SAP Bong Go’s 47 pts carry Malacañang-PSC to 2nd UNTV Cup Off-season win

UNTV News   •   June 25, 2018   •   5981

Special Assistant to President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go escapes his defender through the screen provided by his teammate COL Nestor Herico (#19) during the game between the Malacañang-PSC Kamao and AFP Cavaliers on June 24, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the #UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)


Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong Go” exploded anew with 47 pts last Sunday, toppling his previous career-high of 44 pts and leading  the Malacañang-PSC Kamao to its 2nd win at UNTV Cup Off-Season Executive Face-Off.

Bong Go connected 7 three-pointers (21 pts of 47 pts) with 5 rebounds and 1 steal in their battle against the defending off-season champion AFP Cavaliers, 87-69, at the Pasig City Sports Center.

This is also the 2nd time Secretary Go was selected as Best Player of the Game. The first time was when they played against the GSIS Thunder Furies.

“We’re very happy nanalo na kami two consecutive games after losing the first 3 games. Though our chances are very slim right now [kasi] nasa middle kami ng standings… still we will give out best shot on our last two games para sa team,” Secretary Bong Go said.

(We’re very happy that we won two consecutive games after losing our first 3 games. Though our chances are very slim right now because we’re at the middle in the standings… still we will give our best shot in our last two games for the team.)

Meanwhile, Senate Sentinels ended DOJ Justice Boosters bid to the Final Four playoffs spot after a breath-taking victory, 76-72.

Sen. Sonny Angara was hailed as Best Player of the Game with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Senator Joel Villanueva also added 10 points in the game but rested early due to shoulder and thigh injuries.

Coach Mike Fermin said, “Sobrang halaga kasi do or die to eh, pag natalo laglag na kami. If we lose again, we’re done. So, it’s a good thing nag-respond yung mga players.”

(This game is very important because it’s a do-or-die situation. If we lose, we fall. If we lose again, we’re done. So, it’s a good thing that the players responded.)

Senator Sonny Angara expressed, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios, sa teammates ko; everyone gave extra effort.”

(I thank God, my teammates; everyone gave extra effort.)

With this win, the Senate Sentinels cling to the 4th spot of the UNTV Cup standing with 4-2 win-lost achievement.

While DOJ fell to 2-4 win-lost record.

In the other game, Judiciary Magis claims the 2nd spot in the ranking together with the Ombudsman Graft Busters with 4-1 win-lost record after a landslide win against the GSIS Thunder Furies, 105-50.

This game is very important to the Magis as with their incoming games with Ombudsman and Senate because of the twice-to-beat advantage opportunity.

Magis Head Coach Warren Ybañez said, “Mahalaga kasi kailangan namin maging top two eh kasi yung PNP top one ngayon.”

(This win is important because we need to be in the 2nd spot because PNP is on the top 1.)

Judge Wendell Ramiterre was named as Best Player of the Game with 30 points and 5 rebounds. — Bernard Dadis |UNTV News & Rescue



Judiciary Magis (108) — W. Ramiterre 30, J. Yabut 16, J. Marquez 15, M. Tomacruz 12, I. Ramoso 9, R. Paras 8, D. Sevilla 8, M. Aleta 8, R. Bacolor 2

GSIS Thunder Furies (50) — R. De Luna 17, R. Manuel 9, J. Defeo 8, J. Jaro 4, L. Casio 3, J. Andres 3, R. Manila 2, V. Rengel 2, R. Curiba 2

Quarter Scores: 33-15, 63-26, 87-43, 108-50


Senate Sentinels (76) — J. Angara 22, S. Dela Cruz 13, W. Tan 12, R. Endaya 11, E. Villanueva 10, U. Garces 5, B. Navea 3

DOJ Justice Boosters (72) — N. Tagalicud 17, R. Fadullon 9, R. Munsayac 8, C. Garvida 8, C. Guhit 6, R. Aguto 5, J. Gaurano 5, R. Tomas 4, R. Antero 4, J. Gernale 2, A. Suarez 2, C. Abayon 2

Quarter Scores: 13-20, 35-34, 53-55, 76-72


Malacañang-PSC Kamao (87) — C. Go 47, G. Belgica 10, M. Buena 10, R. Sergio 8, S. Rivera 6, N. Herico 4, A. Mitra 2

AFP Cavaliers (72) — W. Gonzales 22, G. Del Rosario 19, K. Grajo 16, E. Abutin 6, V. Bayani 2, N. Mendez 2, J. Paulo 2

Quarter Scores: 15-17, 42-36, 59-42, 87-69

Villanueva hopes Duterte SONA will tackle massive job creation for workers displaced by pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday expressed his hope that President Rodrigo Duterte will discuss in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA) the plan of the government in generating jobs for millions of Filipinos who were displaced by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as the country continues to fight its spread.

In a statement, Villanueva said that with a record-high unemployment rate of 17.7% or equivalent to 7.3 million based on the April 2020 labor force survey, the president’s address should serve as a guidepost for all agencies to create and implement policies that would lead to the restart of the economy.

