Southern Leyte - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Southern Leyte


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

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

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

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

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

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Senate OKs new districts for General Santos City, Southern Leyte, Isabela

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The bills for these legislative districts, once signed into law, would provide for the election of a congressional representative for each new district

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 3, 2018

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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Brawl at FIBA: PHI vs AUS July 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maasin Airport's new passenger terminal inaugurated

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The Maasin Airport in Southern Leyte can now accommodate 150 passengers from the previous 50

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Lineman from Leyte dies helping restore Cagayan power

Nov 18, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Solana town Senior Police Officer 4 SPO4 Roque Binayug in his statement to the Cagayan Electric Cooperative CAGELCO says Benito may have touched a live wire connected to a generator in a nearby house

Health officials declare Chikungunya outbreak in Maasin City

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:50 PM

To date about 300 cases have been reported in the Southern Leyte city

Southern Leyte gov't on viral road complaint: 'We're doing something'

May 26, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The Philippine Rural Development Project is set to fund a P232 million rehabilitation project concreting 19 4 kilometer roads and 3 bridges in Liloan Southern Leyte

NASAAN ANG GOBYERNO? Facebook user Irnah Limen shared how the government of Southern Leyte turns a blind eye on the plight of Liloan commuters.

Southern Leyte candidates promise agriculture, fisheries reforms

May 03, 2016 - 1:33 PM

In a local forum Liberal Party bets mainly members of the influential Mercado clan and candidates from United Nationalist Alliance UNA trade barbs and talk platforms

PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT. Candidates, supporters and stakeholders take a pledge for honest and clean elections. Photo by Jed Cortes/Rappler.

Southern Leyte Gov Mercado: 'We're 100% Roxas-Robredo'

Apr 30, 2016 - 9:12 PM

The Liberal Party provincial chairman reiterates his support for the administration tandem as he debunks reports that his clan has endorsed another vice presidential candidate

Governor Oging Mercado addresses a crowd in a local candidates’ forum in Maasin City Integrated Terminal as he seeks for election as Congressman of the Lone District of Southern Leyte. Photo by Dionard Mendova/Rappler

East versus west: Southern Leyte divided in 2016 elections

Apr 30, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The influential Mercado clan which has been holding the capital city of Maasin for several years now is challenged by incumbent Vice Governor Sheffered Lino Tan

SOUTHERN LEYTE ELECTIONS.  Incumbent Vice Governor Sheffered Lino Tan challenges the influential Mercado clan in Southern Leyte

DPWH Southern Leyte defends viral 'bridge with no river'

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:11 PM

The district engineer says that constructing a bridge on that part of the road saved them million of pesos worth of road repairs

WHAT'S TO BRIDGE? Netizens fume over a slab bridge project in barangay Paku, Bontoc in Southern Leyte for bridging land and not rivers. Photo by Chicoy Olojan Ang

WATCH: Duterte courts Southern Leyte birthplace

Mar 23, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte traces his roots in his city of birth and woos the 261 000 voters in Southern Leyte

Southern Leyte governor from LP, but 'can't say no' to Duterte

Mar 22, 2016 - 5:47 PM

Not supporting Duterte would be a betrayal of his province and his people says Governor Roger Mercado who belongs to the Liberal Party

IN MAASIN. Rodrigo Duterte visits Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado in his office in Maasin City, his birthplace. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Duterte-Marcos in E. Visayas campus mock polls

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The Davao City mayor traces his roots back to Maasin Southern Leyte while Senator Bongbong Marcos is a member of the Romualdez clan in Leyte

MovePH brings #TheLeaderIWant forum to Eastern Visayas

Jan 26, 2016 - 7:23 PM

The Eastern Visayas leg of the PHVote: The Leader I Want forum is set to be held on Thursday February 4 at the Southern Leyte State University Sign up now

Every shark counts

Jan 10, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Whale sharks also known as butanding are protected by Philippine law

More than 9,000 structures block roads in Southern Leyte

Oct 26, 2015 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways has sent notice to hundreds of owners of structures that encroach on right of way areas

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

WHO: Rabies control in Visayas improved

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Investment in dog vaccination is the more cost effective way to control and eliminate rabies says the World Health Organization

VACCINATE DOGS. In this file photo, a Filipino holds her pet as the dog receives free vaccination shots in Makati City, Philippines. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

The orphans of Guinsaugon

Feb 19, 2015 - 8:00 AM

9 years after the tragic landslide the orphans of Guinsaugon already lead different lives Some have success stories but there are also those who never got to move on from the tragedy

REMEMBERED. The new mass memorial for the victims of the 2006 Guinsaugon landslide stand as a reminder to survivors of the hardships they went through. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

9 years after the landslide, how is Guinsaugon?

