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Northern Samar under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ambo aftermath

May 22, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The province reels from the damage brought by Typhoon Ambo's strong winds and rain, on top of the coronavirus outbreak

FLOOD. Typhoon Ambo floods Las Navas town in Northern Samar. Photo from Teacher FA Abuque and Northern Samar Provincial Information Office

First coronavirus case confirmed in the Eastern Visayas

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:09 PM

(UPDATED) The patient from Northern Samar is admitted to intensive care on March 12 and was scheduled to be discharged on Monday, March 23, when her results come back positive

PREVENTIVE MEASURES File photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

HRET junks poll protest vs Northern Samar congressman Daza

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The tribunal says Harlin Abayon's election case against Northern Samar 1st District Representative Paul Daza was 'insufficient in form and substance'

VICTOR. The HRET upholds the victory of Northern Samar 1st District Rep Paul Daza in the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of

CHR calls for justice over killing of peasant leader in Northern Samar

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Duterte government must stop 'all forms of violence and harassment against human rights defenders'

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Tisoy causes floods, damage in parts of Samar Island

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Netizens share photos of the aftermath of #TisoyPH in Samar and Northern Samar provinces

LOOK: Brgy Cagogobngan in Catubig, Northern Samar is experiencing severe flooding due to Typhoon Tisoy on Tuesday, December 3. #TisoyPH Photo by Jerry James D. Acdang

Military launches airstrikes on alleged NPA lair in Northern Samar

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The Philippine Air Force drops 500-pound bombs on an encampment of alleged communist guerrillas

AIR STRIKES. The Philippine Air Force's FA-50 fighter jets dropped 500-pound bombs in 'surgical airstrikes' against alleged members of the New People's Army on Saturday, October 26, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army

NPA rebels raid police station in Northern Samar

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police say 3 rebels were killed and 3 others were captured following the pre-dawn raid on the Victoria municipal police station

RAID. Members of the New People's Army stormed the Victoria Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar on March 28, 2019, leaving bullet holes on the walls and rubble. Photo courtesy of the 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

4 soldiers, two civilians wounded in NPA attack in Catarman

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Members of the 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army are waylaid while bringing food to their fellow soldiers

WOUNDED. A civilian wounded in the attack in Catarman, Northern Samar. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID PA

Ex-cop arrested in Northern Samar over possession of IED

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Authorities say retired Police Officer 2 Dario Bolandia Ayes owns the site where boxes containing improvised explosive devices have been found

Albayalde fires all cops in raided Northern Samar police station

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Northern Samar provincial police chief Romeo Campomanes is also fired

PILLAGED. The Lapinig Municpal Police Station is allegedly raided by around 100 alleged New People's Army rebels. PNP Northern Samar photo

LOOK: Suspected NPA rebels raid Northern Samar town police station

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two cops of the Lapinig Municipal Police Station are hurt in the pre-dawn 'looting and shooting rampage'

DepEd condemns protesters alleging military presence in schools

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

DepEd says some 30 farmers from Northern Samar stormed their gates and attempted to enter the Rizal Building

PROTEST CONDEMNED. DepEd denies military personnel are occupying and bombing schools in Northern Samar. Graphic by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

NPA targets kids in Northern Samar recruitment drive

May 21, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Children in poor villages have become easy targets of communist recruiters

RESCUED. A 12-year-old NPA recruit  is rescued by the army in Silvino Lobos Northern Samar,  Photo courtesy of Vicente Lukban's Facebook account

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

Northern Samar town taught how to improve disaster communication

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:50 PM

All the 56 barangay captains and department heads of Laoang town participate in the training conducted by MovePH

ZERO CASUALTY. The Agos eBayanihan training hopes to equip local officials in using information to boost local preparedness in times of disasters. Photo by 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

#InspireCourage: Ateneo doctors serve in far-flung Northern Samar town

Mar 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Doctors Mixie Baduria and Alfonso Regala could have gone to any specialization they wanted after graduation Instead they are serving in a 2nd class municipality in Northern Samar

LOCAL HEALTHCARE. Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health doctors currently working in the district and provincial hospitals in Northern Samar pose for a photo in front of the Tan Memorial Hospital. (L to R) Dr Alfonso Miguel Regala, Dr Terrence Antonio, Dr Raymond Luzarraga, Dr Ezekiel Valera, Dr Sophia Caranay, Dr Sherry Mombay, Dr Merlin Sanicas. Photo courtesy of Mixie Baduria

Who's the real congressman of Northern Samar?

