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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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PNP Responders keep lead with 6-0 record

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

PNP’s Tower of Power. Police Superintendent Voltaire Rivera (#11) provided 15 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks to combine to Joel De Mesa’s 21 pts, Philip Phillips’ 15 points in leading the PNP Responders victory against the Senate Sentinals on June 17, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the #UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff. PNP Responders now holds a 6-0 flawless record at the top spot. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)


PNP Responders’ eyes are firmly on the prize this off season as it continues to bulldoze its way to the playoffs after routing Senate Sentinels at Sunday’s main game, 86-64.

PSupt Joel De Mesa led the PNP in keeping its 6-0 lead with his 21-point finish with 4 rebounds.

“Salamat sa Dios, salamat sa pag-guide sa amin at saka yung effort talaga, team effort from the players and the coaching staff nagwo-work talaga, nag ge-gel kami,” PNP Responders Head Coach SPO2 Alfred Suarez said.

(Thanks be to God. Thank you for the guidance and for the team effort from the players and the coaching staff. It really works, we gel together.)

Senate attributed its second defeat to the absence of its ace players, Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara.

“Si Senator Joel [Villanueva] kasi may hamstring injury si Senator Sonny [Angara] naman yung tuhod nya medyo sumasakit. It bothered him sa mga previous game namin, so malaking kawalan,” Senate Sentinels Head Coach Mike Fermin said.

(Senator Joel has a hamstring injury while Senator Sonny was complaining of knee pains. It was bothering him in our previous games so it’s a big loss really.)

DOJ Justice Boosters, meanwhile, widens berth to playoffs after handing AFP Cavaliers its fourth consecutive loss, 77-69.

The recent defeat further obscures AFP’s chances of defending their title while DOJ needs to win two more games to survive the elimination rounds.

Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Nonilon Tagalicud lifted DOJ with 21 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.

“Medyo maganda nilaro namin sa defense. Siguro kailangan pa naming manalo next game,” DOJ Head Coach Noli Mejo said.

(We had good defense plays so we need to win in the next game.)

Ombudsman Graft Busters also gained more chances of qualifying to the final four after clobbering GSIS Thunder Furies, 62-42.

Ombudsman has bagged 4 wins with 1 loss while GSIS and AFP remain at the bottom of the standings. Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: Ombudsman defeats GSIS, 62-42

Quarter Scores: 11-6, 29-19, 35-27, 62-42

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 62
A. Sanchez 15, J. Espinal 13, Q. Laure 11, R. Sadsad 5, A. Almojuela 5, R. Rafael 4, A. Tamano 4, R. Casal 3, A. Atienza 2

GSIS Thunder Furies
Box Scores: 42
R. De Luna 21, L. Casio 6, J. Defeo 4, J. Andres 4, J. Jaro 3, R. Abarintos 2, P. Flores 2

GAME 2: DOJ defeat AFP, 77-69

Quarter Scores: 20-13, 35-41, 58-55, 77-69

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 77
N. Tagalicud 21, J. Gaurano 12, J. Gernale 10, C. Guhit 10, R. Antero 8, R. Tomas 7, C. Garvida 5, A. Suarez 4

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 69
O. Vesliño 17, J. Paulo 17, N. Mendez 14, G. Del Rosario 11, K. Grajo 6, V. Bayani 2, A. Divinagracia 2

GAME 3: PNP defeat Senate, 86-64

Quarter Scores: 23-23, 44-37, 66-53, 86-64

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 86
J. De Mesa 21, V. Rivera 15, P. Philipps 15, I. Dalogdog 10, J. Alejandro 9, E. Gonzales 5, R. Cejas 4, P. Limbauan 4, I. Dickson 3

Senate Sentinels
Box Scores: 64
R. Endaya 15, U. Garces 15, J. Flaminiano 14, W. Tan 9, S. Dela Cruz 8, R. Sison 2

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PH-SoKor $4.9B business deal seen to create more jobs for Filipinos

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in shake hands after they declare their joint press statement following the successful bilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul on June 4, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


SEOUL, South Korea — President Duterte is expected to bring home USD4.9 billion in investment and loan agreement from his official visit to South Korea.  The said amount is expected to generate thousands of jobs for the Filipinos.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominquez III said that the Korean government doubled its Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Philippines from USD500 million to USD 1 billion  for the period 2017 to 2022.

A total of 171.42 million US dollars will go to the construction of the Cebu International Container Port that seeks to increase the capacity of Cebu port that caters the movement of goods and services in the Visayas Region.

USD50 million will go to irrigation projects; USD100 million for the construction of a new Dumaguete Airport; and USD41 million for the implementation of electronic receipt in all retail stores to make tax collection easier. The amount will also fund the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

The Finance secretary assured that the Philippines will have no difficulty paying for the loan as it only has a 0.15 percent interest rate and is payable within 40 years with a 10-year grace period.

“It is very generous of the Korean government and certainly we can afford this because when they put the port, we will be charging port charges and goods will flow more quickly,” said Sec. Dominquez. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Philippines, Papua New Guinea ink declaration on agriculture cooperation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol (in black shirt) with Papua New Guinea Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Benny Allan (in pink shirt)


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Papua New Guinea signed a joint declaration on agriculture cooperation on Wednesday, May 16.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who was in a three-day official visit in the country, witnessed the signing at Malacañan Palace after the two leaders sat down for a bilateral talk.

The joint declaration, signed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and PNG’s Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Benny Allan, is seen to further boost the two countries’ food security.

“I appreciate the communique that we send today between our two ministers to advance our agricultural relationship between our countries in particularly in production of rice where we need to ensure that there is food security between Papua New Guinea and the Philippines,” said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

In line with this, President Duterte directed concerned agencies to fast-track the crafting of a more detailed agreement on the matter

“We have asked our relevant officials to negotiate and conclude at the soonest possible time an agreement that will bring our bilateral agricultural cooperation to the modern era,” President Duterte said.

The two leaders also discussed possible cooperation on defense and security, trade and investment as well as people-to-people exchanges between the two nations.

The Prime Minister will visit the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI) in Nueva Ecija before he heads to Japan this evening.

Prime Minister O’neill’s official visit is in line with his duty as Chairman and Host of this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC.) – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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