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Bro. Eli Soriano donates P8.3-M monetary assistance to kin of soldiers and cops killed in Marawi siege

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

“I want to give them P50, 000 each. I know it’s just a small amount, but when you combine it all, it’s a huge amount. It’s a small way to tell the soldiers that, ‘We need you and we are grateful to every one of you.’ ”

These were the promises of Bro. Eli Soriano of the members, Church of God International during the benefit concert of UNTV, the Songs for Heroes 3: Bayani ng Marawi.

A month after, Bro. Eli made good on his promise to provide financial assistance to the families of the soldiers and policemen who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Last Saturday, humanitarian broadcaster, Kuya Daniel Razon visited the AFP Western Mindanao Command or WesMinCom headquarters in Zamboanga City to personally hand the donation.

Present during the ceremonial turnover were WesMinCom Commander Lt/Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., and Police Regional Office 9 Director PC/Supt. Billy Beltran.

Bro. Eli donated a total amount of P8.3-million for the relatives of the 169 government troops killed in the Marawi City clashes.

“P6-million was given to the AFP, while P2-M to the PNP. I said, if it were only me, I would like to be there, to personally hand over the aid so you could feel that we understand what you feel, and your situation,” said Bro. Eli Soriano.

Each family received P50,000 for their livelihood start-up.

“Although our husbands are already gone, there are some who really give us financial assistance.  It really matters a lot to us and we are really happy. Thank you so much. We are calmed by the Bible verses that Bro. Eli shares with us. We are reminded of the facts of life and that God will always take care of us even though our husbands are now gone,” beneficiary Manilyn Solar said.

 

“We are very thankful to Brother Eli Soriano, that although there are many of us, he is still ready to help us from his heart,” beneficiary Myra Dayoc said.

Kuya Daniel, meanwhile, assured that help will continue to pour in not just to the families of soldiers and policemen killed in battle, but also to the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police.

 

From the time we started up to now, we continue to provide assistance. We are even part of the medical missions they are conducting,” Kuya Daniel Razon said.

Bro. Eli even offered more than livelihood assistance.

“We have a school where everything is for free… you might want your children to study there in our college. We also have various services that are for free. We are doing this with the belief in the word of Jesus Christ that we should do good to all people,” he said.

“On behalf of the Western Mindanao Command and also from the officers and men, sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen and policemen and policemen who fought at the Marawi siege thank you very much for the love and gesture of kindness and compassion being given by Brother Eli Soriano and also by Kuya Daniel Razon the Armed Forces of the Philippines will always be grateful to you,” Lt/Gen. Galvez said. – Robie de Guzman | UNTV News & Rescue

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P1.2-M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Port of Zamboanga

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

Courtesy: Bureau of Customs

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A total of 2,125 reams of smuggled cigarettes amounting to P1.2 million were confiscated at the port of Zamboanga on Wednesday (July 10).

According to the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the illegal shipments were uncovered on board three passenger vessels: MV Mama Mia, MV Mary Joy 1 and MV Asian Stars, all from Jolo, Sulu.

Members of the BOC Enforcement and Security Service (BOC-ESS) and the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) launched the operation with assistance from the Naval Intelligence and Security Group – Western Mindanao and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The latest seizure caused concern for the BOC noting the prevalence of cigarette smuggling in the area, according to Zamboanga District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte.

The BOC cited that the agency already hauled P60 million worth of smuggled cigarettes just between April and June this year.

Nevertheless, Barte stressed that the Bureau will continue its fervent effort to fight illicit cigarette trade in cooperation with concerned government agencies. The seized cigarettes were already turned over to the BOC for immediate destruction

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Two more years for Zamboanga City full recovery from 2013 siege — local officials

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

REUTERS FILE PHOTO: These members of Philippine Army wait for an opportunity to shoot against the MNLF forces on the ongoing siege in Zamboanga City.

Local officials in Zamboanga City said it will take two years for the full recovery of Zamboanga City after the 2013 siege.

There are still over 1,000 unfinished housing for the victims. Local officials said there was difficulty in getting land which delayed construction.

According to Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, Officer-in-charge, Housing and Land Management Division, full recovery in Zamboanga city would take two more years.

“In the next two years it has to be completed not only the housing construction but also the power, water, the sewer, and the footbridges,” he said.

Among the unfinished projects under the Zamboanga City Road Map include the reconstruction and recovery of the bridge in Barangay Rio Hondo.

“All wooden footbridges needing immediate repair has been recommended for repair or rehabilitation by converting to more permanent and concrete footbridges,” Pagotaisidro adds.

Based on the data of the city government there are 6,341 fully constructed housing, 5,112 were already turned over to the beneficiaries while 1,229 are still under construction.(with reports from Dante Amento)

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UNTV gears up for 4th Rescue Summit on April 28

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019

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

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