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A rustic scene of Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte

Rio Cahambing is a local diving, tourism & photography enthusiast, whose photos reveal the different beautiful places of Southern Leyte province.

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Fully grown Mangrove trees dominate the shorelines of Barangay Combado and Lib-og

ENVIRONMENTALISTS OPPOSE COASTAL ROAD

MAASIN CITY - A group of environmentalists and netizens are highly critical of the proposed 4.7 kilometer coastal bypass road planned by the national government, whose primary purpose is to decongest traffic in the city...read more

Bags of Marijuana found floating at sea

SAN RICARDO – Diosdado Bakhawon was fishing at the seawaters of Kinachawa village in San Ricardo town here last Tuesday morning when he got the biggest surprise of his life...read more

Another oarfish washes ashore Macrohon town

SAN JOAQUIN, MACROHON - The Oarfish (Regalecidae), a mysterious deep sea creature has found itself again at the center of a conspiracy theory that suggests it can predict earthquakes, after local residents found another oarfish at the shores of Barangay San Joaquin last March 5, Sunday morning, the same day when a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck again the neighboring province of Surigao...read more

“Double-Barrel”Reloaded

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - After the Philippine National Police’s war on drugs was temporarily put on hold by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, due to the controversial killing of the South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, the Maasin born president once again ordered the police to spearhead his war versus the illegal drug trade...read more

SSS-Maasin releases P1,000 additional pension

MAASIN CITY – Social Security System (SSS) Branch Head Gregorio Baroza disclosed recently that the agency has already implemented the additional P1,000 pesos additional benefit for the first two months of the year to all retirees, surviving and disabled pensioners...read more

HNHS STUDENTS HOLD BIG PROTEST RALLY

HINUNANGAN - Holding banners indicating “Say no to corruption!” and “Hawa na” hundreds of Hinunangan National High School (HNHS) students and parents ignored the heat of the sun and skipped their classes last Monday morning, February 27, to stage a big rally to reportedly denounce and oust their high school’s principal, whom the rallyists accused of irregular practices and abuse of authority...read more

ASAP’s G-Force to hold dance training

It’s official! The popular ASAP dance group behind such superstars as Enrique Gil, Maja Salvador and Sarah Geronimo is mounting its very own Summer Dance Workshop in Maasin City this coming April 17-20...read more

Provincial Library to get “facelift”

After many decades of service to the public, the Provincial Library will finally get a “facelift” and be restored to cater to a younger and more information-connected community...read more

Federalism and Con-Ass consultations start

Members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Constitutional Amendments have started their nationwide campaign in consulting and informing the public regarding the possibility of a constituent assembly (con-ass) as the mode of amending the 1987 Constitution, to shift from the presidential to a federal form of government...read more

Fire month with new fire chief

Summer time is fast approaching and based on statistics, this is the season when there is an alarming increase of fire incidents throughout the province...read more

MAASIN COASTAL ROAD STARTS 2017

MAASIN CITY - Considering the city’s development and increased volume of traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways – Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH) will construct a 4.71 km-long coastal bypass road, with reclamation component, connecting the villages of Lib-og to Mambajao...read more

Duterte orders 1st mass holiday

MALACAÑANG - The Office of the President declared March 31 a nonworking holiday throughout Southern Leyte in commemoration of the First Christian Mass in Limasawa Island...read more

Dr. Uytico lauds So. Leyte Division banner project

The Department of Education-Eastern Visayas regional director Dr. Ramir B. Uytico lauded education officials in Southern Leyte after the successful launching of its banner project UGMAD last Tuesday evening...read more

Three Centenarians to receive P100K each

MAASIN CITY - Three lucky centenarians in the city will soon receive 100,000 pesos each from the national government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as their incentive for reaching the age of 100 years or more...read more

“Earthquake fish” found in Libagon

LIBAGON - Days after the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that jolted Surigao province, some Libagon townfolks are now fearful after not just one, but two oarfish, also known as “earthquake fish” or “doomsday fish” were found beached on the shores of the town recently...read more

Still no sign of missing diver

NAPANTAO (UPDATE) - Two weeks after he disappeared underwater, Philippine coast guard authorities have reported that there is still no trace of the 28-year-old American diver Max Quinn who was last seen diving at the Napantao Fish Sanctuary...read more

Ombudsman confirms decision against former town mayor

The Office of the Ombudsman has directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to implement it's administrative orders against former Mayor Napoleon Cuaton of Saint Bernard town...read more

MAASIN GRABS 4TH PLACE IN EVRAA 2017

NAVAL - The Maasin City sports delegation went all out and hauled in 28 gold medals and emerged fourth place in the recently concluded Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) sports meet in the province of Biliran...read more

Youth leaders hold leadership forum

Maasin City - The College of Maasin (CM) hosted a leadership symposium that aimed to mobilize young people toward positive activism and good leadership...read more

Visayas media hold environmental forum

Gearing towards the increased urgency of the growing demand for production and manufacture of products and services in this millenial times, people oftentimes overlooked or compromise the value of the benefits derived from our environment – which has consequent impacts on communities, especially those that are highly dependent on natural resources for their sustenance...read more

