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NGCP turns over 4 school buildings to Leyte

Tacloban City — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)  has turned over four school buildings  to Leyte schools, over the weekend. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla told reporters in an interview that each school building has three classrooms. They are intended for distribution to four public schools in the province as part of the recovery efforts for the areas devastated by the super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ last November 8, 2013. Governor Petilla said the elementary schools which are recipients of the school buildings include:   Cogon Elementary School and San Jose Elementary School both of Palo town; Lingayon Elementary School of Alang-alang town and San Roque Elementary School of Tolosa town. A source from NGCP said in a separate interview that each school building costs P2.8 million.   He added that the four school …

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Call for proper waste disposal renewed

Tacloban City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Region 8 (DENR-8) is urging the people in Eastern Visayas to practice proper waste disposal. DENR Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca told reporters on Friday during the culmination activities for National Clean-up Month that the people must learn to segregate their garbage into recyclables, bio-degradable, and non-biodegradables. Sibbaluca said that an information campaign conducted in September by DENR regional office focused on proper garbage disposal. He said that in Eastern Visayas, the clean-up activities held on September 17 was spearheaded by the DENR-8 in collaboration with the local government units, civil society groups/non-government organizations, the private sector, academe and the religious sector. The volunteers cleaned up schools, parks, roads, creeks, sewage systems, creeks and rivers. “We encouraged our people in joining the …

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DOLE-8 turns over P1 million worth of farm implements to Samar farmers

Tacloban City - The Department of Labor and Employment regional office 8 (DOLE-8), through its Northern Samar Field Office has turned over farm implements farmers in San Isidro, Northern Samar, a report from DOLE-8, based here, said today. DOLE-8 Regional Director Elias A. Cayonong Northern Samar Field Office Head Patria A. Bigcas the turned-over P1,101,480.00 worth of farm implements to 33 farmer-members of the Samahan sa mga Parag-uma Bukid sa Palanit (SAPABUP) of Brgy. Palanit, San Isidro, Northern Samar ceremony held at the Municipal Ground in Sana Isidro town recently. Director Cayanong explained that the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Isidro sought the help of the DOLE to enhance the economic conditions of the farmer-beneficiaries for them to earn a living and to be …

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Animal rescue center also a learning place for wildlife conservation

Tacloban City – The Regional Wildlife Rescue Center run by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office for Eastern Visayas not only is a sanctuary for distressed animals but is also a learning place for wildlife conservation. DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca told reporters the center, located in the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Palo, serves as the rehabilitation area for confiscated, rescued, and abandoned wildlife in the region. Sibbaluca said the center also welcomes educational tours and family trips. "Everyone is invited to take the opportunity of seeing wildlife animals while they are still in captivity at the center,” he said. Sibbaluca said the animals are released into wild as soon as they are fit and healthy. Among the animals in the facility’s care are several species of birds, …

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Eastern Visayas installations secured

Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – The police and the military in Eastern Visayas secure vital installation as they are in full alert status following the Davao City bombing last September 2, 2016 which left 14 people dead and nearly 70 others wounded. Chief Supt Elmer C.  Beltejar, acting police regional director, told reporters he ordered the entire police force of Eastern Visayas on full alert following with the deadly bombing in Davao City on September 2. Beltejar said he will meet this week with Major General Jet Velarmino, commanding general of 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan, to coordinate plans, forces and efforts in securing key installations in the region that could targeted by terrorist or armed groups. He mentioned the geothermal power plants in Ormoc City and Kananga town all in …

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Philippine eagle finds a home in Leyte’s geothermal forests

Tacloban City – The forests inside the Leyte geothermal field has become home to the Philippine eagle. Leonardo Sibbaluca, head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Eastern Visayas, said a Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was spotted by DENR field workers in the forest of the Anonang-Lobi mountain range that straddle the towns of Burauen-Jaro-Albuera and Ormoc City. Philippine eagle sightings in Leyte are rare. Sibbaluca said that in December, 2012 an eagle was seen by a research team from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in the forests of Barangay Kagbana, Burauen, Leyte. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla said there were sightings of the Philippine eagle in the province many years back, but they were unconfirmed. Petilla said confirmation of the existence of the Philippine eagle in his province reached …

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Village chief, son shot dead

Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – A barangay chief in Calbayog City and her son were shot dead last Tuesday, and the gunmen took the P80,000 they were carrying, police reported Friday. Chief Supt Elmer C. Beltejar, acting director of the regional police in Eastern Visayas, told reporters that Estrella Olyado, 53, Barangay Captain of Guinbaoyan Norte, and her son, Ismael, 30, were shot by Rogelio Salvame and his three companions. Beltejar said the Olyados were in a tricycle with the barangay chead’s husband, Esmeraldo, when they were fired at by Salvame’s group.

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Leyte geothermal forests reservation home of Philippine eagle

Tacloban City, Leyte - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8 office (DENR-8) has reported that the Leyte geothermal forests reservation (LGFR) at the Leyte geothermal production field (LGPF) reservation area in this province aside from being the source of geothermal energy for the production of electricity, it is also a home of the national bird in this province. DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca told reporters in an interview at his office here that the protection and preservation of the forest cover in the LGPF is essential considering that the reservation is also the habitat of Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and now freely flying in the mountain ranges of Leyte island. Director Sibbaluca said that the existence of the national bird has been spotted by his men in the field …

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DOLE donates pedicabs

Tacloban City — The Department of Labor and Employment’s regional office in Eastern Visayas has distributed 33 new pedicabs to beneficiaries in the province. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla said in an interview that the pedicabs were distributed to the beneficiaries in the second and third district of his province. The pedicab, known locally as traysikad or padyak, services subdivisions or neighborhoods where no jeepneys or tricycle operate. DOLE Regional Director Elias A. Cayanong said the pedicabs, worth P475,200, were distributed to informal sector workers as part of the DOLE’s Kabuhayan program. Cayaniong the pedicab beneficiaries used to rent their vehicles and paid the owners half of their daily earnings.

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Watershed management plans for Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office has prepared five Integrated Watershed Management Plans for Eastern Visayas. DENR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said the integrated management plans prepared by his office cover the Palo and Buac watersheds in Leyte Island  and the Gandara, Linal-an and Catarman watersheds in Samar Island. Sibbaluca said the plans were based on the concept of sustainable management wherein the development, protection and conservation programs were carried out by local government units, DENR, other government agencies, and stakeholders. The plans were affirmed and endorsed by the participating constituents including SB members, barangay captains, civic groups, and other institutions, he added. Sibbaluca said the Palo watershed covers 22,565 hectares   and encompasses 48 barangays in the municipalities of  Palo, Sta. Fe, Alang-alang, Jaro and  Pastrana, …

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