Leyte police focuses on drug cases

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 07:38 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Leyte Province is now focused on intensifying their campaign on drug cases after they were challenged by Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla to curb illegal drugs in the province.

Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Brigido Unay said the cases of drug using, dealing, and pushing in the region have increased after the May elections.

Carabao Festival triumphs in Samar Day

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 07:37 p.m.

CONTINGENTS representing the Carabao Festival of Gandara town in Samar was hailed champion in the “Festival of Festivals” competition on Sunday’s Samar Day celebration.

The Carabao Festival group who won the grand prize of P250, 000 will also join Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals in Tacloban City next year.

Subang Daku quarrying issue in S. Leyte heats up

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 07:37 p.m.

SOUTHERN Leyte Vice Governor Shefferd Tan has denied owning Shemberg Marketing Corporation (SMC), the firm that was accused of over extraction and other violations in Subang Daku River that prompted to an issuance of suspension.

In a news briefing in Maasin City last week, Governor Roger Mercardo claimed that the biggest permit holder company, which is allowed to quarry in 19 hectares of Subang Daku, is a dummy firm of Tan.

Guv appeals for support on economic programs for Samar

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 09:57 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- The economy and tourism of Samar province topped the priorities of re-elected Governor Sharee Ann Tan, who appealed for her constituents' help.

Tan, who led a celebration in the province dubbed "Samar Day: A Call for Unity, Cooperation and Stability" on Monday, called on the public and other officials to support her programs.

Program to attract investors to Leyte continues

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 09:57 p.m.

THE tourism center will endorse Leyte as an investment destination in various companies in Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna in its next “selling mission.”

Now on its fifth year, the selling mission aimed at boosting the province's image in investment and increasing inflows, said Jescyn Kate Ramos, unit head of Leyte Tourism and Investment Promotion Center (LTIPC).

No meningococcemia scare in Tacloban

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Health office assured residents of this city that there is no meningococcemia scare and there is no need to panic despite the death of an 18-year-old student on Monday.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) of the Philippine National Police-Eastern Visayas (PNP-8) earlier said the student of a state university here died due to meningococcemia infections.

Northern Samar power firm debts ‘irrecoverable’

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar –- Member-consumers of the Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (Norsamelco) are fearful that the recent takeover of the National Electrification (NEA) on their electric cooperative is a sign that the province may follow the plight of Albay province that was recently cut of its power supply due to unpaid debts from its suppliers.

Governor Jun Ong said he shared the same fear after he learned of Norsamelco’s sinking finances.

Abaca farms in Eastern Visayas treated

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Fiber Industry Development Authority (Fida) has treated 1,521 hectares of abaca farms in Eastern Visayas infected by diseases during the first six months of the year.

Wilardo Sinahon, officer-in-charge of Fida in the region, said they are on track of their target to eradicate destructive abaca diseases in 3,800 hectares of farms with high disease incidence.

Garnace wins Metrobank’s best teacher

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:31 p.m.

A SECONDARY school teacher earned a spot at the 2013 Metrobank Foundation’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT).

Maria Lorna Garnace of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS), Eastern Visayas Campus in Palo, Leyte joined three other awardees of the SOT Secondary level category: Dominique Maquiran of the University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo City; Dr. Maria Teresa Bautista of the Bacnotan National High School in La Union; and Marcelo Otinguey of Ampusongan National High School in Bakun, Benguet.

Eastern Visayas is ‘peaceful’ amid blasts

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:31 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- A top police official in Eastern Visayas assured the safety of the people in the region amidst series of bombings that rocked Mindanao.

“Eastern Visayas remains generally peaceful with no major security concerns posed by threat groups and criminal elements,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria as he marked his first year Tuesday as the leader of the 6,000-strong police force of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas.

Guv promises to curb malnutrition

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:30 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan has ordered three government offices to work together in addressing the malnutrition problem in the province.

Samar ranks first among six provinces of the region with the highest malnutrition rate of 17.88 percent, followed by Northern Samar with 15.80 percent, Eastern Samar 10.82 percent, Leyte with 15.2 percent, Biliran with 12.3 percent, and Southern Leyte 7.82 percent.

Army anti-insurgency gains noted in 1st half

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:30 p.m.

THE 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) based in Catbalogan City has gained considerable achievements in its anti-insurgency campaign in Eastern Visayas for the past seven months for this year, according to a military report.

Major General Gerardo Layug, commanding general of the 8th ID, said his division has scored heavily against New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Eastern Visayas during the first seven months of 2013 in its campaign against the communist insurgency in the region.

Police, Army, Comelec discuss village, SK poll measures

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 02:12 a.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas renewed its partnership with the military and Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the peaceful conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on October 8.

PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Soria led the meeting attended by the Regional Joint Peace and Security Committee personnel to discuss measures aimed at ensuring a secure and fair barangay election.

Army overruns 2 NPA camps

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 02:11 a.m.

THE Philippine Army has gained grounds in minimizing insurgency in Northern Samar after overrunning a camp, seizing arms and wounding several New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in two separate encounters last week.

In a press statement, Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said that troops from the 20th Infantry Battalion clashed on Friday with undetermined number of communist rebels in the border of Barangay Toog in Lavazares town and Barangay Guindalian in Rosario town.

1st phase of Samar road project is 66.6% completed

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 02:11 a.m.

THE United States-funded road project linking Samar and Eastern Samar has rehabilitated 22.43 kilometers of road, accounting 10 percent of the total road length, the Millennium Challenge Account Philippines (MCA-P) said in its July 2013 report.

