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.

Burglars raid Catarman municipal building, bus terminal

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 07:19 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- Catarman Mayor Francisco Rosales Jr. reported for his first day of work Monday morning only to be met by bad news: his office and the other sections of the municipal building were ransacked by burglars.

Rosales found the Mayor’s Office -- left by former mayor Rolando Carpio Jr. -- in complete disarray and most of the office properties already gone. Papers, mostly official documents, and big pieces of hollow blocks were scattered on the floors.

Regional police to get new guns

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 07:18 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-7) will receive 594 brand-new Glock 17 Generation 4 safe action 9mm pistols from the initial 22,603 units distributed to police units nationwide, the region’s top cop informed.

“With this development, our law enforcers who are at the forefront of combating crime and regularly deployed in the field can better serve and protect the people,” said PRO-7 Director Elmer Ragadio Soria.

Mercado tops list of Eastern Visayas lawmakers with absences

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 07:18 p.m.

A THREE-TERMER lawmaker registered the most number of absences among members of the House of Representatives in Eastern Visayas, while a party-list representative got a perfect attendance in all session days of the 15th Congress.

Of the 168 session days, then Southern Leyte representative Roger Mercado attended 141 days with 27 absences, including 15 plenary days without notice, the highest among 14 lawmakers from the region in the last Congress, according to an electronic copy of attendance record obtained from the House website.

Convergence of agencies, LGUS to address poverty eyed

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:16 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) is eyeing convergence of National Government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to address the high poverty incidence in Eastern Visayas.

RDC’s Social Development Committee Chairman Edgardo Esperancilla, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology, said LGUs have no ownership of poverty reduction targets.

Cases filed vs 41 ‘stone-throwers’

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:15 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police has filed formal complaints against 41 civilians believed to be behind the stone-throwing incident during Sunday’s rally in Baybay City.

Superintendent Carlito Gallardo, chief of Baybay City police station, said that of the 720 protesters arrested Monday dawn, 41 of them, including three women, were identified as directly involved in a violent protest tagged by defeated mayoralty Marilou Galenzoga as “People Power Movement of Baybay.”

Arrested rallyists decry maltreatment

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:14 p.m.

BAYBAY CITY -- The demonstrators arrested in this city last Monday have complained of maltreatment by the police.

Police Superintendent Carlito Gallardo, chief of police, said 722 demonstrators were arrested after the violent rally reportedly led by defeated mayoralty candidate Marilou Galenzoga stormed the City Hall last Sunday afternoon.

Palawan Pawnshop in Catarman robbed

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:14 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- Two unidentified men robbed Tuesday morning the Palawan Pawnshop in this capital town of Northern Samar province and killed one of the two tellers.

The pawnshop is located in Barangay Zone 3, University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) campus. The pawnshop is located in front of the College of Arts and Communication (CAC) and Laboratory Elementary School buildings at UEP.

Guv vows a ‘better’ Northern Samar under his admin

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 04:13 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- The newly seated governor of this province, Jose Ong Jr., vowed to create a “Better Northern Samar” under the three years of his administration.

Speaking before a huge crowd that endured the heat of the sun during his inauguration on Sunday at the Capitol grounds, the 65-year-old governor announced major changes at the Provincial Government.

Stronger police-community relations pushed

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 08:34 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas kicked off Monday the 18th Police-Community Relations Month highlighted by the awarding of medals to its personnel, police offices and civilian organizations.

“Even as we intensified the campaign against all forms of criminal activities, we must also provide the momentum towards long-lasting partnerships and active participation from our partners in the community in the promotion of proactive approaches in reducing crime and criminality,” said PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Ragadio Soria.

Top NPA members arrested

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 08:33 p.m.

TWO high-ranking officers of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Eastern Visayas were nabbed Friday in a manhunt operation in Marikina City.

The Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) said Juan Paolo Rodrigo Versos and his wife Grace were arrested by a joint team of the Philippine National Police Catbalogan City and the military in Barangay Fortuna, Marikina City.

10 of 20 ‘fattest dynasties’ lost ground in May polls

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 08:33 p.m.

CEBU CITY -- Half of the country’s “fat” political families have been trimmed down in the recent midterm elections, but a “significant” percentage still remain in place, according to an analysis of Manila-based policy research center.

Prof. Reynaldo Mendoza, director of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center, said 10 of the 20 fattest dynasties in the Philippines had lost ground in the May 2013 elections.

Several wounded in Baybay rally

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 02:26 p.m.

BAYBAY CITY -- Several rallyists and policemen were wounded in an indignation rally initiated by a group led by defeated mayoral candidate Marilou Galenzoga at the City Hall here last Sunday.

The rallyists were condemning and dramatizing their opposition to the Commission on Elections’ proclamation of reelectionist Mayor Carmen Cari last May 14.

Romualdez calls for unity among city officials

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

MAYOR Alfred Romualdez called on his supporters and non-supporters to set aside politics and “work together for the future” of Tacloban City during his oath-taking witnessed by officials at City Hall grounds Sunday.

“I would like to ask my supporters, as well as the supporters of other elected officials for a ceasefire. Let us work together and give our best service to the Taclobanons,” he said.

Disaster consciousness celebration launched

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:23 p.m.

THE Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) launched Monday the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) to highlight the importance of disaster-resilient communities.

The month-long celebration kicked off Monday with a motorcade from Palo, Leyte, followed by a short opening program at the Robinsons Mall activity area.

Nutrition month kicks off

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:23 p.m.

THE National Nutrition Council (NNC) launched the month-long celebration of Nutrition Month Monday to increase public awareness on hunger and malnutrition issues.

The regional opening rites started with a motorcade participated by pupils, students, teachers, government employees, non-government organizations and Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

Close to 2,000 passengers stranded

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:23 p.m.

TROPICAL Storm Gorio (international name: Rumbia) left almost 2,000 passengers stranded in two ferry terminals in Allen, Northern Samar, following the imposed "no sailing" policy in all ports in Eastern Visayas last Friday.

Catbalogan City Coast Guard said 1,723 passengers boarded on 37 buses, 76 trucks and 26 light vehicles were stranded in Balwarteco port, while 274 passengers boarded on four buses, 40 trucks and four light vehicles were stranded at the Dapdap port.

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