Sunday, June 22, 2014

Philippines' UNTV Holds 1st Rescue Summit for Emergency Preparedness

The Public Service Station UNTV is holding its first UNTV Rescue Summit as part of its 10th anniversary celebration on June 25th and 26th, inviting people to take part in getting themselves educated and prepared in the face of different calamities and emergency situations.

This year, UNTV's anniversary theme is "Big 10. Bigger. Better. Broader." Those following this station grow will see the significant and positive changes and impact this channel under the helm of veteran broadcaster Daniel Razon has contributed to nation-building and general welfare of the marginalized.

Ten years ago, UNTV was that small telvision station situated in a small studio in Ortigas, Pasig City with most programs dedicated to public affairs and public charity works. Today, this station has become the Philippine's only channel with focus on cause-oriented and public service programming and services, earning the brand, "Your Public Service Channel" so deserving of commendation.

News and Rescue Cause

News-and-rescue or its "Tulong Muna Bago Balita" (Rescue First Report Later) is one of its pillar causes, a pioneering move from this station known for finding and digging for opportunities to help, especially the marginalized and neglected in society.

In 2010, Tulong Muna Bago Balita or the idea of turning its reporters and crew into rescuers was announced during its sixth anniversary. This bold initiative caught the attention of industry observers, with some initially critical of the idea of dismissing breaking news first for the sake of saving lives.

"It doesn't matter if we come late in reporting if we come first in giving aid," said Razon in the vernacular during UNTV's year-end presentation of 2011.

Daniel Razon, CEO and Chairman of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), was unfazed and beefed up even more the incorporation of the news-and-rescue cause in the bloodstream of UNTV's operation.

Over the years, UNTV has launched and deployed hundreds of news-and-rescue mobile units initially in the National Capital Region to assist massive emergency situations during the peak of New Year revelry.

Razon or Kuya Daniel also launched its UNTV News-and-Rescue Command Center, a Rescue 911-like hotline that people can call for help during emergencies and rescue operations. Unlike Rescue 911, UNTV's free of charge.

UNTV Rescue Summit

The 25th and 26th event of June will be two days complete with the following programs and services: 
  • Rescue seminars - Seminars that will prepare and educate attendees the best ways to prepare and respond to emergency cases. Best and experienced rescuers will provide the lectures.
  • Security Expo - Self-defense training, showcase of security equipment and state-of-the-art displays of guns and ammunition.
  • Rescue Equipment Exhibit - Use and demonstration of rescue equipments will be taught.
  • Medical Equipment Exhibit - Cutting-edge medical equipment will be showcased.
  • Rescue Vehicle Show - Rescue vehicles used for rescue will be exhibited.

UNTV Rescue Summit 2014 takes place on June 25-26 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Caring for the Elderly Theme

Another theme it adopted for its 10th year celebration is "Caring for the Elderly" advocacy. UNTV has been waging campaigns to promote awareness about the significant contributions of the seniors in nation-building. 

Kuya Daniel wants the station to adopt new programs geared for senior citizens, stressing the importance of paying attention to the senior citizen sector's needs. 

To empower the elderlies, UNTV will hold Elderpowerment 2014 during its 10th year celebration at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) at the Sen. Gil Puya Ave. cor Roxas Blvd, Pasay City.

UNTV is Bigger, Better, Broader

Its 10 years of existence has proven to all that being like UNTV, with or without the advertisement revenues poured in by big brand names, is still possible. 

Being a Public Service Channel is difficult where year after year, the stakes at becoming better, bigger and broader run higher amid challenges. The numbers of people that needs helping are also not getting any lesser. 

But Kuya Daniel has always patterned the works he is introducing at UNTV from the same biblical principles he subscribes to - that doing good will not reap evil.

So long as God gives him or the station years or more opportunity to help and contribute in building better communities, there is no stopping UNTV from moving forward. 

Congratulations and more power, UNTV! Saludo po ako sa inyo! And am thanking God for this big big heart given to its CEO, Kuya Daniel Razon and your mentor, Bro. Eli Soriano.