As of July, the $214.4 million project has concreted 10.9 kilometers of road under contract package (CP) 1 and 11.53 kilometers asphalt overlay under CP 3.

Police, Army, Comelec discuss village, SK poll measures

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 04:49 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas renewed its partnership with the military and Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the peaceful conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on October 8.

PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Soria led the meeting attended by the Regional Joint Peace and Security Committee personnel to discuss measures aimed at ensuring a secure and fair barangay election.

Army overruns 2 NPA camps

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 04:48 p.m.

THE Philippine Army has gained grounds in minimizing insurgency in Northern Samar after overrunning a camp, seizing arms and wounding several New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in two separate encounters last week.

In a press statement, Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said that troops from the 20th Infantry Battalion clashed on Friday with undetermined number of communist rebels in the border of Barangay Toog in Lavazares town and Barangay Guindalian in Rosario town.

1st phase of Samar road project is 66.6% completed

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 04:48 p.m.

THE United States-funded road project linking Samar and Eastern Samar has rehabilitated 22.43 kilometers of road, accounting 10 percent of the total road length, the Millennium Challenge Account Philippines (MCA-P) said in its July 2013 report.

As of July, the $214.4 million project has concreted 10.9 kilometers of road under contract package (CP) 1 and 11.53 kilometers asphalt overlay under CP 3.

Tourism turns ‘illegal loggers’ into guides in Samar

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 04:23 p.m.

PARANAS, Samar -- The town’s endangered forest has been saved by ecotourism, as people turn to tourists for income, instead of cutting trees and hunting wild animals.

Tour guide Eugene Igdalino, a native of Barangay Tenani of this town, said the arrival of tourists in Ulot has changed livelihood activities of the locals.

Approval of P108M sought to finance energy project

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 04:22 p.m.

THE National Electrification Administration (NEA) is seeking approval from the Department of Energy (DOE) to finance a P108.7-million energization project in Limasawa, Southern Leyte.

In a letter to Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, NEA Administrator Edita Bueno said they can only subsidize up to P28 million of the total cost that will be financed under the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) and Barangay Line Enhance Program (Blep).

Poll body expects rivalries in SK polls

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 04:21 p.m.

THE Commission on Elections in Eastern Visayas (Comelec-8) expects political rivalries in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to be more intense and personal.

Lawyer Jose Nick Mendros, Comelec-Eastern Visayas director, said compared to the national and local elections, the rivalries in the barangay elections are more personal since opponents are usually neighbors and even relatives.

City yet to implement 1st cycle of feeding program

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:15 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now releasing checks to the local government units for the third cycle of the Supplemental Feeding Program (SFP), but the city is yet to execute its first cycle.

Ex-rebels urged to return to law

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:14 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) in Samar continues to encourage former rebels to return to the law by giving them livelihood financial assistance.

Opapp Representative Emy Bonifacio, during a technical working group (PTWG) meeting, at Motiong municipal hall in Samar recently, said the office is working towards the implementation of the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) in Samar province.

30 Samar villages to get Pamana project aid

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:14 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY – Thirty villages in Motiong, Samar will receive P300,000 for Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Red tide remains in Samar

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:13 p.m.

RED tide toxins remain in four bays of Samar Island as coastal waters were found positive of shellfish poisoning, said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) this week.

BFAR Regional Director Juan Albaladejo said their office and local government units (LGUs) are closely monitoring violations of shellfish ban, which prohibits gathering, consuming and transporting of shellfishes in affected areas.

Mayoralty bet files raps vs Caris, others

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 09:52 p.m.

BAYBAY City mayoralty bet Marilou Galenzoga has filed charges at the Office of Ombudsman-Manila against political opponent Mayor Carmen Cari and other officials following the July 1, 2013 arrest of at least 722 of Galenzoga’s supporters inside her compound.

Filed at the Ombudsman on July 19, Galenzoga slapped Carmen and her sons Representative Jose Carlos Cari (5th district) and Vice Mayor Michael Cari for violation of domicile, searching domicile without witnesses, robbery, malicious mischief, trespass to dwelling and grave abuse of authority.

Police beef up security after Oro blast

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 09:51 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The top police official in Eastern Visayas has ordered police chiefs to maximize police presence in the region following the bombing in Cagayan de Oro City last Friday that killed eight and injured others.

“We must not be complacent in implementing our target-hardening measures. Intensify your intelligence and step-up your security efforts particularly on malls and other public places,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria, director of Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8).

Lawmaker’s committee chairmanship questioned

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 09:51 p.m.

FILIPINO migrant rights advocacy group questioned on Friday the chairmanship of Akbayan Representative Walden Bello to the House committee on overseas workers affairs (Cowa).

The 16th Congress should have assigned the Cowa to a winning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Family party-list group Representative Roy Seneres Sr., said Migrante vice chairperson John Leonard Monterona.

DOE to look for transmission line budget

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 09:50 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Energy (DOE) is still looking for budget to finance the P108-million construction of underwater transmission line from Southern Leyte to Limasawa Island.

Mayor Melchor Petracorta said energy officials assured the city officials that the implementation of the project will be in 2014.

Biri rock formation is among hot spots

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 09:08 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Eastern Visayas has called on the public to vote for Biri Island Rock Formation in Biri, Northern Samar in the Search for Top 10 Philippine Gems.

Biri Island became popular when actors Dawn Zulueta and Richard Gomez shoot their sizzling scenes in the picturesque rock formations for their movie “Iisa Pa Lamang” in the ‘90s.

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