Extended bunkhouse stay in private lot approved

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 05:13 p.m.

THE Tacloban City Council approved a resolution extending the stay of bunkhouse dwellers for the third time in a lot owned by International Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPI) until June 30.

The resolution is in response to the query of IPI management as to when will the City Government transfer displaced families in bunkhouses to temporary shelters or permanent houses, said Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin.

Eastern Samar seeks P7.67-B fund for dev’t projects

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 05:11 p.m.

THE Eastern Samar Provincial Government is seeking a P7.67-billion outlay to finance local harmonized development priorities through nine national government agencies and local government units in the province from 2015 to 2016.

The Province asked the Regional Development Council (RDC) to support the harmonized initiative drafted by local government officials, office of the lone district representative, and government agencies based in Eastern Samar.

Writeshop on positive discipline, anti-corporal punishment set

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 05:10 p.m.

THE Leyte Provincial Board will hold a writeshop on positive discipline and prohibiting corporal punishment next week for local authorities in the province.

Vice Governor Carlo Loreto said the board will gather local council members, law enforcers and social workers on March 23 to 24 for a two-day writeshop.

Education remains a ‘key’ to end insurgency in Samar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:06 p.m.

CALBIGA, Samar -- The military reiterated the role of education as a vital tool against recruitment of the New People’s Army (NPA) both in urban and hinterland communities in the region.

The youth are more vulnerable to NPA recruitment and this has been repeatedly manifested through the arrests of suspected young activists that law enforcers believe to have links to the rebel’s movement.

Village ordinance imposing toll fees approved

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:05 p.m.

ORMOC CITY -- The City Council here passed a resolution interposing no objection to an ordinance passed by Barangay (village) Esperanza meant to raise income for the village by imposing toll fees and charges on certain vehicles using public roads in the area.

The council recently approved the ordinance despite the objection of permits, licensing and franchising chief Emilio Tingson.

Leyte gov’t mulls counter-terrorism program

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:04 p.m.

LEYTE Vice Governor Carlo Loreto is pushing for the creation of a Counter-Terrorism Program for the province to boost local anti-terrorism initiatives.

“Based on the investigation with the Masasapano incident, it was found that law enforcement lacked the intelligence or information. This is because the government forces were unable to counter the terrorist’s activities. Here in Leyte, we should not wait for these things to happen,” said Loreto.

Private jet that skidded off runway still in Tacloban

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:40 p.m.

THE private jet that skidded off the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City during the papal visit in January is still stuck inside the city’s airport complex as probe into the mishap is underway.

Allan M. Cahingcoy, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) Tacloban assistant area manager, said the plane will only be turned over to operator after all investigations are done.

Caap to announce another round of runway restriction

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:39 p.m.

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) will announce another round of limited operation of the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport to complete the repair of its runway.

Allan M. Cahingcoy, Caap Tacloban assistant area manager, said that after the current repair of the 338-meter portion of the runway on March 5, Caap officials and airline officials will meet again to agree on closure dates for airbus.

Japanese labor union officials to assist typhoon-hit areas

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 03:38 p.m.

KEY officials of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training and research agency in Tacloban City, recently met with Japanese workers union group leaders to discuss measure that would help affected communities rise up from disasters.

Joining the Japanese delegation were Tsuneo Ujie, president of All Japan Prefectural and All Municipal Workers Union (Jichiro); Katsuhiko Sato, special member of Jichiro executive committee and general secretary of the Public Services International (PSI) Japan Chapter; and Annie E. Geron, PSI vice president.

Wage board grants pay hike for low-income workers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:40 p.m.

THE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Eastern Visayas has granted a P14.50 increase in the daily salary of sugar industry non-plantation workers and integrate the existing P15 cost of living allowance (Cola) into the basic wage for all sectors.

The board issued Tuesday afternoon Wage Order 18, which seeks to eliminate wage rates that are below the poverty daily threshold.

Army, police tie up to curb insurgency in Calbayog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

CALBAYOG CITY -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have agreed to step up the drive against communist rebels during the recent joint peace and security coordinating council meeting in this city.

This, after two Army battalions that cover Calbayog City reported that one of their pressing concerns is the continuing threat of the New People’s Army (NPA) in upland villages.

Peace and order meeting to address Samar killings

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 05:40 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Provincial Government of Samar is positive that the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting slated in March will resolve the series of killings in Calbayog City.

Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan-de los Santos, who asked for the RPOC members to convene, said she is alarmed with the shooting incidents in Calbayog that setback efforts to draw investments in the province.

Better packaging of ‘kiseo’ pushed

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 05:34 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- Gandara town in Samar is pushing to enhance the packaging of its native product "kiseo" to attract more buyers and enhance its tourism.

Kiseo is a white cheese made of buffalo’s milk.

Lacson calls for quick transfer of PARR assets to OCD

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 01:50 p.m.

PALO, Leyte -- Resigned rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson has recommended for the immediate transfer of “resources and assets” of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (Oparr) to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).

Speaking to local officials in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, Lacson said the transfer should be done before the mandatory review by Congress of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Law on May 27.

