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Barangay officials in W. Visayas accused of cash aid anomalies

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Two barangay chairmen and other government employees are accused of approving unqualified beneficiaries

Residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila receives P8,000 cash aid from the government's Emergency Subsidy Program on the eve of the payout deadline, May 6, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

17 Lapu-Lapu City hospital workers test positive for coronavirus

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Policemen, who man the checkpoints, are also among the 71 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Lapu-Lapu City in Central Visayas

Army admits lapses: Soldiers rushed to Sulu crime scene to check on their dead

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The Army says the soldiers wanted to check if the victims were still alive and to secure intelligence equipment

BLOOD IN JOLO. Men – soldiers, not police – figure in the crime scene where cops gunned down 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Screenshot of CCTV footage from Ricardo Visaya's Facebook

UP Visayas fraternity under fire after leak of lewd messages

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Sister sorority UP Stella Juris says there is 'no place to justify nor tolerate any malicious conduct...allegedly committed by certain individuals who were identified as members of UP Scintilla Juris fraternity.'

Screenshots from Twitter account Manyaks of UPV

Former AFP chief posts footage of Sulu crime scene, slams PNP 'violations'

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Now head of the National Irrigation Administration, retired general Ricardo Visaya tells Camp Crame to 'stop covering up [for] their abusive men'

MISHANDLED? Police loitering in the crime scene where 4 cops gunned down 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Screenshot of CCTV footage from Ricardo Visaya's Facebook

DOH-Western Visayas suspends deployment of doctors to Cebu City

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Deployment will be temporarily held in abeyance until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders,' says DOH-Western Visayas Director Marlyn Convocar

FRONTLINER. A healthcare worker at the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory. Photo from Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory Facebook page

Gov't suspends bringing back stranded individuals to Western, Eastern Visayas

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The suspension will last for two weeks, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

STRANDED. More than a dozen locally stranded individuals (LSI) bound for Samar, Cotabato, Zamboanga and Davao troop in front of a convenience store along Villamor airbase road in Pasay City on June 23, 2020, to wait for available flights that will take them home to their respective provinces. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

PH reports 578 fresh cases of coronavirus, the most in a single day

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:10 PM

DOH says with the record number of fresh cases, the total of infections reported on Saturday was 943. Half of these confirmed cases, or 448, come from Central Visayas.

HIGHEST FRESH CASES. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH clarifies Central Visayas still under GCQ

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:06 PM

The DOH says, Region VII, which includes the province of Cebu, 'is still under GCQ, except for Cebu City, which is under enhanced community quarantine; and Talisay City, which is under modified ECQ'

STRICTER QUARANTINE. Vehicles from Mandaue City encounter heavy traffic in a quarantine checkpoint as they enter Cebu City that is now under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to rise of Covid19 cases until June 30, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

E. Visayas lawmakers seek review of ‘Hatid Probinsya’ after spike in coronavirus cases

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:13 PM

The 14 lawmakers say Eastern Visayas was free from coronavirus cases for weeks until the 'Hatid Probinsya' program was implemented

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

U.P. Visayas website down after defacement

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:39 PM

The UP Visayas website defacement is the latest in a string of cyberattacks targeting schools

Returnees comprise highest single-day rise in Eastern Visayas COVID-19 cases

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Region VIII confirms 19 new cases in a day on Tuesday, June 9, bringing to 72 the total cases in the region

52 health workers in Central Visayas positive for coronavirus

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:15 PM

At least 5 doctors and 23 nurses test positive for coronavirus in the Central Visayas region

HEALTH WORKER. A health worker tests Cebu City resident for coronavirus.File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City, more VisMin areas to be on GCQ starting June 1

May 30, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Central Visayas, Mandaue City, and Zamboanga City are also added to GCQ areas after President Rodrigo Duterte initially placed them under the more relaxed modified GCQ

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Western Visayas officials oppose resumption of commercial sea, air travel

May 29, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The region will be placed under modified general community quarantine starting June 1

