Romualdez to his co-mayors: Be a leader in rescue operations

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 11:33 p.m.

GOVERNMENT CENTER, Palo, Leyte – “A chief executive should always be physically present and personally attend to the needs of this people during a calamity or disaster.”

This was the advice shared by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez during Friday’s closing of the regional summit on Disaster Risk Reduction Management.

Anti-poverty program for E. Visayas ‘delayed’

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:02 a.m.

SOME P154.12-million worth of anti-poverty projects for Eastern Visayas under the bottom-up budgeting (BuB) may not be pushed through this year due to glitches by both National Government agencies and local government units (LGUs).

Of the P154.12 million, P28.91 million will not likely be realized due to failure of one city and 13 municipalities to submit project proposals on time, while P125.21-million worth of projects don’t match with the 2013 work and financial plan of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Catarman police lacks personnel

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:00 a.m.

Northern Samar – The Catarman police office may not be able to provide enough security for the more than 85,000 people in the town.

Catarman, which was dubbed as the most populous municipality in Eastern Visayas, has only 39 policemen currently assigned at the police station that covers 55 villages of the town.

NPA disowns rebel surrenderees

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 01:00 a.m.

TACLOBAN CITY - The New People’s Army (NPA) based in Northern Samar disowned the series of “NPA surrenderees” presented by the military and branded them as “impostors” taking advantage of the government’s financial offer.

Ka Amado Pesante, spokesperson of the Rodante Urtal Command of the NPA, said the 53 surrenderees in Northern Samar were peasants and allegedly forcibly recruited and recognized by the military in order to “assemble” the illusion that the military is winning the war.

2 city mayors may vie as RDC head

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 12:59 a.m.

TWO city mayors will likely be nominated to head the Regional Development Council (RDC), the region’s highest policy-making body.

RDC private sector representative (PSR) Agustin Docena confirmed that rumors have been circulating among council members on the possible nomination of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari to head the RDC from 2013 to 2016.

Lawmakers in E. Visayas get P2.1-B ‘pork’

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 09:31 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY -- The 14 members of the House of Representatives of Eastern Visayas have received P2.1-billion as pork barrel fund from 2010 to 2012, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported.

The National Government has poured out a total of P230.85-million worth of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel to the region’s 14 lawmakers in 2010 with most of them receiving P15 million each.

50 cops hone probe skills

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 09:30 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas has trained 50 policemen to equip them with competent investigation skills for increased crime solution efficiency and high conviction rate.

“The conviction of suspects and not merely the identification and filing of cases should be the yardstick in measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of our investigation of crime incidents,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, police regional director, during opening of the Criminal Investigation Course (CIC) Friday.

Leyte’s fish, bird sanctuary wins award

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 09:30 p.m.

MAASIN CITY -- The Molopolo-Sta. Cruz Marine Fish and Bird Sanctuary in Macrohon, Southern Leyte got third place in the 2013 best Marine Protected Area (MPA) award on Friday.

The sanctuary, which houses varied marine life and different species of migratory birds, is a 25-hectare lot tied with Betaog Fish Sanctuary and Marine Park in Eastern Samar. The said sanctuary received P35,000 as cash prize which will be used to improve the MPAs.

Taclobanon among victims of ill-fated 2GO vessel

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 09:29 p.m.

A TACLOBANON and a former employee of the 2GO company was among the victims of the ill-fated M/V St. Thomas Aquinas that sank off the water of Talisay City, Cebu province Friday evening.

Imelda Pailande Diaz, mother of victim Melanie Joy, is still crying for help and waiting for her daughter seventy-two hours after the ship sank off Lawis Ledge in Talisay City.

Sectoral leaders, reps to attend consultation on SK

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 08:03 p.m.

SECTORAL leaders and representatives in Eastern Visayas will converge in a regional consultation on issues related to the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

DILG-Eastern Visayas Director Pedro Noval Jr. said youth, local government and agencies involved in youth development, civil society, media, council representatives and key political leaders will gather on August 23 to come up with a position paper on the SK issue, which shall be submitted to DILG central office as part of a nationwide series of consultations for consideration in the department’s eventual recommendation to Congress.

Public urged to report illegal gamblers

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 08:03 p.m.

IN ITS effort to eradicate or reduce illegal gambling cases in the province, Leyte police Chief Brigido Unay urged the public to report and help stop these activities.

Unay admitted that illegal gambling is already part of the norms in the society but they will continuously respond to the directive by validating and take action on the reports province-wide.

1,987 nabbed, P70M illegal fishing paraphernalia seized

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 08:02 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- Almost 2,000 persons were arrested and around P70 million worth of illegal fishing paraphernalia were confiscated as Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas stepped up its campaign against illegal fishing in the seawaters surrounding Eastern Visayas.

Winners of ‘Go! Borongan’ photo contest announced

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 08:09 p.m.

BORONGAN CITY -- The winners of the 1st Go! Borongan Digital Photography Competition was announced, with Abdel Elecho’s Skimboarding, an image that captures the peacock feather-like wave splash created by the surfer subject, winning the grand prize of P20,000.

Elecho’s Surf’s Up! was also named runner-up in his category, making a total prize earnings of P25,000. The other runners-up winning P5,000 each were Garry Balano (Need Not Rock the Boat, Borongan Bay) and Reinier Ampong (Rest, Lo-om River).

