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December 3 - 9, 2016


SAINT BERNARD - Southern Leyte’s pride, Miss Tourism International 2015 first runner-up Janela Joy Pigon Cuaton, whose parents are from Saint Bernard town, paid a visit to her parents’ hometown last December 8. The beauty queen later visited the provincial capitol and was received by provincial administrator Jason Calva. She was accompanied by Saint Bernard town mayor Willie Calapre. Cuaton is a professional fashion model based in Doha, and during her visit she vowed to promote Southern Leyte as a tourist hotspot.


November 19 - 25, 2016


The government workers of the Municipality of Hinundayan work overtime to make their town’s public plaza into a “ Christmas Wonderland” (photo by VBC)


October 8 - 14, 2016


LIMASAWA – Maria Malbas of barangay San Bernardo outsmarted six other candidates to win the Mutya ng Limasawa 2016 title during the recently held pageant at the Municipal Gymnasium, Tuesday night, October 11. Malbas also bragged the Best in Evening Gown, Best in Swimwear and Best in Casual awards. Mayor Nilo Petracorta, together with other LGU officials graced the competition, which is one of the major events of the annual town’s fiesta. Rachelle Mae Silvio from Triana village won the first runner-up title while Ricachelle Carnales of barangay Cabulihan won the second runner up and was chosen as Miss Photogenic and People’s Choice award. Completing the four finalists were Beverly Villaronza and Nhjrene Catig of barangay Lugsongan, Rechelyn Moral of barangay Magallanes, and Judina Olojan of Triana village.

September 10 - 16, 2016


Police Senior Superintendent Marni Caluya Marcos Jr., PSSupt Norberto Tuazon and Acting Provincial Director Warren De Leon graced the ground breaking ceremonies for the new PNP stations at Tomas Oppus and Macrohon last September 14. Among those who attended the Blessing and Ground breaking ceremony were Provincial Board Member Fe Edillo, and Adriano Idjao, the Provincial Board Member representing the 1st District of Southern Leyte.

July 30 - August 5, 2016


Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Director Pedro Noval Jr., DILGProvincial Director Jess Naquila and Governor Damian Mercado led the ground breaking ceremony last August 3, 2016, for the transfer of ownership of the lot which will house the new DILG building.


Southern Leyte police recently received 21 patrol bikes from Camp Crame, to help the police respond quickly to crimes and emergencies. PSSupt. Warren De Leon, Acting Provincial Director, said the 19 motorcycles were to be distributed in each municipality, including Maasin City, and the remaining 2 were to be used by the Public Safety Camp and the province’s PNP headquarters in Camp Alfredo Bantug.

July 2 - 8, 2016


The piling of uncollected trash right next to the Maasin Public Market has already attracted swarms of flies and pose the risk of food contamination .Attention City Hall, please fix ASAP.

June 11 - 17, 2016


What the hell is this? Well, its actually a motorcycle on board another motorcycle along Tomas Oppus street heading towards the poblacion area. And no, the driver was neither stopped, nor given a traffic violation ticket.

May 21 - 27, 2016


Businessmen push for Maasin Airport completion

SLCCI President Epifania Sy, Gloria Markines Reyes and Maria Luisa Gonzales met with Governor Roger Gaviola Mercado about the real status of the Maasin City Airport located at Panan-awan. Governor Mercado said that the airport is already open for small private planes but cannot yet be used by commercial planes due to technical deficiencies. Additional funding is needed to correct them. The Chamber officers and members passed a Resolution to the Regional Development Council through the Regional Governor of PCCI for the Completion of the Maasin Airport. Email: [email protected]

April 9 - 15, 2016


Philippine Airlines (PAL) officers headed by Christopher Lebumfacil (Visayas Area Head for Sales and Services) and Joery Falloria (Head for Tacloban City) visited the SLT office and discussed the possibility of future PAL flights and linkages to Southern Leyte.


The Commission on Election in partnership with the Philippine National Police and the Department of Public Works and Highways conducted “Oplan Baklas” last Thursday, when they removed oversized and unlawful propaganda streamers on electric posts and trees throughout the province in compliance with COMELEC regulations for the coming May 9 National and Local Elections. The poll body is reminding the estimated 250,000 voters in Southern Leyte province to go out and vote.

