Top rebel leader nabbed in Samar

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:13 p.m.

GOVERNMENT troops arrested this week a ranking official of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Northern Samar.

In a press statement, Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesman of Army’s 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City, said that Bernardo Llave was arrested by joint team of the Army’s 803rd Infantry Brigade and Northern Samar Provincial Police Office (NSPPO).

Siblings nabbed for drugs, ammos

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:12 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- A notorious drug pusher and his sister were arrested on Wednesday during a rain in Burauen town in Leyte.

The Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) identified the suspects as Melardo del Pilar and his sister Adelfa Olino. The two were arrested in buy-bust operations and raids.

Eastern Samar towns craft solid waste plan

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:12 p.m.

THE MUNICIPALITIES of Hernani and Mercedes in Eastern Samar crafted the Ecological Solid Waste Management as their priority undertakings.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officer Arturo Salazar, in a report, said the crafting of the towns’ solid waste management plans were made by representatives of 16 villages and members of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board, Department of Education, recycling industry, and the Association of Barangay Captains of Mercedes.

700,000 at risk of schistosomiasis in EV

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 09:28 p.m.

MORE than 700,000 people in farming communities in Eastern Visayas region are exposed to schistosomiasis disease due to the absence of sanitary toilets, the health department said.

The Department of Health (DOH) regional schistosomiasis program manager Agnes Cuayzon, said that about 875 of the region’s 4,390 villages are classified as endemic to schistosomiasis, a chronic, parasitic disease caused by blood flukes.

Fastcraft runs aground off Ormoc

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 09:28 p.m.

A FASTCRAFT from Ormoc port bound for Cebu City ran aground off Alegria shore around 8 a.m. Tuesday, leaving 41 passengers and 14 crew members stranded.

The Weesam Express 7 was estimated to be 500 meters from the boat terminal when it was hit by strong waves.

Relocation of families hampers airport rehab

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 09:27 p.m.

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) said the redevelopment of the Tacloban airport will not be realized soon, pending the relocation of more than a thousand families settling in the proposed expansion site.

The upgrading was mentioned several times in the past State of the Nation Address, including Monday’s speech of President Benigno Aquino III.

Endangered Philippine Eagle spotted in Leyte mountains

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 09:27 p.m.

A MONKEY-EATING eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was spotted in the mountains of Burauen, Leyte earlier this month.

Groups from the Protected Area and Wildfire Coastal Zone Management (PAWCZM), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), and the Philippine Eagle Foundation have stayed in the mountains of Burauen for 22 days.

Maasin’s PGT champions realease debut album

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 09:27 p.m.

THE DEBUT album of the Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) Season 3 grand champion, Maasinhon Trio of Maasin Leyte was officially released on Sunday.

The album was launched in the Sunday noontime show “ASAP”, where they sang their carrier single “Patuloy ang Pangarap.”

P181.9-M infra projects in E. Visayas approved

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 02:44 a.m.

THE National Sub-project Approval Committee (NSAC) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has approved P181.9-million worth of infrastructure projects for Eastern Visayas reduce the socio-economic status and poverty of identified communities in the region.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Director Olive Tiu said the NSAC visited the region for the deliberation of the 20 proposed nationwide infrastructure projects funded by the Asian Development Foundation.

Foreign firms mull investing in EV

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 02:44 a.m.

ORMOC CITY - Two foreign investors who came to the city to hire applicants for their company are now mulling to invest in Eastern Visayas after a recent visit to a renewable energy facility in Leyte province.

Filipino businessman Engr. Josue D. Bacolod, owner of Angola-based company JDB Technical Services, recently visited Ormoc's Malitbog power plant, Leyte Geothermal Power Field (LGPF), and Energy Drilling Corporation (EDC) to interview applicants with technical skills to work for their company.

Manhunt on for 3 pushers in shootout

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 02:44 a.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria ordered a manhunt against three suspected drug pushers who engaged in a shootout with the police during a buy-bust operation in Hilongos, Leyte that left a policeman wounded Wednesday night.

Soria said the shootout between the the suspects and the joint team of the Leyte Police Provincial Office and Hilongos Municipal Police Station happened in Barangay Talisay.

Efforts in fight vs dengue intensified

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 02:43 a.m.

THE City Health Office (CHO) is strengthening its efforts to fight dengue.

Since January of this year, the CHO has been going around schools to conduct lectures about dengue.

1M seeds planted in Eastern Visayas

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 08:38 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has planted about one million seedlings in Eastern Visayas, out of the 8.5-million target this year under the National Greening Program (NGP).

DENR regional technical director Manolito Ragub said that only 2,000 hectares have been planted with new trees out of the 17,714 hectares 2013 target.

Voters urged to register early for polls

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 08:37 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Tacloban is urging the voters to register early for this year’s Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections.

“We want to establish discipline to the voters. We will be issuing priority numbers, and we will be accommodating up to 300 clients every day,” said City Comelec officer lawyer Rosemarie Ann Reas-Polistico.

Gangs re-emerge in Catbalogan

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 08:37 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- Catbaloganons have witnessed an incident that led to speculations that “gangsterism” might be making a return to the city.

