‘The Dive,’ scuba diving travel show set to make waves starting Dec. 1

UNTV News   •   November 30, 2019   •   317

A New Season – Making Waves Beneath

It is time to be captivated by the beauty of the Ocean. #TheDive is Making Waves Beneath on its new season! Starting this December 01, 2019, Sunday at 11:00am. Only here on UNTV. #TheDivePH #MakingWavesBeneath #iProtectOcean

Posted by The Dive on Monday, 25 November 2019

Dubbed as the “center of the center” of the world’s marine biodiversity, the Philippines has become one of the global premier diving destinations.

Beneath the crystal clear waters surrounding its 7,641 islands is an exceptional underwater paradise that only a few get the opportunity to see and experience — and this is where The Dive jumps in.

The Dive travel series made its first splash on television in 2017, taking viewers to the country’s different world-class dive sites.

In its newest season this year, The Dive will bring viewers to more exciting underwater adventures through the following segments:

DIVE TRIP – Features the destinations where dives sites are located with a quick guide on how to get there.

GEAR UP TIME – Discusses proper scuba diving skills, safe diving habits, with latest underwater technology and gadget.

DIVE GUIDE – Showcases the breathtaking seascapes of dive sites with essential information such as scuba diving certification level required, maximum depth, water condition, and diving activities.

WONDERS OF CREATIONS –Showcases the marvelous marine creatures with its unique behavior and characteristics for an in-depth appreciation of the ocean life.

I PROTECT OCEAN – Promoting and fortifying marine conservation and protection efforts of different advocates from government agencies, non-government organizations, and individuals.

Aside from scuba diving, The Dive also features the beauty of Philippine beaches and other water activities like snorkeling, freediving, and skin diving.

The Dive is the brainchild of Wish 107.5 mobile radio bus creator, Daniel Razon, who is also a professional scuba diver on top of being a multi-awarded television and radio personality.

The show is hosted by Miss Scuba International 2015 and Miss Scuba Philippines National director, Cindy Madduma.

As the threats to our oceans get more adverse, The Dive’s new offerings this season strengthens its aim to raise awareness and create a widespread impact on environmental conservation and protection.

As American marine biologist Sylvia Earle said, “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.”  So diver or not, join us in #MakingWavesBeneath.

The Dive airs on UNTV every Sunday starting December 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Keep posted for new episodes by following The Dive’s official social media accounts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thediveph/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thediveph/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGTB7rsI0FXmHfvHTk0z_Zw

PH, Japan meet tackle closer cooperation on key infrastructure projects

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Japan both agreed to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries in implementing key infrastructure projects under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement, the Department of Finance (DOF) said that during the high-level meeting held in Hakone last Dec. 6, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Japan’s Hiroto Izumi, special advisor to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, discussed Japan’s continued assistance for the Philippines’ infrastructure projects.

The two sides also expressed readiness to sign the JPY4.409 billion supplemental loan agreement for the Metro Manila Priority Seismic Bridge Improvement Project in the coming months.

During the meeting, the two officials signed the memorandum of cooperation (MOC) signifying the latter’s commitment to provide technical support to the Duterte administration’s formulation of a regional development master plan designed to maximize the economic potentials of the Subic Bay and its surrounding areas.

In November, the DOF said that Japan have committed to support the masterplan which includes the development of possible projects that will help boost economy in the Subic Bay area.

Japan also committed to extend additional technical assistance that are critical to the Philippines’ campaign to bridge the infrastructure financing gap.

Both sides likewise confirmed to work towards the signing of the exchange of notes and the loan agreement for a supplemental loan to finance the ongoing Davao City Bypass Construction Project (DCBCP).

The two countries also committed to speed up the formulation of the Central Mindanao Highway Project (Cagayan de Oro-Malaybalay Section), as a candidate for Japanese official development assistance (ODA).

In addition, the DOF said that Japanese officials have expressed their intention to conduct pre-feasibility studies for four of the Philippines’ priority projects: the Cebu Circumferential Road, Second San Juanico Bridge and Access Road, Central Mindanao Highway (Cagayan de Oro-Malaybay Section), and Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Logistical Highway (4th Butuan Bridge.)

