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PCA: Cutting of coconut trees, banned

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Coconut tree plantation as captured by UNTV drone.


The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has discovered that monitoring of permit for coco tree cutting activities in the country has become ineffective.

For this, a moratorium or the prohibition of cutting down coco trees will be in effect on January 3 and will last for three months.

PCA administrator Billy Andal said several PCA officials had been negligent in issuing cutting permits, mostly in Quezon Province.

“For example the 20 trees that they applied for cutting supposedly due to maturity, there is no actual checking if there are really cutting trees in the area. The permits were eventually used to cut other trees located in where they want to cut,” Andal said.

However, moratorium excludes areas devastated by the typhoon wherein, around 300 thousand coconut trees were damaged, such as in the Bicol area.

Areas infested by cocolisap are also not included under the memorandum for the reason that some trees need to be cut to control the infestation.

There are about 340 million coconut trees in the country and 20% of them are subject for cutting due to maturity. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

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Senate Defenders tops Group A of UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 27th, 2017

Games on Thursday (November 30)

Game 1: 2pm – Judiciary vs PDEA
Game 2: 3:30pm – DA vs NHA
Game 3: 5:30pm – PNP vs AFP

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


Senator Joel Villanueva was on fire on Sunday as he bucketed five shots from the three-point country to lead the Defenders to an impressive win over the DOH Health Achievers, 93-58.

Senator Joel Villanueva said, “We got our rhythm early on. Ang pina-practice namin talagang yun yung nangyayari sa game. We are confident and natutuwa kami dahil lumabas yung game plan namin against DOH.”

(We got our rhythm early on. The plays we practice are those of the actual game. We’re confident and happy that we were able to execute our game plan against the Department of Health.)

Senator Villanueva, with a total of 23 points, and James Ryan Mangaran, who made 20 points, with 4 rebounds and 1 assist were hailed as the best players of the game.

With this victory, the Senate Defenders is catapulted to the top spot of group A with four games won and one game lost, while the DOH stays at the bottom with a 5-1 win-loss standing.

In the Malacañang-PSC-Ombudsman faceoff, Kamao maintains its lead in group B after toppling the Graft Busters, 128-79, last Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Although it had been tough for the Graft Busters, they did not give up until the last second of the game.

Atty. Laure Quijano of the Team Ombudsman said, “Nandito na kami, sayang yung opportunity na makapaglaro. So ibuhos mo na, nandito ka na eh. Hindi naman lahat ng government agencies nabibigyan ng opportunities like this. So might as well play with all your heart, play with passion kahit na alam mo dehado yung team mo.”

(We’re already here, it’s a rare opportunity to be able to participate in UNTV Cup. So we must play all out. Not all government agencies are given this kind of opportunity. So, might as well play with all your heart, play with passion even if you know your team is at a disadvantage.)

And in the Magis-Food Masters hardcourt battle, the two-time champion Judiciary Magis gains a 4-1 win-loss standing after defeating the Department of Agriculture Food Masters, 112-103.

Meanwhile, the Food Masters now has two games won and three games lost, and needs to win its remaining game against the NHA Builders on Thursday to continue to the second round elimination of the season. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV Cup



GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeat Ombudsman Graft Busters, 128-79.

Quarter Scores: 32-22, 72-46, 98-62, 128-79

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 128
V. Javier 19, I. Garrido 17, J. Besa 14, J. Jimenez 13, J. Magadia 11, N. Javier 11, R. Abalos 10, E. Dela Cuesta 10, G. Gadong 10, C. Luanzon 9, M. Ignario 4

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 79
E. Escudero 18, R. Lumague 17, F. Palacio 13, Q. Laure 11, A Sanchez 10, C. Lasam 6, W. Romero 4

GAME 2: Senate Defenders defeat DOH Health Achievers, 93-58.

Quarter Scores: 18-3, 36-20, 70-40, 93-58

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 128
E. Villanueva 23, J. Mangaran 20, J. Sanders 13, M. Legaspi 9, G. Sevila 8, H. Ng 6, R. Malaga 5, C. Andaya 3, R. Balboa 2, S. Marata 2

DOH Health Achievers
Box Scores: 79
R. Pingol 14, J. Guevarra 9, D. Espinosa 8, M. Kalaw 7, L. Nidoy 6, A. Saculingan 6, S. Mopera 5, D. Magat 3

GAME 3: Judiciary Magis defeat DA Food Masters, 112-103.

Quarter Scores: 29-18, 59-50, 91-74, 112-103

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 112
C. Tolomia 26, C. Camaso 16, W. Ybañez 14, J. Rabino 12, J. Serrano 11, R. Chua 10, K. Enriquez 9, V. Puno 9, H. Bergonio 5

DA Food Masters
Box Scores: 103
C. Dematera 26, J. Torion 22, S. Silva 14, J. Comerciase 12, M. Martinez 11, M. Mangrobang 8, R. Mangalindan 5, G. Camagay 3, M. Lim 2

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Uber breach, cover-up trigger government probes around the globe

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

The scope of the repercussions Uber will face for the October 2016 data breach began to take shape Wednesday with governments around the world opening investigations.