March 26 - April 1, 2016


Last Sunday at Metro Gaisano senior citizens lined-up for their turn. But this customer, having waited so long to be served at the check out counter, helped the cashier load up the goods she paid for. What ever happened to the prompt service the store management promised?

March 5 - 11, 2016


Barangay volunteers clearing debris along Canturing River


We would like to ask the DPWH if this is part of its road-widening project?

February 27 - March 4, 2016


Volunteers of the UCCP Men’s Organization headed by Captain Oscar Catajoy are seen here caring for & replanting “Talisay” trees along Espina Boulevard.

February 13 - 19 , 2016

Renowned U.S. Doctor speaks on addiction avoidance

Dr. Jose Florante J. Leyson gave a speech February 19 at the SJC Gunfrida Covered Court regarding Drug and Alcohol Addiction a common problem of College students.He is the Chief Urologist at the New Jersey Medical Center and was awarded as one of the Top Filipino Sexologist in the US which was featured in the Cosmopolitan Magazine.

February 6 - 12, 2016

A gathering of old friends

SLT publisher Tony Reyes celebrated his birthday last February 6 with family and friends. Among those who attended were Governor Mercado, Atty. and Mrs. Geniston, Joe Mancera, Mr. and Mrs. Salazar, Mimi Auditor & Pinky.

January 30 - February 5, 2016

Good News for commuters

Here’s good news for regular commuters to Cebu. After many years of servicing our port with their oldest vessels, the Cokaliong Shipping Company has finally designated two of its largest vessels to ply the Cebu- Maasin route regularly. The vessels they have assigned to service our port are the MV Iligan and MV Iloilo.

December 19 - 25, 2015

Commuters pay the price along much delayed government projects, most notably road concreting, wonder and have been exasperated by the obvious delay in the turtle-paced rate of performance by contractors. Very sad examples are the reconstruction or strengthening of the Canturing Bridge.

December 5 - 11, 2015

EPAL in of all places the Maasin Cemetery. We know the dead can’t vote, so why do we have to remind them about it? And isn’t this supposed to be Duterte country?

JEERS Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2015

A mahogany tree that fell along the Nasaug-Bogo road was carelessly cut unmindful that the trunk was still protruding causing grave danger to both people and vehicles. The cut log already caused several accidents to motorcycles and tricycles. This is located adjacent to the Canturing steel brige.

JEERS September 12 - 18, 2015

Believe it or not! This muddy dirt road leads to the Provincial Government’s R. Kangleon Function House which is used for meetings and conferences which are attended by international and local VIPs from other provinces.

JEERS September 5 - 11, 2015

These fishing boats came all the way from Dinagat, Surigao. But what were they doing in our municipal waters?

CHEERS August 29 - September 4, 2015

REAL PUBLIC SERVICE: The DPWH “Job Order” personell manning the Canturing Bridge are doing a good job. They are also very enterprising and have constructed their own sign posts and protection from the sun.

JEERS August 8 - 14, 2015

This wooden bridge traversing the creek beside the Nacional Mercado Lawn Tennis Club of Maasin City is an eyesore and very slippery during rainy season. We are also wondering what those 4 ominous cement pipes (below the bridge) which are blocking the creek’s flow are for.Engineer Aniceto Narit, please do something about this odorous eyeshore.

CHEERS August 1 - 7, 2015

Secretary Singson confers the one star rating on DPWH Southern Leyte Engeering District's Material Testing Laboratory to D.E. Maria Junia

JEERS August 1 - 7, 2015

This newly opened gas station in Barangay Mambajao is being used as a short-cut by reckless motorists who sometimes miss the gas pumps and each other by inches. District Engineer Ma. Margarite Junia please do something about this.

JEERS July 11- July 17, 2015

ROAD HAZZARD: This protruding structure along the Maasin City national highway in Barangay Combado is both dangerous and an eyesore. Your kind attention please PNP, LTO and DPWH. Thank you in advance.

Jeers June 27 - July 03, 2015

Where are the “Jackstones?” The “Habagat Season” is already in full swing and motorists along Espina Boulevard are sometimes pounded by the season’s big waves.

