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Eastern Visayas reports first 3 coronavirus deaths in region

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:09 AM

Eastern Visayas regional health department says all deaths were returning residents and had underlying conditions

DISINFECTION. Residents of Tacloban City walk through disinfection tent. Photo from Tacloban City's Facebook page

Ormoc, Cebu province among emerging coronavirus hotspots, says DOH

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:19 PM

All emerging coronavirus hotspots are provinces in the Visayas. Eastern Visayas health officials fear health systems may be overwhelmed if the trend continues.

ISOLATION FACILITIES. Workers disinfect isolation facilities in Ormoc. Photo from City of Ormoc's Facebook page

Eastern Visayas coronavirus cases spike to over 300

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:38 AM

The region confirms 69 new cases – the highest number of fresh cases recorded in Eastern Visayas in a single day

FRONTLINERS. Health workers speak outside the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Photo from EVRMC's Facebook page

22 Leyte health workers test positive for coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:55 PM

From only two coronavirus cases in April, Leyte province now has 195 cases

HEALTH WORKERS. Health workers speak outside the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Photo from EVRMC's Facebook page

Disorganized repatriation program puts E. Visayas rural healthcare at risk

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 'Balik Probinsya' and 'Hatid Probinsya' programs are sending coronavirus-positive patients to their home provinces, where healthcare systems are fragile

RURAL HEALTH. Workers in Ormoc wear PPEs at newly-built isolation facilities. Photo from City Government of Ormoc Facebook page

4 more returning residents test positive for coronavirus in Eastern Visayas

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:44 PM

An overseas Filipino worker is Tacloban City's first confirmed coronavirus case

HEALTH EMERGENCY. People gather outside hospital in Tacloban City. Rappler file photo

Another returning resident tests positive for coronavirus in Leyte

May 29, 2020 - 6:48 PM

An OFW from Hilongos town in Leyte province tests positive for the virus. The patient is the latest of 3 returning residents confirmed with the virus in the Eastern Visayas

TESTING LAB. The Eastern Visayas gets its first testing lab in Tacloban City. Photo from Department of Health Eastern Visayas Facebook page

FALSE: Richard Gomez won’t accept returnees to Ormoc City

May 29, 2020 - 9:16 AM

The President says in a late night address that Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez would not accept returning residents in Ormoc City. Gomez never said this.

RELIEF OPERATIONS. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez talks to personnel working in relief operations. Photo from Richard Gomez' Facebook

1st coronavirus cases in 2 Leyte LGUs came from Balik Probinsya program

May 28, 2020 - 2:24 PM

Baybay City and Tanuan town in Leyte each record their first coronavirus case, both returning residents under the national government's Balik Probinsya program

TESTS FOR REPATRIATES. Returning residents under the Balik Probinsya Program are swabbed upon arrival in Leyte on May 21, 2020. Photo from the Leyte provincial government Facebook page

Año: Balik Probinsya arrivals confusion in Leyte an 'isolated incident'

May 26, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The interior secretary says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez may have received some wrong information – the arrivals were stranded people, not OFWs – although it's true they have not been tested for COVID-19

EDUARDO AÑO. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in a press conference on Monday, February 17, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez slams government's Balik Probinsya program

May 25, 2020 - 10:47 PM

In a Facebook post, Gomez calls out national government agencies' lack of coordination with local government units in implementing the program

ORMOC MAYOR. Richard Gomez slams the Balik Probinsya program for not coordinating with LGUs. Rappler Screenshot

Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center starts RT-PCR testing

May 11, 2020 - 4:01 PM

DOH Regional Director Minerva Molon says that the testing center has an initial maximum testing capability of up to 90 specimens a day

Blessing of the RT-PCR Testing Center at Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban. Photo from DOH Regional Office 8

#PumasaNa: Barkada celebrates victory after passing Bar on 2nd try

May 05, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Six graduates of the Dr Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation in Tacloban City drew strength from one another as they prepared for their second Bar exam

BARKADA. A group of 6 friends share their journey of passing the Bar exam on their 2nd attempt. Photo from Babayne Tan