Authorities in Britain, Australia, and the Philippines said they would investigate Uber’s response to the data breach. London’s transport regulator, which has been in discussions with Uber after stripping it of its license to operate, said it was pressing Uber for details.

Canada’s privacy watchdog said that it had asked Uber for details on the breach, though it had not launched a formal investigation.

Attorney general offices in at least six U.S. States along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have announced they are looking into the matter. Some states are likely to go after Uber for breaking laws on data breach notification within a reasonable period of time.

Uber said that it has been in touch with the FTC and several states to discuss a hack and pledged to cooperate.

Uber fired its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, and a deputy, Craig Clark, over their role in handling the hack. — Reuters

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Malacañang-PSC suffers first loss at UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Judiciary Magis’ #14 Julius Rabino pulls a trigger from perimeter while being challenged by Narayan Das Javier (#30) of Malacañang -PSC Kamao during their game on November 19, 2017 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (MARK SANTILLAN / Photoville International)

The four-game-flawless Malacañang-PSC Kamao received its first loss of the season after the Judiciary Magis defeated them on Sunday, November 19 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Led by former professional basketball player Warren Ybañez, the Magis overturned the winning favor from the Kamao after Vincent John Puno converted two free throw shots, 83-82; and Ybañez for another free throw due to a technical foul given to Kamao’s Joseph Besa, 84-82.

Earlier in the game, the first and the second quarter was dominated by the Judiciary.

It was on the 3rd quarter when Malacañang-PSC started to reign, pouring a total of 28 points led by Vishnu Das Javier, Christian Luanzon and Eric Dela Cuesta and took the lead at the end of the period, 55-53.

The 4th period entered and Malacañang-PSC Kamao was still in control of the game with occasional exchanges of firepower from both teams until the last two minutes of the game when the momentum sided with the Judiciary Magis.

Then on, the Kamao failed to recover.

Best Player of the Game was claimed by Warren Ybañez, Vincent John Puno and Julius Caesar Rabino.

In the other games of the triple-header: the BFP Firefighters continued their winning streak upon punishing the COA Enablers in a high-scoring battle, 132-83.

Firefighters playing coach Gilbert Malabanan led the team with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals with solid back up performances by Jonathan Eguea 14p, Julius Jayona 13p and Roderick Marquez 12p. Three other Firefighters scored 11 points apiece.

Meanwhile, PDEA Drug Busters smacked down the Ombudsman Graft Busters with an 32-point victory, 109-77.

Marlon Basco produced 35 points for PDEA plus 15 points from Jogger Montallana and 14 points from Brillos Rizon.

On the other hand, Renelou Lumague contributed 15 points for the Ombudsman Graft Busters and 13 points from Christopher Lasam. — UNTV New Media 



GAME 1: BFP Firefighters defeat COA Enablers, 132-83.

Quarter Scores: 37-18, 61-36, 101-54, 132-83

BFP Firefighters
Box Scores: 132
G. Malabanan 28, J. Egea 14, J. Jayona 13, R. Marquez 12, R. Sibal 11, K. Amores 11, R. Molina 11, R. Namia 9, D. Mocato 6, N. Gagalac 6, A. Cabais 5, R. Wainwright 3, J. Gamboa 3

COA Enablers
Box Scores: 83
A. Gamboa 29, E. Ballesteros 20, J. Angel 17, R. Villanueva 12, J. Balgua 2, C. Sulay 2, B. Villordon 1

GAME 2: PDEA Drug Busters defeat Ombudsman Graft Busters, 109-77.

Quarter Scores: 28-13, 60-26, 83-54, 109-77

PDEA Drug Busters
Box Scores: 109
M. Basco 35, J. Montallana 15, B. Rizon 14, R. Sanz 11, M. Ballelos 9, J. Perante 8, D. Dejarme 7, C. Santiago 6, P. Cruz 4

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 77
R. Lumague 15, C. Lasam 13, A. Lazo 9, E. Escudero 8, A. Sanchez 8, F. Baldonado 8, Q. Laure 7, F. Palacio 5, E. Elmido 2

GAME 3: Judiciary Magis defeat Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 93-82.

Quarter Scores: 23-13, 32-27, 53-55, 93-82

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 93
W. Ybañez 24, C. Tolomia 15, C. Camaso 14, V. Puno 10, J. Rabino 10, F. Salamat 7, J. Marquez 6, H. Bergonio 4, R. Chua 3

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 82
C. Luanzon 22, V. Javier 14, E. Dela Cuesta 14, R. Abalos 11, J. Jimenez 8, I. Garrido 5, G. Gadong 4, J. Besa 4


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