MGA GWAPO OG GWAPA NA, MUTRABAHO PA! Overcast skies, cold winds and rain did not dampen the spirits of Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and her party mates Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr.,  councilor Tommy Serafica and Vincent Rama, during a turnover of fiberglass boats on Saturday, July 19, held at Brgy. Ipil, Ormoc City. Gomez’s team turned over 54 fiberglass boats to fishermen from Ipil, Naungan and Linao. 30 boats, with 7.5 HP motors, were donated by the German Help Wir Helfen; 10 from the Palaganas family; 5 from EDF; 3 from Marie Franco; 4 from Leona’s Cakes; amd 2 from Suzuki Method. In her pep talk to the beneficiaries, Rep. Gomez told the recipients to take care of their boats because it was not only a gift of life to them but also for their future generations. The fiberglass boats are expected to have a life span of 20 plus years. The boat giving project is part of Lucy’s “6200: Mission Possible”. By Paul Libres

MGA GWAPO OG GWAPA NA, MUTRABAHO PA! Overcast skies, cold winds and rain did not dampen the spirits of Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and her party mates Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr., councilor Tommy Serafica and Vincent Rama, during a turnover of fiberglass boats on Saturday, July 19, held at Brgy. Ipil, Ormoc City. Gomez’s team turned over 54 fiberglass boats to fishermen from Ipil, Naungan and Linao. 30 boats, with 7.5 HP motors, were donated by the German Help Wir Helfen; 10 from the Palaganas family; 5 from EDF; 3 from Marie Franco; 4 from Leona’s Cakes; amd 2 from Suzuki Method.
In her pep talk to the beneficiaries, Rep. Gomez told the recipients to take care of their boats because it was not only a gift of life to them but also for their future generations. The fiberglass boats are expected to have a life span of 20 plus years. The boat giving project is part of Lucy’s “6200: Mission Possible”. By Paul Libres

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ORMOC CITY – Construction of the 30-MW Philippine Solar Farm Leyte Inc. at Brgy. Dolores, this city, is expected to start soon. 

This was announced by Young J. Sonn, chief operating officer of the firm during the city council’s session this Thurday, July 17, after the body granted him authority to construct transmission lines that would enable the plant to feed its power to the nearby National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

It was also learned that the solar power plant was already granted permission from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to convert the once agricultural lands to be part of the Provincial Industrial Zone in the area.

The proposed 30 MW solar farm is located on a 40-hectare land.  [click to continue…]

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ORMOC CITY – Nonstop heavy rains all over Leyte and Samar brought about by typhoon Glenda this week have caused many areas to be flooded, compounded by a high tide on the morning of Tuesday, July 15.

The rains continued up to the end of the week, what with a new tropical depression named “Henry” spotted in Eastern Samar.

The biggest casualty of the heavy rains is the agricultural sector, with flooding affected low-lying areas planted to rice.

Dante Albarico of the city agriculture office said that 29 out of 41 hectares planted to rice in flooded areas were beyond help.  [click to continue…]

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TZU CHI representatives led by their CEO Alfredo Li (sixth from the left) pose with members of the city council and other guests during their visit to Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. From left: Councilors Serafica, Roland Villasencio, Mario Rodriguez, Vincent Rama, Tzu Chi Philippines representatives, Violeta Codilla, VM Toto Locsin Jr., councilors Ruben Capahi, Mariano Corro, Pedro Godiardo Ebcas, Antonio Codilla, Gerry Penserga, city administrator Francis Pepito and 802nd Brigade commander Col. Dinoh Dolina. Vice Mayor Locsin Jr., together with his LP councilors, were the first city officials to meet the Tzu Chi Foundation members when they arrived in Ormoc City on November 13, 2014, 5 days after Yolanda hit the city.

TZU CHI representatives led by their CEO Alfredo Li (sixth from the left) pose with members of the city council and other guests during their visit to Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. From left: Councilors Serafica, Roland Villasencio, Mario Rodriguez, Vincent Rama, Tzu Chi Philippines representatives, Violeta Codilla, VM Toto Locsin Jr., councilors Ruben Capahi, Mariano Corro, Pedro Godiardo Ebcas, Antonio Codilla, Gerry Penserga, city administrator Francis Pepito and 802nd Brigade commander Col. Dinoh Dolina. Vice Mayor Locsin Jr., together with his LP councilors, were the first city officials to meet the Tzu Chi Foundation members when they arrived in Ormoc City on November 13, 2014, 5 days after Yolanda hit the city.

ORMOC CITY – Mayor Edward Codilla and his wife Violeta are no longer donating 50 hectares in Brgy. Liloan for the city’s relocation site as previously ballyhooed, but have opted for a “usufructuary arrangement” with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation which will be developing it. 

Alfredo Li, Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines CEO and company, explained the arrangement during a visit to Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. and the city council here on their pre-session caucus on Thursday, July 10.

Li told the city council he believes the usufructuary arrangement was okay, as it would help protect the interventions they will be putting at the proposed relocation area.

Citing the experiences of other relocation areas, he said that there were relocation sites where the original beneficiaries sold their rights to other parties, defeating the purpose. “I believe the owner of the land would like to see that it is not abused.” [click to continue…]

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No truth to Ormoc SP delaying classroom projects

by EVMail News on July 20, 2014

WHEN MEMBERS of the media, on the request of the Ramon Abotiz Foundation Inc., were in the city on June 27 to write about “good stories” of the private sector’s help in Ormoc’s quick recovery, city administrator Atty. Francis Pepito hinted that some classroom donations were delayed because it remained “pending” at the city council. 

“Naay donation sa Security Bank … ug para sa Elementary og High School sa Dolores … taud-taud na ni nga pending”, he said.

Pepito said that they have submitted the MOAs of at least two donors, Security Bank and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, to the council already and it has been stuck there.

However, in his committee report this week, Dr. Mario Rodriguez said that the office of the city administrator submitted incomplete documents to him, regarding the donation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.  [click to continue…]

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14 cops face murder, frustrated murder raps

July 20, 2014

ORMOC CITY- 14 of Police Station 3 cops are now in hot water after the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group here filed complaints of murder and frustrated murder against them before the city prosecutor’s office on Tuesday. This is in relation to the alleged drug buy-bust in Brgy. Tambulilid that went wrong when the suspect […]

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HIV-AIDS cases on the rise in EV, rest of the country

July 13, 2014

PALO, LEYTE (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) here cited the need to strengthen information dissemination about human immunovirus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS), as Eastern Visayas is not exempted when it comes to regions with high infection cases. DOH Undersecretary for Women, Children and Family cluster Janette L. Garin, who was here this week […]

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“Each boat has a story” -Rep. Lucy T. Gomez

July 13, 2014

ORMOC CITY – “Each boat has a story”, 4th district of Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez told members of the Ormoc Federation of Small Fishermen Association, when she distributed 23 motorized fishing boats to them during the city’s feast day on June 29 (Sunday). “A story of generosity, care and kindness that cut across the globe, […]

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Robinsons Place in Tacloban re-opens

July 13, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY – Robinsons Place in this city re-opened lunchtime of Saturday, June 28, to the cheers of an estimated 5,000 people from all walks of life. Robina Gokongwei herself graced the occasion, which Mayor Alfred Romualdez said was an honor for Tacloban. “I was supposed to welcome (their opening). But how do I welcome […]

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