It should also pave the way for the smooth reintegration of overseas Filipino workers to the domestic labor force and provide green lanes for Filipino seafarers for the global supply chain, he added.

Duterte is set to deliver his fifth SONA next Monday, July 27.

“Mahalaga po na matalakay ang plano ng ating gobyerno kung paano tutugunan ang problema sa kawalan ng trabaho ngayong pandemya. Habang wala pang bakuna laban sa COVID-19, tuloy pa rin po dapat ang buhay at kailangan maging handa ang bawat isa sa atin na mag-adjust sa new normal,” he said.

Villanueva, chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resource Development, also called on the government to mount epidemiological monitoring and surveillance in places where is high economic activity such as Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and Cebu.

“With epidemiological monitoring, we will be able to track how the disease is spreading and take appropriate measures to contain and stem it to prevent the healthy population from getting infected,” he added.

Villanueva said he shared the observation of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III who sought the reopening of the said economies in Metro Manila and Region 4A, explaining that about 2/3 of the country’s Gross Domestic Product was generated there.

But Villanueva reiterated that business confidence right now is directly tied to the government’s ability to manage the pandemic well.

“We need to boost the confidence of our businesses to resume their operations and of our workers to come back to work, that is why our government has to step up in preventing the disease from spreading,” he said.

The government should also ensure that repatriated OFWs who lost their jobs abroad are provided enough assistance to start anew, the lawmaker said.

Villanueva cited a report from Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III stating that OFW remittances could drop by up to 40 percent or about US$12 billion this year as a result of massive job losses overseas. In 2019, the central bank reported that OFW remittances reached US$30.13 billion.

Aside from employment generation, the President’s address should also provide concrete measures to ensure the continuity of learning for all learners in the new normal, Villanueva said.

As of July 19, the health department reported that 67,456 persons have been infected with COVID-19, with 43,160 cases listed as active. Recoveries also rose to 22,465 while the death toll is at 1,831.

Angara wants more COVID-19 mega quarantine facilities in Cebu

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday called for the establishment of more mega quarantine facilities in Central Visayas, especially in Cebu as it emerges as the new epicenter of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

“The Department of Health should step up its response in Cebu City because the only way that we can flatten the curve is if all areas of the country are able to control the spread of the disease,” Angara said in a statement.

As of June 28, 2020, Region 7 has breached the 8,000 mark on the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with Cebu City accounting for 4,962 of these infections.

A total of 252 COVID-19 deaths have also been recorded, with 157 of these from Cebu City.

Cebu City is the only area in the country placed under enhanced community quarantine.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) earlier said it is now looking for possible sites to construct additional isolation or quarantine facilities in Cebu City.

Angara noted that a newly-constructed quarantine facility in the city, which can accommodate more than 300 patients, was opened on Monday, June 29.

The senator, a COVID-19 survivor, also called on more hospitals in Cebu City to consider using convalescent plasma therapy to treat severe cases of coronavirus disease.

Some hospitals in Metro Manila and Cebu undertook efforts to use convalescent plasma therapy and hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange as possible treatments for COVID-19 patients.

The hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange involves the removal of bad plasma from a patient and replacing these with good plasma from donors.

Gov’t urged to restore TESDA’s scholarship fund for workers displaced by pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva on Friday called on the national government to restore the funding of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) scholarship programs to help displaced workers become more employable despite the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, Villanueva said the agency’s capacity to provide training for displaced workers and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) was “severely hampered” when part of its budget was realigned for the government’s COVID-19 response.

The senator said about P2.3 billion of TESDA’s budget under the 2020 General Appropriations Act was realigned for COVID-19 fight under the Bayanihan Law.

“Mas mabilis at madali po sana ang pagbangon ng ating mga manggagawang nawalan ng trabaho kung may kakayahan ang TESDA na magbigay ng training para sa mga in-demand na trabaho,” Villanueva said.

“Sa panahon natin ngayon mas kailangan ang tech-voc upang i-ahon ang ating mga manggagawa sa kanilang sitwasyon,” he added.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier estimated that around five million Filpino workers will be displaced by the pandemic by the end of the year.

Villanueva, who chairs the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, stressed there is a need to restore TESDA’s scholarship fund to help OFWs who have lost their jobs, as well as online sellers trying to make a living amid the pandemic.

“Isa po ang tech-voc training sa mga mabisang sandata ng gobyerno laban sa problema sa kawalan ng trabaho,” Villanueva, who previously served as TESDA secretary, said.

He also appealed to the finance and budget departments to allocate more funding to help TESDA technology institutes (TTI) to purchase the appropriate equipment and software to be able to adequately and effectively deliver blended learning in light of the new normal.

TESDA likewise needs to build up the capacity of its trainers by training them to use learning management systems, and purchasing the necessary tools such as laptops, the senator added.

“The shift to blended learning delivery entails a lot of cost, but rather than seeing it as an expense, our government should look at it as an investment for our workers,” Villanueva said.

“After all, it is our workers who will jumpstart and sustain our economic recovery,” he added.


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