Sinas’ sins in Central Visayas: Killings rampant, investigations incomplete

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) While President Rodrigo Duterte called him a 'good officer,' the CHR characterizes Sinas’ time as Central Visayas chief as one when violence intensified

POLICE CHIEF. Debold Sinas takes his oath as Metro Manila's police director. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

In Eastern Visayas, Typhoon Yolanda was last time ABS-CBN went off air

May 14, 2020 - 8:49 PM

UP Tacloban mass communication instructor says removing ABS-CBN creates an information void and worsens the already dire lack of independent news in the region

WASHED AWAY. A single house stands in a once busy village in Balangkayan, Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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

Volunteer group raises funds to cover shortage of PPE in Leyte

May 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Through the civic engagement group Tabang PH, a fundraising initiative was organized to produce alternative personal protective equipment for frontliners and other vulnerable groups

DOH accredits first coronavirus testing lab in Eastern Visayas

May 09, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The lab joins 22 other Level V accredited laboratories around the Philippines. The lab opens nearly 2 months after the first case is confirmed in the region

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

Antique records first coronavirus case

Apr 07, 2020 - 10:33 PM

The patient is a 74-year-old man from Parañaque City who arrived in Semirara Island on March 9

Eastern Visayas confirms local transmission of coronavirus

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Tourist who travels to Boracay Island in Western Visayas also tests positive for coronavirus upon returning home to Luzon

VIRUS. This photo shows the form of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Where are the coronavirus cases in the Visayas?

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:00 PM

(8th UPDATE) As of Sunday, June 28, at least 7,196 cases have been reported in 15 provinces and 7 independent cities in the Visayas

Cebu reports 3 new coronavirus cases

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:43 AM

This brings the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Central Visayas to 33

MASKS. Cebu City residents wear masks amid a community quarantine. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Bacolod City reports first coronavirus death

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:47 AM

Like many others, she dies before her confirmatory test for COVID-19 is released

2 more coronavirus deaths in Western Visayas

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:56 PM

There are 22 COVID-19 cases in the region as of Tuesday, March 31

ROAD DISINFECTION. An Iloilo City employee douses disinfectant solution on a road and vehicles in Iloilo City to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease. Phoro from the Iloilo City Government Facebook page

Eastern Visayas confirms 2nd case of coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:13 PM

The region's first case of coronavirus, a 51-year-old female from Northern Samar, records two consecutive negative tests. She is ready for discharge.

REFERRAL HOSPITAL. The old Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City turns into a referral hospital for Covid-19 patients. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

DOH reports 2nd coronavirus death in Western Visayas

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The 70-year-old male patient was from Lambunao, Iloilo

ROAD DISINFECTION. An Iloilo City employee douses disinfectant solution on a road and vehicles in Iloilo City to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease. Phoro from the Iloilo City Government Facebook page

Bacolod man, Western Visayas’ first COVID-19 case, now fully recovered

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The patient's 28-year-old son, however, remains in a hospital in Bacolod City after testing positive for the coronavirus

Of 22 new coronavirus cases in Central Visayas, 18 from Cebu City

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) There are now 22 COVID-19 cases in the region since testing began in January

LOCKDOWN. Personnel of the Cebu City Police Office secure the boundary of Cebu City and Talisay City at the start of the Enhanced Community Quarrantine in Cebu City on March 28, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

9 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Western Visayas

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:41 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The number of cases increases due to the beginning of localized testing

Western Visayas reports 2 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:48 PM

The DOH-6 office says there is COVID-19 patient in Iloilo and Capiz records its first coronavirus case

Can a Cabinet member 'order' Visayas LGUs to pass ordinances?