Carpenter returns money

In a world dominated by non-stop information and no shortage of headlines on political rancor and violent crime,glimmers of goodness sometimes show up in the form of blue wallet and the good Samaritan who found it – as happened last week in Sta. Cruz village, Macrohon town...read more

Bayanihan saves blazing house

A fire reportedly engulfed one of the houses in barangay Combado, Maasin City, a day before Valentine’s Day, last February 13, at around 8:27 in the morning, based on the report of the Maasin City Fire station...read more

AMERICAN DIVER STILL MISSING AT NAPANTAO

The Southern Leyte Coast Guard and volunteers of local private dive resorts are (as of this writing) still continuing their search for American Diver Max Quinn who was last seen diving at the Napantao Marine Sanctuary...read more

Tycoons to solve So. Leyte’s poverty

The “Kapatid Conglomerates” composed of the Philippines’ top businessmen expressed their willingness to support the national government’s program that will help decrease extreme poverty in the countryside...read more

PNP on high NPA alert

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - Provincial Director Warren De Leon recently ordered all the police personnel in different municipal police stations to conduct random checkpoint operations in relation to the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte regarding the lifting of government unilateral ceasefire...read more

DUTERTE'S PHP 30 MILLION FOR LIMASAWA PORT

Here’s good news for Southern Leyteño residents, foreign and local tourists. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) disclosed that the 2017 infrastructure projects of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration includes the proposal for the construction of the Limasawa port with P30 million pesos budget for the island’s tourism potential...read more

SLSU goes for ISO certification

SOGOD - Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) with its five campuses is targeting to be an ISO 9001:2008 certified state university this year, to achieve its vision to provide high quality education in the province...read more

Guinsaugon tragedy 11 years later

SAINT BERNARD - Many of the survivors have moved on from the tragic landslide. Orphans are now parents, farmers have restored their rice fields and local government has improved its disaster risk reduction management system...read more

OMBUDSMAN TO PROBE PHP33 MILLION IN PAG-IBIG LOANS

MAASIN CITY - the Commission on Audit (COA) recently held thirteen officials of the PAG-IBIG Fund Regional Office-8 and the developer of the “Villa Perla” subdivision liable for alleged irregularities in forty-six housing loans given by the fund from the years 2007 to 2009...read more

Arcayan not Mercado’s bodyguard

MAASIN CITY - Reports have been circulating claiming that Congressman Roger Mercado or Governor Damian Mercado’s bodyguard was gunned down in Bato, Leyte during its town fiesta last January 25...read more

NFA administrator visits hometown

MAASIN CITY - The newly appointed administrator of the National Food Authority, Jason Laureano Yazar Aquino, paid a visit to his hometown last January 21, Saturday, for the very first time since he was appointed as a national government official...read more

Dropwire causes house fire

CAN-IWAN, Maasin City - A traversed electrical service drop wire caused an electric short circuit which set a house on fire early in the afternoon last January 20, 2017...read more

Retired teacher found dead in her room

The body of a 67-year old retired teacher was discovered lying down, seemingly lifeless, by laundry washer Analiza Hermano, inside her room in barangay Abgao, Maasin City. The lifeless body was identified as Daisy Romano Prejula...read more

MAASINHON IS NEW NFA ADMINISTRATOR

Maasinborn President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has hand picked and appointed a fellow Maasinhon as the new administrator of the National Food Authority (NFA)...read more

Landslides and floods

Days of non-stop rain brought by weather disturbances had caused landslides, mudslides and flooding in different parts of the province...read more

Living Hope improves medical services in So. Leyte

Living Hope Hospital (LHH) a neophyte medical center, is going forward in terms of new medical advancement in Southern Leyte...read more

'5-6' loan sharks to be caught?

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - The days of the 5”-6” lending scheme seems to be numbered as local and national law enforcement agencies are setting their sights on the reported illegal lending practice...read more

THREE OUT OF TEN FAMILIES STILL POOR

MAASIN CITY - Not less than three in every ten households in Southern Leyte remain poor and lack the means to feed themselves, according to reports shown by the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted from July 2015 and January 2016...read more

Tokhang shoots one, arrests five

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG - Since its start on July 1, 2016, Operation “Tokhang” (knock and plead) under “Project Double Barrel” has left an impressive number of drug dependents reforming and confessing to authorities, while also leaving a long trail of bloody incidents...read more

SLT Fearless 2017 Forecasts

For 18 years, it has been an annual tradition for SLT to analyze the real state of our province, and to come up with Southern Leyte’s 8 Fearless forecast...read more

DTI offers free office

MAASIN CITY – Southern Leyte’s growing economy, if tapped by local entrepreneurs, might herald a possible future golden age in entrepreneurship, and encourage more people to have a better outlook when it comes to starting their own enterprise in the province...read more

San Juan Geothermal Plant contract awarded

The Department of Energy (DOE) said that it has recently awarded a geothermal renewable energy service contract here in Southern Leyte province. The DOE revealed to the press that on January 4, 2017, the energy department awarded the bid proposal of Repower Energy Development Corporation...read more

 

   

CHEERS!

BEEP-BEEP-BEEP: Two brand new ambulances and one search-and-rescue vehicle were recently acquired by the Maasin City government, to help provide immediate response and rescue during health and natural calamity emergencies.

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