UP Students Urge Mediamen to Employ “Rescue First, Report Later”
Reporters providing emergency medical aid first before doing their newscasts are what society needs, said students from the University of the Philippines-Manila. They urged other media networks to follow Daniel Razon’s initiative to save lives first before getting scoops.
In 2010, Mr. Razon introduced Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later) that redefined the conventional Philippine media. With the trainings provided by the Search and Rescue Unit Foundation, Inc. (SARUF), reporters and crews skilled at both life-saving and covering news events were produced. It is now known as UNTV News and Rescue Team.
“The idea of news reporters who would definitely be the first one in sites of accidents, to be trained in first-aid and emergency responses is really an innovative idea. What UNTV news team is doing would really save a lot of lives and I hope other news stations would see the importance of training their crew on emergency response as well,” expressed Dessa Katrina Dicang, a second year physical therapist student.
Nursing student Patricia Louise Magalong also stressed that UNTV’s news advocacy is the kind of public service from media practitioners that people would want to receive.
“They don’t just voice out concerns but they also help in the realization of the goals that these concerns bring about. They save lives not only by providing warning, but also by providing a more concrete and immediate solution to the problem. They may not be too popular with the general masses but their notion of public service is exemplary,” Magalong added.
As part of its community service, UNTV News and Rescue Team and Bible Readers (Bread) Society International held a seminar on disaster preparedness at UP-Manila campus early this year. Students were taught of survival skills during earthquakes and fires. There were also lectures on emergency guidelines and importance of survival kit.
Like his other social services, Kuya Daniel’s news advocacy is inspired by his Kahit Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day), a campaign for a day of genuine goodness to others. Just One Day was launched in 2009.