Jeers June 20 - 26, 2015

A concerned SLT reader sent this photo of stockpiled coconuts that could cascade during heavy rains and potentially block a busy road along Barangay Abgao.

Cheers May 2 - 8, 2015

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.

Cheers April 25 - May 1, 2015

CHEERS to DPWH-SLED for promptly acting on SLT’s news article on the slow pace of the Canturing Bridge Rehabilitation Project. We thank District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia for responding so quickly.

Cheers April 18 - 24, 2015

This sailboat which has been docked along the shore of Nacoco Beach, Maasin City highlights the good tourism possibility for the province which is endowed with beautiful beaches and biodiversified marine life.

Jeers April 11 - 17, 2015

WHERE WILL WE PUT OUR HOMELESS PEOPLE? The personal belongings of one of our homeless can be seen right next to the provincial capitol grandstand. Our Provincial Social Welfare Office should take note of this.

Cheers April 4-10, 2015

NO MORE IRON BARS: The iron fence which restricted entry to and from the city park has finally been removed thanks to City Administrator Bom-bom Demeterio. Thank you Sir for removing this eyesore.

Cheers March 28 - April 3, 2015

Good Job LTO: The photo above shows the numerous confiscated motorcycles impounded by the LTO against local traffic violators.

Jeers March 21 - 27, 2015

Sink or Stink hole? The photo above shows what appears to be a “sink hole” but we’re not sure. Its located on the right side of the Canturing Bridge leading to barangay Pacu. Could this part of the Southern Leyte Engineering District’s Bridge Strengthening Project? If so, it must be a new technique, because we haven’t seen one quite like it before.

Cheers March 14 - 20, 2015

Photo above shows Maasin City Police Chief Avelino B. Doncello Jr. receiving the “Silver Eagle Award” for scoring a 94.52% rating during the Initiation Stage of the Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and upholding the Rule-Of-Law The award was presented to him by Police Director General Benjamin Magalong, the Director of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) during the Conferment and Awarding Ceremony at Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte last March 16.

Jeers March 7 - 13, 2015

Photo above shows the effect of the Hispine Beetle infestation in Maasin city. According to the Philippine Coconut Authority’s Regional office for Eastern Visayas the beetle infestation (as of 2012) had cut coconut production in Southern Leyte by 50%. Despite this the Provincial Government has not declared a State of Calamity and as a consequence we have not qualified for assistance from the President’s Special fund for coconut beetle infested areas.

Cheers February 28 - March 6, 2015

Here’s good news for motorists who have to pass the deep drainage ditch besides the city bus terminal. Half of it has now been covered and we thank Engineer Othello Rich and his staff for doing their job.

Jeers January 10 - 16, 2015

“TIMBER!” An electric or tele-communications pole which is about ready to fall can be seen in front of the College of Maasin. The city government should call the attention of the companies which own the cables so they fix it ASAP before someone gets hurt.

Jeers January 3 - 9, 2015

“Ouch!” A collapsed drainage ditch-cover in front of the PNB office in Tunga-tunga has reportedly caused some minor injuries to pedestrians at night. Attention Maasin City hall please fix ASAP. Thank you.

Jeers December 27, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Road needs cementing

This muddy portion of the barangay road leading to the wooden bridge towards the public market should be cemented.

Cheers December 20 - 26, 2014

Belgian gives wheelchairs again

Cheers to Patrick Haghedooren, Ms. Kasandra Moreno and Venerando Lacerna for continuing to provide Southern Leyteños with wheelchairs from Belgium. May your tribe multiply.

Jeers December 20 - 26, 2014

Tire clamp?

Jeers to motorists who ignore the “no parking and clamp zone” areas along Bantug Street. Where are the city government’s tire clamps?

Jeers December 13 - 19, 2014


Transport terminals are the first place visitors & tourists see in a locality. Seen here is uncollected garbage at the Maasin City Bus Terminal. Calling the attention of terminal management. Photo submitted by Ms. Lorena Acuna.

