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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

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

Ormoc City sets travel restrictions due to coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The city also suspends classes in all levels from March 16 to 20

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

 Jennina Lanza/World Vision

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

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

Ormoc boat passenger: 'I should've listened to my wife'

Jul 02, 2015 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED Rescued passengers mourn the fate of their loved ones who remain missing

At least 38 dead as boat capsizes in Ormoc

Jul 02, 2015 - 2:37 PM

7th UPDATE The Philippine Coast Guard says the boat which reportedly carried 173 passengers and 16 crew members was about 200 meters away from the port of Ormoc when it capsized

Passengers of the sunken boat wait to be rescued. Photo from Mylene Lim

7,000 jobs available to residents of Yolanda-hit region

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:22 PM

The labor department s office in Eastern Visayas will hold job fairs in Tacloban and Ormoc cities in Leyte on May 1

Vienna’s ‘working class’ builds classrooms in Yolanda-hit Ormoc

Mar 27, 2015 - 6:25 PM

‘These are not money from rich people but from ordinary people who made sacrifices so that they can share a little amount for the project ’ says the Johanniter International Assistance

REBUILT. Barangay San Juan Elementary School in Ormoc City, whose students had to hold classes in tenths months after Super Typhoon Yolanda, gets two new classrooms, while other rooms have been renovated. Photo by Dale G. Israel/Rappler

Ormoc evacuees moved to higher ground

Dec 06, 2014 - 11:02 PM

More than 270 families leave 3 evacuation centers to move to higher ground due to the possibility of a storm surge hitting the city in the province of Leyte

23 years after the Ormoc tragedy: What's been done

Nov 05, 2014 - 9:12 PM

The local government and JICA initiate flood mitigation and reforestation projects in response to the 1991 disaster

Survivors, looking for missing relatives, pass by a collapsed house littered with bodies covered in cloth in Ormoc City, 06 November 1991. Powerful typhoon Thelma caused a nearby dam to burst sending floodwaters rampaging here when it struck central Philippines, 05 November 1991. Photo by Jose Duran/AFP

Automatic weather stations launched in Leyte

May 09, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Mayors and local government officials from Leyte and Southern Leyte provinces gather in Ormoc City to talk about disaster risk mitigation in the face of extreme weather conditions

PREPAREDNESS. WPF general manager Celso Caballero III explains how a weather station can help prepare LGUs for extreme weather conditions. All photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Christmas in mud as rain pelts Yolanda disaster zone

Dec 25, 2013 - 5:54 PM

Heavy rain drives many Yolanda survivors inside their flimsy shelters dampening efforts at holiday cheer in the deeply devout nation

IN THE RAIN. Tents are erected as temporary shelters for residents whose houses were flattened by super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, on December 25, 2013. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Frustrated families bring aid to typhoon survivors

Nov 16, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Passengers travel back to Yolanda stricken areas either to bring in aid or bring their families out of the disaster zone

US Navy ships arrive in Eastern Visayas

Nov 14, 2013 - 6:38 PM

Carrying 21 helicopters US vessels including an aircraft carrier will also be positioned off Samar Tacloban and Ormoc

TO TYPHOON ZONE. A file image of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) (center) during a 2008 joint US-Japan naval exercise. Image courtesy US Navy

Ormoc still isolated; Gomez appeals for help

Nov 10, 2013 - 9:40 PM

This means relief goods for Ormoc have to be delivered via helicopters or boats

Hope dims for missing workers - EDC

Mar 02, 2013 - 6:40 PM

Lopez led Energy Development Corporation’s EDC and First Balfour are now on search and retrieval mode for the 9 missing workers

LANDSLIDE. Five are killed and 7 are missing after a landslide hit this Lopez-led EDC geothermal power plant in Leyte. Photo from Eastern Visayas Mail

Who’s afraid of floods in Leyte?

Nov 04, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Four towns have a common warning system that can predict when floods will come and a response plan that minimizes disasters in the communities