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Survivors of the mudslide have moved on But rebuilding in an area that is highly vulnerable to natural hazards remains a challenge

RECOVERY. The portion of Mt Can-abag that collapsed and buried Barangay Guinsaugon 9 years ago is still visible. Now, the former landslide site in Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte is being used for farming.

Longer travel time for Leyte pilgrims due to road repairs

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:50 AM

The rerouting and road repairs will most likely lengthen the travel time of thousands of papal pilgrims entering Palo and Tacloban City

Passengers of missing boat in S. Leyte found

Dec 30, 2014 - 10:48 PM

All 7 passengers of the missing boat are safe

Boat carrying town police chief in S. Leyte missing

Dec 29, 2014 - 10:32 PM

UPDATED The boat also carries 5 other passengers

Typhoon Ruby: No casualties in Sorsogon, S. Leyte so far

Dec 07, 2014 - 4:16 PM

Southern Leyte and Sorsogon have been battered by strong winds and heavy rains brought by Typhoon Ruby

Photo from NOAA Satellite and Information Service

How far can citizen participation in governance go?

Oct 01, 2014 - 2:36 PM

If the mechanism of our government is working towards ensuring transparency and accountability we might not even have to do what we have been doing as a civil society organization

3 dead, 103 rescued in ferry mishap off Southern Leyte

Sep 14, 2014 - 7:31 AM

A survivor reveals that the lashing of vehicles and other cargoes onboard parted causing the ferry to list to her starboard side until it capsized

Ferry sinks off Southern Leyte

Sep 13, 2014 - 9:44 PM

The staff of Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado corrects their earlier claim that 114 passengers have been rescued

Southern Leyte suspends classes, evacuates residents after 5.3 quake

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Southern Leyte governor called on his constitiuents to take care and keep calm as the government assesses the impact of the quake

Southern Leyte invests in disaster education to save lives

Mar 08, 2014 - 9:47 PM

Rappler introduces Project Agos to a province where the local government will integrate Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in school curricula

LIVE BLOG: Prepare, respond, recover #MoveSoLeyte

Mar 05, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Is your village town or city ready to face disasters? Join the conversation Ask questions share your stories post a video or photo

#MoveSoLeyte: Prepare, respond, recover

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:52 PM

On March 6 MovePH and the Southern Leyte State University holds a forum that highlights the story of Southern Leyte s recovery the potential of social media to help build resilient communities

3 dead due to Basyang

Feb 01, 2014 - 7:36 PM

At least 10 incidents of landslides and 4 incidents of flooding were reported in Southern Leyte where the Tuburan and the Canturing rivers overflowed

Screenshot of NDRRMC report as of 4 pm Saturday, Febuary 1, 2014

California cop seeks aid for folks’ town

Nov 27, 2013 - 7:29 PM

What about the 39 other townships affected like Tacloban but not getting attention said Colma police department officer Sonny Mercado

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

Netizens react to Duterte's 'shoot looters' order

Nov 13, 2013 - 5:44 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte s shoot looters order causes a stir in social media Which side are you on?

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

Smart, Globe services in VisMin 'interrupted'

Nov 08, 2013 - 11:29 PM

The telcos say networks are disrupted due to super Typhoon Yolanda Five hard hit areas can no longer be reached via cell phone or landline

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

Did Liberal Party use 4Ps for electioneering?

May 25, 2013 - 4:09 PM

President Aquino’s party is being accused of using the flagship poverty alleviation program of the government during the campaign period

'Pahalipay': Vote buying in Southern Leyte

May 21, 2013 - 12:11 PM

In Southern Leyte a policeman and a barangay official turn witness in vote buying allegations against local politicians

Unspoiled white beaches: Visayas

May 16, 2013 - 9:06 AM

Here’s part two of our beach series featuring some of the best pristine and white beaches in the Visayas

SHIFTING SANDS AND COLORS. One of the best times to see this changing sandbar is sunrise. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang