BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar -- Twenty-two days after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck central Philippines, Balangiga Mayor Viscuso de Lira felt his municipality was neglected by the government, and pointed to unfair media reporting for it.
TANAUAN, Leyte -- Miss World Megan Young brought cheers to displaced families as she joined the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in a visit to several local government units affected by Typhoon Yolanda on Friday.
Young said they would like to know the needs of the victims as she expressed the readiness of the PRC to respond.
ORMOC CITY -- Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan chose to give cash that was directly handed over to beneficiaries by their volunteers after knowing that most of the assistance given to the typhoon victims in this city was “in kind.”
Brother Alfredo Li of Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines said nearly P17.4 million was handed over to the beneficiaries from out of the P100 million that was allotted for Ormoc City alone.
CALBAYOG CITY (Updated) -- Samar I Electric Corporation Inc. (Samelco 1) said Thursday that electricity in this city may be back on the third week of December.
Placida P. Baleos, OIC general manager of Samelco 1, said that Tongonan Geothermal Plant is not yet ready to generate power, as of last week. She said that according to a TV news report on Wednesday, Tongonan power plant under the Energy Development Cooperation (EDC) has been commissioned.
TACLOBAN CITY — Since the typhoon hit, Danny Estember has been hiking three hours round-trip into the mountains each day to obtain what he can only hope is clean water for his five daughters and two sons.
The exhausting journey is necessary, because safe water is desperately scarce in this storm-ravaged portion of the Philippines. Without it, people struggling to rebuild and even survive risk catching intestinal and other diseases that can spread if they're unable to wash properly.
A DRIVER of a businesswoman died in a failed robbery hold-up around 8:50 p.m. Thursday in the village of Mercedes, Zamboanga City.
Killed was Luciano Saavedra, 54, a driver; and wounded was Julia Ruth Tan, 18, a businesswoman. Tan’s sister, Lea, and Lito Duzar, an employee, were unscathed.
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar -- The National Food Authority (NFA) in this city assured Thursday that supply of rice is sufficient, even in Samar province.
NFA Calbayog warehouse supervisor Samuel Castillo said "stock of rice [in Calbayog] is sufficient until January 2014."
“LET’S all storm the gates of heaven,” said Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesperson of the archdiocese of Palo, Leyte, amid the threat of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which is projected to hit Eastern Visayas on Friday.
Alvero said it is only through prayers that the region would be spared from the possible wrath of Yolanda, touted to be a strong typhoon based on the projection of the Pagasa.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas activated Wednesday the Disaster Incident Management Task Group to coordinate with all disaster response operations of police units amid the threat of Typhoon Yolanda.
PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Soria had directed all police chiefs to initiate precautionary measures and other disaster response activities, to include possible rescue operations, as the entire police force in the region is placed on full alert status effective 8 a.m. Thursday.
THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has ordered for preemptive evacuation of residents in low-lying and landslide-prone areas in Eastern Visayas in preparation for Super Typhoon Yolanda.
In an advisory issued Wednesday, RDRRMC chair and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Rey Gozon said that local government units should “execute” preemptive evacuation as soon as possible to ensure zero casualties.
DISASTER councils across Eastern Visayas are now in full alert, bracing for the possible onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan, which is set to be named “Yolanda” once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday.
Local disaster councils have convened to avoid fatalities and destruction of properties, said Rey Gozon, chairman of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
AN WARAY party-list Representative Victoria Noel has refiled a bill that aims to improve the coconut industry, one of the major agricultural industries of Eastern Visayas.
Once approved, the bill, known as the proposed Philippine Coconut Development Act, will allocate P1 billion annually to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) intended for the procurement of equipment and facilities of coconut farmers. It will also enable the PCA to conduct more research to further boost the coconut industry.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The region’s top police official has ordered an intensified crackdown on criminal elements as part of the security preparations for the Yuletide season.
But while Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria directed his men to “hit hard” on criminals, he also reminded them to respect human rights in their operations.
THE Department of Science and Technology–Information and Communication Technology Office (Dost-Icto) said their office is now working on developing a single template for the Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) to prevent govenment websites from being hacked.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) will continue to implement the gun ban until November 12 as more violators were arrested by authorities a week after the barangay elections.
PRO-8 director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria said that since September 28, the number of arrested violators reached 70 on Monday, with 40 firearms and other weapons also confiscated.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Five drug suspects, including a village councilor and two former Philippine Army members, were recently nabbed by police in buy-bust operations in the cities of Tacloban, Catbalogan, and in the province of Leyte.
