UNTV advocates total firecracker ban as gov’t agencies push for its implementation
Marje Pelayo • January 3, 2019 • 4239
Kuya Daniel Razon during UNTV Repaso 2017 | PVI
MANILA, Philippines – Since 2010, the UNTV has been deploying its News and Rescue teams across the country to respond to emergency situations such as firecracker-related cases in line with the celebration of the coming of the new year.
Aside from helping others in need, the station has been consistent in encouraging the public to refrain from purchasing and using firecrackers.
“Kasi may ibang mga lugar, pinagmamagaling pa nila na gumagastos sila ng let’s say something like US$200,000. Gagastos ka halimbawa ng US$100,000. Magkano na iyon sa peso?” noted UNTV’s CEO, Kuya Daniel Razon.
“Anong ibig sabihin? Maraming nagugutom. Maraming mga hindi kumakain. Maraming nao-ospital na walang pampagamot. Maraming nangangailangan na pampa-dialysis. Maraming mga nangangailangan na makikita mo sa kalye na wala silang anoman (na) pinaputok lang naman natin,” he added.
Kuya Daniel addressing the UNTV News and Rescue teams before deployment for Repaso 2018
Kuya Daniel cited as an example the ordinance in Davao City which totally bans firecrackers and has yielded commendable results.
“Hindi ba sa Davao, may total ban sila diyan na ginagawa? Ang sa atin kasi dapat ang pagpapaputok ng firecrackers, dapat iyan ang nage-execute, kung may i-a-allow man halimbawa…Gusto nila magpa-install, magpalagay. Kung may i-a-allow man iyong may technical know-how na nagse-set up talaga. Hindi dapat i-allow ang nagpapaputok ka ng solo-solo o whatever. Hindi,” Kuya Daniel explained.
UNTV News and Rescue Team in action
Several measures are now being pushed in Congress seeking to totally ban or impose stringent policies on the use of firecrackers on a nationwide scope.
These include the bill filed by Senator Nancy Binay which seeks to impose higher fines and imprisonment as punishments for selling firecrackers to minors.
Senate President Vicente Sotto II and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, meanwhile, are pushing to require a special permit from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to those who wish to use firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices only at designated venues.
PNP Spokesperson Benigno Durana Jr, said the PNP is ready to impose new regulations on firecracker use provided that “majority of the stakeholders, after due consultations, would agree to it and it will become a law or policy.”
“We will abide and enforce it,” Durana said.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, for his part, said the Department of Health (DOH) is contemplating to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a nationwide total ban on firecrackers in the country.
“The total ban is the way to go. If Davao City has exemplified total ban and therefore zero casualty, why can’t the whole Philippines do it under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte who was once a long-time serving mayor of Davao City?” he said.
However, Duque said, such a plan needs a thorough study considering its possible impact on the country’s firecracker industry.
“Assuming the ban gets implemented or if legislation is forthcoming to absolutely ban this. We cannot be reckless. We have to be very clear: What will be the alternative livelihood programs for people who will be displaced because of the ban?” Duque argued.
But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Malacañang still has several considerations to address that’s why it has not decided on whether or not to impose a nationwide total ban on firecrackers.
“Kasi marami ring involved. Maraming mawawalan ng trabaho. Binabalanse niya pero ayaw niya talaga ng firecracker,” Panelo said referring to the President.
“Marami ring natakot na huhulihin sila. Kasi nuon, hindi strict ang enforcement. Siempre iba na ang panahon ngayon,” Panelo concluded.
In 2017, President Duterte issued an executive order which regulates the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in the country. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of the life and legacy of Brother Eli Soriano, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) set up a week-long public service to Filipinos and foreign beneficiaries in its various chapters in the Philippines and abroad.
The project entitled, “The Legacy Continues” is a tribute to Brother Eli’s unrelenting service to the poor and those in need during his lifetime.
The week-long celebration ran from April 4 to 10 and served thousands of beneficiaries here and abroad.
First among its public services is the MCGI Free Store where recipients can get their basic needs for free.
“Minsan kapag tinitignan mo parang imposible na mayroong ganun na manlilibre. Lahat nga tayo natamaan ng pandemya pero despite of that, itong MCGI ay gumawa pa rin ng paraan para at least kahit papaano makatulong sa mga nangangailangan,” said beneficiary Jerry Lingaling.
Among the beneficiaries are persons with disability (PWDs), persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and people of all ages, from all walks of life across the globe.
“I am actually surprised that there is such an organization.. It’s such a better world if everyone is willing to cooperate together,” said Aaron Quay, a Malaysian location/event planner in Kuala Lumpur who helped MCGI Malaysia chapter in organizing the event.
The project set the social media abuzz with images, videos and testimonies of recipients sharing their heartwarming experiences inside the MCGI Free Store.