Cheers December 6 - 12, 2014

Slippers for students

Hello just wanna commend this teacher to SLT! She works in Hinundayan Southern Leyte but lives in Maasin City. A year ago she started giving slippers to 1,645 students in hinundayan. 100 pupils in secondary and all elementary students in the private schools there. She also gave the students of salvacion elementary school in silago and hingatung elementary school for 100 students. She is very active even now in helping the yolanda victims! This year she is again giving slippers to students of hinundayan and other schools! - [email protected]

Cheers November 29 - December 5, 2014

Disaster Training

Due to the province’s susceptability to natural disasters the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council has organized a Disaster Response Team that focuses on Sea, Air and Land search and rescue. The unpredictable weather conditions and the impact of disasters will necessitate a well planned systematic disaster response system. (Source: DANILO ATIENZA)

Cheers November 22 - 28, 2014

No Park zone

CITY’S NO PARK ZONE: Motorists who park and double park at Bantug street along Barangays Tunga-Tunga and Tagnipa are in for a surprise since one side of the road is now a no-park zone. Vehicles of offenders who do so will be clamped with a metal boot which will immobilize it. The clamp zone which started last December 1 is backed by a city council ordinance which aims to declog busy streets in the city.

Cheers November 15 - 21, 2014

Torch Parade

Cheers to the members of Alpha Phi Omega International (Phils) Inc. from Southern Leyte particularly those from Maasin and Tomas Oppus who joined the commemoration of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). the picture above was taken last November 8 during their Torch Parade for a Cause.

Drainage fixed

The drainage canal above on Bantug street fronting the popular Supercha One Restaurant should mark the end of the floods that has plagued the area for decades. We join the Bantug, Enage and Rodas families in congratulating the City Engineering Office for a job well done.

Cheers November 8 - 14, 2014

New NSO office

Our “Photo of the Week” is the National Statistics Office now Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Maasin City. The NSO is providing timely information which decision makers can use in planning their programs for the province.

71 Volunteer Firemen trained for city service

Seventy-one volunteer fire fighters from Barangay Asuncion, Tagnipa, Combado and Pasay were trained last October to man the Volunteer Fire Brigade of Maasin City. According to City Fire Marshal Kenith Casas the volunteers were taught the basic skills required in actual fire fighting operations. He said the number of fire firemen in the city had declined, while the population and number of buildings had increased, and they needed volunteer fire fighters badly. (Photo and caption by F01 RAUL INOCANDO Jr.)

Cheers November 1 - 7, 2014


Photo above was taken during the National PESO Congress last October 22-24 at the KCC Convention Center in General Santos City, where the Provincial PESO Manager of Southern Leyte, Norman Victor M. Ordiz won the National Best PESO Award in the 3rd Class Province Category and Hall of Fame Award for winning for three consecutive years.

Cheers October 25 - 31, 2014

Maasin wins National Nutrition Award

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) conferred the National Nutrition Award to the city of Maasin last October 21, 2014 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.The award shows that Maasin city exemplified outstanding performances in its nutrition program. City Mayor Maloney Samaco thanked city workers and constituents for their contribution to the attainment of the National Nutrition Honor Award. Aside from bagging the highest nutrition award among other local government units Maasin City was also the recipient of the Red Orchid “Hall of Fame” award of the Department of Health and World Health Organization for its efforts to attain a 100-percent tobacco-free environment.

Cheers October 18 - 24, 2014

Local Harvest

Above photo shows fruit and vegetable vendors plying their harvests at the Provincial Forest Park in front of the Capital Building. This much awaited event is held every Thursday morning.

Jeers October 18 - 24, 2014

Illegal wood sale

The property owner of the Acacia hardwood lumber above which fell onto the barangay road in Barangay Basak, Maasin City, and blocked traffic was reportedly granted a Retrieval Permit by the City CENRO Office, with the understanding that part of the lumber would be used for the renovation of the Basak Multi-purpose Center. However the entire lot was allegedly sold by the land owner to a lumber yard in the city.


Cheers October 11 - 17, 2014


The Provincial Ceramic Center in barangay Pacu (above) is one of the few successful Income Generating Projects of the provincial government. Reactivated in 2007, under Virginia R. Kaimo, the Center now has clients throughout Eastern Visayas and other regions of the Philippines. Those interested in fine ceramic items should call cell phone number 0946- 3996-319 or telephone 5708626 and ask for Felix Arbiol.