Samar village implements zero charges on document processing

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 01:42 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- A village in this capital city of Samar province has stop collecting fees in almost all documentary transactions in the community.

Ma. Elpa de Jesus, chief of Can-lapwas village, said they were able to maintain no collection policy in the past years, except for business permit for foot-pedaled cab, which is a requirement from the City Treasurer’s Office.

DENR targets finishing cadastral survey in 3 months

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 01:38 p.m.

CATBALOGAN CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Eastern Visayas office will complete its cadastral survey before May 15 this year.

DENR Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said of the local government units (LGU) in the region, only Ormoc City and Tacloban City have incomplete cadastral survey result, which is why they are seeking the help of the LGUs.

DOH monitoring 2 in Eastern Visayas for Mers-CoV

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 01:29 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas has been doing contact tracing on two passengers of Saudi Airlines Flight 860 that arrived in Manila last week after a 32-year-old nurse onboard that plane tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-CoV).

Pope: ‘A little bit late, but I’m here’

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 01:17 a.m.

TACLOBAN CITY—Pope Francis moved many survivors of Yolanda to tears as he urged them to keep their faith and move on from the tragedy during the Mass he celebrated in Tacloban City yesterday morning.

Tacloban airport 98% ready for papal mass

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

THE airport in Tacloban City, Leyte where Pope Francis will preside a Mass on January 17 is 98 percent ready with only finishing touches being done Thursday, an official said.

Search continues for missing landslide victims

Friday, January 2, 2015 - 11:52 p.m.

THE search continued Friday for three missing persons believed to be buried alive by landslide in Mercedes village in Catbalogan City in Samar, the Office of the Civil Defence (OCD) reported.

OCD officials, led by assistant regional director Rey M. Gozon, headed to Catbalogan today to assess the needs of the local government unit and rescuers to facilitate rescue efforts.

32 firecracker-related injuries reported in E. Visayas

Friday, January 2, 2015 - 11:52 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) Eastern Visayas office has reported 32 victims of firecracker-related injuries in the region or 30 percent lower compared to last year’s New Year revelries.

Roderick Boyd Cerro, chief of the DOH regional epidemiology and surveillance unit, said they expect more reports from both government and private hospitals until January 5, but he is hoping that the total number of cases will not be more than what was recorded in 2014.

Tacloban residents asked: Take part in papal visit

Friday, January 2, 2015 - 11:52 p.m.

TACLOBAN City Mayor Alfred Romualdez asked city residents to take part in different activities set for the visit of Pope Francis in Leyte on January 17.

“Basically, we should be happy for the papal visit and this is something to really ponder with. People in Tacloban should take advantage to participate with all preparations for the Pope’s coming, listen to his message, see him in the motorcade,” Romualdez said.

Tacloban weather remains calm

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

CALM weather pervades around Tacloban City’s skyline Friday amid state weather bureau’s forecast on Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) heading for Eastern Visayas.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Typhoon Ruby was located at 340km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar, packing maximum winds of 195 kph near the center.

Ruby may affect preparations for Papal visit

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

A CATHOLIC priest said the preparations for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis in Leyte might be affected once Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) makes landfall over Eastern Visayas.

Fr. Alcris Badana, rehabilitation coordinator of the Archdiocese of Palo, said they are also praying that the storm will not hit them.

Ormoc City secures office equipment, documents

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 10:21 p.m.

ORMOC CITY -- Local government workers have secured office documents and furniture ahead of Typhoon Ruby’s (Hagupit) landfall.

City Administrator Francis A. Pepito instructed department heads during an emergency meeting to advise the employees to cover the computer units with plastic and keep the necessary documents in a safe place.

Typhoon Ruby brings back nightmare

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

TACLOBAN -- Villagers fled their coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations in Tacloban City, Leyte Thursday as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Tacloban prepares for ‘Hagupit’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 08:42 p.m.

TACLOBAN CITY -- The City Government here convened on Wednesday the local disaster council, other government agencies and volunteer organizations involved in the preparation for Typhoon Hagupit.

The weather disturbance intensified into a typhoon Wednesday but is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

12-hour power shutdown in some parts of Eastern Visayas

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

TACLOBAN City, nearby towns and some parts of Samar Island will experience a 12-hour power shutdown on Saturday due to ongoing rehabilitation of typhoon-damaged towers.

In an advisory issued Thursday, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the transfer of wires from temporary to permanent towers will also affect some parts of the region.

Official elated by government’s help

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

TACLOBAN City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said he is pleased with the National Government’s help for their city despite the recent squabble between Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) Panfilo Lacson.

“I am happy that we got the assurance that the National Government will never leave us and Secretary Lacson even instructed implementing agencies to fast-track the rehabilitation works in the city,” Yaokasin said.

Petilla asks officials to end squabble on Tacloban rehab

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

ENERGY Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla asked Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson to work together on the implementation of the post-Yolanda rehabilitation projects in Tacloban City.

Petilla, a former Leyte governor, told the two officials to stop blaming each other in the delay of implementation of rehabilitation works.