Truth be told, a smorgasbord of newer, better technology are being brewed up in fancy tech offices the world over – but not all of them are being used for good.
But a public service network in the heart of the Philippines’ metro plans on changing that – by using technology for the good of the Filipino people.
UNTV CEO and broadcast journalist Mr. Daniel Razon has recently initiated the use of drone technology in news reporting – this looks like the first of its kind in Philippine broadcast history.
According to technology blog Yugatech, the type of drone being used by UNTV is called a DJI Phantom, a ready to fly aerial drone with photo and video capabilities.
A Reporting Eye in the Sky – UNTV Drones in Action
UNTV has used drone technology to give speedy and accurate reports in the damages that resulted from typhoon Haiyan’s striking different parts of Leyte.
On January 9, 2014, the drone circled around Quiapo, Manila, where the yearly feast of the Black Nazarene was held, to give a bird’s eye view of the Catholic procession.
Aside from being on location with drone technology, UNTV’s very own Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First Before Reporting) also served the wounded people who attended the procession with basic first aid.
To date, UNTV is frequently using the unmanned drone in live traffic reports, helping serve Filipino commuters by giving them up-to-the-minute information during high-traffic hours in different areas of the Metro.
A Better Good
But UNTV won’t stop at using these drones for reporting. According to Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon, the real intention is to use these drones in rescue missions as well.
Simply put, these drones are intended for a better good.
“We are the first to use drones in news reporting here in the Philippines. But this is not the only aspect we’re looking into in terms of making use of drone technology. We are also looking into using drones for rescue; we are now acquiring drones that can carry life buoys,” remarks Kuya Daniel in this interview:
Aside from this, Kuya Daniel will also be utilizing underwater drones for rescue missions in the near future. All these, are not just for broadcasting purposes, but for lifesaving ones as well.
“In all possible ways that we can use technology in sustaining our public service efforts, our stand is that with the help of God, we maintain that UNTV is a public service channel,” remarks Mr. Razon.
Kuya Daniel is the brains behind revolutionary journalism endeavors in the Philippines such as Rescue First, Report Later and Rescue Cab, among others, both the first of its kind in Philippine broadcasting history.