It’s More Beneficial in the Philippines: A New Brand of Healthcare Reform Powered by UNTV’s Unique Public Service Firsts

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While democrats and republicans are still battling it out on the famous Obamacare, debating whether if it’s a good idea or otherwise, a man with a big heart somewhere in the small yet beautiful islands of the Philippines is busy bringing his own brand of healthcare reform in his homeland.

And for the thousands of Filipinos who will benefit from this landmark public service endeavor, this is more than just a good idea. It’s a great, lifesaving idea that has never before been attempted in the whole nation.

The man behind this is Daniel Razon, broadcast journalist and CEO of Breakthroughs and Milestones Productions, Inc and UNTV and he is bringing free healthcare to Filipinos who need it most – in all parts of the country. This is part of what was announced on the 9th anniversary of UNTV 37 on July 18, 2013.

UNTV 37's 9th year anniversary held on July 18, 2013 with the theme: Inspiring Change, Building Better Communities. Photo courtesy of UNTV 37'S Facebook Page

UNTV 37’s 9th year anniversary held on July 18, 2013 with the theme: Inspiring Change, Building Better Communities. Photo courtesy of UNTV 37’S Facebook Page

Sit back, stop arguing, and watch how it’s done, America:

 Free Healthcare In Manila and Nearby Regions..

The UNTV 37 station in Edsa, Quezon City, Philippines is the only station in the Philippines with a built-in clinic. This is where people get free medical services from Mondays through Fridays, as seen on the network’s morning show Good Morning, Kuya!:

  • General medicine consultation
  • Optometry
  • Dental
  • ENT
  • Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Dermatology
  • Dental
  • Orthopedic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Minor surgeries
  • Free medicines

Aside from this, another free clinic is situated in the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, ready to aid those in the area for free. UNTV ambulances are on standby 24/7 for emergency situations, ready to transport and give first aid to those in need without asking for a single penny.

…And to the rest of the Philippine Islands

Debuted just this July 18, UNTV Health Coupons will be distributed to those who are in far areas. Holders of UNTV Health Coupons may go to nearby affiliated hospitals in their area to avail of free medical services.

Kuya Daniel Razon, dubbed as Mr. Public Service, as he tells everyone of the new health services UNTV is offering for all Filipino indigents across the country.

Kuya Daniel Razon, dubbed as Mr. Public Service, as he tells everyone of the new health services UNTV is offering for all Filipino indigents across the country.

If that weren’t enough, UNTV is also giving away UNTV-sponsored PhilHealth insurance cards in all parts of the country for Filipino indigents. Those who will be eligible for these medical freebies will be determined in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units.

These are of course, in addition to the regular medical missions carried out by the network – which brings a team of medical professionals along with medical equipment and medicines to far-flung barrios and villages. As promised by Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel, the medical missions in partnership with the Members Church of God International, will be more extensive this year.

In partnership with MCGI, UNTV holds medical missions in provinces of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of MCGI.org

In partnership with MCGI, UNTV holds medical missions in provinces of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of MCGI.org

This just blows me away. Not only are these healthcare programs ingenious, but also, a budding network is behind them.

These health reform ideals are proof that the relatively small can create ginormous ideas for the good of all.

Living away from my country of origin, it makes me all the more proud to see how progressive Filipinos are in thinking of ways to help improve the plight of others.  UNTV 37 is one big, lifesaving reason why it’s more beneficial in the Philippines. And ultimately, just more fun.

A Big Heart for Big Talent: Kuya Daniel Razon Champions Special Olympics Philippines Team

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The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

It is very hard to be more awww-inducing than talented and adorable very special children of the Special Olympics Philippines Team, who are actively brightening up our world one great achievement at a time. But somehow, the big-hearted people who love and support them unconditionally are right up there in the awww-inducing spectrum. One of their champions is Kuya Daniel Razon, who gave his unwavering support as the Special Olympcs Philippines Team gave their best at the 2013 Special Olympics Singapore National Games.

Kuya Daniel was behind the team of special young men and women as they competed in Singapore this month. The Special Olympics Philippines Team played a rousing game of bocce, a ball sport. Though the game is not as well known in the country, the talented Filipino children of the team still managed to bag more than a dozen medals during the competition.

The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team meets and greets Kuya Daniel Razon. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team meets and greets Kuya Daniel Razon. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

Which is why this group of exceptionally talented young athletes, together with their parents, guardians and coaches, went to UNTV 37’s studio to show their gratitude to Kuya Daniel Razon, who greeted the be-medalled champs and those who love them with warmness and sincerity. As a token, the Special Olympics Philippines Team, headed by NCR North Chapter President Ms. Thelma Saldito, presented Kuya Daniel with a Plaque of Appreciation for his continued support to the young athletes.

