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.

Guv appeals for support on economic programs for Samar

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 09:57 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- The economy and tourism of Samar province topped the priorities of re-elected Governor Sharee Ann Tan, who appealed for her constituents' help.

Tan, who led a celebration in the province dubbed "Samar Day: A Call for Unity, Cooperation and Stability" on Monday, called on the public and other officials to support her programs.

Program to attract investors to Leyte continues

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 09:57 p.m.

THE tourism center will endorse Leyte as an investment destination in various companies in Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna in its next “selling mission.”

Now on its fifth year, the selling mission aimed at boosting the province's image in investment and increasing inflows, said Jescyn Kate Ramos, unit head of Leyte Tourism and Investment Promotion Center (LTIPC).

No meningococcemia scare in Tacloban

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Health office assured residents of this city that there is no meningococcemia scare and there is no need to panic despite the death of an 18-year-old student on Monday.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) of the Philippine National Police-Eastern Visayas (PNP-8) earlier said the student of a state university here died due to meningococcemia infections.

Northern Samar power firm debts ‘irrecoverable’

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

CATARMAN, Northern Samar –- Member-consumers of the Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (Norsamelco) are fearful that the recent takeover of the National Electrification (NEA) on their electric cooperative is a sign that the province may follow the plight of Albay province that was recently cut of its power supply due to unpaid debts from its suppliers.

Governor Jun Ong said he shared the same fear after he learned of Norsamelco’s sinking finances.

Abaca farms in Eastern Visayas treated

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:24 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY – The Fiber Industry Development Authority (Fida) has treated 1,521 hectares of abaca farms in Eastern Visayas infected by diseases during the first six months of the year.

Wilardo Sinahon, officer-in-charge of Fida in the region, said they are on track of their target to eradicate destructive abaca diseases in 3,800 hectares of farms with high disease incidence.

Garnace wins Metrobank’s best teacher

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:31 p.m.

A SECONDARY school teacher earned a spot at the 2013 Metrobank Foundation’s Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT).

Maria Lorna Garnace of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS), Eastern Visayas Campus in Palo, Leyte joined three other awardees of the SOT Secondary level category: Dominique Maquiran of the University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo City; Dr. Maria Teresa Bautista of the Bacnotan National High School in La Union; and Marcelo Otinguey of Ampusongan National High School in Bakun, Benguet.

Eastern Visayas is ‘peaceful’ amid blasts

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:31 p.m.

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- A top police official in Eastern Visayas assured the safety of the people in the region amidst series of bombings that rocked Mindanao.

“Eastern Visayas remains generally peaceful with no major security concerns posed by threat groups and criminal elements,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria as he marked his first year Tuesday as the leader of the 6,000-strong police force of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas.

Guv promises to curb malnutrition

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:30 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan has ordered three government offices to work together in addressing the malnutrition problem in the province.

Samar ranks first among six provinces of the region with the highest malnutrition rate of 17.88 percent, followed by Northern Samar with 15.80 percent, Eastern Samar 10.82 percent, Leyte with 15.2 percent, Biliran with 12.3 percent, and Southern Leyte 7.82 percent.

Army anti-insurgency gains noted in 1st half

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 07:30 p.m.

THE 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) based in Catbalogan City has gained considerable achievements in its anti-insurgency campaign in Eastern Visayas for the past seven months for this year, according to a military report.

Major General Gerardo Layug, commanding general of the 8th ID, said his division has scored heavily against New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Eastern Visayas during the first seven months of 2013 in its campaign against the communist insurgency in the region.

Police, Army, Comelec discuss village, SK poll measures

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 02:12 a.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas renewed its partnership with the military and Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the peaceful conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on October 8.

PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Soria led the meeting attended by the Regional Joint Peace and Security Committee personnel to discuss measures aimed at ensuring a secure and fair barangay election.

Army overruns 2 NPA camps

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 02:11 a.m.

THE Philippine Army has gained grounds in minimizing insurgency in Northern Samar after overrunning a camp, seizing arms and wounding several New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in two separate encounters last week.

In a press statement, Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said that troops from the 20th Infantry Battalion clashed on Friday with undetermined number of communist rebels in the border of Barangay Toog in Lavazares town and Barangay Guindalian in Rosario town.

1st phase of Samar road project is 66.6% completed

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 02:11 a.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.

Police, Army, Comelec discuss village, SK poll measures

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 04:49 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Eastern Visayas renewed its partnership with the military and Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the peaceful conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on October 8.

PRO-Eastern Visayas Director Elmer Soria led the meeting attended by the Regional Joint Peace and Security Committee personnel to discuss measures aimed at ensuring a secure and fair barangay election.

Army overruns 2 NPA camps

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 04:48 p.m.

THE Philippine Army has gained grounds in minimizing insurgency in Northern Samar after overrunning a camp, seizing arms and wounding several New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in two separate encounters last week.

In a press statement, Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said that troops from the 20th Infantry Battalion clashed on Friday with undetermined number of communist rebels in the border of Barangay Toog in Lavazares town and Barangay Guindalian in Rosario town.

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.

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