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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, 5 December 2017 11:19 AM

“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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Zamboanga City, 12 towns in North Cotabato under state of calamity due to dry spell

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 02:03 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The City Council on Tuesday, March 5, approved a resolution placing Zamboanga City under a state of calamity due to a dry spell caused by a weak El Niño phenomenon.

In a report on UNTV News and Rescue’s Good Morning Kuya program by Dante Amento, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) Chief Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the resolution was based on their recommendation after drought affected crops, irrigation for rice fields and water supply in the city.

“We are now under state of calamity by reason of, isa ‘yung advisory ng DOST-PAGASA na weak El Niño and of course, yung facts naman on the ground na there is a water resources problem sa City of Zamboanga. And of course, sa agriculture sector and other sector,” Apolinario said.

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has recently implemented water rationing operations after its daily production declined by 50 percent, from 158 million liters to 80 million liters.

The local agriculturist office, meanwhile, reported that a total of 600 hectares of rice fields have been hit by the dry spell.

With the state of calamity declaration, government agencies can now use the calamity fund to implement mitigating measures, such as cloud seeding operations and leasing of tanks for water distribution, and to procure alternative crops and drilling rigs for affected sectors.

The Zamboanga CDRRMO said P13 million has been allotted for cloud seeding operations while the City Agriculturist office has P20 million to aid drought-affected farmers.

“We are looking at ways forward on how to help our water district in terms of distribution ng tubig, in terms of finding other sources, in terms of having ‘yung mga drilling rigs. Mayroon tayong mga alternative crops, mga vegetables na pwedeng ipamigay sa mga farmers,” Apolinario said.

Meanwhile, 12 towns in North Cotabato have also been placed under state of calamity due to the prevailing heat.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), the affected towns are Carmen, Pikit, Aleosan, Midsayap, Matalam, M’lang, Alamada, Tulunan, Kabacan, Libungan and Pigcawayan.

Local disaster officials have already recommended to the provincial board level the inducement of artificial rain through cloud seeding as well as the procurement of water pumps and other assistance to farmers to save their remaining crops. – Robie de Guzman

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PNP: No established link yet between Jolo and Zamboanga City bombings

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:32 AM

(Left) Decimated church seats of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral
in Jolo, Sulu after it was hit by twin explosions on January 27, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sajan. (Right) Bodies of worshipers lay lifeless after a grenade detonated inside their mosque in Masjid Jutay, Barangay Talon-Talon in Zamboanga City on January 30, 2019. | Photo courtesy of PNP Region 9 Office

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Authorities cannot yet confirm if the grenade blast at a mosque in Masjid Jutay in Zamboanga City on Tuesday night is connected to the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday.

According to Zamboanga City Police Spokesperson PSInsp. Shelamie Chang, the explosives used in last night’s bombing in Zamboanga was in no way similar to the ones used in Jolo.

The officer said, the incident in Jolo was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) while a grenade launcher was used in a mosque in Zamboanga City.

Authorities continue to investigate as to the motive behind the Zamboanga City blast that killed two individuals and injured three others. — UNTV News and Rescue

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OPM legends of the ‘90s in Dubai for concert

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 27 December 2018 06:08 PM

 

 

Filipino musicians dubbed as the legends of the ‘90s received a warm welcome from their fans when they landed in Dubai on Wednesday (December 26).

Singers Cookie Chua, Glenn Jacinto, Lei Bautista, Naldy Padilla and Wency Cornejo, who became popular in the ’90s, are in Dubai for their ‘90s Upload Concert set to be held on Friday (December 28).

Music fans are ecstatic to see the said Filipino artists in person and even expressed excitement over the upcoming concert.

“Exciting po sa darating na Upload ’90s Concert kasi po dekada nobenta yun kapanahunan po namin, panahon ng laro, anime, banda-banda, mga songhits, mga gita-gitara, mga cartoons …. ganun po, mga idol na banda, dekada nobenta himig natin, yun po,” said Adrian Manlapaz, an OPM fan.

“Since OFW ako so masarap sa OFW ung marinig mo ung mga old music. ‘Yan ung mga pang relax, yung time na pagod na pagod ka pero mapapakinggan mo yung mga Filipino artists na dadayo pa dito, pupunta pa dito, para kantahin nila mga songs na ineexpect natin na kakantahin nila ung mga ’90s songs,” said Rafael Agapito, also an OPM fan.

The artists have expressed gratitude for the warm reception and vowed to make their fans feel the ’90s vibe with the music line up they prepared for the concert.

“Sa lahat po ng manonood ng ’90s Upload maraming, maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo. Nahahalata niyo paos na o ako dahil ang biyahe naming ay napakatagal at napakahaba inintay pero kaming lahat na mga singers para sa ’90s Upload ay narito para sa inyo, dahil sa inyo. Sa aming show, expect niyo na lang, na rakrakan ng mga Pinoy icons tulad ni Naldy, ako, si Glenn, Cookie at si Lei, kita kita tayo dun,” said Wency Cornejo.

“Yuyugyugin naming ang Dubai World Trade Center. Lahat kami mga rakista galing sa ’90s so kailangan nandun kayo kasi sobrang saya na aming mga inihanda para sa mga kababayan natin na nagtatrabaho ng maigi para sa mga pamilya nila sa Pilipinas. Excited na excited kami,” said Lei Bautista.

The ‘90s Upload Concert in Dubai is produced by Wish 107.5 together with La Verdad Events Management and Viu.

Wish 107.5 innvovator Kuya Daniel Razon, who is also in Dubai, invites all Filipinos to watch the concert and once again enjoy the sound of the ’90s.

“We are inviting you all to see us in the ’90s concert. Yung mga sikat na mga artists nung ’90s and yung mga sounds ng mga nasa edad namin, punta po kayo and ini-invite namin kayong lahat… hope to see you, all of you there,” said Kuya Daniel.

The ‘90s upload concert will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center Saeed Hall 1.
Tickets are available for purchase via platinumlist.net. -Bevs Balmaceda, UNTV

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