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.

Drug courier to jail nabbed in buy bust

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 09:07 p.m.

ORMOC CITY -- A mother of three young kids was arrested after a police asset bought one sachet of suspected “shabu” along the vicinity of her residence in Barangay Mas-in around 9 p.m. of July 26.

The woman confirmed acting as drug courier to Ormoc City Jail, but denied selling that night to a police asset and possessing the seized items during body search.

2 women nabbed for carrying drugs from Leyte jail

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 09:07 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Police authorities arrested two women who transported illegal drugs allegedly from the Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog, Leyte.

Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Ragadio Soria said surveillance and investigation conducted by his men resulted in the arrest of Corazon Abalos, 44, and Nanette Danoy, 29.

DOH seeks P90M for anti-disease campaign

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 11:52 p.m.

DAGAMI, Leyte – The Department of Health (DOH) is seeking P90-million budget every year for the nationwide elimination of schistosomiasis, one of the 17 neglected tropical diseases worldwide.

Schistosomiasis is an infection caused by blood fluke. A person may acquire the infection from fresh water contaminated with larval cercariae, which developed in snails. Untreated individuals could transmit the disease through discharging schistosome eggs in feces into bodies of water.

DepEd releases NAT results

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 11:52 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY -- The city division of the Department of Education (DepEd) announced the elementary schools that ranked top 5 on National Achievement Test (NAT) of Grade 6.

DepEd-Tacloban testing coordinator Nestor Campayan said the elementary schools who ranked top 5 on NAT were as follows: San Roque Elementary School with a mean score percentage (MPS) of 96.67, followed by Cabalawan Elementary School with 94.38 MPS, Manlurip Elementary School with 92.20 MPS, Palanog Elementary School with 91.73 MPS, Dr. A.P Banez Memorial School with 89.63.

Binhi to reforest 1,000 hectares annually

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 11:51 p.m.

KANANGA, Leyte – The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) known as “Binhi” is targeting 1,000 hectares of forests every year for the next 10 years.

Regina Victoria Pascual, senior manager of Environmental Management Department of EDC’s main office, said there is an average of 1,000 hectares reforested annually since 2009 up to the present under the Binhi program. From 1989 until the present there is an average of 394,737 trees planted annually.

Call center opens program in SPSBL

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:14 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- Business process outsourcing (BPO) ePerformax has formally established its training program to individuals who want to be employed in call center companies.

Teresa Hartshaw, ePerformax president and chief executive officer, said her company, which is in partnership with Saint Paul School of Business and Law (SPSBL), will provide a training program and “real-world” call center experience for students interested in exploring a career in the BPO industry.

Eastern Visayas ‘still poor’

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

EASTERN Visayas has remained the third poorest region in the Philippines, according to the National Statistical Coordinating Board’s (NSCB) report on Thursday.

The region suffered a 6.2 percent decline in 2012, due to slow performance of industry and agriculture sector.

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.

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