Volunteers ng UNTV at MCGI, nagsagawa ng cleanup drive sa isang bus terminal sa Zamboanga city

admin   •   June 27, 2014   •   3160

Ang isinagawang cleanup drive sa isang bus terminal sa Zamboanga City (UNTV News)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Nagsagawa ng  cleanup drive ang UNTV katuwang  ang Members Church of God International (MCGI) sa  isang bus terminal sa Zamboanga kahapon ng umaga, araw ng Huwebes.

Kaugnay ito ng ikasampung anibersaryo ng UNTV sa public service.

Alas-sais pa lamang ng umaga ay nagsimula na sa paglilinis ang grupo sa mga basurang nakakalat sa lugar. Ito na ang pangalawang pagkakataon na naglinis ang grupo sa lugar.

Ang terminal ay matagal na ring inireklamo ng mga residente dahil umano sa marumi at mabahong amoy na nagmumula dito.

Hiling din nila sa mga pasahero na itapon sa tamang tapunan ang kanilang mga basura .

(Translated)“Para sa akin, mas gusto kong malinis parang walang mangyaring masama sa mga tao, kaso lang hindi sila sumusunod. Kahit turuan mo sila kung saan itapon ang basura pero dyan pa rin tinatapon ang basura. Ang mga tao walag disiplina kaya kahit saan-saan na lang itnatapon ang mga basura”, ani Norma na isang residente.

Samantala, nagpasalamat ang mga residente lalo na ang management ng terminal sa ginawang paglilinis ng UNTV at Ang Dating Daan at umaasang magsisilbing halimbawa ito sa iba lalo na sa mga pasahero.

“Very surprise kami nung makita namin kayo at minsan nagtanong kami kung sa gobyerno ba ito. Nagpapasalamat kami sa gaya ninyo na nakatulong sa environment. Malaking tulong at saka very proud din kami sa inyo”, pahayag ni Elmer na isa ring residente. (Dante Amento, UNTV News)

MCGI receives highest recognition in Dugong Bayani Awards 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

The Members, Church of God International (MCGI) received the highest recognition at the Dugong Bayani Awards 2019 of the Philippine Blood Center and the Department of Health (DOH).

For the eighth consecutive year, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award for having the highest number of blood donors in the country.

The Jose Rizal Award is awarded to organizations who were able to donate 2,000 bags of blood in a year.

According to the DOH, the MCGI was able to donate 5,801 bags within a year which is the highest for 2019.

“Alam naman natin na iyong ating ginagawa ay [upang] hindi tayo maghabol ng pagkilala ng tao kundi ang mahalaga, makatulong tayo sa ating kapwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know that we are not doing this for the recognition but what is important is we are able to help our fellowmen in need)” according to MCGI representative Danny Navales.

The DOH has also awarded different government agencies, private sectors, and individuals who had huge contributions to the agency’s blood donation campaign.

“Voluntary blood donation is very important kasi ang dugo, hindi natin iyan nama-manufacture. Nakukuha lang natin ang dugo sa donasyon ng ating kapwa tao (because blood cannot be manufactured. We only get blood from our fellowmen),” according to Philippine Blood Center Medical Officer III Dr. April Charlotte Andal.

The DOH continues to encourage the public to donate blood.

The MCGI regularly conducts blood donation drives at all Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Centers across the country and abroad. This is part of the advocacy campaign of Brother Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of helping people in need.

“Kailan pa man at tayo’y binibigyan ng Panginoong Dios ng mabuting pagkakataon ay makaaasa ang ating mga kababayan na patuloy pa po nating palalaguin o pagyayabungin pa ang ganitong pagtulong sa kapwa (As long as God is giving us the opportunity, rest assured that we will continue to help others),” Navales said.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Ticket sales at Araneta city bus port still lean

Maris Federez   •   October 30, 2019

Passengers wait for the departure of their buses at a provincial bus terminal in Quezon City, Philippines, 29 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

The management of the Araneta city bus station does not yet see a big sale of tickets today (October 29) on trips bound for the provinces.

Ticket sales at the bus terminal today (October 29) is still lean for trips bound for the provinces.

The management at the terminal said they see an active sale of tickets by Wednesday or Thursday wherein they expect an influx of passengers.  

Ticket sellers said their sale is comparatively low this year from last year.

” Mahaba na pila dapat, nagt-two lines na mga ganon. Wala walang pila ngayon. Malaki iyong binaba ngayon compared dati dapat malaki na iyong income naming,” they said.

