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Business center for Catbalogan

Catbalogan City – An agreement to build a business center in the city is one of the accomplishments cited by Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan during her first 100 days in office. Tan told reporters the city government has signed agreement with the Philippine Primark Properties, Inc. (PPPI) to build the business center near the public market.  She said that PPPI will also help the city repair the central public and coastal markets before the end of this year. Another major achievement is the improved tax collection, Tan said. Catbalogan posted a P55-million tax collection, just P9 million short of target which she said can be reached before the end of this year. Tan said her administration has also established the City Economic Enterprise and Investment Potentials, which is in charge of attracting and coordinating …

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Red tide reaches Biliran

Tacloban City – The red tide contamination in Eastern Visayas has spread  to the waters of  Biliran province. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Director Juan Albaladejo  said  that  the latest laboratory tests confirm the presence of the red tide toxin in coastal waters of Naval, Biliran. Albaladejo said   samples  from Naval showed  that the shellfish toxicity level was above the acceptable limit. Red tide renders all types of shellfish and acetes species or alamang  unsafe for human consumption. Red tide has contaminated several bays in Eastern Visayas for the past several weeks. Albaladejo said the infested areas include Carigara Bay in Leyte, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar, Irong-irong and Cambatutay Bays in Samar and the coastal waters of  Leyte, Leyte.

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Spreading the value of handwashing

Tacloban City — The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, together with its counterparts in the different dioceses all over the Philippines, held a series of hygiene promotion activities in typhoon-hit communities. Fr. Edwin Gariguez, NASSA/Caritas Philippines executive secretary, said in a news release that the activities were held in celebration of Global Hand Washing Day. The activities started last week, Fr. Gariguez added. He said Global Hand Washing Day is an annual global advocacy dedicated to increase awareness and understand the importance of proper hand washing to prevent diseases and save lives. He said the events which are done in schools and day care centers across the Philippines, include lectures on proper hand washing, the turnover of hand washing facilities, distribution of hygiene kits, film showing, poster making, theater shows, games …

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Medical mission benefits Leyte town

Tacloban City – More than a thousand residents of the town of Barugo benefited from the medical mission conducted by the Leyte provincial government. Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla told reporters the medical mission was part of the caravan conducted by his office to reach out the people in the countryside. Petilla said residents from the town’s 37 barangays trooped to the Barugo town gymnasium where the mission was set up. Aside from the 1,321 residents who received medical service, there were also 177 tooth extractions and 300 had their eyes checked. Petilla said 176 households received 1,056 packs of seeds, 138 had their animals’ health checked and 66 had haircut.

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3 Eastern Visayas watersheds checked

Tacloban City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region office for Eastern Visayas (DENR-8) has done a study on three watersheds to assess their condition. Assessed were the 3,444-hectare Almeria watershed in Biliran, the 4,869-hectare Maasin watershed in Southern Leyte and the 1,865-hectare Loog watershed in Basey Samar. DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said the watersheds were subjected to profiling, vulnerability assessment, soil and water analysis, flora and fauna assessment, and thematic mapping. There were also socio-economic, demographic, geomorphological assessments or studies. He said the study’s findings will be consolidated and analyzed. The data gathered will be the basis for future planning and designing different interventions in the effective management of the watershed areas. A watershed is a land area that contains a common set of streams and rivers and where all water …

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P5.78 million for barangays

Tacloban City – The provincial government of Leyte has provided P5.78 million to several barangays in the municipality of Palo for various infrastructure projects. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla said his office has just turned over the reconstructed barangay covered court worth P3.98 million to the local government of Barangay Tirasa over the weekend. Petilla also said P200,000 financed road concreting in Barangay Teresa and another P100,000 also for road concreting in Barangay Capirawan. P100,000 funded the construction of a stage in Barangay Anahaway and P200,000 the construction of a box culvert in Barangay Cabarasan Guti. Other barangays that received financial aid include: Salvacion, P200,000 for the repair of a concrete fence Campetic, P200,000, for the construction of a barangay road Arado, P300,000 for the repair of the multi-purpose hall.

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Philippine Eagle finds a home in E. Visayas

Tacloban City – Eastern Visayas can be considered as Philippine Eagle territory after confirmation that the national bird has made a home in the islands of Leyte and Samar. Leonardo Sibbaluca, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8 office (DENR-8), based here, said a Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was first spotted in Paranas, Samar, on June 15, 1896 by British naturalist John Whitehead. Sibbaluca said the presence of the eagle in the forests of Samar was also reported  in the early 1980s. Sightings of the bird in 1997 prompted President Joseph Estrada to declare 3,720 hectares of Samar forest as “Taft Forest Wildlife (Philippine Eagle) Sanctuary” on July 31, 1999. The latest sighting was in 2014. A team from the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and the Institute of …

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Barangay is tarsier ‘guardian’

Tacloban City – A barangay in Southern Leyte has designated itself as the protector of a unique species of tarsier found in the area, a report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Eastern Visayas office (DENR) said. DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca told reporters that the residents of Barangay Catmon in the municipality of Silago have been looking after the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) and its habitat within the barangay for more than two years now. The barangay council has passed a resolution calling for the protection and conservation of the unique tarsier. Sibbaluca said Catmon was one of the sites where the presence of the rare animal was confirmed after the biological assessment conducted by the Flora and Fauna International in 2013. The average height of the Catmon tarsier is 14 …

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E. Visayas fair opens at Megatrade Hall

Tacloban City – The Bahandi Eastern Visayas Trade Fair 2016 will open tomorrow, Oct. 5, at the Megatrade Hall  of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, the Department of Trade and Industry regional office 8 (DTI-8) announced. DTI-8 Regional Director Cynthia Nierras said that the five-day trade fair was initiated by her office in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bahandi Producers Association of Eastern Visayas, Inc., Regional Development Council -8 and Department of Tourism regional office 8 as cooperating organizations. Director Nierras informed reporters that the five-day event which will be held until Sunday intends to showcase the products of 80 producers of Eastern Visayas and to expand access to buyers in the domestic or national and export markets. Secretary Ramon Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry …

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Birthing clinic for hinterland Leyte villages

Tacloban City – A birthing clinic now serves the hinterland barangays in the municipality of Burauen, about 60 kilometers southwest of this city. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said the birthing clinic, located in Barangay Calao, was built at the cost of P3,174,333 and has modern equipment for birthing mothers. Petilla said  aside from Calao, the clinic also serves the nearby barangays of Patag, Rojas, Villa Aurora, and Tagadtaran all in Burauen. A medical practitioner from Burauen who refused to be identified, said in an interview the main problem of pregnant women in the area was the absence of the birthing clinic. Their infants are delivered mostly at home with the help of hilots which sometimes result in the deaths of the infant or the mother, he added.

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