On 17 July, members of the Brown Side Gangster namely Ryan Latoja, Victor Daban and Sofronio Estrada and other gang members went near the slaughterhouse of Purok 5, Barangay Canlapwas, and targeted a member of rival gang.

P500,000 more fund for feeding program unused

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 08:36 p.m.

TABONTABON, Leyte – More than half a million peso budget for feeding program is still unused, according to an officer of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).

Social welfare officer Teresita Estrera strict rules by state auditors that trigger glitches in liquidation process, prompted them to halt the project.

Village strengthens calamity preparedness

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 06:06 p.m.

THE Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said the calamity preparedness of villages in Eastern Visayas continues to strengthen as they comply with the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act.

OCD regional director Rey Gozon said most of the villages have already set up operating centers, saying that it is a good start.

233 labor complaints in H1 resolved

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 06:05 p.m.

THE Mandatory settlement of labor dispute has resolved 233 complaints during the first half of 2013, with a monetary benefit of P5.25 million received by 1,706 workers in Eastern Visayas.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), in its mid-year report, said out of the 365 Single Entry Approach (Sena) cases, 233 were settled, 74 were dismissed, 28 were elevated to the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and 14 were referred to the mediation arbitration, while the remaining 16 cases are still pending.

16 new cities recognized as LCP members

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 06:04 p.m.

THE League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) finally recognized the 16 newly converted cities in the country, called as the “League of 16,” as its official members.

Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari, president of the League of 16, said the city mayors of the 16 new cities were invited in a meeting by the LCP in Manila, where their official membership was finally recognized.

Drug testing lab to rise in Eastern Visayas

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 06:03 p.m.

THE Philippine Drug and Enforcement Agency in Eastern Visayas (PDEA-8) will establish a drug testing laboratory in the region within July this year.

PDEA regional public officer Liza Baoy said the construction of the laboratory will allow the agency to analyze and conduct drug samples obtained from anti-drug operations.

Church rector rejects optional celibacy, favors chastity

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 06:01 p.m.

THE RECTOR of St. John the Evangelist School of Theology in Palo, Leyte, Fr. Oscar Florencio rejected the idea of approving a proposal that would allow priests to get married and have children.

The optional celibacy proposal was submitted by three married priests in Iloilo.

Copra trading price in E. Visayas hikes

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:13 p.m.

THE Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said the copra trading in Eastern Visayas region picked up this month after more than a year of consistent decline.

The farm gate price increased to P15 per kilogram this month from a nine-year record low of P11.54, reported in April 2013.

Borrowers of closed rural bank warned

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:13 p.m.

THE Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) warned borrowers of the closed Rural Bank of Naval in Tacloban City to settle their obligations and not to transact with fixers.

PDIC reminded borrowers not to settle payments with any bank officials and only transact with authorized state bank insurer representatives.

NBI-Tacloban affected by gov't rationalization plan

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:12 p.m.

EMPLOYEES of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Eastern Visayas region were dismayed by the implementation of the government's rationalization plan which caused a massive layoff in their office.

“Why the NBI? We are undermanned, diri kami maaram kun mag aano kami yana, kay puro kami yana naghuhulat hit termination paper,” an employee of NBI Tacloban, who requested not to be named, said.

6 new military cars arrive in Tacloban

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:11 p.m.

THE Eastern Visayas region and the rest of the country is expected to have a more equipped military force in the upcoming years as the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR) continue to take effect through the arrival of six new military cars in Tacloban.

Comelec assures SK elections in October

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:11 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Eastern Visayas region assured the pursuance of Youth Council or Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on October 2013.

“It will definitely push through provided that there are no amendments done. Without amendments, there is no reason to suspend the elections. Laws are mandatory,” Lawyer Felicisimo Embalsado, Comelec assistant regional director, said.

Red tide toxin still in Samar

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:02 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Eastern Visayas said red tide toxin remains to affect four bodies of water in Samar province.

BFAR regional director Juan Albaladejo said eating and transporting shell fish from Cambatutay, Irong-Irong Bays, Calbayog Waters and Matarinao Bay remain prohibited, because they still contain red tide toxin.

Survey on PNP corruption a challenge

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:01 p.m.

A TOP police officer in Eastern Visayas said he consider the result of the anti-corruption survey as a challenge to improve their performance.

Recently, the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International labeled the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the most corrupt institution in the country.

Journalists urged not to be corrupt

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:01 p.m.

MEMBERS of the media were urged recently not to engage in any form of corruption, said the president of the National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP) Leyte chapter.

In a recent survey of Global Corruption Barometer conducted last September 2012 to March 2013, media was perceived to be the least affected by corruption.

Only 3 Samar villages remain unenergized

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:00 p.m.

ONLT three villages in Samar remained unenergized through the total electrification program by the Samar II Electric Cooperative (Samelco).

Board president Nicolas Mendova, during the 35th Annual General Membership Assembly (Agma) of the electric cooperative held at the Calbiga town, said as of July 13, only three villages in Catbalogan City do not have electricity.

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