[The line would have been long, and would be on two lines already. Now, there is no cueing yet. The sale dropped very low compared to before when we earned higher.]

Passengers may buy bus tickets on ordinary buses where sale is done over the counter or through the bus conductor.

Availability of online bookings on aircon buses that are stationed at the Araneta Center bus terminal, on the other hand, can already be seen on the website of the bus companies bound for the Southern Tagalog, Bicol, and Visayas regions.

 “So we’d expect by tomorrow or kaya sa 31 iyong dagsa ng mga pasahero especially sa non-aircon. Iyong aircon po natin maraming nakabili ng for advanced schedule kaya kalimitan mga chance iyong nandoon sa bus port, although nakapagbigay naman ng allocations iyong mga bus company at iyong extra trips nila dahil nabigyan naman sila ng mga special trips ng LTFRB,” said Ramon Lopez, the manager of the Araneta city bus station.

[So we expect the influx of passengers by tomorrow or on the 31, especially on non-aircon buses. For aircon buses, some online bookings are done in advanced that is why those coming early at the bus port are chance passengers. Although bus companies have allocated vehicles for extra trips as they were able to get special trips permits from the LTFRB.]

The terminal management also reminded the riding public that pointed and deadly weapons and flammable materials are strictly prohibited inside the transport hub. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

MCGI receives third Gold Award from Singapore Red Cross

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2019

SINGAPORE – Singapore Red Cross has accorded more than 1,600 blood donors as well as community partners in a recognition ceremony on June 29, 2019.

The SRC made the recognition as a gesture of gratitude in celebration of the 16th World Blood Donor Day.

During the occasion, the SRC was pleased to announce that more than 29,000 patients benefited from a total of 116,000 blood units donated by more than 73,000 active blood donors last year.

During the ceremony held at Downtown East, the SRC together with the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) accorded 21 champion blood donors with the Medal for Life Award, the highest honor given to blood donors who have contributed more than 200 blood units.

The annual ceremony also recognized some of the 35 corporate and community blood-mobile organizers for their invaluable contributions to the growing blood donors’ pool in Singapore.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), as among the blood-mobile organizations, received its third Gold Award for sharing a total of 500 blood units last year.

“We thank GOD for every opportunity to do good. MCGI Singapore shares the love by donating blood. It is a continuing act of the church thru the leadership of Bro Eli and Kuya Daniel. We thank the Singapore Red Cross for being our faithful partner through the years,” expressed MCGI’s Representative Robert Navoa.

The group has been an active partner of SRC in its blood donation drives for years now and it is constantly encouraging the public to join them in this noble endeavor.

“Nananawagan (kami) sa inyo na samahan po natin ang ating mga mangangaral sa paggawa ng mabuti. Ang pag-donate ng dugo ay isa sa kabutihang itinuturo sa atin, (We call on your support to our Preacher’s advocacy of doing good. Donating blood is one good deed being taught to us,)” said Oli Caraan, an MCGI representative.

“Sa ngalan po ng MCGI blood mobile organizers sa Singapore nagpapasalamat po kami una sa Dios at inaanyayahan po namin ang aming mga kababayan na patuloy po suportahan ang Red Cross sa Blood Donation Drive (On behalf of the MCGI blood-mobile organizers in Singapore, we thank first God for this and we encourage our compatriots to continuously support Red Cross in its blood donation drives),” added Archie Federico, also of MCGI.

Blood donation is a very important task for the community, according to Benjamin Williams, the Secretary General and CEO of Singapore Red Cross.

“If we do not have sufficient blood then the important things like essential medical services may be hindered so we are always constantly encouraging people who are healthy to donate blood. In particular, in the case of Singapore and many countries, we want to encourage young people to donate blood,” he said.

Singapore is an aging population, he noted, and as a person ages, he or she is not able to donate blood that’s why he emphasizes on the importance of constantly encouraging young people to donate, especially those in their healthy age of 16.

“We have a long journey of blood donation and it will help to ensure that the country has a safe and adequate supply of safe blood,” Williams concluded.

Aside from being one of Singapore’s blood-mobile organizers, the MCGI also renders different public services for Filipinos and foreign nationals alike including free international calls to the Philippines for overseas Filipino workers, free blood pressure checkup, free vitamins and computer lessons for OFWs.

The group is also engaged in various wellness programs for senior citizens in Singapore in cooperation with the NTUC Health from which, the MCGI is expecting to receive another recognition come July this year. – with details from Annie Mancilla | UNTV Singapore

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