Senate Defenders defeat COA Enablers at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   December 5, 2017   •   3905

Senate Defenders’ #2 Sen. Sonny Angara tries to steal the ball from COA Enablers’ #77 Carlo Sulay on December 03, 2017 at the Olivarez Gym in Parañaque City for the elimination round of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup. (Maia Garciano / Photoville International)

The Senate basketball team led by Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara showed no mercy to the Commission on Audit last Sunday at the Olivarez Sports Complex in Parañaque City.

All the four quarters, the Defenders took control of the game with 105-72 tally on the final buzzer.

Hailed as the best players are Michael Dan Omega and Sen. Joel Villanueva.

“Natutuwa kami dahil yung gameplan na tinuturo ni Coach Mike Fermin ay nagagawa namin, na-eexecute namin. And of course, kudos sa teammates namin na willing to walk extra mile to get a win,” Sen. Villanueva said.

(We are glad because we were able to execute the gameplan of Coach Mike Fermin. Kudos also to our teammates  who were willing to walk extra mile to get a win.)

“Sabi lang ni Coach, play hard lang at saka kung ano ang game ng Senate yun lang ang gagawin  namin(Coach just said to play hard and stick to the Senate’s game),” co-best player Michael Dan Omega added.

This victory sends the COA Enablers into an early vacation and fortifies the Senate Defender in their campaign on the next round of the season.

Sen. Villanueva also added, “We’re definitely hungry and lesson sa amin yung last year kaya every single game we treat it as a championship game at last game namin.”  (We’re definitely hungry and last year was a lesson to us that is why every single game we treat it as a championship game as if it’s our last game.)

“Kaya kung makikita mo yung hustle ni Omega, hustle ng mga team mates namin talagang patay kung patay basta makuha lang yung bola, basta maka-depensa. So, we’re very happy. At the end of the game, hindi importante sa amin who gets the best player, who gets the score kundi manalo kami and ang rhythm ng team namin ay hindi mawala,” he said.

(That’s why you see Omega and our teammates get into a do or die hustle for the ball and in playing defense. So, we’re very happy. At the end of the game, it’s not important who gets the best player, who gets the score. What matters is that we win and the rhythm of the team continues.)

Meawhile, the GSIS Furies extinguised the BFP Firefighters on the second game of the triple-header with final score 81-75.

James Patrick Abugan was hailed as the best player of the game with 34 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

The Furies also got a solid performance from Rene Boy Banzali with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.

With this win, the GSIS Furies advance to next round. The BFP, on the other hand bids goodbye to the season.

In the other game, with an eight point gap, 81-73, the DOJ Justice Boosters surrendered the NHA Builders.

Antonio Lustestica-23pts, John Dizon-15pts and Waldemar Tibay-15pts led the scoring for the Builders while in the Justice Boosters: Paul Reguera-20pts, Justine Lopez-13pts and Eric Mabazza 12pts. — UNTV New Media


GAME 1: Senate Defenders defeat COA Enablers, 105-72.

Quarter Scores: 19-15, 43-37, 74-57, 105-72

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 105
E. Villanueva 16, J. Flaminiano 13, H. Ng 13, J. Mangaran 10, M. Omega 9, J. Angara 8, R. Malaga 8, R. Balboa 8, G. Sevilla 7, M. Legaspi 4, J. Sanders 4, C. Andaya 3, R. Endaya 2

COA Enablers
Box Scores: 72
A. Gamboa 21, E. Ballesteros 14, J. Angel 10, R. Villanueva 8, B. Villordon 6, J. Balgua 5, P. Carpina 2, A. Dosono 2, C. Sulay 2

GAME 2: GSIS Furies defeat BFP Firefighters, 81-75.

Quarter Scores: 19-25, 48-43, 60-60 81-75

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 81
J. Abugan 34, R. Banzali 25, A. Cuevas 8, D. Bunyi 7, A. Sunga 5, F. Dorato 2

BFP Firefighters
Box Scores: 75
J. Jayona 17, G. Malabanan 17, K. Amores 12, R. Wainwright 9, D. Macato 7, R. Molina 4, J. Egea 4, R. Sibal 3, R. Marquez 0

GAME 3: NHA Builders defeat DOJ Justice Boosters, 81-73.

Quarter Scores: 16-12, 41-33, 59-51, 81-73

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 81
A. Lustestica 23, J. Dizon 15, W. Tibay 15, M. Mercado 10, J. Alastoy 8, M. Ladia 4, C. Santos 4, A. Vitug 1, R. Tibay 1

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 73
P. Reguera 20, J. Lopez 13, E. Mabazza 12, P. Butel 8, C. Cruz 6, C. Borile 4, J. Polican 4, M. San Juan 4, A. Vitero 2

— UNTV News & Rescue


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.

PH gov’t urged to prioritize plight of workers in economic recovery plan

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva has urged the national government to include the welfare of workers among its top priorities in creating a recovery plan for the country amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Villanueva, who chairs the Senate committee on labor, lamented that in the past few months, workers’ welfare was “glossed over” in the policies and programs implemented by the government.

“The tough economic climate is already punishing workers with layoffs left and right. How do we expect our people to provide for their families if they are jobless? Our government cannot simply look away from their plight, and keep on overlooking their condition,” he said in a statement on Monday.

“We urge our policymakers to consider the welfare of workers as they draw up the economic recovery plan of our country. After all, it is our workers who will fuel the engines of our economy,” he added.

Villanueva said that despite the implementation of emergency employment programs, “a significant portion of workers were still not a able to receive any form of assistance from the government.

He said only about 657,000 workers of the 2.6 million workers in the formal sector reported to DOLE received government assistance through the agency’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, which gives a one-time cash assistance of P5,000 per individual.

The senator also said that some 330,000 workers in the informal sector, which is estimated to be over 30 million in 2018, benefitted from the labor department’s cash for work program called Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers.

Villanueva asked the government to pour more funds to programs that would generate employment so that workers have a means to earn a living for their families while the economy picks up its pace.

He also proposed funding scholarship programs for displaced workers and returning overseas Filipino workers at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, for upskilling and retooling.

“The Senate version of the ‘Bayanihan 2’ bill placed a P1 billion fund for the agency’s scholarships to encourage displaced workers to upgrade their skills to become more employable.

The lawmaker also pointed out while government assistance to businesses was necessary, it must be hinged on their commitment to keeping workers in their ranks.


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