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Fare Rollback Effects not Felt by Millions of Unemployed, NGOs to the Rescue

03/31/2009

Here is one post we scooped from GroundReport.com. This one mentioned the free bus ride initiated through the public service projects by Kuya Daniel Razon and the Ang Dating Daan group through UNTV Network, the first and only Public Service Channel in the Philippines.

This impoverished condition of countrymen is what moves non-government organizations (NGOs) to give free services in full effort.

One notable service is that of the UNTV Libreng Sakay (Free Bus Ride) meant to help poor commuters even to at least save some fare. This was once just a vision of Good Morning Kuya’s Mr. Daniel Razon, but this project became a reality for nearly 2 years now and is being sponsored by the religious leader of the program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), Bro. Eliseo Soriano.

There are 2 UNTV buses roaming around Metro Manila to render free ride service to the public. Boarding in Monumento to Baclaran, and Baclaran to Monumento, the services are scheduled every Monday to Friday 5:00 am to 8:00 am, and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

A passenger commented in his blog, Teddy Bear’s Claw on June 11, 2008 about this service.

Translated in English, he said “UNTV’s free bus ride is a big help and a plus in savings if you ever got a chance to ride their bus.”

This free ride comes along with a snack for the day, and one can watch news from the station and get a free Bible to take home.

Those who have been there couldn’t believe at first this kind of service. “My reaction? I immediately looked for any cameras on focus . . . this might be in a blooper/ practical joke show,” stated Brown Pinay in her blog brownpinay.com regarding her first-time ride in the UNTV free bus ride.

She continued, “But of course I was wrong. It was indeed a bus offering a free ride from UNTV Channel 37, sponsored by programs of Eli Soriano (Ang Dating Daan) and Daniel Razon (Good Morning Kuya).”

Libreng Sakay sa Bus by Ang Dating Daan through UNTV and Kuya Daniel Razon

Libreng Sakay sa Bus by Ang Dating Daan through UNTV and Kuya Daniel Razon

Apart from this, GroundReport.com article noted the free MRT rides for the Senior Citizens.

Along with this public service is the Libreng Sakay sa MRT (Free MRT ride) of UNTV for the Senior Citizens, a joint effort of UNTV and Metro Rail Transit Authority. The project is to give comfort for older citizens during their MRT travel by riding for free and providing them special space in the transit.

While major parts of the globe are restless in the crisis brought by the recession, there are concerned organizations such as Ang Dating Daan (ADD) and UNTV. These organizations are putting their efforts to bring smile in the faces of poor fellowmen in the morning and help them to relax after working hours through the free services they offer.

Whether there is increase or decrease in fare, these one-its-kind projects of the ADD organization and UNTV network provide answers to the present economic crisis of the simple citizen plying the rode in his daily grind.

Source: GroundReport.com

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  1. 04/01/2009 6:13 am

    This public service effort is a welcome respite and very remarkable in its goal to help.

    The prevailing crises that we are facing right now are really deepening each passing day yet UNTV seems unperturbed by the economic condition so long as it does the promise it sets itself to accomplish – to be of service to humanity, and particularly so of the poor.

    Kudos to Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon! Your service I believe is really sincere. And that can easily be felt each day I follow your morning program, Good Morning Kuya which provide unending list of public service from medical checkups, surgery, dental to feeding programs, and providing temporary shelter to the homeless.

    When I heard about this site, I immediately went online to see what you’ve got all these years.

    Hay, you are a genius man with a soft heart for the poor. Someone that’s really hard to find these days. Good too that you are doing this mission with another respectable and credible person, Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan.

    Keep up the good work, I am sure there will be rewards soon to be bestowed upon you from the One above.

    Good Morning Kuya Daniel!

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