Japan also reiterated its intention to provide a loan for the Cebu-Mactan Bridge and Coastal Road Construction Project, as well as additional technical assistance to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Most Affected Areas (MAA) in Marawi City.

The two sides also discussed other loan financing arrangements for the Philippines as it transitions to Upper Middle-Income Country (UMIC) status ahead of schedule in 2020.

Wishcovery season 2 champion Rhea Basco explores exotic underwater sites of Mabini with ‘The Dive’

UNTV News   •   December 7, 2019

Rhea Basco

According to Wishcovery Season 2 grand champion, Rhea Basco, her childhood dream was to become a mermaid, inspired by the animated version of the classic fairytale, The Little Mermaid.

And for a day, she was finally able to live this fantasy through scuba diving in Mabini, Batangas when she joined the crew of UNTV’s travel series, “The Dive” on its latest episode.

With over 80 beaches and dive resorts, Mabini is dubbed as the “Diving Capital” of Batangas Province.

It has 26 world-class dive sites, including four protected marine sanctuaries – Arthur’s Rock, Batong Buhay, Twin Rocks and Cathedral dive site.

Mabini is also the location of Anilao – believed to be the “Birthplace of Philippine Scuba Diving”. Anilao is well-known as the “Mecca of Macro Fauna” due to its spectacular marine critters, making it one of the most-visited diving destinations of local and international underwater photographers.

With two and a half to three hours of land travel from Metro Manila, Mabini is one of the nearest destinations where beach chasers can go to level up their travel adventure through scuba diving.

Join Rhea in her first-ever scuba diving adventure in Mabini, Batangas and find out the reasons why scuba diving in Anilao should be added to your bucket list.

Discover the marine jewels of Mabini this coming Sunday, 11:00 AM with your weekly diving buddy, The Dive, only on UNTV. — Maribelle Boral-Cabling

Watch the live stream on the following social media accounts:

https://www.instagram.com/thediveph

https://www.facebook.com/thediveph/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGTB7rsI0FXmHfvHTk0z_Zw

PH, Japan infrastructure meet set in Hakone on Dec. 6

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019

(FILE) From left to right: Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Hiroto Izumi (Courtesy: Philippine Embassy to Tokyo website)

MANILA, Philippines – Economic officials from the Philippines and Japan are set to meet on Dec. 6, Friday to discuss the progress of the Duterte administration’s big-ticket infrastructure projects being financed by Tokyo.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and Economic and Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia will lead the Philippine delegation, while Dr. Hiroto Izumi will head the Japanese team in the next high-level meeting set in Hakone town in eastern Japan.

The Department of Finance (DOF) said in a statement the meeting of the Philippines-Japan Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation will be the ninth such dialogue between the two countries.

The first meeting was convened in March 2017 at Kantei, the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, Japan, while the most recent was held at a hotel in Clark, Pampanga.

Dominguez said the regular meetings held between the two countries is part of the “fast and sure” approach adopted by the two countries to ensure the smooth and swift implementation of the Japan-funded projects under President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure modernization program.

“A clear demonstration of this ‘fast and sure’ approach was the signing of 10 loan agreements between Manila and Tokyo since President Duterte assumed office in June 2016,” he added.

These loan agreements include Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project for the Philippine Coast Guard (Phase II), Harnessing Agribusiness Opportunities through Robust and Vibrant Entrepreneurship Supportive of Peaceful Transformation (HARVEST); Cavite Industrial Area Flood Risk Management Project; Arterial Road Bypass Project (Phase III) in Bulacan; New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project (II); Metro Rail Transit Line 3 Rehabilitation Project; Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project (Phase IV); North-South Commuter Railway Extension Project or NSCREP (1st tranche of loan); Metro Manila Subway Project or MMSP (Phase I), which is the single biggest venture under the “Build, Build, Build” program; and Road Network Development Project in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao.

The finance chief noted that several of these agreements involving infrastructure projects were each processed and approved in a short span of 3 to 4 months.The DOF also said that as of December 2018, Japan is still the top provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans and grants totaling US$8.26 billion or 46 percent share of the Philippines’ total ODA loan portfolio.

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