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.

Establishment of Eastern Visayas University System proposed

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:52 a.m.

THE establishment of the Eastern Visayas University System (EVUS) was proposed in a bid to raise the bar of higher learning education in the region.

The proposed initiative by the Visayas State University in Baybay City sought P2.98 million to finance three components of the six-month study that will end on December this year.

Police nab 4 fugitives in Leyte, Samar

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:51 a.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Authorities arrested four fugitives in separate manhunt operations in Leyte and Samar provinces.

The Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) nabbed the suspects who will face charges for murder, rape and cattle rustling.

Leyte implements sex education

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:51 a.m.

THE Provincial Government of Leyte implemented the Adolescent Responsible Sexuality Education (Arse) to curb premarital sex and teenage pregnancy, in various elementary and high schools in Leyte.

Provincial population officer Mel Cawile said a module was prepared and pilot tested at Palo Central School with Grades 5 and 6 pupils as participants during the incumbency of former governor and now Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla.

Social welfare fights malnutrition problems

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:51 a.m.

THE City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) conducted a massive two-month supplementary feeding program in day care centers in the city of Catbalogan, Samar.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC), in its data based on the 2012 weighing activity, said Samar province had the highest malnutrition prevalence at 17.88 percent, while Catbalogan and Calbayog are the top two cities with the highest incidence at 18.31 percent and 14.41 percent, respectively.

Owwa searches for model OFW

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:50 a.m.

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) office in Eastern Visayas continues to embody their advocacy through this year's Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) on October 2013.

The award aims to recognize the sacrifices and stories of maltreated overseas Filipino workers (OFW). It will acknowledge their efforts and contribution to the Philippines.

Fear hounds supporters of Baybay City mayoralty bet

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 08:56 p.m.

MARILOU “Malot” Galenzoga, a Baybay City mayoralty candidate who lost in the elections, said thousands of her supporters expressed fear after they were reportedly illegally arrested and suffered human rights violations under Mayor Carmen Cari’s administration.

Galenzoga said that from June 30 to July 1, troops from the Philippine Army’s 78th Infantry Batallion and policemen including a number of Cari supporters forcibly barged into the two houses of Galenzoga by ramming the gate with a truck.

Probe on for drugs found in jail

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 08:56 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The region’s top police official ordered a thorough investigation to determine how illegal drugs were able to pass through inspection on way to a lock-up cell in Leyte sub-provincial jail in Baybay City.

Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, director of Police Regional Office 8, also ordered inspection on all jail facilities in the region in coordination with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and other concerned correctional agencies.

EV top cop rallies men towards transformation

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 08:55 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –- The region’s top police official rallied the police officers of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) to perform their duties and obligation with integrity and commit themselves for an effective and efficient delivery of public service.

This is in support to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Patrol Plan 2030, a new program of the PNP to carry out its mandate.

Mayor to City Council members: “Let’s work together”

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 08:54 p.m.

LET’S work together but stay your independence.

This was the message imparted by Mayor Alfred Romualdez during his unprecedented visit to the legislative building Thursday afternoon, coinciding with the regular session of the council members.

Airport terminal fee to double in 2 years

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:22 p.m.

THE cost of passenger terminal fee at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City will double in two years as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) implements adjustment on a staggered basis.

Caap Eastern Visayas area manager Antonio Alfonso said that from the newly adjusted P75 rate per passenger, terminal fee will hike to P100 by June 2014 and P150 by June 2015.

LGUs urged to establish village defense action

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:21 p.m.

THE regional office of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) urged local government units (LGUs) to establish the Barangay Integrated Defense Action (Bida) in their respective barangay to act as force multiplier during fire accidents.

The Bida, replacement of the formerly called barangay fire volunteer brigades, will be composed of at least 10 fire volunteers per barangay who are trained on basic firefighting operation and technique and water rescue operation.

Commander belies reports of NPAs joining rally

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:21 p.m.

ORMOC CITY -- Colonel Rafael Valencia belied reports about members of the New People's Army (NPA) joining the group of Marilou "Malot" Galenzoga in a rally in Baybay City last June 30.

"There was no intelligence report that a number of those present were members of the NPA, and we we're hoping also na hindi sasakyan ng kabila just to destabilize the government," said Valencia, commander of the 802nd Brigade.