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria, director of the Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8), identified the suspects as Rolando Lama, 51; Dennis Go, 42; Rhomrich Maceda, 39; Fernando Aranez, 36; and Lou Villaluna, 29.
THE tourist arrivals in Eastern Visayas increased in the first six months this year compared to last year as it posted 56.60 percent growth, according to preliminary reports of the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday.
Citing reports from January to June 2013, the region has welcomed 371,913 international and domestic tourists, higher than the 237,492 figures in the same period last year.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- A murder charge was filed Wednesday against the suspect in killing reelectionist barangay captain Santiago Limpiado in Northern Samar last October 26, 2013.
Fifty-seven-year-old Limpiado, who attended a wedding reception and was about 60 meters away from his house, was shot dead at 6:30 p.m. in October 26, two days before the barangay elections.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Authorities have arrested the number one most wanted in Eastern Visayas and another most wanted person in Samar in separate dragnet operations.
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria, Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO8) director, said Joel Abalon, 28, was arrested at 9:20 a.m. Monday in his parent’s house at Barangay Zone 3, San Roque town in Northern Samar.
CATARMAN, Northern Samar – A couple, who admitted to be active members of the New People’s Army (NPA), has surrendered to government troops in Northern Samar on Sunday, October 27.
Ruel Sirse, alias “Bulay,” 35, and Melly Esponilla alias “Mica,” 45, surrendered to soldiers of the 34th Infantry Battalion based in Palapag town.
PALO, Leyte – A top official of the National Economic and Development Authority-Eastern Visayas (Neda-8) said the office welcomed the request of businessmen in the region to add economic experts to their department.
A business group, in a motion approved earlier, asked President Benigno Aquino III to send more economic experts to the region to aid the Neda regional office and the Regional Development Council (RDC) in coming up with plans that would enhance economic performance until 2016.
FILIPINO migrant rights leader John Leonard Monterona and his group Migrante said they are no longer expecting the help from the government on Joselito Zapanta case as the November 3 deadline for Zapanta’s execution is drawing nearer.
Zapanta, who was sentenced to death, needs P45 million (P4 million Saudi rial) as blood money to pay the family of the Sudanese national he killed in 2009.
EASTERN Samar Vice Governor Marcelino Picardal said they are contemplating of resorting to a paperless system during their sessions.
Last October 22, Picardal, together with the other members of the Eastern Samar Provincial Board (PB), visited their counterparts in Leyte to observe how they conduct their session with the use of papers during their sessions.
THE relationship between the Philippines and New Zealand is getting better considering that more Filipinos are going to their country to live and work, said New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore.
Levermore was among the dignitaries who joined the recently held 69th Leyte Gulf Landings celebration.
CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- A local businessman was robbed of his earnings amounting to P50,000 by still unidentified armed men in the nearby town of Bobon.
The victim, identified as Noel Diaz, 45, and a resident of Barangay Sabang 2, Allen, was driving his service vehicle when the two armed suspects robbed him along Barangay Magsaysay, Bobon town, also this province around 10 a.m. of October 21.
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -– The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas has deployed close to 4,000 policemen in the province in preparation for Monday’s barangay elections.
PRO8 Director Elmer Soria said his office is maximizing its police personnel before, during, and after election day.
MEMBERS of the Provincial Board (PB) of Eastern Samar led by Vice Governor Marcelino Picardal witnessed how the paperless system works for Leyte’s PB regular sessions at the provincial legislative on Tuesday.
Eastern Samar board members wanted to see how the paperless system works for their Leyte counterparts, while mulling the idea to use the same during their sessions.
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has called on the public to be vigilant against possible circulation of counterfeit bills, days before the barangay elections.
In a press briefing, BSP-Tacloban branch acting deputy director Joseph Norbert David said they are also stepping up their information drive to raise public awareness on the features of genuine currency.
PALO, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO8) will send more than a thousand policemen to the different provincial and city police offices to secure the conduct of the October 28 barangay elections.
“With the peaceful elections as our goal, the optimum utilization of our manpower and logistical resources will ensure its realization,” said PRO8 director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria.
THE Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will set up a P60 million tufting facility in Javier, Leyte that will process coco coir into exportable finished products.
PCA Regional Manager Edilberto Nierva said their agency is on the process of procuring machines in India for delivery within the year.