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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

CARAGA, Eastern Visayas wrestling cadets dominate Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:42 AM

With 3 golds, a silver, and a bronze, CARAGA positions itself as the country's newest source of wrestling hopefuls

Duterte vows speedy aid for Biliran, Urduja-affected areas

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders the Department of Public Works and Highways to finish repairing two damaged bridges in Biliran in less than 30 days

DOE targets restoring power in Biliran before Christmas

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Some 365,000 food packs are also on standby for those affected by Tropical Depression Urduja

Most business establishments in Tacloban City are forced to close as Tropical Storm Urduja left the city without electricity, Saturday, December 16. Urduja made landfall in Eastern Samar earlier in the afternoon, it is expected to exit the region by noon December 17.

Duterte to visit Urduja-affected Biliran

Dec 18, 2017 - 12:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and some Cabinet members are expected to visit Biliran where 26 died in landslides triggered by heavy rain

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 84th Anniversary Celebration at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos City on December 8, 2017, gives his assurance that he and his administration will strive hard to give a comfortable life for the Filipinos. Malacañan Photo

WATCH: Woman keeps her dogs safe during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Janet Romulon, an evacuee in Tacloban City, protects her 3 dogs in the middle of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

Janet Romulon checks on one of her 3 dogs in their small home in a coastal village in Tacloban City as strong winds and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Urduja pummels Eastern Visayas on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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Dec 15, 2017 - 8:34 PM

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DSWD activates national disaster response operation for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:19 PM

According to DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco, the response cluster will provide emergency response and humanitarian assistance to affected areas

EVACUEES. Children play in an evacuation center in Eastern Samar, where Tropical Storm Urduja is expected to make land fall on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 280 families in Guiuan evacuate ahead of Urduja landfall

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:53 AM

'Food in evacuation centers are ready. Keep praying, and we’re hoping for zero casualty', says Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzales as his town braces for the arrival of the storm

 Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Urduja brings landslides, floods to Eastern Samar

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Roads are temporarily impassable in at least 3 towns in Eastern Samar

BLOCKED. Some roads in Barangay Paya, Giporlos town, Eastern Samar, are temporarily impassable due to landslide brought about by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Photo courtesy of DPWH Eastern Visayas office

Thousands stranded in Bicol, Eastern Visayas ports due to Urduja

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Sea trips to and from at least 5 ports have been suspended by the Philippine Coast Guard

A moving homecoming in Tacloban for Marawi war veterans

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Tears flow when soldiers of the 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company arrive in Tacloban after their successful tour of duty as part of the government troops which routed the terrorists in Marawi City

BACK HOME. Soldiers of the 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company arrive at Tacloban Airport, fresh from their deployment in Marawi, October 22, 2017. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Cop probed for shooting barangay official in police station in Samar

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Police Officer 2 Felix Donald Versoza shoots Barangay 6 Chairwoman Nimfa Rosal in the chest and arm during a heated argument inside the Catbalogan City Police Station

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.

CHR employees in Eastern Visayas fear losing jobs

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:36 PM

The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget

Lawmakers want state of calamity declared in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representatives Ben Evardone and Edgar Sarmiento make the call after the Leyte earthquake destroyed the region s main power source

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Cops in Espinosa slay case out on bail

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos and 18 others are accused of killing Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

ESPINOSA CASE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (center) attends a Senate probe into the killing of the late Albuera mayor. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

VSU turns over flood hazard, resource maps to Eastern Visayas towns

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:14 AM

After 3 years of research VSU turns over high resolution maps and data in CDs to representatives of local government units in the 5 provinces of Region 8

Tacloban DENR employees protest lack of Yolanda assistance

May 08, 2017 - 10:22 PM

The employees call for the Duterte administration to immediately release the financial assistance due them as they were affected by typhoon Yolanda

PROTEST. The DENR employees in Tacloban protested on May 8, 2017, as the government has yet to provide financial assistance for them after they were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Three-year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP)

May 03, 2017 - 6:00 PM

TRIP outlines over 4 000 infrastructure projects worth P3 6 trillion to be completed by 2020

MEDIUM TERM. TRIP aims to complete over 4,000 infrastructure projects worth P3.6 trillion by 2020.