Man found dead in Merida highway

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:21 p.m.

A MAN believed to be a victim of summary execution was found dead along the national highway at Sitio Look, Barangay Libas, Merida, Leyte Monday morning.

Police Officer 2 Eutemio Baillo, the investigator on duty, identified the victim as Edward Zapanta, 29, of Albuera but known to have long been staying in Mabini, Ormoc City.

Ormoc Bay designated as water quality management area

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:20 p.m.

ORMOC CITY -- Ormoc Bay and its associated watersheds are designated as water quality management area (WQMA) pursuant to the Philippines Clean Water Act to comply with water quality standards in maintaining ecological functions and services.

BFAR caution on eating shellfish

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 08:43 p.m.

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned the public against eating shellfishes, particularly green mussels (tahong), after the red tide toxins spread in the waters of Catbalogan and Calbayog cities.

BFAR Regional Director Juan Albaladejo said Irong-Irong Bay in Catbalogan and waters off Calbayog are now positive of red tide toxin and the situation is expected to get worse if rainfall will occur in the area.

Leyte Provincial Board to go paperless

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 08:42 p.m.

MEMBERS of the Leyte Provincial Board (PB) would no longer sift through their thick documents every time they would attend their regular or special sessions, as Vice Governor Carlo Loreto announced they would go paperless.

“The stack of documents would be gone as we would go paperless,” said Loreto, adding: “Going paperless has been approved in principle by Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla. He was supportive of the plan to hold paperless sessions.”

Complaints at Ombudsman ‘meant to harass officials’

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 08:42 p.m.

SOME complaints filed at the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas were meant to harass public officials, said lawyer Edwin Tabaranza, officer-in-charge of Ombudsman Visayas.

Tabaranza told Leyte Samar Daily Express that they are cautious in their fact-finding investigation in order to determine whether the complaint filed is meritorious and there is a basis of filing a case against the defendant.

72 nab for illegal fishing

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 08:41 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- At least 72 people were arrested and 11 fishing boats involved in illegal fishing activities were confiscated in a series of seaborne operations in the seawaters of Leyte, Samar and Biliran provinces recently.

Arrested on Thursday evening were Claudio Cadayong and Jonathan Tingzon, with eight unidentified crew members on board two fishing boats while engaging in illegal fishing activity in the seawaters of Mayorga, Leyte. The fishermen used fine mesh nets.

DSWD’s Home for Women gets run proceeds

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 08:41 p.m.

THE DSWD’s Regional Haven at Pawing in Palo, Leyte got half of the proceeds from the nationwide run conducted by the PhilHealth and Department of Health (DOH) last February 17 in Tacloban City.

The run, which was expected to invite only 3,000 runners in the city, managed to reach some 5,800 runners.

DOH alarmed over rise of dengue cases

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 08:45 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) has expressed alarm on the rising number of dengue cases in Eastern Visayas, with 1,740 infected and four deaths as of first semester of 2013, surpassing last year’s record.

Health authorities expect that number of cases will surge in the region in the next weeks due to rainy season.

Police file raps vs mob in Baybay mayhem

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 08:45 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Police authorities filed criminal charges against the brother of a losing mayoralty candidate and several others in connection with Sunday’s clash in Baybay City.

Marciano Jose Galenzoga, brother of losing mayoralty candidate Marilou Galenzoga of Baybay City, and one Nestor Calubag were charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1866 as amended by Republic Act 8294 or illegal possession of firearms and ammunition before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Vice mayor sees new hope for 12th council

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 08:45 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY -- Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin expressed new hope for the 12th City Council despite witnessing arguments during the inaugural session last Wednesday, July 3.

Yaokasin said it is his goal to have a smooth and good working relationship with the executive so that a lot of things could be done for Tacloban and the entire City Council during his three-year term as the presiding officer.

CHR probes maltreatment of bet’s supporters

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 08:44 p.m.

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is eyeing on filing illegal detention charges against the Baybay police should they not release the more than 100 supporters of Marilou Veloso Galenzoga who were nabbed inside Galenzoga’s house in Baybay City last July 1.

On July 3, a group of CHR investigators conducted an investigation over an alleged maltreatment of arrested demonstrators in Baybay City last Monday.

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