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Blood donors braved the cold weather to join Japan Red Cross Society in a blood donation drive by UNTV, MCGI

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017


In a report by the Japanese Red Cross Society, the number of blood donors in Japan decreases yearly especially among those who are native Japanese.

According to Takehara Takimi, head of Red Cross Society in Japan, the number of blood donors drops by 100,000 every year. From the previous 4 million 900, 000 in 2016, the number decreased to 4 million 800,000 only this 2017.

This is why they are hoping for more help from foreign blood donors.

Every year, people who donate blood are decreasing at the rate of 100,000 in a year. Due to the low birth rate of Japan, it seems to be difficult to have blood donation from Japanese. Meanwhile, we are having blood donation from embassy, groups and non-Japanese,” said Mr. Takimi.

With the help of the volunteers of UNTV and Members Church of God International (MCGI), the groups were able to conduct a massive blood donation drive in Tokyo. They were able to collect 46 blood bags for patients.

“It’s my first time to donate blood. It feels good to help those in need. Those who need blood. Thank you so much, God,” said Baby Iijima, an OFW.

“This is my third time to donate blood in Japan. Donating blood is good for our health. It cleanses our body and at the same time, it can help save the lives of others,” said Andro Paor.

“I came to donate my blood today to be of service to someone,” said Katsunori Tanaka, a Japanese national.

Japanese Red Cross Society is hoping to conduct more blood donation drive so that more people, especially Japanese, would be encouraged join such an activity.

“We are grateful to everyone for coming despite this season which is hard to gather due to cold and sickness. Even it’s crowded on the bus, it is very helpful that there are many people who came today. We are hoping that your cooperation will continue for a long time,” said Mr. Takimi. — PAULINE OMPICO / UNTV News & Rescue

RELATED: MCGI receives again the highest recognition from Philippine Blood Center  

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Senate formally commends Senate Defenders for winning UNTV Cup title

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

CHAMPIONS. The Senate of the Philippines formally commended the Senate Defenders for winning the UNTV Cup championship title.

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate of the Philippines formally commended on Wednesday, the Senate Defenders for winning the championship title in UNTV’s basketball league of public servants — the UNTV Cup Season 6.

Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara delivered their manifestation in the plenary regarding the approved resolution last March 13.

“And those who gave all-out support, we will no longer mention what they did for us, Senator Ping Lacson and Senator Cynthia Villar,” said Villanueva.

The highlights of the game of the Senate Defenders was shown during the plenary session.

Senate President Koko Pimentel also thanked UNTV at the event.

UNTV vice presidents Gerry Panghulan and Ruth Soriano received the certificate of appreciation for UNTV, Kuya Daniel Razon, and Members Church of God International (MCGI) led by Bro. Eli Soriano.

“In behalf of the Senate Defenders, our senators, in behalf of the beneficiary na sabi nga namin (as we have said), we play basketball but we save lives,” Senate Tax Study and Research Office Director-General Atty. Rodelio T. Dascil said.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa taas at binigyan tayo ng pagkakataon na kahit sa paraan na ito ay nakakatulong na ito. Nakita niyo naman ang mga benepisyaryo ay kasama natin sa araw na ito,” said UNTV Vice President for Adminsitration Gerry Panghulan.

(We thank God for giving us the opportunity to help even through this way. You have seen the beneficiaries who were with us today.)  — UNTV News & Rescue

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PBS encourages Bible reading among public in line with National Bible Month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Janine has been a member of the Bible Readers Society (BREAD) for four years now.

BREAD is a group that encourages Bible reading among the youth.

Janine said she has noticed changes in her life since she learned to read the bible.

“I used to read pocketbooks but since I started reading the Bible, I also learned to obey my parents to study well, to be a good citizen and especially to thank God in the morning and at night,” said Janine.

Under Presidential Proclamation No. 124 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the National Bible Month will be celebrated in the whole month of January.

Based on research conducted by the Philippine Bible Society, 55 percent of families in the country have no Bible.

This is why the Philippine Bible Society secretary-general, Nora Lucero urges the public and government officials to take some time to read the Bible.

“The word of God will be our guide now that our country is facing challenges,” said Lucero.

The BREAD was formed in 1998 with the aim of encouraging the youth to stay away from vices and take time to read the Bible.

“Its high time for us to invite the youth to read the bible at least 5 to 10 minutes. If some of us have time for Korean movies and Facebook but the 5 to 10 minutes reading the Bible we will learn good things,” said BREAD-NCR official Brian Gil Bautista.

On one episode of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) program, Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International (MCGI) has said that the Bible is a legacy of God to mankind.

“You memorize the love letter of your suitor. The Bible is a love letter from God to his children his love, care and promises are there in the Bible,” said Bro. Eli.

Meanwhile, the MCGI gave away 300 copies of the Bible to the provincial library of Cavite.

“In behalf of the provincial government of Cavite, thank you very much. This will be a big help to our visitors in our provincial library and also for students,” said Cavite Vice Governor Hon. Ramon Jolo Revilla III.

“First of all thank you to Ang Dating Daan for donating Bibles to our library. This is very important and timely since we are celebrating National Bible Month,” said Cavite provincial librarian Mrs. Concepcion Villanueva. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue



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AFP awards UNTV for donating financial aid to families of soldiers killed in Marawi siege

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — UNTV is among the recipients of a plaque of recognition from the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the military’s 82nd founding anniversary.

The recognition is for the station’s unyielding support to the families of soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting the terrorist group in Marawi City, and for the institution’s campaign for peace in the nation.

“We also extend our gratitude to [the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Go Negosyo, and] the UNTV Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International for their support to our group. Palakpalan po natin silang lahat,” said AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

“Many lives have been changed, many people have been helped because of your generosity. Mabuhay po kayo,” said the official.

UNTV conducted Songs for Heroes 3 benefit concert on October 31 to acknowledge the bravery of soldiers and cops in order to achieve peace in Marawi City.

A total of P6-million from the proceeds of the concert was donated to the beneficiaries of the soldiers killed in action.

Aside from the said amount, Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) contributed eight million pesos to all 166 families of soldiers and policemen killed in the battle in Marawi.

Meanwhile, the AFP is an active unit in the UNTV Cup, the League of Public Servants.

After winning the championship twice in the league, the AFP Cavaliers received over eight million pesos, which it donated to the children of the soldiers killed in action, whose dreams are to finish their education.

Bro. Eli and MCGI are the primary partners of UNTV in all its advocacies. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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