May 31, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Harlin Abayon has protested Congress failure to include his name in the roll call during the official canvassing of votes Here s the reason for the mixup

REINSTALLMENT. Northern Samar Representative Harlin Abayon was recently ousted based on the House Electoral Tribunal's decision but the Supreme Court rules he is the duly-elected Representative of Northern Samar

NPA's ambush on relief convoy 'disrespect' to typhoon victims

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:28 AM

UPDATED Despite this the military says it will strictly observe the holiday ceasefire declared by the Aquino administration

Soldiers with relief goods ambushed by rebels in Northern Samar

Dec 22, 2015 - 8:46 PM

One Philippine Army soldier dies while 2 others are wounded after New People s Army fighters attacked them while transporting relief goods

#ReliefPH: Town in Northern Samar needs relief

Dec 19, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The NDRRMC says 2 287 houses in total have been damaged in San Roque – 2 139 partially and 148 totally

NO ROOF. Aside from food and medicine, many families need shelter kits after losing roofs to strong winds. Photo from MaryJane Salomon

Large trucks needed for Typhoon Nona relief operations

Dec 18, 2015 - 9:51 PM

Fourteen wheeler trucks are needed to deliver relief goods and temporary shelter assistance to devastated areas

#NonaPH: Agos helps bridge relief, affected communities

Dec 18, 2015 - 5:26 PM

Communication is aid Help can be one text message tweet or even a social media post

AGOS. Several affected communities use Agos to receive assistance. Image courtesy of Ernest Fiestan

NDRRMC truck ambushed in Samar, 2 hurt

Dec 18, 2015 - 10:21 AM

2ND UPDATE The military believes the attack was carried out by the New People s Army

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Philippines evacuates 700,000 due to Typhoon Nona

Dec 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Most evacuees are from Albay where large scale preventive evacuation is always done; the rest from Sorsogon where landfall is expected Monday evening

Who is running in Eastern Visayas | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Eastern Visayas

Local Vote: Negros Occidental, Leyte, Northern Samar

Sep 05, 2015 - 5:03 PM

Rappler s weekly wrap up: Lacson mulls gubernatorial bid in Negros Occidental; Businessman to challenge Apostol as Leyte congressman; Ong brothers aim to exchange posts in Northern Samar

Amang may hit N. Samar Saturday; Signal No. 1 in 11 areas

Jan 16, 2015 - 6:43 AM

UPDATED State weather bureau PAGASA says the tropical storm has slowed down

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 1:32 pm, January 16. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Why there's #ZeroCasualty in some areas hit by Ruby

Dec 09, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Preemptive and forced evacuations done by a number of local governments lead to zero casualty a far cry from the numbers when Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the same corridor in 2013

VIDEO ESSAY: Typhoon Ruby leaves homes in Dolores, Eastern Samar in shambles

Dec 08, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Typhoon Ruby Hagupit leaves homes in Dolores Eastern Samar in shambles

#RubyPH: 1,000 houses damaged, but zero casualty in Catarman

Dec 08, 2014 - 2:29 AM

Authorities dispel rumors that the municipalities of Gamay and Lapinig in Northern Samar were washed out

Photo from NOAA

Floods force evacuees in N. Samar town to move

Dec 06, 2014 - 8:11 PM

From the town church evacuees transfer to another evacuation center because of quickly rising floods

2 evacuees die from illness in N. Samar ahead of Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:26 PM

Nearly 200 000 people have evacuated while hundreds of passengers and vehicles were stranded in Eastern Visayas as of 6pm on Saturday or two hours before the typhoon makes landfall

COMMAND CENTER. The provincial government of Northern Samar and various national government agencies coordinate province-wide disaster response and preparedness from a command center in Catarman. All photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Northern Samar 'ready' for Typhoon Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 2:17 PM

In the forecasted path of Typhoon Ruby Northern Samar prepares evacuation centers communication systems and rescue teams for the storm s imminent landfall