COA orders Leyte town to stop excessive hiring of contractual workers

May 03, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Carigara municipal government in Leyte spent P8.79 million 'more than the amount appropriated for wages' of contractual and job order personnel

The Commission on Audit (COA) in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on October 2, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu City, Southern Leyte lift ban on Mindanao pork products

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Mindanao was previously hit by the African swine fever, prompting local governments in the Visayas to ban hogs and pork products from the neighboring island

COA flags irregularities in Leyte town's hiring of job order employees

Apr 19, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The Commission on Audit says the local government of Hilongos hired job order employees 'without determining its manpower needs'

Leyte province reports first confirmed coronavirus case

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:27 PM

The female patient from Leyte is the 5th confirmed case in Eastern Visayas

COA flags Leyte town for hiring too many job order employees

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Commission on Audit says the municipal government of Julita, Leyte, 'must be circumspect in the hiring of job order personnel'

DISALLOWANCE. The Commission on Audit (COA) is hearing an appeal of a P36 million disallowance against the Tacloban City local government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tacloban City coronavirus testing center pushed

Mar 21, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Setting up a testing hub in Leyte can help address the turnaround time of COVID-19 results, local health and science officials say

Leyte placed under community quarantine

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Eastern Visayas has no confirmed novel coronavirus cases while 43 patients are under investigation

HEALTH EMERGENCY. People gather outside hospital in Tacloban City. Rappler file photo

Sandiganbayan convicts Leyte mayor of graft over illegal procurement of vehicles

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Albuera, Leyte Mayor Sixto de la Victoria is sentenced to 6 years imprisonment

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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Leyte

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:07 AM

The jolt was felt all the way in Cebu City and towns across the northern end of the island

Altermidya correspondent, 4 human rights leaders arrested in Tacloban

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) Various media and school organizations call for their immediate release, saying the arrests are meant to silence media and human rights defenders

ARRESTED. Eastern Vista executive director Frenchiemae Cumpio were among the 5 persons arrested by the police and military on February 7, 2020. Photo from Altermidya Network's Facebook page

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The provinces of Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Aklan as well as the city of Tacloban, are under a state of calamity due to the trail of destruction left by Typhoon Ursula

The local government unit of Barugo, Leyte said that as of Wednesday, December 25, a total of 1394 houses were partially damaged and 58 houses were totally damaged. There are no recorded in the city casualties. #UrsulaPH Photo from LGU Barugo

IN PHOTOS: Buildings, homes destroyed as Typhoon Ursula batters parts of Visayas

Dec 25, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Typhoon Ursula leaves a trail of destruction in parts of Visayas, as it destroyed buildings and flooded areas in the regions

LOOK: Several houses in Barangay 95-A (Caibaan) in Tacloban City were damaged on Wednesday, December 25, due to Typhoon Ursula's wrath. #UrsulaPH. Photo from Ronald Madera

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Ursula brings Christmas Day floods to Visayas provinces

Dec 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Typhoon Ursula strikes several provinces in Visayas, resulting in severe flooding after heavy rains

MASSIVE FLOODING. Several areas in President Roxas, Capiz are flooded due to heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Ursula. Photo courtesy of EJ Escosia

COA disallows P6 million in benefits to Southern Leyte State University workers

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The Commission on Audit affirms a notice of disallowance of P6.22 million in benefits to officials and employees of Southern Leyte State University as the source of funding violates some laws and regulations for such cash releases

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) Different local government units prepare for Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) by evacuating residents ahead of its landfall

FALSE: Leyte-Surigao, Samar-Sorsogon bridges to 'start construction' in 2020

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:00 PM

These proposed bridges are no longer pushing through, with the Duterte administration shelving the 'challenging' projects

[ANALYSIS] 75 years after MacArthur's return, WW2 combatants face common threat

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Why were the US and Japan forces in the Philippines for joint 'warrior' exercises? Because China desires regional and global domination, and the Philippines is standing in its way.

