UNTV Cup has donated P50-M to beneficiaries in the past 7 seasons

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019   •   256

For the children of soldiers who died in duty.

For the rescued street children.

For patients suffering from cancer.

For the victims of calamities and disasters.

These are just some of the beneficiaries of UNTV Cup.

Since the league started in July 2013 and up to its seventh season, UNTV Cup has already donated a total of P50,250,000 cash prize to the beneficiaries of all the competing teams.

For the players from all the government agencies, it was never about the glory. They are prepared to give their all for their chosen charity.

“Punto for punto talagang masarap sa pakiramdam as a player na naglalaro, (As a player, each point feels fulfilling)”—Reneboy Banzali from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Furies

“Naglalaro ka na nakakatulong pa tayo sa mga beneficiary natin. So enjoy lang kami, makatulong, (We are helping our beneficiaries by playing. So we are just enjoying)“—Malacañang Head Coach Raffy Ginzalez

“Nagpapasalamat nga kami sa kanila lalo na kay Brother Eli. Sa pamamagitan niya ang daming natutulungan, pati na iyong team namin. So nagiging instrument kami makatulong din sa ibang tao, (We are thankful to Brother Eli. Through him, we are helping a lot even our team. So we also become instruments to help others)“—National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders Head Coach Benett Palad

“Kami po, kasama lahat ng players and of course kasama ang management ng PhilHealth ay patuloy na sumusuporta sa magandang adhikain ni Brother Eli and ni Kuya Daniel na hindi lang ma-showcase iyong mga talento ng ating mga public servants kundi makatulong din sa ating mga beneficiaries, (On behalf of all the players and, of course, the PhilHealth management, we will continue to support the good advocacy of Brother Eli and Kuya Daniel of not just showing the talents of our public servants but also to help our beneficiaries)“—Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II

UNTV Cup is also helping former professional basketball players through the PBA Legends Foundation.

For the 8th season of UNTV Cup, over P10 million is allotted for the beneficiaries of the 12 competing teams.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

AFP flexes champion form at UNTV Cup Season 8 Opener

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers have proven their right to be the defending champions after defeating Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Global Traders at the UNTV Cup Season 8 opener on Monday (September 9).

Fans have witnessed the strength of the three-time defending champs at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) after a consistent double digit lead against the PITC Global Traders.

However, the PITC Global Traders were able to retaliate during the 3rd quarter. With their tough defense, they were able to slightly bridge the gap by 15 points.

Unfortunately, the AFP was able to block PITC’s momentum and finished the game by 90-70.

PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said they will recover from the loss and will train harder.

“In time makaka-recover iyan. Alam mo naman noong nakapukpok sila nakahabol. So even if they are the defending champion alam namin kaya namin, we have to be given some time to recover from everything makapag-ensayo kami nang maayos, (They will recover in time. They were able to bounce back [mid-game]. So even if they are the defending champion, we know we can do it, we have to be given some time to recover from everything and train better)” he said.

Regular weekly games start on Sunday, September 15 at Pasig City Sports Center with live telecast, Facebook live and webcast on UNTV channels.

Next week, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will battle Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) at 2:00 p.m. followed by the clash between the Office of the Ombudsman and Social Security System (SSS) at 3:30 p.m.

In the final game of the triple-header, the National Housing Authority (NHA) will face the Philippine National Police (PNP) at 5:00 p.m.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis and Raymond Lacsa)

Sports and Public Service, the right mix for UNTV Cup Season 8

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

Despite the heavy rain, Michael de Guzman did not miss his chance to watch the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Monday (September 9).

Not only was he excited to watch the first match between the AFP Cavaliers and the PITC Global Traders, he was able to reactivate his membership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).

“Okay nga iyong pagkakataon na ito dahil na-enjoy ko na ang panonood, nakakuha pa ako ng kailangan ko sa Philhealth, (This is a good opportunity because I was able to enjoy the game and at the same time work on what I need from PhilHealth),” he said.

Different public service booths like the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG booth, and PhilHealth were available for everyone as part of the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8.

Meanwhile the whole family of basketball fan, Edgar Santiago, arrived at MOA around 3:00 p.m. which was four hours before the official opening of the series.

Edgar and his family have been supporting UNTV since season 1 and they never miss an opportunity to watch some of the games.

“Alam naman natin ang proceeds ay para sa mga soldiers, mga POW [prisoner of war], mga nasaktan, mga pamilya na hindi halos masuportahan ng ating gobyerno, (We know the proceeds will go to the soldiers, prisoners of war, injured individuals and families that our government can no longer support),” he said.

Fans never stopped cheering once the first match started.

“Ang saya-saya ng laban at tsaka ang galing-galing talaga ng AFP, (It’s really fun and the AFP is a good team)” according to one of AFP’s fans Whisky Villanueva.

Brother Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon are grateful to God and the fans for their full support.

“Ito po ay patuloy naming gingawa sa tulong ng mga Members of the Church of GOD International kaya natutuwa kami na nakakatulong kami one way or the other even without lifting a finger (We continue to do this with the help of the Members of the Church of GOD International so we are happy to help in one way or the other without lifting a finger),” according to Brother Eli.

“Ang satin lang po alam natin ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, ang gusto natin una sa lahat ay makatulong sa ating mga kapuwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know why we are here. First of all, we want to help our fellowmen in need)” Kuya Daniel said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Beneficiaries to get continuous assistance despite closure — PCSO

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) assures that medical assistance to its existing beneficiaries will continue despite the termination of operations ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“This year is not a problem, actually. We can still sustain up to December 31 because there is already a fund for that,” assured Royina Garma, PCSO General Manager.

Cancer patient Gloria Morella still patiently waited outside the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) office located at the Lung Center of the Philippines compound to receive her guarantee letter which she needed to purchase her medicines.

Gloria has Stage 3 breast cancer that’s why she worries of the news about closure of PCSO gaming activities because it is through the PCSO that she is able to support her medications amounting to P42,000 monthly.

“Kung wala ang PCSO, saan na naming kukunin (Without PCSO where can we get the fund?)” she said.

But Garma said the agency has collections from January to the first week of July which they could work on in case the stoppage order on its gaming schemes becomes permanent.

According to data, the agency has been providing assistance to a total of 248,000 beneficiaries as of July 2019 under the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) amounting to P2.8-B.

The order, however, has its setbacks and Garma said the agency is expected to lose about P30-M to P50-M income per day with the closure of over 9,000 lotto outlets across the country.

Nevertheless, Garma assured that those who won the PCSO-hosted lottery will still be able to claim their prize because the agency already owes the amount to the rightful winner.

What worries Garma, she said, are the agents of PCSO outlets who are at risk of losing their jobs.

“Iyan po ang ginagawang appeal ng mga agents to us to at least consider daw ang employees nila, (That’s what the agents are appealing to us, to at least consider their employees,)” Garma said.

“Titingnan din po natin, (We will see what we can do,)” she added.

Based on the agency’s unofficial tally, about 120,000 individuals will lose their jobs due to the closure of PCSO gaming outlets.

The figure is just 10% of the total employees from all authorized operators of small- town lottery (STL) nationwide in addition to employees of 9,000 lotto outlets and other gaming schemes managed by the PCSO.

The PCSO is hoping that the President will change his mind once the agency has rectified its system. – with details from Harlene Delgado

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