VLOG: Huge waves in Northern Samar

Dec 06, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Pia Ranada filed this video blog as Typhoon Ruby makes landfall in Eastern Visayas

NDRRMC: At least 5 dead, 2 injured due to #GlendaPH

Jul 16, 2014 - 5:31 AM

UPDATED NDRRMC Undersecretary Alexander Pama says they are receiving more reports on deaths caused by Typhoon Glenda but these have yet to be validated

PDAF-funded disaster mitigation projects no match vs Yolanda

Nov 27, 2013 - 6:58 PM

Yolanda proves that no one can adequately prepare against nature s wrath and fury

Most school divisions in Eastern Visayas closed, unreachable

Nov 12, 2013 - 11:00 PM

As of Tuesday November 12 only school divisions of Northern Samar Maasin Southern Leyte and Calbayog have resumed operations

ASAP. Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro says the best way for children to recover is to bring them back to schools as soon as possible. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in PH

Nov 11, 2013 - 11:18 AM

Experts say mistakes made in the relief effort after the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami must not be repeated in the typhoon Yolanda Haiyan response

FOR SURVIVORS. Cartloads of relief aid for the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that has struck the Philippines stand next to a Lufthansa aircraft at Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 10 November 2013. EPA/Fredrik von Erichsen

FAST FACTS: Eastern Visayas

Nov 10, 2013 - 10:26 AM

A quick look at Eastern Visayas Region VIII

Globe, Smart: 2-3 days to restore services

Nov 09, 2013 - 1:29 PM

Globe and Smart say it will take two to 3 days to restore services in areas badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda

COMM LINES DOWN. Telcos say they will deploy teams to repair network facilities damaged by super typhoon Yolanda as soon as deemed safe. AFP PHOTO

Visayas courts get 18 new judges

Jul 05, 2013 - 7:40 PM

President Benigno Aquino III appoints judges in Aklan Leyte Samar Eastern Samar Northern Samar Southern Leyte Cebu Bohol Negros Oriental

'Pablo:' 40,000 in evacuation centers

Dec 04, 2012 - 5:18 AM

UPDATED The typhoon with international codename Bopha made landfall over Baganga Davao Oriental early morning Tuesday December 4; Pablo now raking across Mindanao

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 11:00 a.m., 04 December 2012. At 11:00AM 4/DEC/2012, the eye of Typhoon #PabloPH was located in the vicinity of Malaybalay, Bukidnon (8.3°N 125.0°E). Max winds/gust (160/195kph). Moving West Northwest @ 20kph. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

Alert back on for South Korea rocket launch

Nov 28, 2012 - 8:48 AM

Parts of the country s Pacific seaboard are back on alert as South Korea plans to go ahead with a delayed rocket launch on Thursday

The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-I (KSLV-I), South Korea's first space rocket, is wheeled to its launch pad at Naro Space Center in Goheung, 350 km south of Seoul on October 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO / KOREA POOL

Tropical storm 'Ofel': Entire Visayas, CARAGA under storm signals

Oct 24, 2012 - 11:30 AM

UPDATED The entire Visayas CARAGA under public storm warning signals as tropical storm Ofel Son Tinh accelerated towards the area Wednesday morning

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 10:30 a.m., 24 October 2012. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

'Ofel': Passengers stranded in 12 Visayas, Mindanao ports

Oct 24, 2012 - 7:44 AM

A total of 1 480 passengers and more than 80 vessels are stranded in several ports in the Visayas and Mindanao as tropical storm Ofel Son Tinh moves closer

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 6:30 a.m., 24 October 2012. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

Low pressure area to bring rain to east PH

Aug 12, 2012 - 11:49 AM

Scattered rain and thunderstorms are expected in eastern parts of the country Sunday August 12 as an active low pressure area approaches Luzon

'Ambo' to bring rain over eastern PH

Jun 01, 2012 - 1:49 AM

Storm warning signal 1 has been raised over Catanduanes and the 3 Samar provinces as the active low pressure area east of the Visayas was upgraded to a tropical depression

TROPICAL DEPRESSION AMBO. MTSAT Enhanced IR Satellite Image for 12:32 am, 1 June 2012. Image courtesy of PAGASA.