Dr. Jocelyn Flores-Cabarles, a parent of one of the Special Olympics Philippines Team's athletes, expresses her gratitude to Kuya Daniel. Screenshot from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

Dr. Jocelyn Flores-Cabarles, a parent of one of the Special Olympics Philippines Team’s athletes, expresses her gratitude to Kuya Daniel. Screenshot from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

The most heartfelt gift of appreciation comes from the grateful heart of a loving parent. “Kuya Daniel, thank you very much. Talagang from the deepest sa aming puso sa aming mga magulang. It’s difficult to find in today’s society such people who have great hearts to offer opportunities for the marginalized sector of the society. Thank you very much,” states Dr. Jocelyn Flores-Cabarles, a proud parent of one of the Special Olympics Philippines Team’s athletes.

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon congratulates the athletes and their parents and urges them to keep up the good work. Screenshot from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon congratulates the athletes and their parents and urges them to keep up the good work. Screenshot from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

Supporting the talented special athletes of our country is one of Kuya Daniel’s advocacies. He has pioneered a slew of public service firsts in the country like the Libreng Sakay (Free Bus/Jeepney Rides), Free MRT rides for senior citizens, the first ever Transient Home in the heart of the metro, Home for Abandoned Babies, free college education, free clinic and law services. For all these and more unmentioned, he is aptly called “Mr. Public Service.”

Kudos to the wonderful athletes of the Special Olympics Philippines Team for a job well done! And for the parents, guardians, coaches and supporters of these fine young individuals, we give you a much-deserved standing ovation.  For continuing to support our country’s pride and joy, bravo to all of you! May God bless your big hearts!

Watch UNTV 37’s news report regarding these wonderful athletes here.

Something NY Cab Drivers Should Learn: UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada

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A driver is trained to help motorists in need in UNTV's Tulong Muna Bago Pasada

A driver is trained to help motorists in need in UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada. Photo Credit: Screenshot from UNTVweb’s Youtube Account

New York is famous for its yellow taxicabs running circles in Manhattan. All 13,237 of them are ready to bring Yankees and tourists to their destinations, except of course when it’s raining, when it’s almost next to impossible to hail a taxi. Now, what I, as a glorified commuter in this great state, wish would be impossible is to be a witness (or be part of) a road accident in the beautiful streets of the Empire State. So imagine if the estimated 42,000 New York City cab drivers took part in a program like UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada, another revolutionary public service effort from the Philippines’ prime Public Service network – UNTV 37, we would have lesser road accidents. We would have thousands of real-life superheroes. We would have more people on the side of good and justice and all things great and in vivid Technicolor.

Now wouldn’t New York be a safer place to live in if this happened?

UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada is a mouthful for those who aren’t Filipinos, and that’s fine and understandable. But what it translates to, in essence, is “Help First, Tansport Later.” Basically, this puts a greater deal of importance on human life than a cab fare. By learning to become more disciplined drivers and become certified first aid rescuers to give aid to those who need it in emergency situations, cab drivers are now the extension of our healthcare practitioners on the streets — where the action happens.

This public service endeavor has recently started in the Philippines, spearheaded by Kuya (That’s the Filipino term for “big brother”) Daniel Razon.  Tulong Muna Bago Pasada aims to educate cab drivers with first aid and BLS techniques. They are also trained based on real-life scenarios – they learn what to do first and who to call in case they witness a hit-and-run, a head-on collision, and other street emergencies requiring fast thinking and helping.  After they become well equipped with enough life-saving knowledge, they become certified. The intensive training that lasts for several days, like most of what UNTV’s projects, is absolutely free of charge for Filipino cab drivers.

Kuya Daniel Razon has concocted this one-of-a-kind public service project with the goal of hitting two public service goals with one unique project: making the streets safer for motorists, commuters, and pedestrians and increasing the number of Filipino public servants. The Tulong Muna Bago Pasada is an off-shoot to the Tulong Muna Bago Balita project of UNTV – which is the first of its kind in Philippine media, where reporters, cameramen, and drivers put helping first, before reporting; they are on-field rescuers primarily, valuing the lives of others than news reporting, and consequently, high ratings. Pure, unadulterated public service.

Kuya Daniel Razon spearheads another public service project - Tulong Muna Bago Pasada. Photo Credit: Screenshot from UNTVweb's Youtube Account

Kuya Daniel Razon spearheads another public service project – Tulong Muna Bago Pasada. Photo Credit: Screenshot from UNTVweb’s Youtube Account

Bringing this project in New York would be amazing and ideal. Not only will there be more public servants driving around the city, but since taxicabs are usually around at any given hour all year round, there will be trained cab drivers will be roaming the streets, ready to pull over and help out anyone in need. There will be a rebranding if you will, of our cab drivers’ reputation. They will become street superheroes.

Wouldn’t end-of-the-world movies find another place to sink rather than poor old Lady Liberty by Ellis Island? Instead of superheroes wreaking (unintentional, I guess) havoc in Manhattan, real ones would be driving all around it. Instead of a large lizard stomping all over the city, cab drivers will be actively on the look out for people in distress that they can help.  Once Tulong Muna Bago Pasada pushes through, I can’t guarantee that it will be easier to hail a taxicab, but hey, you’ll feel safer that the cab driver bringing you to your friend’s place can help you or other motorists in times of emergencies. So sit back, relax, and tip your cabbie well.

Sources:

http://www.statisticbrain.com/taxi-cab-statistics/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=exINwpNNuRQ#!