CHR employees in Eastern Visayas fear losing jobs

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:36 PM

The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget

Negros Occidental rejoins W. Visayas regional dev't council

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao Regional Development Council chair says consultation meetings were held in the past weeks to fasttrack the province s integration to Western Visayas

Locator map of Negros Occidental

Bohol experiences power outage

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Initial information shows that lightning strikes may be involved says the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

ERC approves Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection deal

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The goal is to have a single national grid which is expected to help improve the overall security of power supply as sharing of reserves would become possible

INTERCONNECTION SOON. The project is envisioned to be finished by 2020, assuming all regulatory approvals are secured on time. Rappler file image

Retain Negros Island regional offices, local execs urge Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Under the NIR 14 regional offices are housed in Bacolod City Negros Occidental while 16 others are in Dumaguete City Negros Oriental

DILG exec urges fellow Negrosanons to respect end of NIR

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

DILG undersecretary Jesus Hinlo says he respects the administration s priorities even if it excludes the long time dream of his people

Duterte dissolves Negros Island Region

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s new executive order returns Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental to Western Visayas and Central Visayas respectively

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 17th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 7, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Half-day Gigantes Islands getaway

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Want to go to a beautiful beach but only have a short leave from work? There’s no problem with that – Gigantes Islands is a worthy weekend getaway

USC Warriors open CESAFI season with upset over UV Green Lancers

Aug 07, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Victor Rabat leads the Warriors opening win with 17 points

Visayas power grid placed on red alert status anew

Aug 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In its consumer bulletin the NGCP revealed the available capacity for the Visayas grid from 5 pm to 10 pm stood at 1 828 megawatts MW against a peak power demand of 1 840 MW

NGCP POWER SUBSTATION. One of the power substations in Leyte, which is owned and managed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). File photo by Michael Ortega Ligalig/Rappler.

Lawmakers want state of calamity declared in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representatives Ben Evardone and Edgar Sarmiento make the call after the Leyte earthquake destroyed the region s main power source

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

Western Visayas drug war: 20,498 surrender, 30 drug pushers killed

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Of the 30 deaths linked to drugs in the region Antique had the most number of persons killed from legitimate police drug operations

WAR ON DRUGS. The government has launched a crackdown on illegal drugs. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UV Green Lancers clinch pre-season invitational title in Bayugan City

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The UV Green Lancers beat the UST Growling Tigers by a point to win the Kim Lope Asis Mayor’s Cup Basketball Invitational title

UST Growling Tigers edge out UV Green Lancers with half-court buzzer-beater

Jun 29, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Both teams will face off at the finals of the Kim Lope Asis Mayor s Cup Basketball Invitational 2017

UV Green Lancers open pre-season invitational with back-to-back wins

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The 2016 CESAFI champions are in Bayugan as part of their preparation in defending their title in this year’s upcoming season

ROUT. CESAFI's UV Green Lancers demolishes NCAA's EAC Generals, 95-74. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Cops in Espinosa slay case out on bail

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos and 18 others are accused of killing Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

ESPINOSA CASE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (center) attends a Senate probe into the killing of the late Albuera mayor. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

VSU turns over flood hazard, resource maps to Eastern Visayas towns

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:14 AM

After 3 years of research VSU turns over high resolution maps and data in CDs to representatives of local government units in the 5 provinces of Region 8

Duterte may suspend writ of habeas corpus in Visayas

May 31, 2017 - 6:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this plan is just a precautionary measure in case terrorists transfer venue to the Visayas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troopers of the Joint TaSk Force (JTF) Sulu prior to his visit to the wounded soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on May 27, 2017. Joining the President are Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa and JTF Sulu Commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana among others. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aguirre to SC: Let Luzon, Visayas courts handle Maute cases

May 31, 2017 - 5:53 PM

A change of venue or place of trial is done to avoid a miscarriage of justice

UV Green Lancers thrash SWU-Phinma in St Bernard hoops

May 30, 2017 - 6:13 PM

The Saint Isidore Inter Collegiate Basketball Invitational Cup in Saint Bernard town is considered as the pre season tournament of this year’s CESAFI

Naval blockade up in Visayan waters

May 26, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is also intensifying its security inspections on sea vessels docking in Negros Occidental especially those from Mindanao

Maute Group spillover to Visayas unlikely – army official

May 25, 2017 - 2:51 PM

They have no bases they have no sympathizers here It’s not good for them to go to unfriendly areas says Major General Jon Aying commander of the 3rd Infantry Division