Survivors say prayers at Yolanda mass grave in Tacloban

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:32 PM

‘I wish Mama were here to tell me that everything’s going to be okay,’ says Nathalia, who was 4 years old when her mother and 3 sisters died during Super Typhoon Yolanda

HOLY Cross Cemetery is the mass grave in Barangay Basper, Tacloban City, where those who died during Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 are buried. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

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

Bleak Christmas for workers displaced by fire in Robinsons Place Tacloban

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Almost half of the stalls inside the mall were gutted by the 15-hour blaze

CLOSED. Robinsons Place Tacloban remains closed after a 15-hour fire gutted half of the stores inside the mall on Wednesday evening, October 23. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Comelec suspends special elections in South Cotabato, Southern Leyte

Oct 24, 2019 - 6:41 PM

This follows a Supreme Court decision directing the poll body to proclaim Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the duly-elected representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato, including General Santos City

Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Japan 75 years after Leyte landing: ‘Avoid war, value peace’



Oct 20, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Japan attends the 75th anniversary of the event that led to the end of their occupation of the Philippines during World War II

VETERANS. Filipino veterans attend the 75th anniversary of MacArthur landing on the Leyte gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Leyte mayor slammed for mowing trees, plants in road clearing operations

Oct 19, 2019 - 5:51 PM

A directive by the Department of the Interior and Local Government says that local government units should not destroy plants and structures along sidewalks, only along roads

RAMPAGED. Plants are mowed and uprooted in the name of road clearing operations. Photo from the Ponferrada family

Manila court orders arrest of Joma Sison, Jalandoni over Leyte mass grave

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) Satur Ocampo, a co-accused, is excluded in the warrant because of an earlier bail grant by the Supreme Court

WARRANT. CPP Founding Chairman Joma Sison and NDF senior adviser Luis Jalandoni are ordered arrested by a Manila court. Photo of Sison by Rappler, photo of Jalandoni by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ormoc City kicks off 3rd nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 3rd quarter NSED in Ormoc City simulates the impact of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake

PREPARED. The Abuyog Community College in Leyte participates in the 3rd quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill headed by the Abuyog MDRRMO at the ACC ground on Thursday, August 8. Photo by Jessica Alvero/ Rappler

Comelec to hold elections in Southern Leyte, South Cotabato on October 26

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Commission on Elections says polls in the areas were suspended to a later date due to 'operational and logistical constraints' as the new districts were created only months before the May 13 polls

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors test Vote Counting Machine in Araullo High School, Manila for the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

At least 19 dead from dengue in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:14 PM

From January 1 to July 6, 2019, the Department of Health in Region VIII has recorded 4,550 dengue cases

Ex-Leyte congressman files complaint vs poll winner over residency

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Defeated Leyte 2nd district representative Henry Ong claims the winning candidate, Lolita Javier, committed falsification of public document when she claimed residency in Jaro town

FILES COMPLAINT. File photo of former Leyte 2nd district Representative Henry Ong.

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

String of disqualification cases filed vs Torres-Gomez, allies in Leyte

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres are no strangers to petitions to disqualify them

WINNERS. Disqualification cases have been filed against (from left) elected Leyte Provincial Board Member Carmen Jean Torres-Rama, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres Gomez, and Merida Mayor Rolando Villasencio.

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

Comelec junks bid to disqualify another Torres in Leyte

May 29, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The Comelec second division dismisses a petition to disqualify the candidacy for the Leyte provincial board of Carmen Jean Torres Rama, sister of Representative Lucy Torres Gomez

Carmen Jean Torres-Rama

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

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

One vote is all it takes for Leyte town mayor-elect to defeat incumbent

May 15, 2019 - 2:32 AM

In San Isidro, Leyte, one vote spells all the difference

NEW MAYOR. Veloso clan celebrates the victory of Wingbebot Veloso (in white polo-shirt with sunglasses), Ching Veloso (in red-black stripes) and Anna Veloso Tuazon (in white blouse) in the midterm elections, May 14 at San Isidro Municipal Hall. Photo by Anna Veloso Tuazon's Facebook Page