One of them is Ederlinda Clariza who said it was her first time to experience shopping. Her image was captured by netizen Heidee Baderamos.
Pasensya na hindi ako Marunong mag grocery First time ko kasi ito
Netizen Josie Carl Le Blanc posted on his social media page that he left his house with only a P20-bill in his wallet but was grateful to go home with a bag full of free items from the MCGI Free Store.
Bente lang laman ng wallet ko, pero binigyan ako ni Lord ng libreng grocery 🥰
Thankyou Dating Daan #FREESTORE Thankyou 😘😘 Mark Kabigting Cenizal Lea Lizli-an Libaste Amper
Meanwhile, frontline medical workers of the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City also took part in the initiative.
Instead of keeping the food packs from MCGI for themselves, they chose to give them to their patients.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa MCGI Feeding Program kasi napakasarap ang tumulong lalo sa mga maliliit, sa mga less fortunate na katulad ng mga in-patient natin,” said Esther dela Cruz, the Center’s assistant chief dietician.
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The week-long activity is just the start for Members, Church of God International (MCGI) as it is brewing more genuine charity works through its servant Brother Daniel Razon.
“Salamat po sa Dios, sa isang buong taon ng Kanyang pag iingat sa atin at sa pag gabay din sa atin dito sa ating Serbisyong Bayanihan. Pero hindi po dito nagtatapos ang ating paggawa dahil sa awa’t tulong po ng Panginoon, atin pong ipagpapatuloy ang pag abot sa ating mga kapwa tao may pandemya man o wala,” said Kuya Daniel.
“Gaya po ng aral na itinawid sa atin ni Bro. Eli Soriano na gumawa ng mabuti sa lahat with God’s help and mercy Bro. Eli’s legacy of hope, faith and most especially love will continue through the good works of the Members of the Church of God International,” he concluded.
MCGI’s week-long public service activity was aired over UNTV and on the Internet through its official social media accounts.
MANILA, Philippines — The Members Church of God International (MCGI) — known for the long-running religious program “Ang Dating Daan”— in cooperation with some local government units, served free food packs on Thursday (March 25) to families and individuals who are in need.
Always with the intention to fulfill the commandment of God in the Bible, MCGI in different chapters around the world simultaneously launched a global feeding program following the success of the global opening of the MCGI Free Store on March 14.
Overall, MCGI was able to prepare an initial 122,537 free food packs in 1,203 venues around the world and served around 121,366 recipients on its March 25th launch alone.
Taking note of the spiritual health and physical wellbeing of its members and the recipients, all personnel handling and delivering food strictly followed government-imposed health protocols.
Local officials who graced the occasion commended the conduct of the initiative.
“Isa ito sa masasabi ko talaga na organized, well planned at siyempre with God’s grace talagang ang ganda. 150 beneficiaries ang nakinabang sa mga kabaranggay ko dito at maraming maraming salamat sa bumubuo ng Members Church of God International,” said Jonathan Alcala, a councilor in Barangay Katipunan in Quezon City.
In the Philippines, members delivered the free food packs to residents in remote barangays, street dwellers, medical front liners and uniformed personnel, as well as COVID-19 positive patients under lockdown in different facilities.
“In behalf po ng aming warden at lahat po ng kasamahan ko na BJMP, and staff ng Dapitan City Jail at ang buong 73 (Persons Deprives of Liberty) as of now, malaki po ang pasasalamat namin sa ginagawang feeding program ng Ang Dating Daan,” SJO4 Augusto Wilmar Mabilog, assistant jail warden of the Dapitan City Jail said.
Likewise, CRC information officer SJO1 Rey Lawrence Comprendio also lauded the group’s timely assistance.
“Maganda po itong ginawa ng Church of God, at malaking tulong po ito sa aming institusyon lalong lalo na ngayong pandemya especially wala po tayong dalaw na face-to-face at ma-o-augment din talaga ito sa daily consumption ng ating mga PDLs,” he said.
Romelyn Canteren, a member of the Subanen tribe in Zamboanga Del Sur, expressed gratitude for the unexpected treat.
“Minsan wala po kaming makain kasi walang trabaho yung parents. Yung mama ko po sa bularan (fish-drying firms) lang po. Ako po minsan walang trabaho kaya masaya po kami na may tumulong sa amin.”
Abroad, brethren reached out to the homeless, poor families and distressed overseas Filipino workers.
“I am thanking God today that MCGI has given us this food so that we have food to eat for the day,” said Joseph Leed, a local beneficiary in Liberia.
Roy Tuazon, a displaced overseas Filipino worker in Saipan, was grateful for the assistance. “Nagpapasalamat po ako dahil nagkaroon po ng ganitong pa-feeding program sa MCGI dahil marami pong taong gaya ko na kinakapos din ng konti sa mga pagkain na ganito. Sana po meron pa po susunod. Salamat po,” he said.