3IB COMMANDER. Major General Jon Aying, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Capiz, Panay, talks to troops. Photo from the Facebook page of the Philippine Army Spearhead Troopers

Tacloban DENR employees protest lack of Yolanda assistance

May 08, 2017 - 10:22 PM

The employees call for the Duterte administration to immediately release the financial assistance due them as they were affected by typhoon Yolanda

PROTEST. The DENR employees in Tacloban protested on May 8, 2017, as the government has yet to provide financial assistance for them after they were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

NGCP still keen on Visayas-Mindanao grid connection

May 07, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The private firm says it can complete the P52 billion project by 2020 if it gets the go signal immediately but it will also give way if the government decides to handle the project

IN NUMBERS: Three-year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP)

May 03, 2017 - 6:00 PM

TRIP outlines over 4 000 infrastructure projects worth P3 6 trillion to be completed by 2020

MEDIUM TERM. TRIP aims to complete over 4,000 infrastructure projects worth P3.6 trillion by 2020.

Abueva shines as Gilas rallies to beat PBA Visayas All-Stars

Apr 30, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The win caps off a full 2017 PBA All Star Week as the national team now turns its attention to the 2017 SEABA Championships

COMEBACK. Calvin Abueva (C) leads Gilas Pilipinas' comeback against the PBA Visayas All-Stars. Photo from PBA Images

NCR, Central Visayas rule Palarong Pambansa 2017 football

Apr 29, 2017 - 1:16 PM

NCR defends the championship title against Western Visayas in secondary football while Central Visayas defeats Western Visayas for the elementary football title

NCR clobbers host region WVRAA (Region VI), 3-1 to win the Gold in the Secondary Boys Football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR captures basketball secondary finals gold

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Heading into the 4th quarter shouldering a massive 28 point lead Western Visayas – even with its home court advantage – never found its way out of its slump

FLY HIGH. NCR defeats WVRAA (Region VI) 75-48 in the Secondary Boys Basketball championship at the EBJ Gymnasium on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

Central Visayas clinches 3-peat in secondary badminton mixed doubles

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Cebu based Dean Tungul and Tricia Opon power up a 4 0 run in the last few minutes to equip a 10 point advantage 17 7 to stop the attempt of the Davao tandem to freeze their streak

PAYS OFF. Occupying first place, the Central Visayas (middle) proudly receive their gold medals. Davao Region receive silvers while National Capital Region (NCR) are satisfied in bronze medals. Photo by Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

NCR will face Western Visayas in Palaro secondary football finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:25 PM

NCR will get a chance to defend their title on Saturday

DEFENDING TITLE. NCR outsmarts Calabarzon, 4-2, to advance to the finals against host region Western Visayas. Photo by Mars G. Alison

Western Visayas, NCR advance to secondary basketball finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Western Visayas defeats the Calabarzon squad at a score of 79 59 NCR wins against Central Visasyas by a colossal margin at 72 45

JUBILANT. The gutsy secondary boys from Western Visayas celebrate their victory over the Calabarzon squad. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Iloilo triplets hoard Arnis gold in Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:28 PM

John Clark John Carl and John Christian Segutier of Western Visayas Region wins 2 Gold medals in Individual solo baston and individual double baston 2 gold medals in team solo baston and team espada y daga

TRIPLE TROUBLE. (L-R) John Christian, John Clark Segutier, and John Carl bond over Arnis. Photo by Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Central Visayas secondary football team recruited by UAAP, NCAA schools

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Central Visayas might have bid goodbye to their Palaro 2017 stint but their future is bright as majority of the boys from Region 7 are being recruited by renowned colleges and universities in Manila

UP IN THE AIR. A defender from Central Visayas gives his all as he tries to stop Calabarzon from scoring a goal during the quarterfinal match at the Binirayan Sports Complex Football Pitch. Photo by Alexx Esponga/ Rappler

Central, Western Visayas to face off at elementary football finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Central Visayas beat ARMM 3 1 while Western Visayas tramples Davao Region 2 0 at the elementary football semifinals at the Palarong Pambansa 2017

GLIDE. Charlie Carisma of Western Visayas, mid-game and mid-air, is on his way to the Palarong Pambansa finals. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Western Visayas solidifies hold on 2nd place, NCR remains on top