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Law professor and former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te says he cannot

CONSULTATIVE MEETING. Dino meets with community members in the Eastern Visayas. Photo from OPAV

Coronavirus Outbreak | VISAYAS: Provinces, cities, towns on lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 9:30 PM

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Passengers bound for Bohol rush to the Cebu Port on March 14, 2020, to beat the 5-day community quarantine in Bohol Province that will start on March 15. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PNP Western Visayas clears Espenido of drug links

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:05 PM

This is the first step in Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido's removal from President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug list

VETTED. Jovie Espenido at the Department of Justice in Manila on August 29, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Former drug enforcement chief Albert Ferro is new Central Visayas top cop

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Police Brigadier General Albert Ferro was part of the team that arrested suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in Abu Dhabi

NEW CHIEF. PBGen Albert Ignatius Ferro is new chief of the Central Visayas' Police Regional Office. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: Photo of Duterte in aerial survey of areas 'hit by Ursula' in Visayas

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:58 AM

The photos are taken in December 2017, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Urduja, which also went through the Visayas

2 Cebu towns under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The municipalities of Medellin and Daanbantayan seek rehabilitation and relief assistance following the damage caused by Typhoon Ursula

STRANDED. Passengers were stranded in Cebu Pier One on the eve of Typhoon Ursula. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Pork from Eastern Visayas not allowed in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia warns those caught violating the anti-African Swine Flu ordinance that she will have them jailed for 6 months

Meat. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

At least 13 dead due to Tisoy in Mimaropa, Eastern Visayas, Calabarzon

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Tisoy (Kammuri) also causes P811.5 million worth of damage to agriculture in Bicol and Oriental Mindoro

The municipality of Naujan, Mindoro Oriental conducted clearing operations due to severe weather conditions from Typhoon Tisoy. National roads of Naujan are now passable for motorists. #TisoyPH. Photos from Mdrrmo Naujan

At least 250 vapes confiscated in Central Visayas

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:32 PM

At least 100 vapes are confiscated in Cebu alone. No arrests are made in the crackdown on electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices.

CONFISCATED. At least 250 confiscated Vapes from Central Visayas are confiscated. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Central Visayas top cop warns vapers: Smoke in public and end up in police station

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Central Visayas Police Chief Valeriano De Leon says his policy would be based on Executive Order 26, which bans smoking in public places

WARNING. Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon warns vapers not to smoke in public. Photo from Facebook page

LIST: 2019 Yolanda commemoration activities

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Here's a running list of activities you can join to commemorate the 6th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda

Voicing out: UP Visayas cheering competition a platform for creative activism

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The annual cheering competition may be puzzling to those outside the University of the Philippines Visayas community but it’s become a part of this UP campus’ culture – a platform for the sharp wit of Ilonggo Iskolars ng Bayan

Photos courtesy of the UPV School of Technology Student Council, Gian Genoveza, and Carl Don Berwin

Western Visayas workers get P30-minimum wage increase

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The wage order is expected to take effect in late November or early December

AGRICULTURAL WORKERS. Workers load harvested sugar cane onto a truck in the central Philippine island of Negros. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Harassment against U.P. Visayas Skimmers a 'natural reaction' – Panelo

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Malacañang finds acceptable the threats and cyberbullying of students behind the viral cheer routine critical of President Rodrigo Duterte

Malacañang photo

[OPINION] In U.P. Visayas, cheering is a protest

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The harassment will not intimidate the students of UP Visayas. It will only give them more reason to take center stage again next year and keep fighting the fight.

#HandsOffSkimmers: UP community slams attacks vs students, faculty behind viral cheer routine

Oct 20, 2019 - 2:06 PM

(UPDATED) In light of recent attacks against the Skimmers, University of the Philippines Visayas chancellor Ricardo Babaran reiterates that it cannot provide physical protection to students beyond its campus.

WATCH: U.P. Visayas students voice out national issues in cheering competition

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Departing from the usual, the cheer routine performed by the students from the University of the Philippines Visayas focuses on pressing national issues

PNP firearms chief De Leon is next Central Visayas top cop

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon will take over the post left by Brigadier General Debold Sinas, the new Metro Manila police chief

INCOMING CHIEF. PNP Firearms takes over as top cop of Central Visayas. Photo from Brigadier General Val De Leon's Facebook page