Director Vicente Gregorio Tomas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the National Capital Region (NCR) recognized MCGI’s initiative to augment the government’s effort to serve Filipinos especially during uncertain times such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“Instructions ito ng ating mahal na Pangulo na katuwang ang ibang mga partner agencies na talagang mag reach-out. Kaya nga kami ay nagpapasalamat dahil in spite of the risk, nandyan po kayo tumutulong sa amin,” Tomas said.
Even officials abroad expressed gratitude to MCGI for continuously extending help to people in need across the globe.
“Ito ay isang malaking bagay na maitutulong sa mga kababayan nating Filipino lalong lalo na yung nawalan ng trabaho at na-stranded,” said Esther Chavez, representative of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore.
“Ito po ay napapanahon sa pagtulong lalo na at panahon ng pandemic. Maramig salamat sa pamuuan ng MCGI para sa tulong na ginagawa nila para sa ating mamamayn,” she added.
For its part, MCGI is grateful to God for this opportunity to do good.
“Ang atin pong buhay ay hindi naman natin dapat na sa sarili lang natin iuukol kundi dapat din nating alalahanin ang kautusan ng Panginoon na meron tayong kapwa taong dapat lingapin, dapat tulungan kung nangangailangan,” said Bro. Danny Navales, representative of the MCGI.
The MCGI Global Feeding Program launch was aired live by its official media partner UNTV.
MANILA, Philippines — The country’s top FM station Wish 107.5 staged another milestone in the Philippine music industry with a concert inside not just any venue but at the Big Dome on Sunday (January 17).
The radio station of the famed Wish Bus, once again proved that it is truly “breaking boundaries”, that despite the pandemic it was able to pull off a grand concert for a cause and gathered some of the top Filipino artists at the 6th Wish Music Awards hosted by celebrity-athlete Gretchen Ho and “Asia’s Romantic Balladeer,” Christian Bautista.
“It’s so nice to see people get a chance again to perform for their fans live, to just have a feel of the stage again,” said Ho.
Attendees underwent swab testing, while health protocols and proper sanitation procedures were strictly observed.
Each of the hosts and performing artists was given a microphone for their exclusive use throughout the event.
For the RT-PCR and antigen tests, Wish 107.5 partnered with Maxicare Health Corporation.
Only attendees with negative results were allowed to enter the venue.
The entire Big Dome also underwent massive disinfection for the safety of the attendees.
All productions and technical crew were required to use face masks and face shield throughout the event and floor markings were placed to guide them of the proper social distance.
The event at the Big Dome was not opened to the public, but fans and supporters were still able to enjoy the show as it was streamed live through Wish 107.5’s official YouTube channel.
Viewers on Sunday night reached to over 40,000 and the event hashtag #WishMusicAwards trended on Twitter with almost 200,000 tweets.
This year, the station gave two prestigious awards to individuals who made major contributions to the Philippine music industry, starting off with OPM legend and renowned lyricist, Rey Valera and Journey frontman and singer-philanthropist, Arnel Pineda.
“It is an honor to be bestowed this prestigious award; the prize money you’re going to give to us will definitely make a difference to the lives of our beneficiaries,” Pineda said, receiving the KDR Icon of Music and Philanthropy award.
“Salamat sa Kuya Daniel. Natutuwa ako puro kabataan ang nakikita ko. Nakikita ko ang kinabukasan ng OPM. Napakinggan ko ang mga lyrics nila. Importante sa akin iyon. Gusto kong mangyari kung ano ang mangyayari bukas,” Valera said receiving the KDR Icon of Musical Excellence award.
Winners in this year’s Wish Music Awards received P25,000 each while their chosen charities received P100, 000 each.
Among the highlights at Sunday’s event was the debut performance at the Wish Awards of OPM royalty, ‘Parokya ni Edgar’ and the award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian.
Wish 107.5’s creator and innovator Kuya Daniel Razon, who on Sunday graced the event inside the Wish Bus, expressed his gratitude to all OPM artists for keeping their music alive to heal, to inspire and to give hope in the face of a pandemic.
“I wish to tell all of you, that your endeavors are very much appreciated,” noted Kuya Daniel, President and CEO of BMPI-UNTV which manages Wish 107.5.
“Ang inyong mga awitin at musika ay nanatili para patuloy na umaliw, patuloy na dumamay, sa bawat lumbay, sa bawat pangamba at sa bawat takot. Mayroon pong mga titik, mayroong tinig at tunog na palaging nagbibigay buhay at kahulugan sa mga damdaming ito. I would like to thank you all for being our hidden heroes during this difficult time,” he added.
Kuya Daniel vows to continue helping more Filipino artists by providing an avenue for the promotion of their music and an opportunity to spread goodwill through Wish 107.5. MNP (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)
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