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Mayor Richard Gomez wants college grads to remain in Ormoc City

Nov 02, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez says he asked businesses to hire 70% of their staff from Ormoc

STUDENTS. Richard Gomez hopes young people in Ormoc will help and develop the city. Rappler Screenshot

Ormoc mayor Richard Gomez uses mapping and data to preserve local culture

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The Ormoc City government implements cultural mapping techniques to preserve the city's heritage and promote the development of its local arts and culture

HERITAGE. The old city hall in Ormoc City is now being used as a museum. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler.com

Rappler Talk: 100 days into 2nd term, Richard Gomez means business in Ormoc City

Oct 26, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Rappler talks to Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez on what he has done so far, and his plans as chief executive of the Eastern Visayan City

Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev't, disaster management during 2nd term

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Among the Ormoc City mayor's priorities are solving traffic congestion, increasing the city's resiliency to calamities, and banning single use plastics by 2021

OATHTAKING. Richard Gomez takes his oath of office for his second term as mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte. Photo from Ormoc City government's Facebook page

More poultry farms cause fly infestation in Ormoc City

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:52 PM

‘We need your cooperation…. You invested a lot. It will be most painful if your business will be closed,’ Mayor Richard Gomez reportedly tells poultry owners

COOPERATION. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez (center, in black), asks poultry owners on May 28, 2019, to follow to environmental standards so their farms don't cause fly swarms in the communities. Photo from Ormoc City Facebook page

COA flags unbuilt temporary shelters in Ormoc after July 2017 earthquake

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The process of constructing the temporary shelters is so slow that the permanent housing units are expected to be completed first

CATASTROPHE. A resident is shocked after the magnitude-6.5 earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. File photo by Gelo Litonjua

Barangays in Ormoc City hit by fly infestation

May 27, 2019 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) Residents blame the swarms of flies to the outbreak diarrhea in their areas

Photo from Ormoc City Gov't FB page

LOOK: Ormoc Airport's improved passenger terminal building

May 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The renovated terminal of the Ormoc Airport in Leyte can accommodate more passengers, as well as larger aircraft

REHAB. The rehabilitated Ormoc Airport in Leyte. Photo from CAAP

COA: Ormoc failed to distribute P7.8M in relief goods

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The Commission on Audit flags Ormoc City's allegedly wasted purchase and auditing of relief goods, and the lack of storage facilities in which to store these, among other things

CATASTROPHE. A resident is shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. File photo by Gelo Litonjua

'People's Museum' seeks to preserve identity of Ormoc City

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'We need a museum to remind us that we are part of a cultural band and we have a responsibility to our descendants to preserve our past,' says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez

SITE OF PEOPLE'S MUSEUM. The people of Ormoc City will have their own museum come June 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Leyte cop linked to death of 60-yr-old phone thief commits suicide – police

Oct 01, 2017 - 3:20 PM

PO3 Eleazar Tero was facing a complaint for murder for the death of 60-year-old Lorna Soza who they detained in August for stealing a mobile phone

ERRING POLICE? 5 policemen in Ormoc City face a murder complaint over the death of a 60-year-old detainee.

PNP autopsy, impeachment complaint, Trump | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

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Duterte declares state of calamity in Ormoc and Kananga, Leyte

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:32 PM

The areas are recovering from the damage caused by the earthquake last July 6

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Ormoc City eyes relocation of 1,500 families in quake-hit villages

Jul 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a quick visit to Ormoc City to meet with local officials and distribute cash assistance to quake victims

CONDOLENCES. President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with the family of Rhissa Rosales, one of the Leyte earthquake fatalities, on July 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

Leyte quake, Marawi death toll, Mayweather | Evening wRap

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:12 PM

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Rappler Talk: Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez on Leyte earthquake

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:56 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez on Rappler Talk on Monday 6pm July 10 Bookmark this page to watch the conversation

Ormoc City to be placed under state of calamity

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Cabinet secretaries led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana meet with Leyte local government leaders on rehabilitation efforts after the magnitude 6 5 quake

Photo from Office of Presidential Spokesperson

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Jul 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

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DSWD gives P3.2M worth of aid to Leyte earthquake survivors

