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February 18 - 24, 2017



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.


Death Penalty

Preventing a flood

Anatomy of Change


Overpriced basketball goals?

Jackstones/tetrapods or wavebreakers

Hot number 8888


Phone shop’s suspected robber apprehended

Pintuyan’s “Most Wanted” caught

Store merchandiser found dead in rented house


A Big Voice with a Big Heart

Tatay Mian celebrates 62nd birthday

There is forever for Estrella & Antonio


Abuse of priviledge

Online comments from netizens

Delayed salary of Bantay Dagat






Maasinhons lament on social media over the delayed replacement of the old bridge at Brgy. Combado


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


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


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


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


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


MAASIN CITY – The Social Security System (SSS) has launched the Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) for members with past due loans and other short-term loans for members who reside or work in calamity areas as declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) or the national government...read more

Sakay-Sakay Festival to set sail

MAASIN CITY – People dressed in brightly coloured costumes while dancing gracefully to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs; a fluvial procession in honor of the Holy Child, fondly revered as Senior Santo Niño, carried aboard a beautifully...read more

Firecracker injuries drop in New Year's tally

MAASIN CITY - "Piccolo" refers to a musical instrument, a half-sized flute made famous in the 1700. But piccolo during the Christmas and New Year holidays would mean only one thing to many children and adults: a cheap, seemingly innocuous firecracker that provides a simple thrill...read more

Goodbye Chikungunya?

MAASIN CITY – Records from the Department of Health (DOH) has shown that “Chikungunya” cases in Southern Leyte have already fell-off and dropped...read more



MAASIN CITY - A growing number of residents and businessmen have been complaining about the long delay in the collection of the city’s gar-bage, that some called on the news media for help and others used their social media accounts to voice out their dismay on the growing piles of trash accumulating in the streets...read more

Provincial Police on high alert

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG –The provincial police are on “heightened alert” throughout the province as the bombing incident in nearby Hilongos town, Leyte, has spread anxiety and fear throughout Eastern Visayas...read more

“Earthquake fish" found in Bontoc

Finding an oarfish washed up on the beach is a rare occurrence, since the fish is a deepwater spe-cies that's rarely seen, if at all. Thus, when an oarfish had washed up recently in the shores of Bontoc, Southern Leyte, the rumor mill kicked into high gear...read more

Illegal fishing in provincial waters

Last week, at least nine fisher-men, one of whom is a minor, were arrested by local authorities in the towns of Libagon, Liloan and Padre Burgos due to illegal fishing activities in various parts of the provinces’ sea waters...read more


Chikungunya virus outbreak, dismissal of some government officials and apprehension of Shallene’s primary suspect are but a few of the major events that defined the year that was. Here is looking back on the news that dominated the headlines in 2016...read more

CM gets 100% passing in Nursing Examination

The College of Maasin again dominated the recently released Nurse Licensure Examination results by garnering up a hundred percent passing rate with one of its graduates almost making it to the list of topnotchers...read more

Ombudsman finds ex-mayor guilty of misconduct

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the three-month suspension without pay of former mayor Napoleon Cuaton of Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte after he was found guilty by the Ombudsman of simple misconduct...read more

Fireworks stalls to be inspected

As the year 2016 comes to an end, simple fireworks precautions can make all the difference. The Bureau of Fire Protection is urging the public to be responsible when lighting up firecrackers to avert physical injuries, damage to property and fatalities...read more

Bamboo causes power outages

Due to the onslaught of heavy rains these recent days, the Ormoc to Maasin transmission lines were hit by two bamboo poles that caused the sudden power interruptions last December 17, Saturday, around 10 am and 3:30 pm, according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines...read more

Earthquakes reported

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck off Surigao del Norte early mor ning on December 20,
Tuesday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. The quake's epicenter was located 14 kilometers west of Santa Monica, Surigao del Norte...read more


MAASIN CITY - The primary suspect accused of raping and slaying 14-year-old, Maasin City High School student, Shallene Melorin Liwag, was transferred to the Regular Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Tanauan, Leyte last December 9, Friday...read more

PNP intensify anti-crime campaign this season

MAASIN CITY - ‘Tis the season to be careful! As cases of Robbery and Theft are on the rise, PNP Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Warren De Leon has vowed to ensure the security of the whole province...read more


MAASIN CITY, CAPITOL SITE - The members of the provincial, regional and national media eagerly waited last Tuesday morning, December 6, for the presentation of the primary suspect of the murder of 14-year old high-school student Shallene M. Liwag...read more

Maasin-Bohol bridge pushed

If the resolution requesting a feasibility study on the proposed bridge in Maasin City with Bohol province is conducted and found feasible, Bohol province will just be one road trip away...read more

Do not remove warning signs

MAASIN CITY - The government’s construction agency (DPWH-SLED) appealed to the general public, especially the residents in the communities where they have on-going projects, not to destroy, throw, or worse, steal early warning devices meant to keep motorists safe...read more



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.


Miss Southern Leyte candidates 2016


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