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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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Remember that by submitting your photos and captions you give us full consent to publish this in our newspaper and news site.




A season for everything


What an oversigh!t

Do our fast food eateries still use transfat?

What country wastes the most food on earth?

What happens after the drug raids?

Menus are germ havens


6-month fetus buried along beach

Call center agent Robbed

Was the man salvaged


Journalists are our catalysts for change

General Bonifacio Basco Ramos

Tips for a healthier life


How about frightened husbands?

Missing barangay officials


You slanted warden's story


Noise pollution


Dr. Ernesto Delima Cordova

Born: November 23,1933 Died: April 16, 2015

Survived by his wife, Barbara Hall-Cordova
Ernie Cordova - Son and grandchildren

(Ret.) Judge Domingo D. Cordova, Jr. (+)
Mrs. Fe. Azucena Cordova-Berdin (+)
Atty. Ebenezer D. Cordova-Murillo
Ms. Amelia Cordova-Belarmino
Dr. Lorna Cordova-Laguna
Ms. Myrna Cordova-Guerrero(+)
Atty. Eunice Cordova-Lopez
Ms. Belling Montalbo
Mrs. Portia Cordova-Salva
Ms. Ernesta Garcia Trobojo



Born : September 9, 1949 Died : April 6, 2015

Survived by his loving wife Myrna and children Rahzin, Eross, Ron-ron and SK.
Grandchildren :Yones-Yuan and Liam

Ziplining over the Agas-Agas bridge
by: Wowie Reyes

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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

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

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

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

Well known COMELEC officer passes away

Ronaldo Kangleon Segovia, a retired senior officer of the Commission on Elections Office in Southern Leyte, passed away last Monday. He was 65-years old. Segovia who was born September 9, 1949 and had just retired last year was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid last December and had been hospitalized since. Ronnie who was known for his beautiful baritone voice and healthy lifestyle finished his primary and secondary education at the College of Maasin and his Bachelor of Science in Commerce at Saint Joseph College. He leaves behind his wife Myrna and children Rahzin, Eross and Liam and grandchildren Ron-ron, Yones- Yuan and SK. (By RODALYN GELIA)

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

Raging bush fire threatened Asuncion Parish Church

MAASIN CITY - Last Sunday at around 6 p.m. city firemen rushed to barangay Asuncion to put out a raging bush fire on the steep hills behind the Asuncion Parish Church. According to BFP sources they got a call from Gabby Geraldo about the fire around 5:30 pm and immediately deployed 3 fire trucks to the fire scene. It took them 5 hours to control the blaze. Residents there claim coconut and fruit trees along the fire’s path were burned. Arson investigators of the Bureau of Fire Prevention City Station still don’t know what caused the fire (source: BFP & PNP)

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

Jail Warden defies Governor

MAASIN CITY, SOUTHERN LEYTE - Joselito Magallanes, the former Warden of the Provincial Jail, has raised the issue of his extended detail to the RKK Function House with the Civil Service Commissioners in Diliman, Quezon City. In his petition to the Commission dated 6 April 2015, he questioned the extension of his assignment as Caretaker of the Function House and claimed it had violated the “Duration of Detail policy” of the CSC dated September 13, 2002...read more

Costillas to mediate land tax dispute

MAASIN, SOUTHERN LEYTE – The debate on who should pay the property tax on land expropriated by NPC in barangay Tawid, Maasin City, will be resolved soon. Reacting to complaints from two landowners whose property had been sequestered by the National Power Corporation are being billed a total of 1,500,000 in back taxes, for non- payment of real property taxes for the past 15 years...read more

Germany offers to help weak Abaca Industry

METRO MANILA - The Department of Agriculture has come up with an agreement with the German Federal Ministry for projects that will benefit abaca farmers in the region. The agreements, called “Abaca Sustainability Initiative” will be for a period of three-years with abaca farmers in Southern Leyte as the beneficiaries...read more


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.



• Engineer Jesse R.Quilantang, as Department Head, and Provincial Administrator.

• Dr. Joseph S. Limos and Dr. Jerome B. Profetana as physicians of the Pintuyan District Hospital.

• Dr. Jonathan Timothy B. Sarte as Head of the Radiology Department of the SalvacionOppusYniguez Memorial

• Dr. Jose T. Santiago as Head of the Laboratory Department of the Padre Burgos Community Hospital,Sogod District Hospital and Hinunangan Community Hospital.

• Dr. Daisy Emilia Bismark Bollozos as Head of the Obi- Gyne Department of the Salvacion Oppus Yniguez Provincial Hospital.

• Dr. Annabel Hufalar as Dean of Graduate Studies, Southern Leyte State University.

• Dr. Jean Costillas, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Southern Leyte State University



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