DILG, DOH identify smoking areas under nationwide smoking ban

UNTV News   •   September 5, 2017   •   9521

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MANILA, Philippines — Confusion abounds over the implementation of the nationwide smoking ban, particularly on the designated smoking areas in cities.

In an interview with Daniel Razon on the program, Huntahan, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing clarified that although business establishments must have designated smoking areas, smoking in open spaces is also allowed.

The local government units, who are the principal implementer of the said law, are also the ones designating the specific smoking areas.

“Key words are: public places, designated smoking areas in enclosed areas.  These are covered areas and public conveyances,” said Densing.

“I myself am confused when we say public places. Like what you’re saying, when you’re on the road you are in an open space, can you smoke? Is that right?” Razon asked.

“What is defined under the Executive Order 26 as public places, the definition is very specific. Hospital, schools, markets, whether open or close, they are considered public places. But open spaces refer to sidewalks, not covered, that’s where they are allowed to smoke,” explained Densing.

The Department of Health (DOH), on the other hand, said every city has its own ordinance against smoking that need to be adhered to.

With this, different interpretation arises on determining smoking and non-smoking areas.

“If they also include those walking, that’s not allowed even without EO 26. It depends on the ordinance,” DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said.

It can be recalled that Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial had mentioned that the DILG is responsible for the strict implementation of the Smoking Ban and that the LGU’s should have a smoke-free task force.

“I don’t have the data but that is the system that we have adopted as soon as we have reports of certain LGU’s not implementing the EO then we call the attention of DILG,” Ubial said.

The DOH once again warns the public to report to their hotline all violators of the said law. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue

 

Wish 107.5 celebrates 7th year with music and 7 ‘Gifts of Love’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In its seventh year, Wish highlighted seven different charitable acts benefiting the underprivileged across the country to make the celebration more meaningful.

These charities included a seven-day food caravan to 100 children with disabilities in Cavite; the installation of free potable water supply for a community in Barangay Vinapor, Agusan Del Norte; installation of 30 solar lamps for the Dumagat Tribe of Sitio Tala in Tanay, Rizal; and distribution of free grocery items to 740 indigents nationwide.

The station also granted a food cart business to three deserving breadwinners from the National Capital Region;  donated printers and paper supplies to five schools in Bicol, Rizal, and Quezon for the printing of modules; and the construction of a new home for a single parent in Mauban, Quezon who has never had a permanent shelter for four years.

Hindi nga po ako makapaniwala na bahay namin ito. Sabi ko, sa mga apo ko, masayang masaya ako. At least, kapag nabagyo, ang mga anak ko hindi na kailangan pang lumikas. Dito na lang sa akin pupunta,” said beneficiary Yolanda Garcia.

(Translation: I still can’t believe that this house is ours. I told my grandchildren how happy I am. At least, during typhoons, my children won’t need to evacuate. They can just stay with me.)

Sunday’s anniversary was the second time Wish 107.5 held a virtual anniversary concert that featured OPM artists to give back and entertain their fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPM stars who graced the occasion included Asia’s phoenix, Morissette Amon; singer-songwriter Moira dela Torre; indie-pop duo, Leanne and Naara; alternative rock and pop band Magnus Haven; R&B band Soul Republiq; and solo performances from Arthur Nery, Janine Teñoso and Zild.

“I will always be grateful to my Wish family for continuing to believe in me and for allowing me to share my music on their platform since the beginning. Because of a lot of my Wishclusives, I was able to get recognition from all over the world and that has opened up so many opportunities not just for me but for so many OPM artists as well,” Morissette said as she recalled how Wish 107.5 played a role in her career.

“I will always be proud to have grown with the station and witness its early years to what it is now,” she added.

The innovator and the man behind Wish 107.5, Kuya Daniel Razon, said the station hopes to continue to be of service to our fellow men through music and acts of charity, with the help and mercy of God.

“We at Wish 107.5 will continue to spend our God-given time as wisely as we can, sa tulong po at sa awa ng Panginoon (with God’s help and mercy),” he said.

“We will continue to grab every opportunity to share the amazing talent of our Filipino artists all over the world and to spread love and compassion to everyone. And in the coming years, we will continue to be of service to Filipino artists and our fellowmen in need. It’s because we believe in good music, hopeful wishes and more importantly good works are worth spending time on,” Razon said.

PACC receives 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Around 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution have been received by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The PACC, on Thursday (April 15), said during the rollout of the cash aid distribution the agency already received around 8,000 complaints.

PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said the agency is already coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to discuss the said reports.

Nakakalungkot, we have just received 8,000 reports tungkol dito. Sina-summarize namin ang reports para sa gagawing meeting with the DILG, para maaksyunan, ma-imbestigahan, makasuhan (It is saddening, we have just received 8,000 reports regarding this matter. We are summarizing the reports for our meeting with the DILG for immediate action, investigation, and for the immediate filing of cases),” he said.

Belgica reiterated the need to increase monitoring during the distribution process in order to avoid any form of anomalies.

Titingnan po namin ang sistemang gagamitin nila bukod sa mga complaints. Monitoring has to be strengthened para maiwasan ang mga ganito (We will look into the system used by the [DILG] aside from the complaints received. Monitoring has to be strengthened to avoid these issues),” he said.

The PACC officials expressed alarm on the number of complaints. He noted that during the previous cash aid distribution, the PACC received around 9,000 complaints. During the recent cash distribution, the agency already received 8,000 complaints.

Belgica advises officials not to take the money especially when families affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are finding it difficult to get by.

Kaunti na lang po iyan para po sa kanila, para po sa kanilang pamilya para mabuhay. Ibigay na po natin sa kanila iyan dahil kung pinakialaman po natin iyan (The cash aid is not much, it is for the public and their families in order to survive. Give it to them because if you took advantage and we will find out [about it]) we will make sure you will be accountable to it,” he warned. AAC

6th Wish Music Awards pioneers a groundbreaking new normal for PH music industry

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

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)

READ: 6th Wish 107.5 Music Awards: Complete List of Winners

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