Jul 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

A total of 1 837 families or 9 185 persons living in Leyte are displaced by the earthquake

RELIEF. DSWD sends assistance to those affected by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Leyte. Photo from DSWD

IN PHOTOS: Leyte quake aftermath

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Authorities are still assessing the extent of the quake damage which can only be done once they reach the quake epicenter in the mountainous villages

A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. Atleast 179 patients were affected with mostly minor injuries after the Magnitude 6.5 earthquake in the Province of Leyte. Two were reported dead one from Kananga, Leyte and one from brgy Cabaonan, Ormoc Leyte. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Leyte province has had its share of natural disasters over the years

Fear, panic as aftershocks rock Leyte

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:01 PM

2nd UPDATE Rescuers have pulled out a total of 13 people from a collapsed commercial building in Kananga town near the epicenter of the quake

QUAKE DAMAGE. One of the damaged buildings in Kananga town. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio / Rappler

Balikatan brings school buildings, hope to remote Leyte villages

May 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Barangays Margen and Don Carlos Revilla in Ormoc City are the latest recipients of new classrooms built under this year s PH US military exercises

NEW CLASSROOMS. US soldiers build classrooms in a remote village in Ormoc City, Leyte, as part of the 2017 Balikatan Humanitarian Program. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

LOOK BACK: The 1991 flash flood that devastated Ormoc City

Nov 05, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Before the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, Ormoc City faced a powerful storm that submerged parts of the city on November 5, 1991

ORMOC TRAGEDY. Debris, from the forest carried by the flash flood, is piled-up on houses, November 9, 1991, in Ormoc City. Powerful typhoon Thelma caused a nearby dam to burst sending floodwaters rampaging here when it struck central Philippines, November 5, 1991. Photo by Jose Duran/AFP

34 Ormoc beneficiaries of CARP awarded their land

Jun 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Some 300 officials and people from the Department of Agrarian Reform DAR Philippine National Police PNP farmer beneficiaries and advocacy groups are present to assist and show support to the beneficiaries

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/ Rappler

Lucy Torres-Gomez reelected Leyte representative

May 11, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Lucy Torres Gomez is re elected Representative for the 4th District of Leyte with 60 8 of the votes

RE-ELECTED. Lucy Torres-Gomez is elected anew as the representative for the 4th District of Leyte. Her husband, actor Richard Gomez, was also elected as the Mayor of Ormoc City, which is in her constituency. Photo by Derek Alviola/Rappler

Richard Gomez proclaimed Ormoc City mayor

May 10, 2016 - 4:50 AM

UPDATED Richard Gomez emerges triumphant with 54 2 of the votes

File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'Showbiz will have to wait if I win' - Richard Gomez

May 08, 2016 - 6:00 AM

The actor hopes to reassure voters of his presence in the city despite his acting career

Photo by Jed Cortes / Rappler

'Justice denied': Only 1 prosecutor in Ormoc since 2013

Jan 29, 2016 - 8:43 PM

Some 1 600 cases are pending and 400 inmates are languishing in jail built for only half of their number Will the President appoint prosecutors in February?

Why Richard Gomez is running for mayor of Ormoc

Oct 22, 2015 - 2:09 PM

Richard talks about running again for office a new project teaming up with Dawn Zulueta and why he s protective of daughter Julianna

‘Erratic maneuver’ one of causes of Ormoc boat tragedy

Sep 22, 2015 - 5:27 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard has submitted to the transportation department its report on the sinking of the boat in Ormoc that killed 62 of the passengers in July

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard retrieve more bodies off the port of Ormoc City on July 3, 2015, a day after a ferry capsized. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Passenger ship catches fire in Ormoc port

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:07 AM

3rd UPDATE The ship had just arrived from Cebu City when it caught fire

BURNING SHIP. The MV Wonderful Star burns while docked at the port of Ormoc, Leyte, on August 15, 2015. Photo by Shon Paolo Dakz

Why this 10-year-old feels prepared for the next typhoon

Aug 05, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Felicity Lumongsod has experienced typhoons her entire life But this typhoon season she s more prepared to face disasters

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Rescuers end search for Ormoc sea tragedy victims

