UNTV Welcomes 2013 with Heightened Rescue, Public Safety Works
On New Year’s Eve, UNTV will welcome 2013 by making it possible for free clinics and rescue teams to be available round the clock.
Clinic ni Kuya (Big Brother’s Clinic), a satellite of free clinics all over the country that provides free medical and dental check-ups and medicines, will be fully operational with the help of staff and volunteers who will commit their time and efforts on December 31 in various remote points in the country including Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
On the other hand, UNTV News and Rescue Team’s Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later) rescue vehicles will be deployed in all districts of Metro Manila in the evening when the height of casualties typically takes place. This is in pursuit of helping anybody who may be injured during the occasion wherein fireworks have always been a traditional part of.
Geared Towards Public Service
UNTV’s year-end coverage is geared towards helping Filipinos on this critical day where hazardous firecrackers and fireworks displays are rampantly used.
As per the Department of Health (DoH), 546 cases of firework-related injuries have been documented in 2011’s New Year’s Eve wherein 15 were hurt and one killed by stray bullets in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Batangas, Ilocos and Laguna. The said figures of firework-related injuries were 7% higher compared to the year before.
In the Philippines, the use of heavy firecrackers is widely available to such a large audience including children who may not be well-aware of how to use them. Other factors that contribute to the annual large number of injuries and casualties during New Year’s Eve are the illegal use of firearms, use of defective firecrackers sold virtually everywhere during this time of the year; as well as the use of firecrackers while under the influence of alcohol or other substance which affects one’s cognitive function during the celebration.
UNTV’s “Clinic niKuya” and “Tulong Muna Bago Balita” are projects conceptualized and materialized by Kuya Daniel Razon and Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) TV host Bro. Eli Soriano. These projects are supported by the collective efforts of Kamanggagawa Foundation and the Members of the Church of God, International (MCGI).
For the live TV coverage you may tune in to UNTV, UNTV Radio La Verdad 1350, or visit http://untvweb.com/ for simulcast live streaming. Feel free to follow @UNTVweb in Twitter and use the hash tag #UNTVrepaso2012 for your New Year’s Eve tweets. (Writing by Stacey Tee)