Just one year shy of a decade, UNTV 37 has successfully redefined Philippine public service – and is continuing to do so on a daily basis. In a short span of time, a television network has become something more than just a mere media presence. It has become something that the country desperately needed – a real, no-nonsense public service machine like no other.
In celebration of its nine years of Inspiring Change and Building Better Communities on the air and in the lives of Filipinos, we count down nine of the reasons why UNTV stays true to being the Philippines’ undisputed public service network.
No. 9 – Real Infotainment Minus the Ugh
What needs to change: Shows that showcase the short, the skimpy and the skintight with not much substance.
UNTV’s Answer: UNTV is dedicated to making sure that its programming are not only enjoyable but are informative and wholesome.
No. 8 – Kid-Friendly Programming
What needs to change: Cartoons are rampant, but there aren’t enough shows on TV that are actually centered on rearing good, God-fearing children.
UNTV’s Answer: Good programming that will inevitably help kids grow up to become smart, goodhearted and conscientious adults. Just like what yesterday dreamt of. Did we mention that UNTV is the recipient of 13 Anak TV awards?
No. 7 – An Entrepreneurial Hand at Hard Times
What needs to change: The notion that being your own boss is tedious and that starting your own business is hard.
UNTV’s Answer: Shows that serve as easy walkthroughs to small and big-scale businesses, sharing need-to-know secrets of the trade while entertaining audiences both young and old.
No. 6 – Get Fit In and Out
What needs to change: A lack of television programs that will encourage the maintenance of healthy bodies from the inside and out.
UNTV’s Answer: Shows that will inspire us to keep being fit so we could utilize our strength and abilities for the greater good.
No. 5 – Get Inspired with Real Life Stories in the Real World
What needs to change: More learnings about important national issues, inspirational stories of hardworking folks who made it to the top of their fields and heartwarming stories of goodwill shared with people who need it most. Less of shows that brandish mostly cloying rumors and exploit the poor under the guise of helping them.
UNTV’s Answer: UNTV’s roster of public affairs programs are intent on informing and inspiring the public. The more the public’s hearts are touched with truthful and heartfelt stories, the more they are aware of what realities others face. This will hopefully create more people who would be standing up on the side of justice.
No. 4 – Journalism with a Heart
What needs to change: The notion that helping others has to take a back seat to news reporting and that a news item is a bigger deal than the lives of others.
UNTV’s Answer: Training media men and women to become certified lifesavers so that they can put public service first, reporting later with Tulong Muna Bago Balita.
No. 3 – Unique Public Service
What needs to change: Public service for ratings’ sake.
UNTV’s Answer: The many public service deeds on and off the camera. Aside from these programs…
It is at the UNTV station where the Clinic ni Kuya and Law Center ni Kuya are. In partnership with the Members Church of God International and Kamanggagawa Foundation, UNTV supports the first free Transient Home, which also offers free food and social services. Not to mention the free rides, livelihood grants to indigents, free education and other services for the benefit of the public.
No. 2 – Kuya Daniel Razon
What needs to change: Broadcasters who don’t walk their talk.
UNTV’s Answer: Kuya Daniel Razon is the driving force behind the many unique and fruitful public service efforts of UNTV. The strong and confident figure behind “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon,” Kuya Daniel gets to the bottom of important issues by asking the questions everyone is afraid to ask. Kuya Daniel is a broadcast journalist who is most comfortable when he is on the streets, seeing the plight of the masses. With all of the public service projects he has created and is still creating, no one deserves the title “Mr. Public Service” more.
No. 1. – Bro. Eliseo Soriano
What needs to change? Religious shows that do not focus on what’s important — Christ’s teachings written on the Bible.
UNTV’s Answer: Bro. Eliseo Soriano or Bro. Eli for short is not only the international preacher who is tirelessly sharing God’s words to six of the seven continents, he is also the big heart behind this public service network, being the primary champion and supporter of all the public service endeavors of UNTV and beyond. His award-winning religious program “Ang Dating Daan” or “The Old Path” is being broadcasted via radio, television, satellite, and the Internet. What sets Bro. Eli’s religious programs from the rest is its truthful, Bible-based format: anyone can ask any spiritual question and it is guaranteed a biblical answer. Spirituality at its finest, just what our country needs — and UNTV is home to this longest-running religious program in Philippine broadcasting history.
Cheers to UNTV 37 on nine great years of making a difference on Philippine broadcasting and most especially, in the lives of countless Filipinos.
With the number of unique public service efforts that continue to inspire change and build better communities, I can honestly say that there is no other network like UNTV on the face of the planet.