Traffic officer returns wallet with P10,000 cash

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 08:08 p.m.

ORMOC CITY -- A traffic enforcer, who has not yet received his salary for the month of July, was not tempted to slash even a single penny contained in a wallet he found while conducting official duty at the city street

Rambo Camingawan, a casual employee of the City Government with a salary of more than P12,000 a month, said he opted to keep the wallet for safekeeping purposes. He said he found the wallet near Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church around 3:45 p.m. of August 9.

MDG target for Eastern Visayas ‘impossible’

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 08:08 p.m.

THE National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said Eastern Visayas would not be able to attain reduction targets by 2015 under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with still unchanged regional poverty data for the past two decades.

NSCB Regional Head Evangeline Paran said it is impossible to bring down poverty incidence to 22.6 percent in 2015 from 45.4 percent as of first semester of 2012. She said the region has to lower down the poverty incidence by 23 percent in two years to achieve the goal.

Couple nabbed for trafficking minor

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 08:08 p.m.

ORMOC CITY -- A couple was arrested by the police for allegedly trading a 13-year-old girl while waiting for a male customer beside Gaisano Capital along Real St., this city, around 10:30 p.m. of August 14.

Arrested was Irish Ybañez, 33, who was with the minor when the police and personnel of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) apprehended her.

Leyte schools to vie for eco-friendly award

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 08:07 p.m.

THREE schools in Leyte will compete in this year’s national search for sustainable and eco-friendly schools, an official of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Eastern Visayas said.

Maribel Munsayac, EMB-Eastern Visayas education and information section division head, said the schools were recently chosen in the regional search last month.

Students ‘barred’ by prof from class

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:26 p.m.

AT least five female college students said their professor allegedly confiscated their identification cards and refused them from entering the class, because they were not wearing their uniforms.

The students, who admitted they are lesbians, wore pants instead of blouse and skirt in going to school.

Norsamelco saddled with huge debt

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:25 p.m.

THE province of Northern Samar is in the “brink” of a power disconnection, said Engineer Hector Tabilisma, officer-in-charge of the Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (Norsamelco).

He said that, since Norsamelco’s contract with its power supplier Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (Psalm) expired on December 2012, the coop was granted with a six-month extension twice.

E. Visayas police post gains in anti-illegal drugs drive

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:25 p.m.

PALO, Leyte – The Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) posted significant gains in its anti-illegal drugs campaign bringing the arrested persons to a total of 191.

Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria, PRO8 director, said that agents of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group arrested a total of 191 persons since he issued a directive to intensify the anti-illegal drugs drive upon assuming post as the region’s top cop in August 6 last year.

Army to win peace by building communities

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

THE 19th Infantry Battalion (19th IB ) of the Philippine Army based in Kananga, Leyte has focused more on winning peace through building communities rather than defeating the members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Second Lieutenant Prolen Bonacua, civil military operations officer of the 19th IB, said the new strategy focus on the needs of citizens, through a massive consultation among soldiers with the active involvement of villagers to determine and to meet the concerns and needs of the communities.

Maasin City to host Batang Pinoy Visayas leg

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

MAASIN CITY -- The Philippine Sports Commission recently visited this city and inspected the playing venues, billeting areas and hotels for the 2013 Batang Pinoy Qualifying Leg.

Around 3,000 athletes from the Eastern, Central and Western Visayas regions, coaches, officials, and trainers are expected to join the event.

P6.47-B infra projects for Eastern Visayas approved

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 07:46 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has approved a P6.47-billion worth of infrastructure projects for Eastern Visayas in 2014, more than a billion peso higher than this year’s allotment.

DPWH Regional Director Rolando Asis said the budget is only from the approved National Expenditure Program and they expect to get more funding support from the National Government through lump sum and other sources.

DENR backs Biri as next Philippine gem

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 07:45 p.m.

THE Biri Island Rock Formations in the municipality of Biri, Northern Samar gained support, as they vie for the new emerging tourist destinations dubbed as Philippine Gems, a project of Isla Lipana & Co.

The breathtaking rock formations in the island facing the Pacific Ocean drew raves from the local and foreign tourists who visited the place because of their unique forms sculpted and shaped by the waves.

Southern Leyte intensifies anti-malnutrition drive

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 07:45 p.m.

MAASIN CITY -- The Provincial Government of Southern Leyte is aiming to bring down malnutrition prevalence to zero percent by 2016, with various local interventions to save children from the consequences of under nutrition.

Governor Roger Mercado said they are now identifying “severely and moderately” malnourished children in the province so they can give proper intervention.

Kalahi-CIDSS upgrades to community-drive program

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 07:44 p.m.

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Eastern Visayas is gearing up for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), as it scales up as the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) this October.

Kalahi-CIDDS is a community-driven development program of the Philippines that seeks to empower the communities through enhancing the people’s participation in local governance and community projects that aim to reduce poverty.

P500-M road concreting in S. Leyte pushed

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

MAASIN CITY -- The Provincial Government of Southern Leyte is pushing for the P500-million concreting project of three provincial roads to enhance the transport access in the six municipalities of the province.

The proposed road upgrading projects are the Maasin–Bontoc Road, Saint Bernard–Hinunangan Road, and Liloan–San Ricardo Road.

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.

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