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.

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.

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