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Tacloban City Council approves ordinance proclaiming Nov.8 as Yolanda ‘Remembrance and Gratitude’

The Tacloban City’s Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved an ordinance proclaiming November 8 as a Day of Remembrance and Gratitude. It was on that fateful day that Tacloban and other parts of Region VIII were devastated by the Super Typhoon Yolanda. Councilor Aurora Aimee Delgado-Grafil principally authored the ordinance and it was passed by the city councilor […]


President Duterte graces 116th Balangiga Encounter Day

BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived on September 28 in Balangiga, Eastern and graced the commemoration of the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day. Upon arrival, President Duterte was given Foyer Honors by the military led by 8th Infantry Division Commander Major General Raul M. Farnacio. Thereafter, the President and Major General Farnacio proceeded towards the dais of […]

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PHIVOLCS warns Eastern Visayas on “The Big One”

TACLOBAN CITY — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) is alarmed for the possible happening of a quake or movement of the Philippine trench in Region 8. The movement is viewed to cause a tsunami in the provinces facing the Pacific Ocean such as Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Eastern Samar. According to PHIVOLCS Director […]

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US promises to give back Balangiga Church Bells

MANILA — The United States Ambassador to the Philippines has promised on Tuesday to return the three church bells taken by the American forces a century ago. Ambassador Sung Kim said the two governments have deliberated the return of the Balangiga Bells, named after the village where they were taken. “The United States is deeply […]

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Eastern Visayas needs P430-B investment in the next 5 years

TACLOBAN CITY — Eastern Visayas region needs at least P43o Billion investments for priority activities under the draft 2017-2022 Regional Development Investment PRogram (RDIP). The funding initially listed by officials from the government and private sector is still waiting for the approval by the Regional Development Council (RDC) in its third quarter meeting this September 29. […]

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Samar shares plans to develop Buri Island

CATBALOGAN CITY — The province of Samar divulged their plans to develop Buri Island as an ecotourism destination in the province. The formulated ecotourism program will focus on sports tourism and ecological protection, but this will be anchored on community development and sustainable ecotourism principles. With the assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry, a people’s organization was […]


Samar aims 19.5% drop in poverty incidence in 5 years

CATBALOGAN CITY — The Provincial Government of Samar is aiming to reduce poverty rate from the current 49.5% to 30% in the next five years. The government aims to achieve this by economic development primarily buoyed by Spark Samar campaign in partnership with government agencies and private organizations. Monday, September 4, the Provincial Administrator and Spark Samar […]


MGB 8 recommends evacuation to safer grounds in Ormoc City

ORMOC CITY — The Regional Office No. 8 of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Geohazard Survey Team recommended for the relocation and evacuation of the residents in the identified quake-damaged areas in Ormoc City based on a summary report. The summary report was about the 6.5 magnitude earthquake last July 6, 2017, in North 39 degrees […]