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DENR-8 spearheads first Mahagnao Outdoor Festival

BURAUEN, Leyte – The local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8 (DENR-8)has spearheaded the First Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park (MVNP) Outdoor Festival last February 3, 2016. DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said the festival’s theme was “Promoting MVNP ecotourism, conservation, education and ensuring quality life of local communities.” Sibbaluca informed reporters that the activity highlighted with tree-planting and featuring trekking competition and kayak-racing in Lake Mahagnao was attended by about 500 people from this village and nearby villages of this town and La Paz, this province, personnel and officials from the DENR-8, concerned government agencies and municipal officials from this town and La Paz. Sibbaluca said the festival served also as the local market day for selling of local delicacies, agricultural products, indigenous foods, fresh water fish, …

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DENR-8 spearheads first Mahagnao festival

Burauen, Leyte  – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (DENR-8) spearheaded the recent First Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park (MVNP) Festival. DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca told reporters in an interview that the festival’s theme was “Promoting MVNP ecotourism, conservation, education and ensuring quality life of local communities.” Sibbaluca told reporters that the activity was highlighted with a tree planting activity, a trekking competition and kayak racing in Lake Mahagnao. These events were attended by some 500 people from this town along with those coming from various barangays in Burauen and the town of La Paz, this province. Also in attendance were personnel and officials of DENR-8, concerned government agencies and municipal officials. Sibbaluca said the festival also served as local market day for selling of local delicacies, …

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41 towns, 3 cities in Eastern Visayas tagged election areas of concern

Tacloban City, Leyte – As the May 9 elections near, the Commission on Election’s regional office in Eastern Visayas (Comelec-8) as well as the regional poll body’s deputized agencies are closely monitoring 41 towns and three cities in the region which have been tagged electoral areas of concern. Comelec-8 Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros told reporters in a press conference that his office has reported on these areas during the recently conducted meeting of the Regional Joint Security Control Center Coordinating Conference here. The Conference was attended by top officials of the Commission on Elections, Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the region. Mendros said that the identification of these areas are based on historical election-related incidences or cases of election-related violence,  the presence of intense political …

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12-hour power interruption in Tacloban City today

Tacloban City, Leyte – There will be a 12-hour power interruption, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the city today, Sunday, January 24, according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Ma. Rosete Martinez, NGCP Visayas Regional Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer has communicated with members of media here saying that the power interruption will affect  Leyte II Electric Cooperative (LEYECO II), which is based in Tacloban. The reason for the interruption, said Martinez, is NGCP’s work on configuration and synchronization of old and new power transformers at the NGCP’s Babatngon substation in Babatngon town, this province. All three LEYECO II substations in Barangay Campetic, Sagkahan and Abucay will be affected by the power interruption.

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Leyte’s EVRAA bets get P3.5-M boost from provincial gov’t

Tacloban City,  Leyte – The  Leyte provincial government has extended financial assistance  to the Leyte schools division of the Department of Education for the  2016 Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) meet, a report from the office of the governor, based here, said. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla said the provincial government has allocated P3.5 million for the Leyte schools division for the EVRAA event which will be held in Ormoc City from January 31 to February 6, 2016. Petilla said that based on reports he received, preparations for the 2016 EVRAA are now in full swing. Petilla said more than 500 athletes from 13 Eastern Visayas will pit skills in the annual games. The sporting event, Petilla added,  will be a big boost to tourism in Ormoc  City which is expected to …

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Thai royalty visits Leyte

Tacloban City, Leyte – The Princess of Thailand flew to Tacloban City for a tour and a visit to check on projects she has been funding, a report from the Office of the Leyte Governor said. Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla told reporters in an interview at his office that her Highness, Princess Maha  Chakri Sirindhorn visited tourist spots in the city, including city landmark, the Sto. Niño Shrine and museum which is much visited by tourists. In the afternoon, Petilla informed local media that the Princess visited the town of Dagami to turn over to the Department of Education a four-classroom school building for the Banayon Elementary School in the town’s BarangayBanayon. Dagami Mayor Abundio I. Delusa said the Princess donated the R8-million school building to replace the original building damaged by …

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81,000 registered voters in Region 8 scrapped from list

Tacloban City, Leyte – Over 81,000 registered voters in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) will not be able to vote in the May 2016 elections, a report from the Commission on Elections in Region 8 (Comelec-8) said. Comelec-8 Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros told reporters in a press conference here that these 81,000 registered voters failed to have their biometrics taken after the deadline for voter’s registration set by the poll body last October 31, 2015. He said the number of registered voters purged from the list of registered voters in Eastern Visayas is lower than what his office had projected. He also stressed that his office should not be blamed for the disqualification of the 81,000 registered voters as his office “did its best to make sure they could have their biometrics taken …

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Two Eastern Visayas bays now red-tide free

Tacloban City, Leyte – Two of eight bays in Eastern Visayas which were contaminated with red tide since the last quarter of 2015 are now red tide free, a report from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources regional office in Eastern Visayas (BFAR-8) said. BFAR-8 Regional Director Juan Albaladejo told reporters that latest laboratory results conducted revealed that Maqueda and Villareal Bays, both in Samar province are now free of red tide toxins which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. He said that shellfish and other marine products collected along the said bays are now safe for human consumption. Albaladejo, however warned that the other six bays in the region continue to be contaminated with red tide toxin. The present red tide bloom that have been occurring since 1983 in Eastern Visayas’ eight bays and …

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Leyte winning battle against infestation of coco farms

Tac-Loban City, Leyte — The continuous upgrading of coconut farms in this province is gaining ground and beating beetle infestations, a report from the provincial government said recently. Speaking to local reporters before the New Year, Governor Leopoldo Dominico “Mic” L. Petilla said the upgrading program of coconut farms is ongoing and has, so far, replanted 300,000 hectares of farmland. Petilla said the program has also achieved the fertilization of more than 700,000 hectares of coconut farms. These steps have benefited more than 5,000 families in all 41 towns and cities of this province, helping a lot in the recovery of the coconut industry from last year’s beetle infestation, he said. He said that hand-in-hand with the upgrading program is the fight against the “rhinoceros beetle infestation” in coconut trees in coordination with the …

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