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:07 AM

Western Visayas now has a medal tally of 30 gold medals 16 silvers and 26 bronze medals just 5 less gilts from their overall medal tally in Palarong Pambansa 2015 held in Albay

RUNNER RUNNER. Athletes compete in the 1500-M finals at the EBJ Sports Complex in Antique on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Central Luzon clinches first win in sepak takraw elementary boys

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Central Luzon clinches their first win on their first game during the knock out elimination round against Negros Island Region

FIRST WIN. Central Luzon's John Gabriel Saddi hustles up the ball to set it for his teammate. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

Secondary basketball boys recap: Calabarzon, NCR, Regions VII, VI head to semis

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The 4 regions end the Palarong Pambansa 2017 journey of Soccsksargen Cordillera Administrative Region Davao and Caraga

SHOT ATTEMPT. Wilmar Oftana of Region XIII (29) rises for a floater against the Calabarzon defense. Photo by Clarisse Cabinta/ Rappler

Western Visayas escapes pesky Central Luzon, Calama-an injured

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Western Visayas pulls away in the final two minutes to win the game but star player Ryan Calama an gets injured

JAM. Western Visayas star Ryan Calama-an dunks the ball but lands badly and injures his ankle. Photo by Joey Dian Claret/Rappler

Central, Western Visayas survive secondary boys tennis knock-outs

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Gener Francis Lambayan of Region VII survives NIR s KC Baran while Alfrancis Andrade of Region VI wins a nail biter against Mimaropa s MP Ong

BEATING THE HEAT. Genaro Lambayan, victorious in his first match against Region 7, strides under the Antique heat. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Calabarzon dodges gutsy W. Visayas to secure second win in Palaro 2017

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Calabarzon led by Joshua Retamar capitalizes on errors by Western Visayas to carve out a 25 15 12 25 25 18 triumph

IN FLIGHT. Amiel Obay aims for a perfect spike in their game over Western Visayas in Sibalom Gym at Sibalom, Antique on Tuesday, April 25. Photo by Jaspher Miko Aspiras/ Rappler

NCR conquers Central Visayas in Palarong Pambansa 2017 futsal

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The National Capital Region upends a tough Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association CVRAA team via a 2 0 victory even without substitutions

PRE-GAME JITTERS. The National Capital Region and Central Visayas Region teams huddle before the game. Photo by Shawnrick Pacura/ Rappler

Western Visayas javelin thrower sets new record

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Using a 700 gram javelin 17 year old James Lozañes achieves the new record of 59 46 meters in his third attempt to spear out the 57 81 record posted by Bryan Jay Pacheco of Central Luzon during the Palarong Pambansa 2013

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

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Earthquake rocks parts of Bicol, Eastern Visayas

Apr 10, 2017 - 9:44 AM

The magnitude 5 4 quake with an epicenter underneath the Philippine Sea was felt in parts of Bicol and Eastern Visayas

QUAKE EPICENTER. Epicenter of the April 10 earthquake near Eastern Visayas. Image courtesy PHIVOLCS

Why Duterte won't leave CIDG 8 cops hanging

Apr 03, 2017 - 2:18 PM

But the case involving Superintendent Marvin Marcos isn t as simple as cops doing their job

DUTERTE'S ROCK. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to President Rodrigo Duterte during the former's birthday party inside Camp Crame. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Negros Oriental governor sues Ombudsman officials for graft

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Governor Roel Degamo files a graft complaint before the justice department but does it have jurisdiction?

SUING OMBUDSMAN OFFICIALS. Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, shown in this photo when he posted bail on January 27, 2017, is suing the Ombudsman officials who filed the charges against him. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#SharePH: 4 amazing places to see in Laoang, Northern Samar

Mar 19, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Where else can you see a century old lighthouse? Or find golden beaches with no tourists?

GOLDEN COAST. Onay Beach is a short tricycle trip away from Laoang town proper. Photo by Rupert Ambil/ Rappler

Why Senate thinks CIDG 8 planned Espinosa killing

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

UPDATED The two Senate committees that investigated the killing of Mayor Espinosa pin the blame on the CIDG 8 team saying they were trying to hide their links to the illegal drugs trade

CIDG 8. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (center) during the Senate probe into the death of Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former AFP chief Visaya is new NIA head

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Retired general Ricardo Visaya replaces President Rodrigo Duterte s former campaign spokesman Peter Laviña who was sacked over corruption allegations

NEW NIA CHIEF. Former AFP chief General Ricardo Visaya is set to again serve the Duterte administration