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Rescuers say all leads have been exhausted and there are no more sightings of missing passengers of MB Kim Nirvana which sank on July 2 off Ormoc City

LAST MAN RESCUED. Authorities announce on July 8, 2015, the end of search and rescue operations for passengers of a vessel that sank off Ormoc City 6 days earlier. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

'B' on a cross: Netizens criticize VP Binay's bracelets

Jul 07, 2015 - 11:18 PM

United Nationalist Alliance spokesperson Mon Ilagan says the Vice President has been giving away bracelets not rosaries especially to senior citizens

PH vs China, 2016 budget, Ormoc sea tragedy | 12PM wRap

Jul 07, 2015 - 12:24 PM

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Cebu gov't to help Ormoc sea tragedy victims file cases

Jul 06, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Cebu board members are asking investigators to look into survivors accounts that they were not given life vests

Ormoc sea tragedy death toll climbs to 61

Jul 06, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Authorities have yet to identify two of the casualties: a woman and a 10 year old boy

SEA TRAGEDY. Rescuers hurry to the site of the capsized motor boat Kim Nirvana on July 2, 2015. Photo by Lalaine Jimenea

Egay hinders search for 7 missing fishermen

Jul 05, 2015 - 9:05 PM

The fishermen have not been found for 3 days now and search operations will resume as soon as the weather improves

Ormoc ferry survivor: 'I assumed I would die'

Jul 05, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Recalling the Ormoc ferry tragedy a 22 year old survivor calls for a speedy and impartial investigation into the incident

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard retrieve more bodies off the port of Ormoc City on July 3, 2015, a day after a ferry capsized. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Bodies of ferry sinking victims taken to Cebu

Jul 05, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Survivors and bodies of victims of the ill fated MB Kim Nirvana B are brought to Cebu a day after a memorial service in Ormoc City

LIST: Casualties in the Ormoc sea tragedy

Jul 04, 2015 - 5:08 PM

UPDATED The wooden hulled Kim Nirvana capsized off the coast of Leyte on July 2 at least 61 casualties

ORMOC TRAGEDY. Rescuers try to find survivors at the site of the capsized motor boat Kim Nirvana n Ormoc, Leyte. Rappler photo

Murder charges filed vs Ormoc ferry owners

Jul 04, 2015 - 2:11 PM

2nd UPDATE They were not careful showing there was an intent to kill They were reckless on purpose regional police head Asher Dolina says

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard retrieve more bodies off the port of Ormoc City on July 3, 2015, a day after a ferry capsized. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Overloading to blame for Ormoc ferry disaster?

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:02 PM

UPDATED Survivors reported seeing up to 150 sacks of cement in the ship s cargo area before it capsized in relatively calm seas off the central port of Ormoc on July 2

Ormoc sea tragedy casualties mostly Cebuanos

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:00 PM

UPDATED Forty five of the 61 confirmed dead were from Pilar Tudela and San Francisco towns that form part of the Camotes Island Group

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard retrieve more bodies off the port of Ormoc City on July 3, 2015, a day after a ferry capsized. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Boat capsizes off Panay, 7 fishermen missing

Jul 03, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Search and rescue operations are ongoing for the missing fishermen from Victorias town in Negros Occidental

Petrasanta on CA, Ormoc tragedy, Isabela gas well | 6PM wRap

Jul 03, 2015 - 6:36 PM

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At least 41 dead, 5 missing in Ormoc boat tragedy

Jul 03, 2015 - 2:07 PM

3rd UPDATE We are determined to pursue the angle of human error says the Philippine Coast Guard

SEA TRAGEDY. Rescuers hurry to the site of the capsized motor boat Kim Nirvana on July 2, 2015. Photo by Lalaine Jimenea

MV Kim Nirvana survivors, Roxas on Binay vs Jamias, Nacionalista Party lacking funds | 12PM wRap

Jul 03, 2015 - 12:42 PM

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Aquino orders speedy probe into Ormoc boat tragedy

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:50 AM

Malacañang says the thorough government investigation will look into all angles of the incident including possible overloading and the technical skills of the boat captain and crew

TRAGEDY. Rescuers race against time to save passengers of motor boat Kim Nivana, which capsized off Leyte on July 2, 2015. Photo by Lalaine Jimenea