Jeers October 11 - 17, 2014

Alley squat

This alley leading to the Provincial Park from the R. Kangleon National Road in barangay Pacu, which is a very useful shortcut to the Provincial Capitol Building, is now partially blocked by small (for rent) huts which should never have been constructed there. We are therefore asking Barangay Captain Montalbo to inform its owners they are illegal and should be removed.


Cheers October 4 - 10, 2014

Sounds of silence

The nerve wracking sound of chainsaws which used to shatter the once quiet neighbourhood along the R. Kangleon National Road in Barangay Mambajao have been silenced. We complained to barangay Captain Cirillo Maningo about it but the sound got even louder. It was only after we reported the matter to City Treasurer Eliseo Costillas that the deafening sounds became hardly noticeable. We later learned that he dropped by the lumber shops on his way home that evening, and told the owners to either muffle the sound of their chainsaws, or move somewhere else. Now that’s public service! Maraming Salamat Kumpare.

Jeers October 4 - 10, 2014

Libagon’s neglected project

The photo above shows the under construction road in Brgy. Tigbao, Libagon, Southern Leyte which should have been completed years ago. Matagal na ito kino-construct, but until now, hindi parin tapos!

Cheers September 27 - October 3, 2014

Ignored traffic signs

These two traffic signs beside SLT’s Editorial Office warning motorists to drive carefully is often ignored by motorcyclists who drive against the traffic as they turn left from T. Padilla street on to the R. Kangleon national road.

Cheers September 20 - 26, 2014

Unfinished road completed

Last week we published the image of the unfinished sections of Tomas Oppus Road along barangay Mantahan which motorists were complaining about, and just a day after, the contractor sent his men and equipment to finish the job. The following image right is proof of his quick response to the plight of commuters who pass this road regularly. Salamat Po!

Jeers September 20 - 26, 2014

Traffic gridlock at IPHO

Whoever had the circumferential road leading to the provincial hospital declared a one-way (clockwise) street has caused a lot of traffic and confusion for motorists in the area. A better option would be to have the entry point at the Mantahan portion of the road beside the Zialcita residence. This would allow easier access to the hospital and allow ambulances to reach its emergency entrance without fear of crashing head-on to vehicles coming from the opposite direction. Since it would take some time before the cementing of the current entry point at Alcantara street is finished. We are requesting City Engineer Anaceto Narit to please consider our suggestion.

Jeers September 13 - 19, 2014

Please remove this illegal structure

The photo above of a drainage canal built directly under a section of the Rose Bakery along R. Kangleon is proof of the phrase: “Some people are more equal than others.” We mention this because the bakery is the only building along the side street to it’s right that hasn’t been demolished because it’s occupying part of the roadway. The City Engineer’s Office should look into this matter Asap.

Cheers September 6 - 12, 2014

Bridge obstruction removed

Before and after photos of Canturing Bridge in Maasin City. The 1st shows the heavy equipment of the contractor parked there even when idle.While the 2nd shows the bridge after the heavy equipment was ordered off the bridge by DPWH-SLED District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia. It will return only when it’s needed.

Jeers September 6 - 12, 2014

Sand filled road construction hit

The recently constructed portions of Tomas Oppus road in barangay Mantahan, which have been filled with sand and covered with a thin layer of asphalt, should be reconstructed because its a hazard to motorists. Whoever “renovated” these sections of the road (which needed no repair) should be disqualified from future city projects.

Jeers August 30 - September 5, 2014

Road clearing needed

This road leading to the provincial hospital which has been under construction for several months has been declared a one-way street until the road concreting is completed. Meanwhile traffic to and from the hospital has become heavy making it difficult for ambulances and emergency cases to reach this vital health facility.

Jeers August 23-29, 2014

On standby?

The heavy equipment above which weighs will over 20 tons which is the bridges weight limit has been parked along the bridge for the past weeks.

Jeers August 16-22, 2014

A bridge too far

Do you remember the movie “A Bridge Too Far!” Well we have our own version of that World War II movie in Barangay San Roque, Macrohon, where the two bridges (above) were built only a few meters apart.











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