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SLT Publisher Antonio Reyes called on Mayor Rustico Estrella and talked about latest happenings at the municipality.

CHEERS photo of the week

GOOD JOB: Our Photo this week is that of Police Officer III Achiles Berad Bacorta. We chose him for his honesty and dedication to public service. Officer Bacorta who found a wallet containing 5,800 pesos, a pair of gold ear rings, and voters ID returned it to its owner Margarita Dolorito a 70 year old resident of Barangay Bactul II.

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Their Greatest Legacies

Colliding with China


Benit is our busiest port

Bontoc-Bato road was bad for the City

PIA should re-invent itself

What an oversigh!t


Suspected pushers arrested

Friend hacks friend with razor sharp bolo

Owner of missing dog Jecho needs help


The beautiful town of Pintuyan

General Bonifacio Basco Ramos


City Hall Land Tax

How about frightened husbands?

Missing barangay officials


Ziplining over the Agas-Agas bridge
by: Wowie Reyes

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Maasin born and “presidentiable” Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is swamped by his supporters upon arrival.

Federalism is the solution! - Duterte

MAASIN CITY - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte who arrived here last Sunday denied he was seeking the presidency. He said he was here for the Roa Clan Reunion where he was the guest speaker. He added that he was currently touring the country to push for Federalism which he believes is the best solution for Mindanao...read more

Saavedra “killer” convicted of murder

MAASIN CITY, SOUTHERN LEYTE - The young man charged with the gruesome murder of Saint Joseph College honor student Ma. Shania Saavedra last February 21, 2015, has been sentenced to Reclusión Perpetua by Honorable Daisy Paler Gonzales, the presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 25 of Maasin City...read more

Cocolisap has reached Leyte Island!

TACLOBAN, LEYTE– Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla has warned local officials in the region that the dreaded coconut devouring virus Cocolisap has already reached the island. He said the impact of a cocolisap pandemic here combined with the present Hispine Beetle infestation, which has reduced coconut production by almost 50 percent, will have a profound impact on the region’s energy resources, livelihood, and peace and order situation...read more

Too many city grass fires

Grass Fires in Maasin have been increasing at an alarming rate as shown by the number of fire alarms since the summer season began. As of this writing 14 fires have already been recorded by the city’s Fire Department. Wild fires are defined as uncontrolled fires in areas rich with vegetation...read more

Miracle at Ichon?

ICHON, MACROHON- Residents here are mesmerized by reports from a 9 year-old child who claimed to have seen a tear drop from the right eye of the life-sized statue of Mary Mediatrix. According to Aida Pia (not her real name due to her minor age) a resident of Purok Holy Innocent in Barangay Ichon, the event took place at around 4 pm last Sunday...read more

Governor Mercado wants “Capitolyo” employees tested for drugs

MAASIN CITY - Governor Roger Mercado has ordered the drug testing of all provincial government employees. In a recent Flag raising ceremony he said confidential reports had confirmed that drug use in the Capitolyo had increased and that an officer there was suspected of selling the drugs himself...read more

Province to expand fish sanctuaries

MAASIN CITY -The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO) is expanding its Marine Protected Areas in Southern Leyte to ensure a year-round supply of fish and other marine products,.according to Armando Gaviola, who heads the PENRMO in Southern Leyte...read more

Mercado & Tan may join forces in 2016

MAASIN CITY – Over the past week the Southern Leyte Times has been swamped with inquiries on the authenticity of reports that Governor Roger Mercado and his political nemesis, Vice Governor Shefferd Tan, had agreed to an alliance in the coming 2016 elections...read more

Hotter days ahead!

PAGASA, QUEZON CITY - - The record heat wave that has hit the country will continue this month. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) among the hardest hit will be the provinces of Eastern Visayas which include Southern and Northern Leyte...read more

Medical Scholarship Project planned

MAASIN CITY -The provincial government of Southern Leyte is planning to start a Medical Scholarship Project for aspiring doctors who will practice their profession in government hospitals here. This was revealed by Governor Roger Mercado in a telephone interview with SLT...read more

French NGO to create “Artificial Reefs”

PADRE BURGOS - Two coastal barangays here recently became the first beneficiaries of an artificial reef project spearheaded and financed by the Association Scaph Pro, a French Oceanographic Research non-government organization whose mission and purpose ranges from oceanographic research, biological underwater census to underwater eco-tourism development and preservation and protection of the marine ecosystem...read more

Divers prepare for starfish invasion

PADRE BURGOS - There has already been a number of sightings of the dreaded Coral Reef devouring “Crown of Thorns” starfish. Foreign divers from the different diving resorts in the province have already confirmed the renewed presence of the dreaded starfishes in our local waters...read more

Southern Leyte honors Pagara

MAASIN CITY - Last April 20 Southern Leyte honored the Prince of Philippine boxing Albert Pagara. The day long ceremony was in recognition of Pagara’s impressive victory over Mexican challenger Rudolfo Hernandez to capture the IBF Intercontinental jr. featherweight belt...read more

Operation Smile reaches 96 patients

The founder of “Medical Mission Matters”Laurene “Larry” Mally told SLT correspondent Nizza Pablo they had provided free Hair Lip operation to over 2000 patient and donated free medicine, food andtransportation for their patients.Here in Maasin they had 96 patients...read more

Slow bridge work hit

MAASIN, SOUTHERN LEYTE - The Canturing bridge reconstruction project has residents along the river wondering if there wasn’t a faster way of strengthening this vital infrastructure. The large sign describing the project states that it began February 14, 2014 and that it would take around 210 calendar days to complete...read more

Tax collection up 36 percent

According to Diosdado Mendoza, the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s Regional Director for Eastern Visayas, Tax collection in the Region during the first quarter of 2015 reached P1.47 billion.This exceeded the agency’s collection during the same period last year by 36 percent...read more

More tourists visiting EV

Eastern Visayas which is composed of the provinces of Southern Leyte,Biliran, Northern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Western Samar has much to offer tourists It has beaches and diving spots, eco-tourism and historical sites, adventure destinations like caves and white water rafting, and agriculturetourism areas...read more







There will be no tuition fee increase in schools in Region 8 this school year. According the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) no schools in Eastern Visayas will be allowed to raise their tuition fees because the people there are still recovering from the havoc caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. For this school year, 405 out of 1683 private schools have sent letters of intent to the commission to raise school fees, but CHED only approved 313 applications. This was 287 less than the number it okayed last year.

Highlights of May 9 SP meeting

• SP Alex Lim endorsed Municipal Ordinance No. 2015-08 of the Sangguniang Bayan of Bontoc, Granting Franchise to Blue Motor Cab Operators and its Regulations in the Municipality of Bontoc. It was referred to the Provincial Legal Office for its comments and recommendations.

• SP Teopesto Rojas asked the Committee on Appropriation and Finance
to approve the following projects

(1) Improvement of Tagnipa-Batuan Road (Tagnipa Section) Maasin City-P160,000

(2) Concreting of Mahalo- Kagingkingan Road,Anahawan-P3,405,600(3) construction of Multi- Purpose & Training Center/Evacuation Center, Brgy. Gawisan, Maasin City-P2,300,000

(4)Completion of Multi-Purpose Livelihood & Training Center/Evacuation Center, Pas-anon, San Francisco-P1,885,000;

(5) Improvement of Multi-Purpose Livelihood & Training Center at the Capitol Sitein Asuncion, Maasin City-P3,000,0000. Total amount requested totals P10,750,600.

The Governor had asked the SP to include these projects in the 2015 Mother
AIP and the Committee on Appropriations and Finance has approved the governor’s request.







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