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Daniel Razon employs Drones for UNTV News and Rescue

02/06/2014

The gadget called drone that has long been in use in the military is seeing better use in news reporting and public service by a Philippine broadcast media, UNTV.

Since November last year, UNTV is seen employing drones on its news coverage and traffic reports, marking history in the Philippine media as the station to pioneer the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Apart from flying the drones to deliver news reports, BMPI-UNTV Chairman Daniel Razon announced that the remote-controlled aircraft will also aid the station in its life-saving efforts.

“We are looking into the use of the drones for rescue,” the veteran broadcaster remarked. He revealed that the rescue mission is actually the ultimate goal for the drones including those water drones that UNTV has acquired recently.

It is to be recalled that UNTV was the first media group in the country to merge emergency response to its news reporting. In 2010, Mr. Razon launched the advocacy Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later) and renamed UNTV News to UNTV News and Rescue team after the reporters and cameramen passed the emergency response training.

UNTV’s first flight of UAVs was to capture aerial footages of the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).  The 20W phantom drone quad copter took vivid videos from above the rubbles right after the super storm left the devastated provinces of central Philippines.

The drone, which can fly and take high resolution videos from a height of no less than 900m and can go as far as 1000m from the controller, is seen to be of great help especially for emergency and rescue efforts, as well as recovery operations.

The media network also sees the idea of using the gadget to get at inaccessible places and to bring food and supplies to victims of calamities.

The addition of drone to UNTV’s pool of news and rescue technologies is part of the station’s goal to intensify and enhance its public service as discussed by Mr. Razon during the kick off rally of the network last January 2014.

(Written By: Maria Theresa V. Carcamo)

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