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

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Apr 10, 2017 - 1:40 PM

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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

Why Duterte won't leave CIDG 8 cops hanging

Apr 03, 2017 - 2:18 PM

But the case involving Superintendent Marvin Marcos isn t as simple as cops doing their job

DUTERTE'S ROCK. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to President Rodrigo Duterte during the former's birthday party inside Camp Crame. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

#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

Why Senate thinks CIDG 8 planned Espinosa killing

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

UPDATED The two Senate committees that investigated the killing of Mayor Espinosa pin the blame on the CIDG 8 team saying they were trying to hide their links to the illegal drugs trade

CIDG 8. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (center) during the Senate probe into the death of Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Police probe blasts at Samar execs' homes

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:17 AM

A teenage girl and a 6 year old are hurt after motorcycle riding men hurled a grenade at the fence of Barangay Canlapwas chairperson Ma Elfa de Jesus in Catbalogan City

EASTERN VISAYAS TOP COP. Chief Superintendent Elmer Beltejar orders increased security measures in Samar following grenade blasts in Catbalogan City. Photo from the PRO8 website

Thousands displaced by heavy rains in parts of Visayas, Mindanao

Jan 17, 2017 - 8:25 AM

UPDATED Around 963 families or 4 536 persons are displaced in Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao all of which are staying in 28 evacuation centers

#RESCUEPH. Rescuers evacuate students and faculty who were stranded in the University of Science and Technology of the Philippines (USTP). Photo courtesy of Lionel Amarado

Special task group created to probe Leyte blast

Jan 02, 2017 - 8:37 AM

The task group will investigate the explosion that rocked Hilongos town in Leyte province on December 28 injuring 32 individuals

Lacson: Cops in Espinosa killing were Kerwin's 'protectors'

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:09 AM

Senator Panfilo Lacson has read the draft affidavit of alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa He says the motive behind the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr is becoming clearer

SENATE HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson has read the draft affidavit of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Senate probe: Poorly-written script in Espinosa killing?

Nov 12, 2016 - 11:18 PM

The big question is who will the senators believe especially after Duterte declares he believes the police?

LEYTE POLICE. CIDG 8 cops Marcos, Laraga, and Matira, during the Senate probe into Espinosa's death. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DILG names 19 cops probed for Espinosa killing

Nov 08, 2016 - 10:34 PM

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno says these officers – from the CIDG and the Regional Maritime Unit in Eastern Visayas – have been placed on floating status

FULL-SUPPORT. Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno affirmed in a press briefing on Tuesday, November 8, that the authorities are investigating the recent murder of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

Yolanda survivors to Duterte: We demand justice

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Disaster survivors demand that the current administration address the pervading hunger poverty and militarization in the affected communities

DEMANDING JUSTICE. Fishermen from Serum, Basey in Samar arrive at the Old Jeep Terminal Rizal Avenue in Tacloban City to meet with other protestors joining the people surge. Photos by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

Yolanda taught Eastern Visayas farmers to diversify livelihood

Nov 08, 2016 - 1:25 PM

We are now resilient farmers When another typhoon comes we will no longer have a hard time coping says a farmer from Balangiga Eastern Samar

BETTER FARMING.Eutiquo plows the rice field using the hand tractor provided to the farmers' association that he is a part of by Plan International. Photo courtesy of Plan International

#RescueMarch in Eastern Visayas commemorates Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:54 AM

We learned a lot from Yolanda not just rebuilding lives but rebuilding them better Yolanda provided a benchmark It is the new normal says Office of Civil Defense 8 Regional Director Edgar Posadas

?RESCUERS IN ACTION. Rescuers perform the Mogadishu Walk on their final march to ground zero in Balyuan Grounds, Tacloban City. All photos by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

DSWD eyes new guidelines on shelter aid grant to disaster victims

Nov 04, 2016 - 8:07 PM

The new guidelines will help facilitate the speedier release of emergency shelter assistance to disaster victims

Robredo wants land titles for housing projects finished in 15 days

Sep 17, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The Vice President says some housing requirements have hampered housing projects in disaster hit areas like Eastern Samar where only 12 of homes for Yolanda victims have been built so far

AFTERMATH. Workers rebuilding a home in Yolanda-stricken Samar. Rappler file photo

Michael Dino: President Duterte’s man in the Visayas

Sep 17, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The first time public servant says I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t believe this administration is our best chance at changing the country

First NEDA board under Duterte okays 9 infra projects

Sep 16, 2016 - 9:51 AM

The total cost of the projects is estimated at P171 14 billion NEDA also introduces some policy changes to speed up the approval process