos Sur PDRRMO, Camarines Sur PDRRMO, Cagayan PDRRMO, Bulacan PDRRMO, Nueva Vizcaya PDRRMO, Laguna PDRRMO and Balanga CDRRMO, City of San Pedro DRRMO.
Over P5-million worth of prizes await the winners:
First place – P2-million
Second place – P1.5-million
Third place – P1-million
Fourth place – P500,000
Fifth place – P100,000
Sixth place – P100,000
Seventh place – P50,000
Eighth place – P50,000
Ninth place – P50,000
The beginning of a worthy cause
The UNTV News and Rescue team was conceptualized and immediately realized in 2010. This was to address the growing need for more rescue teams to respond to emergency situations brought about by disasters and calamities.
UNTV News and Rescue founder, Kuya Daniel Razon, believes that every news team in broadcast organizations have the responsibility to respond to emergencies not just by mere reporting of details, but first and foremost, by saving lives or, at the very least, ensuring that people are led far from danger.
“Naumpisahan natin yung ‘Tulong Muna Bago Balita’, yung ating mga reporters ay capable na tumulong sa pag-rerescue at yung ating mga vehicles, kinonvert natin sa rescue vehicles dahil dito natin ipinasok yung konseptong ‘Tulong Muna, Bago Balita’.
Since then, UNTV News and Rescue has been be upskilling, organizing free rescue trainings and acquiring rescue equipment to better serve those in emergency situations and be a reliable partner in public service. – Maris Federez
MANILA, Philippines — The country’s top FM station Wish 107.5 staged another milestone in the Philippine music industry with a concert inside not just any venue but at the Big Dome on Sunday (January 17).
The radio station of the famed Wish Bus, once again proved that it is truly “breaking boundaries”, that despite the pandemic it was able to pull off a grand concert for a cause and gathered some of the top Filipino artists at the 6th Wish Music Awards hosted by celebrity-athlete Gretchen Ho and “Asia’s Romantic Balladeer,” Christian Bautista.
“It’s so nice to see people get a chance again to perform for their fans live, to just have a feel of the stage again,” said Ho.
Attendees underwent swab testing, while health protocols and proper sanitation procedures were strictly observed.
Each of the hosts and performing artists was given a microphone for their exclusive use throughout the event.
For the RT-PCR and antigen tests, Wish 107.5 partnered with Maxicare Health Corporation.
Only attendees with negative results were allowed to enter the venue.
The entire Big Dome also underwent massive disinfection for the safety of the attendees.
All productions and technical crew were required to use face masks and face shield throughout the event and floor markings were placed to guide them of the proper social distance.
The event at the Big Dome was not opened to the public, but fans and supporters were still able to enjoy the show as it was streamed live through Wish 107.5’s official YouTube channel.
Viewers on Sunday night reached to over 40,000 and the event hashtag #WishMusicAwards trended on Twitter with almost 200,000 tweets.
This year, the station gave two prestigious awards to individuals who made major contributions to the Philippine music industry, starting off with OPM legend and renowned lyricist, Rey Valera and Journey frontman and singer-philanthropist, Arnel Pineda.
“It is an honor to be bestowed this prestigious award; the prize money you’re going to give to us will definitely make a difference to the lives of our beneficiaries,” Pineda said, receiving the KDR Icon of Music and Philanthropy award.
“Salamat sa Kuya Daniel. Natutuwa ako puro kabataan ang nakikita ko. Nakikita ko ang kinabukasan ng OPM. Napakinggan ko ang mga lyrics nila. Importante sa akin iyon. Gusto kong mangyari kung ano ang mangyayari bukas,” Valera said receiving the KDR Icon of Musical Excellence award.
Winners in this year’s Wish Music Awards received P25,000 each while their chosen charities received P100, 000 each.
Among the highlights at Sunday’s event was the debut performance at the Wish Awards of OPM royalty, ‘Parokya ni Edgar’ and the award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian.
Wish 107.5’s creator and innovator Kuya Daniel Razon, who on Sunday graced the event inside the Wish Bus, expressed his gratitude to all OPM artists for keeping their music alive to heal, to inspire and to give hope in the face of a pandemic.
“I wish to tell all of you, that your endeavors are very much appreciated,” noted Kuya Daniel, President and CEO of BMPI-UNTV which manages Wish 107.5.
“Ang inyong mga awitin at musika ay nanatili para patuloy na umaliw, patuloy na dumamay, sa bawat lumbay, sa bawat pangamba at sa bawat takot. Mayroon pong mga titik, mayroong tinig at tunog na palaging nagbibigay buhay at kahulugan sa mga damdaming ito. I would like to thank you all for being our hidden heroes during this difficult time,” he added.
Kuya Daniel vows to continue helping more Filipino artists by providing an avenue for the promotion of their music and an opportunity to spread goodwill through Wish 107.5. MNP (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)
UNTV Rescue units in Pampanga provided first aid to individuals who got injured in two separate road accidents that occurred during the new year’s eve.
The first accident, which involved a pedestrian and a motorcycle, reportedly happened at past 8 p.m. along Barangay Baliti in San Fernando, Pampanga.
The pedestrian, identified as 25-year old Kimberly Anne Tayag from Porac town, sustained injuries to her left arm and feet after she was hit by an oncoming motorcycle while she was crossing the street.
Meanwhile, the second accident involving another motorcycle occurred around 10 p.m. still along San Fernando in Pampanga.
The motorcycle rider, identified as Oliver Sales, sustained wounds to his mouth after figuring in an accident.
Both victims received first aid treatment from the UNTV rescuers and were brought to Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital for further treatment and examination. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Leslie Huidem)
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