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Region 8 police on full-alert status

Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8), based here,  condemns in strongest terms the recent bombing incident in Davao City and is presently in full alert status as it extends heartfelt sympathies to the families who have been killed during the incident and  the PRO-8 acting regional director PCSupt Elmer C. Beltejar  told reporters in an interview at his office here. Beltejar said that to prevent similar attacks, Region 8 is on full alert and PRO-8 has coordinated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies to map out security measures in strategic areas in the region. In view of this, he has ordered all Provincial Offices to set up checkpoints where deemed necessary and maximize security and presence in all vital installations, malls, …

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LSA scholar wins 2 medals at powerlifting tournament

Tacloban City — An athlete from the  Leyte Sports Academy (LSA) in this city  won two medals at the World Powerlifting Championship held from August 26 to September 2 in Warsaw,  Poland. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla told reporters Andrea Rowella Abrea, a 16-year-old native of Matag-ob Leyte, and who represented the Philippines at the 2016 Sub-junior and Junior World Powerlifting Championship, won silver in the deadlift category and a bronze in the bench press category. Petilla said the Philippine Sports Commission (PSA) invited Abrea to participate in the Warsaw event and paid for her expenses. Petilla said 30 countries, including USA Russia, Japan, Ukraine, Poland, competed at the championship.

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New birthing facility serves Eastern Visayas

Palo City – The new birthing facility in this city can serve the entire Eastern Visayas, the regional office chief of the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. Minerva Molon told reporters the four-storey Mother and Child Hospital is the newest addition to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Barangay Cabalawan. The facility has 100 beds and a floor area of 4,715 square meters. Molon said the new facility was built in 16 months with a P300-million donation from the Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc. Molon said the Mother and Child Hospital will have the highest standards for safe quality care for birthing mothers and newborns. It is designed to be the leading maternal and newborn care training hub in the region by 2030. Molon said the birthing facility has in-patient services that include uncomplicated …

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Samar prioritizes tourism industry

Catbalogan City, Samar — Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan announced that her administration will give priority to the development and promotion of tourism in her province. Governor  Tan told journalists that Samar has a lot to offer and the potentials to become one of the top tourist destinations in the country considering the various natural wonders and attractions of the province. Tan cited the famous Sohoton caves of Basey, the Calbiga caves of Calbiga town which is considered as one of the biggest cave systems in Asia, the waterfalls of Calbayog city, the beautiful beaches in Marabut and other tourism assets of her province. She admitted that despite the naturally-endowed wonders and attractions, her province’s tourism industry at present has not yet fully taken off. The governor said that to realize the full development …

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Summit boosts Leyte agriculture

Tacloban City – The discussions during the recent Climate Change and Agriculture Summit will go a long way in helping Leyte farmers, the provincial governor said. Governor  Leopoldo Petilla said during a radio program that the August 23 summit in Palo to formulate plan of action for a strong climate-resilient agriculture industry provided valuable inputs from agriculturists, technicians, experts, and agricultural information technologists. The inputs will be used in the series of trainings on modern agriculture and organic farming conducted by his office for farmers. The summit’s topics included climate change models, scenarios for Eastern Visayas and the potential impacts on agriculture; early warning advisories for farmers; climate risk management for agriculture mobile app; adaptation and mitigation initiatives in agriculture; the priority programs and projects for the rehabilitation of the agriculture and fishery …

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Fake cigarette brands sold in Tacloban

Tacloban City – A leading cigarette manufacturer in the country said it has found fake cigarettes carrying its brands being sold in this city. A team from the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco, Inc.  (PMFTC Inc.) reported finding fake Marlboro, Fortune, and Jackpot cigarettes in a number of retail stores. The team conducted surprise purchases of cigarettes at the stores. The PMFTC said the stores found to be selling fake brand cigarettes were located in front of the Tacloban public market. A source from the team said the stores were given warning letters by PMFTC to stop selling of  fake brands. It was learned that other PMFTC teams are also checking stores or outlets in other areas in Eastern Visayas. PMFTC has alerted local authorities to the growing problem of counterfeit cigarettes which are of very poor …

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Police search for Maasin shooting motive

Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte — Police are trying to determine the motive in the shooting incident in Maasin City, Southern Leyte, last August 17 where a leader of the barangay tanod was killed and the barangay chairman and his son were wounded. Jerry Diola Gabucan, 44, died from several gunshot wounds. The chairman, Reynaldo Cardoza Tan, 50, was hit in his body, while his son, Reynan Diola Tan, 20, was hit in the thigh. Gunmen fired at the three in front of Tan’s house in Barangay Ibarra. After Gabucan fell to the ground, one of the gunmen left a placard with”Drug pusher ako lord patawad” scrawled on it. Chief Supt. Elmer C. Beltejar, acting police regional director,  said that earlier,  a man who spoke in Visayan went to the barangay hall and asked …

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Climate change, agri summit kicks off in Palo

Palo, Leyte — A summit on climate change and its effect on agriculture aims to formulate a plan of action for a strong climate-resilient agriculture industry. The summit, organized by Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC), an affiliate of Philip Morris International (PMI), and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc. (AmCham) kicked off on Tuesday with 234 participants which included town and city mayors, LGU representatives, farmer leaders, and representatives from the provincial and municipal agriculture offices. PMFTC Communications Manager Ma. Dolores Santiago said the summit, which will be replicated in key regions in the coming months, is considered a milestone in the partnership of PMFTC and AmCham. It will provide Filipino farmers and local government units (LGUs), and other stakeholders with information on available technology and practices to cope …

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Leyte sports school produces top athletes

Tacloban City — The Leyte Sports Academy (LSA), based in this city, is emerging as breeding ground for world class athletes. Speaking at the LSA’s 6th anniversary last August 19, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said that the school’s athletes have won 21 gold, 11 silver and two bronze medals in international competitions. Last June, LSA scholar Ms. Veronica Ompod won gold at the World Classic Power Lifting Championship in Texas, USA. The 15-year-old from Matag-ob, Leyte, had been invited by the Philippine Sports Commission to represent the Philippines at the championship. “I am confident, and I just hope and pray, that more gold medals will be won by the LSA scholars this year in international competitions,” Petilla said. Last year, LSA athletes won 10 golds, 22 silvers and nine bronzes in tournaments in Hong …

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Public urged to help fight wildlife trafficking in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office 8 (DENR-8), has renewed its call for the public to help its intensified drive to stop the trafficking and illegal possession of wildlife in Eastern Visayas. DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca made the appeal following with the rescue last August 13 of 15 pythons kept as pets by Albuera, Leyte, Mayor Rolando Espinosa and his son Kerwin in their residence.  The Espinosas were in the public limelight after they were named by President Duterte as drug lords in the Visayas. Sibbaluca said an anonymous caller had tipped off his office last August 12 on the pythons in the custody of the Espinosas.  Sibbaluca said a DENR team found the pythons weak and hungry. Another python was already dead when the team …

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