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Philippine Competition Commission studies rice issues, warns traders vs manipulating rice prices

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

 

Prices of rice

MANILA, Philippines — One of the sectors that the Philippine Competition Council (PCC) is focusing on is agriculture, including the movement of rice prices.

The National Food Authority (NFA) already admitted that the stock of NFA rice has been depleted, but the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Office of the President are both resolute that there is no shortage of rice in the country.

PCC was created in 2015 and its primary mandate is to ensure that there is a competition in the market.

“Tinitingnan namin yung production, tinitingnan naming yung distribution at saka paano siya nakakaapekto sa merkado (We are looking at production, distribution and how these affect the market),” said PCC enforcement office director Atty. Orlando Polinar.

The PCC has warned businessmen against manipulating the supply and price of rice.

Polinar said they may face a million peso fine for the first offense with five to seven years imprisonment.

“Bawal na mag-uusap na mag-fix ng price. Bawal na mag-uusap para i-manipulate ang bidding. Bawal sa mga competitors na mag manipulate ng supply,” said the Polinar.

(It is illegal to discuss the fixing of prices. It is illegal to discuss the manipulation of the bidding process. Competitors are not allowed to manipulate supply.)

Meanwhile, the National Food Authority (NFA) is now drafting measures on how to beef up their buffer stock.

One of which is by way of encouraging rice farmers to sell their products to the agency.

The NFA Council earlier announced that the government-to-private mode of procurement will be used for the importation of 250,000 metric tons of NFA rice which will arrive in the country in two to three months time.

“Anytime na may nagbebentang farmer tinatanggap yun (Anytime there is a farmer willing to sell, it is accepted),” said NFA spokesperson Rebecca Olarte.

NFA assured that they still have enough supply of rice for relief operations in the country. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV responders rescue rider in Butuan road crash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

UNTV Rescue responded to a motorcycle rider who figured in a crash, Tuesday (July 31) midnight at J.C. Aquino Avenue.

The victim, 21-year old Ryan Paran, sustained injuries in different parts of his body when he crashed his motorcycle against the road barriers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The victim said he did not see the road barriers due to the darkness of the highway.

Paran was immediately given first-aid on site by the rescue team and was brought to Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital.

Meanwhile, Butuan City police warned motorists to wear helmets and avoid drunk driving to prevent any road mishaps. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV surprises employees with unannounced earthquake and fire drill

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – UNTV shared its part in the government’s disaster awareness and preparedness campaign by holding its own unannounced earthquake and fire drill on Friday (July 20).

As the siren sounded at exactly 9:00 a.m., employees immediately executed the “duck, cover and hold” method. Minutes later, all employees were asked to vacate the building to a safer place as firefighters move to control the “fire” at some parts of the building.

The UNTV News and Rescue team, meanwhile, immediately acted to rescue two “trapped” employees on the fourth floor.

After 17 minutes, the building was declared safe and all employees were allowed to return to their respective departments.

The UNTV Management admitted that the company still has a lot to improve when it comes to disaster preparedness especially the response time.

“I think in terms of time, in terms of responding, kailangan nating mag- improve doon…Sinusuportahan namin anomang initiative o gawain sa kahandaan para masiguro natin na tayo ay handa sa mga ganitong sakuna,” added Jay Eusebio, UNTV’s Vice President for TV.

“I hope na ginagawa rin ito ng ibang building owners, iyong mga administrator ng buildings for them to realize na meron talagang kailangan na ganitong paghahanda…Ang ayaw natin ay tayo o ikaw ang ire- rescue, hindi ba? We are trying to minimize casualty in case dumating ang The Big One,” said UNTV’s Vice President for Administration Gerry Panghulan.

The UNTV Rescue Team regularly conducts rescue training to equip the station’s employees with proper skills in line with the advocacy and directive of its CEO and President “Mr. Public Service” Kuya Daniel Razon.– Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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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

THE SCORE:

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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